Geocacher’s Puzzle TB: Filling In The Blanks


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Here’s the final piece of the puzzle …

Recently, It’s Not About The Numbers gave away two jigsaw blanks from the  popular Geocacher’s Puzzle TB TB1CNE2) – thanks to the generosity of its owner Brenda Shirey.

The lucky recipients were popular Arizona blogger Erika Jean (GC handle: ErikaJean), and New Zealander Deb Webb (GC handle: One­-Fang), an urban search and rescue team member from earthquake-ravaged Christchurch.

Another blank was decorated by Cumbyrocks and myself, and now all three have been returned to Shirey in Bossier City, Louisiana.

You can judge our respective artistic talents for yourself …


Introducing … three-year-old Cumbyrocks Junior No 2, who was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome but more often than not can be found beating his father to their next geo-find. This cheeky design was based on our newly-minted pathtags, as it nicely mimics our blog’s masthead and focus on tracking geocaching items.


Tuscon native (and craft maverick) Erika Jean was never puzzled by what to design – “Signal hiking some Arizona terrain” – and much like herself, the Groundspeak mascot “definitely has a camera around his neck”.


Home is obviously where the heart is for Christchurch’s Deb Webb, as this puzzle piece shows. Her design – created despite her hectic job in a city that has been repeatedly shaken to its core over the last 10 months – is typically New Zealand with its fern imagery, all black background and use of the Maori phrase ‘kia kaha’. Bottom left is her updated version of the Christchurch City logo – now realistically depicting the city’s landmark Christ Church Cathedral minus its spire.


Meanwhile, puzzle owner Brenda Shirey (GC handle: Sequoia_2) says with all the publicity about her TB, she can barely keep count of how many pieces she has now. In the image top right, she’s co-opted her husband Bobby Shirey (GC handle: CajanCacheMan) and their daughter Abbigail (GC handle: Lil’ Tumbleweed) into helping her assemble all the jigsaw contributions.

“Ever since the article was published, a lot of cachers have contacted me. I even have a Pennsylvania cacher who wants to bring a bunch of pieces to GeoWoodstock and hand them out to participants and maybe even get ‘signature’ pieces done. That would be awesome!”

At this rate, Shirey will have that 500 to 1000-piece version she wants donate to Groundspeak for display in the company’s Seattle, Washington headquarters sooner than she thinks.



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