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Monday, July 31, 2017

Go West! - 7/31/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California, quite a bit north and west of the area I was able to pay a visit to last week.  I still have a lot of logs to write, but it was fantastic being able to pay visits to so many great puzzle caches I have enjoyed over the years.  The opportunity to meet up with many of their CO's was icing on the cake.  What a great community of puzzlers in the San Francisco Bay area!  I felt right at home and really appreciate how welcoming they were.  :)  In honor of all my Bay area friends I bring you:

Go West, young man - a puzzle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Sunday - 7/30/17

I hope you've enjoyed spending this last week in England with the entertaining series of cow puzzles.  I figured the best one to wrap up would be with the last in the series (so far):

#37 Icelandic

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Saturday - 7/29/17

We're nearing the end of our week of featured puzzles in the United Kingdom cow series, but I couldn't finish up without sharing:

Tomorrow, our last from the series.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Friday - 7/28/17

I generally feature the toughest puzzles on Fridays, but I chose today's entry from the United Kingdom's cow series mostly because the cow it talks about is just so darn clever.  Watch for yourself as she solves the puzzle of how to open that gate:

#2 Limousin

Tomorrow, the series continues.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Thursday - 7/27/17

Today's entry in the United Kingdom's cow series gave me a big grin:

#31 Irish Moiled

Tomorrow, the series continues.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Wednesday - 7/26/17

Today we have another in the U.K. cow series.  I wonder if the "How now, brown" cow was one of these:

#20 Brown Swiss 

Tomorrow ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Tuesday - 7/25/17

Today we return to the United Kingdom.  Here's a cow fact for you:  The state of Texas has declared their Longhorn to be the official "Texas State Large Mammal."  I don't think you'll have any trouble differentiating their version from this one:

#32 English Longhorn

Tomorrow, more from the U.K.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Monday - 7/24/17

A couple of months ago I featured a fun cow-related puzzle from the United Kingdom that had dropped into my inbox.  It was the first in a series, but I didn't take the time to check out any of the others until recently.  I loved what I found:  37 entertaining puzzles that form a geo-art cow:

I haven't solved all of them yet, but I found enough to keep us occupied throughout the upcoming week.  Along with the puzzles you'll find a wealth of information about many, many different breeds of cows, and "cow facts" that could themselves make quite an entertaining puzzle.  Let's kick things off with:

Tomorrow, another in the series.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Not Samantha's Mother - 7/23/17

If you're not geographically inclined, you might mistake the name of the country that is the home of today's puzzle for Samantha's mother on Bewitched, or even the setting of "The Empire Strikes Back."  But the red-haired, caftaned witch was "Endora," the Ewoks' moon was "Endor," and the country we're visiting today is Andorra.  When I checked the other day, the entire country had 22 puzzle caches, and 15 of them were in the series that starts with:

1# Tristaina

Tomorrow we'll kick off a week of puzzles in England.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Start Somewhere ... or Somewhere Else - 7/22/17

Today we travel to Arizona for a pair of puzzles.  You can:

Start Somewhere, or if you prefer, you can:

Start Somewhere Else

Tomorrow we'll visit Andorra.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gilles Garnier - 7/21/17

You might assume from the title of today's puzzle that we're still visiting puzzles in France, but you'd be mistaken.  Minnesota is the home for:

Gilles Garnier

Tomorrow we'll be in Arizona.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Extrasensory Deception - 7/20/17

Today's Maryland puzzle, which was passed along to me recently, is an exercise in:

Extrasensory Deception

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tour(s) de France - 7/19/17

Since the Tour de France is wrapping up this weekend, I thought it might be a good time for this puzzle out of Tours, France:

Un Tour de Gares en Gare de Tours

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bored at work? - 7/18/17

One of the things that surprised me the most when I started this blog was how many more pageviews it gets during the week than on the weekends.  I guess a lot of folks do a little puzzle solving during their down-time at work and are more likely to spend their weekends out caching.  The alternate title for today's Michigan puzzle suggests that perhaps some people think about writing puzzles during working hours as well.  I guess wherever and whenever it happens, I would be grateful for:

