Tweety Bird — Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
GC2VA7J
by Hope and a Prayer
Difficulty: 
2
Terrain: 
1
Location: 
Washington, United States
N 46° 12.090 W 119° 10.690

Geocachers Hope and a Prayer are a husband and wife team, whose love of creatively recycled yard art may only be surpassed by their love of cartoon characters.

According to Mr. Hope and a Prayer, the allocation of the team name is ambiguous. “We have never figured out who is Hope and who is Prayer. Although, I need lots of prayer.”

One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer's yard.
One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer’s yard.

Back in the late 1970’s, Mr. Hope and a Prayer was an aviation electronic technician — or ‘AT’ — and a radioman navigator on the HU-16E Grumman Albatross. “We were called Tweets because we tweaked the black boxes on the plane to keep them in good running order.”

Mrs. Hope and a Prayer collects old 1960’s cartoon characters figurines, and has a particular affinity for Tweety Bird. Plus, says Mr. Hope and a Prayer, “It is by coincidence or providence that my wife and I live on Tweedt St.”

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‘Tweety Bird’ cache is hidden on Tweedt Street

It’s no surprise, therefore, that Tweety Bird became the theme for GC2VA7J, their highest-favorited geocache.

The cache is a multi hidden at their house. At Stage 1, geocachers meet Tweety Bird.

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A young geocacher finds Stage 1

At stage 2, one finds a small wooden barn decorated with copper leaves and flowers. Mr. Hope and a Prayer built the barn out of spare cedar fencing.

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Hope and a Prayer made this cache out of old, spare cedar fencing.

The door of the barn opens, and something amazing rolls out on four wheels…recycled from a pair of in-line rollerblades.

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Like a train car, the cache rolls out of the barn.

The cache was intended to surprise and delight young geocachers, but even the most seasoned geocaching veteran will agree — this cache is cute.

“We wanted something really fun for children to find. Something really large with lots of toys. We collected over time old fast food restaurant toys by the box full at yards sales. We thought what fun it would be for children digging thought toys, picking out their favorite and putting a large smile on their face. It would be like Christmas thought out the year.”

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Rifling through the contents of GC2VA7J is a delightful way to go geocaching.

The cache is hidden in a safe spot (good for trackables!) with the permission of their neighbors.

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Photo credit: Maggie Pietila

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