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Mystery Cache

Cache Across America - Series Final

Hidden : 5/20/2007
In District of Columbia, United States
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Note added 8-26-14: The CAA Final page is currently undergoing updates...please keep checking back!

Find the list of all 50 current state caches in the series HERE.

The Cache Across America Series: This is a series of caches that will take you on a nationwide tour of the entire United States. One cache in this series is hidden in each of the 50 United States. These caches each contain a three-digit numeric clue that that will lead you to this final cache located somewhere in our nation's capitol upon completion of the series.

We hope you have enjoyed your tour of the 50 United States of America. This final cache will lead you to our nation's capitol, a fitting end to your tour of this great land. There are so many wonderful monuments and places to visit in Washington DC that we couldn't even begin to name them all.

We also hope that while you have been caching in all 50 states, you have been able to see places you may otherwise have never visited and have enjoyed finding the caches along the way. We hope that this series has shown you what a wonderful country this truly is. The true prize in completing the Cache Across America series will be the memories of a journey that will last a lifetime.

We would like to give a huge thanks to all 50 of the state hiders, both past and present. Also - a big thanks to Flyingmoose for volunteering to hide and maintain this final cache. Please note that the five-star difficulty of this cache does not represent this particular hide but instead the difficulty in collecting the necessary information to solve this puzzle.

About this cache: Do not search for this cache at the listed coordinates. Of course, the cache is not in the middle of the tidal basin and there is certainly no need to swim. Simply solve the puzzle at the bottom of this page to obtain the correct coordinates.

Logging Requirements: In order to log this cache, you must have completed the required cache of this series in each of these 50 United States. As was mentioned in the state cache pages, you must have verified each of those 50 finds either by posting a photo with your logs or by having made alternate arrangements with the individual cache owners. Logging this cache without first finding the required 50 state caches will result in a deleted log.

While participating in the series you will have recorded each of the three-digit codes provided in the state caches. You will use those codes in the puzzle below to determine the coordinates of the final cache.

The puzzle : (UPDATED: 8/26/2014) To find the final N coordinates you will need to use the codes you found in the Cache Across America caches. For starters, add together the codes from the first 25 states admitted to the Union. Add this number to the N coordinates listed on this page above treating the N coordinate as if it were one large number (3853050). Take your new number and simply subtract 12569. This will give you the new N coordinates.

Repeat this process for the W coordinates. Simply add the codes you found while searching for the second 25 states admitted to the Union. Once you have this number, add it to the W coordinates listed on this page above (7702380) just as you did for the N coordinate. Once you have this number, subtract 58043 from your total and you will now have the final W coordinates.

Now you are ready to search for the final cache. Please confirm your Final coordinates with Lorriebird or ZSteve after solving the puzzle. Then be sure and contact flyingmoose before searching for the Final cache!

Congratulations toZSteve and Hopperz - First to Find!

You guys rock!

Cache Across America Hall of Fame: Few cachers will ever complete the Cache Across America series and claim the honor of signing the Final log. Be one of those few and join the Cache Across America Finishers family!

The CAA finishers in order...

ZSteve and Hopperz - May 26, 2007

webscouter. - May 17, 2009

RogFel - July 17, 2009

jim&sal - September 22, 2009

Lorriebird - June 21, 2010

captphil & 1st Mate - April 2, 2011

spaceteacher - April 2, 2011

patrickcjones - September 7, 2011

TheView - June 24, 2012

a2arnold - July 4, 2012

dullarrow - August 25, 2012

SUNNY52 & HOOTnOWL - October 28, 2013

Agazo - January 26, 2014

Happy Feat & Chief Charlie - September 12, 2014

Who Will Be The Next Finisher?

Who Will Be The Next Finisher?

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N uvag 'jbbq' or va beqre urer nsgre fhpu n ybat wbhearl!

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 9/23/2014 6:59:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:59 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum