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California Redwood in Abbeville, SC !

A cache by The Scout Master
Hidden : 11/17/2009
In South Carolina, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

An honest-to-goodness California Redwood, also known as Coast Redwood, can be seen growing in Abbeville, S.C.

This cache is located on private property. The homeowner has graciously granted permission for cachers to park in their drive and walk down their driveway to do this cache. You will be able to walk right up to this giant and even touch it!

This towering giant is one of three species of trees known as redwoods, but Redwood normally refers to this species, scientifcally known as Sequoia Sempervirens. It is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae(also known as the family Taxodiaceae)

Redwood trees are evergreens. They are extremely long-lived (up to 2,200 years) and this species includes the tallest trees an Earth, reaching as high as 379 feet, and 26 feet in diameter!
This redwood is 66 feet tall.. It's circumference at 4' high is 10 feet,and it has a diameter of 3' 2" at chest height.
Coast Redwoods are extremely rare outside of their native habitat of coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon within the United States. There they occupy a narrow strip of land approximately 470 miles in length and 47 miles wide. It's largest populations are Redwood National Park and Redwood State Park and Humbolts Redwoods State Park in California.

Coast Redwoods have a soft, thick(in mature trees it may be 6 to 12 inches thick), fibrous and deeply-furrowed bark, rich in tannins. It's color can range from reddish-brown to a dark gray.
<--This bark, and the fact that redwoods tend to have foilage that begins well above the ground,--> provides protection from fire and attacks by insects & fungi, thereby contributing to these trees' incredible longevity.

  Coast Redwoods in their natural habitat are rarely found far       from the sea, the furthest stand in California is just 30 miles       inland. You can see that our redwood, which is just under         200 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, is quite the exception.


Redwoods are conifers - that is, cone-bearing trees. The mature cones produced are reddish-brown in color, woody, and very small. As a matter of fact, the seeds inside them are extremely small flakes. They are so light, 125,000 of them would only weigh 1 pound!
Redwoods are monoecious, that is, both male and female flowers, and, therefore, both pollen and seed cones are found separately on different branches of the same tree. The seed cones are about 1/2 to 1 inch long, and the pollen cones are only 3/16 to 1/4 inches long.       You can see these small cones on the tree in front of you-->
Coast redwoods can also reproduce by sprouting suckers from the trunk. They are the only cone-bearing trees able to do so.


You are searching for a tall pill bottle about 5.5" tall and 2.5" in diameter. It contains a log and room for small items.
I originally wanted to do this as an Earth Cache, but biologicals are not accepted for publication as Earth Caches.
In light of this, I am including the location of the cache container in the hint - Please, do NOT wander around other than to log your find and take a photo if you wish, as this is private property.
Due to a DNF I HAVE LOCATED THE CONTAINER IN PLAIN VIEW ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE TREE AT ITS BASE. The real reason for this cache is to see the Redwood, so I wanted it to be very simple
You are encouraged to Post a PHOTO of you and/or your group with the tree.

I hope you enjoy your visit to this truly magnificent and rare(for us) tree. Please respect the homeowners' property as they have graciously allowed cachers this opportunity.
If you are interested, just down the road, at 509 Main St. is the even larger 105-foot tall redwood from which this tree was started from a clipping.
(HOWEVER, when I contacted the owners of that tree about establishing a cache, they declined saying they prefered that people just look from the road).

We are indeed fortunate that the owners of the redwood at the cache location have agreed to share their wonderful tree with us. Enjoy!

HAPPY CACHING!

FTF HONORS GO TO...treasurehunters5!!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[NOTE: NEW HINT 1-4-2011: You should search at the base of the tree on it's BACK SIDE(opposite side from the road). It is TUCKED RIGHT INTO A VOID IN THE BARK and is visible by just looking - no digging around.]

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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