Several Strokes of Genius

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fidget This - 7/17/17

I haven't seen one in action, so I can't attest to why the new "fidget" spinners are so popular, but I agree with one of the folks who logged today's North Carolina puzzle ... they can't be that much more fun than a:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Valar Morgulis - 7/16/17

I've been holding on to this puzzle from Spain for a while:

Valar Morgulis

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Another Flippin' Puzzle - 7/15/17

I love the alliteration of the of the "Puzzle Popping Potluck Party" event for which today's New Zealand puzzle was created.  If they had held it this weekend I guess it could have been a "Pirate Puzzle Popping Potluck Party."  I'm not sure what all of this "Mary Hyde" stuff will amount to, but I guess I'll give it a shot since I've enjoyed most of the previous summer souvenir projects.  Good luck to all of those who participate!  And here's today's:

PPPP: Flippin' Puzzle! (Canterbury)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bastille Day -7/14/17

Today we celebrate the French holiday of Bastille Day with:

L'Etoile Mystérieuse

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Serendipity - 7/13/17

Sometimes it feels like a puzzle comes along at just the right time.  Today's California puzzle is one that I had bookmarked a while back, but I had never gotten around to solving it and I managed to forget about it entirely.  It was only while investigating potential targets for an upcoming trip to the Bay area that I stumbled across it again.  Now that was certainly a case of good timing, but the really remarkable thing is that it was just two weeks ago that I was caching with the CO in:

La Ville-Lumière

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beep Beep! - 7/12/17

I'm always impressed with geo-art that is actually artistic.  (My own efforts have simply involved intersections of straight lines.)  Today's Ohio puzzle, which landed in my in-box recently, is the start of a geo-art series in the shape of Wile E. Coyote's nemesis.

Have some fun:

Chasing the Road Runner 001

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Far North - 7/11/17

I thought I'd follow up on yesterday's "farthest east" find with my new "farthest north," from the U.K.  Hope it comes in:

Loud and Clear

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Far East - 7/10/17

Today's puzzle from France is part of a series spun-off from the well known "Puzzle Solving 101" series in south Florida.  Since I had made the finds on that original series back in January of 2013, it was fun to find a couple of these caches that pay tribute to it.  Try your luck with the cache that now represents my easternmost find:

Puzzle Solving 101 - Leçon 1: Stratégie

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Appalacachin - 7/9/17

Having grown up in the area nestled between the Smoky and Blue Ridge portions of the Appalachain mountains, the title of today's Colorado puzzle caught my eye as a fun play on words.  (You may note that we pronounce the "la" like in "lad," although plenty of people I've met here say it with a long "a" like in "lake."  Here's what a blog I came across had to say on the subject:  "If you are from the Southern Appalachians then you, without a doubt, say Appa-LATCH-uh. If you say Appa-LAY-shuh you are not only identifying the mountain range but you are also announcing to all that you are not from there.")  However you say it, enjoy some:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Roadside Rest - 7/8/17

Today's New York puzzle sounds like a nice place to take a:

Roadside Rest

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Segmented - 7/7/17

Today's puzzle from the UK will have you sorting out:


Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Aphid Snout - 7/6/17

Today we travel to California for an:

Aphid Snout

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tonghui Canal - 7/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to China and a little history lesson about the:

Tonghui Canal

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Beware of Bridge - 7/3/17

Today's New York puzzle, which was suggested to me a while back, refers specifically to dangers in winter, but I know that bicyclists can have trouble even in rain due to the steel decks of:

Dangerous Bridges

Tomorrow we'll be in China.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

φ - 7/2/17

Today's Pennsylvania puzzle is:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

They Call Him - 7/1/17

Most of the Minnesota puzzles I feature are from the Twin Cities area, but not today's.  This one is about a Rochester, MN, puzzler,:

They Call Him "Salsman"

Tomorrow we'll ...