In Wisconsin, United States
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A letterbox-hybrid puzzle cache. Do not take the stamp in the cache!
The first step of finding this cache is to identify the following two buildings:
Building 1: In 1925, Joseph and Odile LeMieux built a chapel along a limestone ridge behind their house. At the time, small wayside chapels dotted the region, a convenience for daily devotion by travelers and rural families. This chapel would be different, though. Joseph was a retired stonemason who had helped build grand Great Lakes lighthouses, and her brother Fabian LaPlant was a skilled carpenter. The two men took limestone from the ridge to construct a building approximately 12 by 18 feet in size, with eight exterior windows, a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams, and room inside for a simple altar, the stations of the cross and seating for about ten. Completed in 1925, the chapel was said to be Odile’s pride and joy. The chapel remains open to all visitors to enjoy its history and solitude.
Two different pictures of the Chapel Building.
Building 2: This house is the oldest frame structure in the State of Wisconsin. It was built in 1776 by fur-trader Joseph Roi, one of the first seven settlers of La Baye (Green Bay). It was sold in 1805 to Jacques Porlier, another French-Canadian fur-trader. In 1850 Niels Otto Tank, a wealthy Norwegian missionary, obtained the house when he purchased several hundred acres of land, hoping to establish a Moravian colony for Norwegian immigrants, Tank died in 1864 and his wife lived in the cottage until her death in 1891, devoting her life and fortune to missionary work. In 1908 the house was moved from its original site on the Fox River to a new location. It was relocated again in 1975 to its current location.
Two pictures of Building 2, the first from c. 1900 and the second as it currently looks.
Once you have learned what these buildings are, you need to gather two pieces of information:
1. Visit the first building, where the public is welcome. After you take some time to enjoy this hidden treasure, take a coordinate reading at the front door. We’ll call these the “Chapel Coordinates.”
2. As mentioned, building two was moved from its original location to a second location, a park, in 1908. The building is no longer at that park, but at the park you will find a gazebo. Stand at the spot where one of the gazebo columns intersects a sidewalk and take a coordinate reading. We’ll call these the “Gazebo Coordinates.”
You now have two pieces of information: 2 coordinates taken in step two. The final cache is located on an azimuth of 239.33 degrees from the Chapel Coordinates. It is also on an azimuth of 181.54 degrees from the Gazebo Coordinates. [Note: One solver reported better results using 184.5 degrees.] If you find the single point where these two azimuth lines intersect, you will find the cache.
Finding the Cache Container:
Because there might be a little variation in the intersection point you calculate based on what exact coordinates you find in step 2, the geochecker link will confirm a “proximity” solution with a 100-foot radius. When you plot this area on your GPS, the way to get there should become clear. Take the most-travelled, most-public way/path/route/trail to get there and use your geocaching stealth. When you get to the general area, you will find a large metal culvert. About 30 feet east of that culvert you will find a black wooden post. Check your magnetic compass, because it is nearly due east! It may be difficult to see the post depending upon the time of year and foliage, and you may have to do a bit of bushwhacking to get to it. The cache is in the post.
The Cache and Stamp:
The cache is a small, camoed tupperware container with no room for swag because of the stamp in the cache. The stamp is from a vintage schoolhouse stamp set. You will need to bring an ink pad with you if you want to take an impression of the stamp.
You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com. If you believe you have the right information and solution method but aren't getting the green "Success!" message, drop us an email through geocaching with details of what you have done and we will be glad to help out.
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 6/23/2014 6:17:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:17 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum