Caching Bemidji

So here I am. Stuck in Bemidji, MN, the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox. Well, I wouldn't really call it "stuck". I'm here for my employer, so I like to think of this as a work-sponsored geocaching vacation.

I spent most of yesterday morning solving the numerous puzzle caches in the area (wow - there's lots!). As you may recall, I am not exactly fond of puzzle caches. In fact, I hate them. Yet I still do them - don't ask why - I don't know. I was pleased with the puzzles here though - I would term these as "solvable" puzzle caches that don't require endless hours of actions that would make most people bald. I like puzzle caches that require some thought. Less than an hour is good. :) We'll forgive the fact that Cindy of fargnots told me that the puzzles were intended to take much longer to solve.

I'm currently left with two puzzles that I haven't solved. One I'm not sure I would have gotten without a small kick in the rear (it was just a little too subtle for me). The other one I haven't really looked for more than 2 minutes yet.

So I spent a large part of Monday searching out some of the area caches. The last time I was here (two years ago) there were only a handful of caches in the area (perhaps 6 in a 10-mile radius). Today there are 68 in a 10-mile radius. There are a number of cachers in the area that have invested a lot of time to put out some quality hides. "If you build it, they will come."

While it's hard to single out any one cache, and I don't want to give away any of the hides, I do have to say that I'm amazed by the containers, the job that they've done on hiding these containers - often not your typical ammo can under some sticks thing, which is fine by me (it's what I do), the locations (a nice mix between park and grabs and 1/2 mile+ hikes), and the cache pages themselves. Fargnots remind me a lot of one of my favorite Oklahoma City cachers, Darkmoon. Both enjoy putting stories in the cache pages - stories that are quite creative, quite fictional, but yet add to the cache itself.

This is definitely an area that is worth the trip as far as I'm concerned. Take the time to solve the puzzle caches before you come (very few are hard). I'm hoping by the end of the week I'll have some good recommendations on caches to do here. I'm sure that there will be a MnGCA Cache of the Month nomination or two coming from me in the near future...

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