by Doctor Dolittle and djwhouse
Wisconsin, United States
N 43° 08.855 W 087° 56.450
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, since this a doctor you’ll definitely want to visit, grab your bananas instead, as we journey through time and space to our Geocache of the Week, The Doctor Is In.
Image by muumitrollet
For this adventure, the TARDIS has touched down just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its ordinary Yale lock has transformed into a memory puzzle consisting of four lights that blink in increasingly difficult patterns. Cachers who travel with the Doctor must repeat the patterns perfectly. Only then are they rewarded with flashing lights, the signature TARDIS parking brake groan, and doors that open to reveal the famed “bigger on the inside” interior.
Images by spiritwolf922 and SFC Soto, FIn addition to the standard logbook and pencil, the clever cache also includes props and costumes so fans can dress up as their favorite Doctor for a log photo that’s sure to be fantastic!
Image by PorkwatchCaching buddies Doctor Dolittle and djwhouse created a “next level” experience by choosing a theme with wide appeal. Doctor Who is such a well known and long running show (it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013), that many fans around the world have made this cache a destination, awarding it over 350 dalektable Favorite points!
Doctor Dolittle provided the original idea and TARDIS shell, while djwhouse installed the electronics necessary to replicate the TARDIS’s iconic sounds and lights. To top it all off, the entire time machine is self sustaining — its 12 volt battery recharges via a solar panel.
One of many schematics. Image by djwhouseThough these two cache owners live a full state apart, they worked together over text, phone calls, and many a day trip to bring this cache to life, and are absolutely thrilled by the happiness their cache has caused. djwhouse says:
I read every log. I view every video I can find if someone puts their experience at the TARDIS online. For all the time, worry, sweat and effort that went in to make this vision a reality, I can definitely say the logs have been the sweetest reward and exceeded my expectations … Nothing should sensibly compensate a CO for the sweat and effort that can go into a challenging cache or series. Yet somehow, a simple log from you to me, that tells me you enjoyed your day, that cache, or just getting out and about is so appreciated!
That’s one tall cache! Photo by djwhouseFor aspiring Time Lords wanting to create a MASTERful geocache of their own, Doctor Dolittle has some advice:
Go with what you know and things you like. Use your natural ideas. However, start off by copying some super caches, but still make them your own. For example, a singer can do a cover of an old song and make it new and unique. As you make your first caches, you will develop skills. Soon, you will have the experience to make your original ideas come to fruition.
So allons-y, and don’t forget to leave your TFTC or, as they say in Gallifreyan:
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