He was the original Southern California geocaching legend, both for his mysteriousness (to this day, no one really know who he is), and for his innovative cache hides. He was the first to hang a bird house, create a fake electrical outlet box, and even construct a bogus water fountain in a park! His creativity raised the bar for all of us, and a “tool of the trade” is still referred to as an OPET: Otis Pug Extraction Tool.
He disappeared mysteriously, too, leaving all of his caches still in place after they were archived. It’s been a local underground activity to hunt down and log these, even as they’ve gradually gotten muggled, so it was with requisite glee that I joined a band of Pug Hunters to track down one this week.
It had not been found in five years, so odds were good that it might not be there. Not Tom had found it before, and verified that it was not where he thought it should be, but with 20-30 minutes of scattering and digging through the brushy hillside, he came up with the empty container, and then the lid! This was adquedate to reconstruct the “historic” cache, and we all crossed another Pug off our lists!
AWEMM, not tom, f0t0m0m and I hunted in the brush, fallen trees, and leaves for our Pug!