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Find your knight in shining armor. — Castle Northmoor (GCX612) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on July 30, 2014, 4:45 pm

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Geocaching HQ's own knight in shining armor, Bryan, victoriously makes the find.

Geocaching HQ’s own knight in shining armor, Bryan, victoriously makes the find.

Geocache Name:

Castle Northmoor (GCX612)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

There’s hidden history all around us—and geocaching is a perfect way to discover it. Seeking out this geocache will bring you to a castle tower—no, not in Europe—in Kansas City. While Missouri isn’t traditionally known for its castles, this tower has been bringing joy to geocacher’s faces since 2006. The tower itself was constructed in 1980 by Harlan Shaver, which included the structure as well as the intricate carvings throughout the interior. For a more detailed history, the geocache page even has a phone number to call for a guided tour.

What the geocache owner, SunshineWalker, has to say:

“I was inspired to place this cache because the property owner used to walk at E. H. Young Park in Riverside, MO. (the town next to Northmoor)…He told me about a strange Tupperware container he had found in the bushes. He said it had notes and little doodads in it.  The container also had the Geocaching Logo and website information. I was curious and looked it up on the computer.  It was a cache that had been lost and Larry’s dog found it.

I got very interested and took my family to several local caches. I still walked in the park with Larry [the property owner] and he told me about his father. The more I heard, the more I wanted to see it. When I saw the castle tower I knew I had to make it a cache site.  Larry has been quite nice about sharing his property and he loves telling visitors about his artistic mother and stonemason father who built the tower.

I’ve really enjoyed the geocaching community and loved creating caches…It was great to take the family on hikes in places we would have never visited and look for treasure. A few years ago we even went to a cache on an island in the middle of the Kansas River. The kids LOVED the adventure, but we were a muddy mess! Fortunately the river was quite low and we waded most of the way.

I think Geocachers are some of the nicest and most interesting people I’ve ever met. They love adventure and are willing to search for hours in the dark for a camo box with penny trinkets in it. How devoted and determined! (The poison ivy generally doesn’t show up for two or three days.)”

 

What geocachers are saying:

“Found this cache thanks to the recommendation from a local friend. I was visiting from Seattle. Wow, what an amazing experience…It’s amazing to me that I never would have had this experience if not for geocaching. For this I am most grateful.” — Bryan

“This amazing cache was about 6 miles from our hotel, and it was well worth the trip. This place is amazing! Such amazing detail! I was glad that I made the trip out here! This one gets a favorite point for sure. I will be recommending this cache to anyone that travels to Kansas City. TFTC!” – croling

“This is one of my favorite caches to date. A further treasure was the builder’s son was nearby and told us much about the man who built the tower…Great geocache! Thanks for the cache owner and the property owner!” – Jawman173

 

Photos:

Castle Northmoor in all its glory. Photo by geocacher Unitzoid

Castle Northmoor in all its glory. Photo by geocacher Unitzoid

The Knight of Castle Northmoor. Photo by geocacher *pixie

The Knight of Castle Northmoor. Photo by geocacher *pixie

Hand-carved details on the door. Photo by geocacher Iscandar

Hand-carved details on the door. Photo by geocacher Iscandar

If King Arthur were alive today and wanted to go geocaching with you, which geocache would you take him to and why?

 

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.

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  • Michael

    This is truly a great cache, very much worthy of Geocache of the Week!

  • Robin

    This was one of the first caches I found! It is a well kept secret in the area. Without geocaching I would have never own about it.

  • Iscandar

    This was a great cache. We found it right after Christmas and there was still snow on the tower. Very cool! Great to see one of my photos being used as well :-)

  • cantuland

    Awesome!

  • Jared Walker

    This was probably my all-time favorite cache. If I knew I was advance my friends were going to take me there, I would have called for the tour. Still it was a very pleasant surprise.


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