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7 Souvenirs of August

Mystery Cache

Classical Element: Fire

A cache by FamilieRyan
Hidden : 2/28/2010
In Texas, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


THE CACHE IS NOT AT THE ABOVE COORDINATES!

A recent viewing of a movie on an airplane inspired this series. The caches will not all be published at once because we want to find the best spots possible for each theme. We hope you enjoy the puzzles and the cache locations!

According to the Greeks, there were four major elements, earth, air, water, and fire, accompanied by a fifth element, aether. The first four Greek classical elements were very temporal in nature, while aether was less connected to the Earth, and was viewed as more spiritual in nature. The stars, for example, were believed to be composed of aether, since the Greeks believed that aether did not change or fluctuate with time, unlike the other Greek classical elements.

You can read much more about these elements and other culture's viewpoints here: Classical Elements

Our series of caches continues with Fire. Fire is one of the classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion. Fire has been essential to Mankind since the beginning of time and continues to this day to be proven indispensable on such reality TV shows as Survivor . In our family we have a long history of people serving as firefighters, so we appreciate the power and beauty of fire as well as the need to control its potentially destructive powers. An interesting place to visit, if you get the chance, is the firefighter's store in New York City. Here you can find an enormous collection of firefighting patches from companies around the world FDNY.

Now, on to the puzzle. Several Greek philosophers convened to discuss the important topics of the day such as who was the best discus thrower, whether the Parthenon was a waste of taxpayers money, and, of course, the Classical Elements. During the course of the meeting, the conversation turned to the topic of , a novel activity that was first thought to be started by the Egyptians. The philosophers decided that they would protect information regarding the Classical Elements (at that time they were just elements, but in time they would become classical!) by secretly hiding a container for each of the elements which would act as a sort of athenaeum. Of course, they encoded the secret location so that only those with the correct knowledge could obtain this information.

In a recent excavation in the Katy/Fulshear area, yet another strange tablet was uncovered that bore the following inscription:



On the underside of the tablet they discovered a line of text, shown here:

Once again, the local authorities were perplexed as to what this message might mean, so they enlisted a group of local geocachers to help solve the mystery. Hopefully, you will be able to help figure out this message and perhaps find the storage place for the knowledge of fire used by the Greeks so long ago.

At the final cache location you will be very close to a new fire station in the Fulshear/Katy area.

We hope you have fun with this puzzle and cache!



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Last Updated: on 1/18/2014 6:10:40 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:10 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum