Live, Laugh and Be Mary
In Indiana, United States
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Welcome to Crown Hill Cemetery, 3rd largest cemetery in the United States. Mary & I always enjoyed caching here. There are plenty of caches hidden in this beautiful cemetery to keep you busy for a full day.
MagicStan introduced us to something called geocaching while he and RC72 were visiting us the Summer of 2007. The explanation of the past time can cause many different reactions from “That’s nice, now what movie would you like to see?” to “Oh wow, take me to the GPSr store so I can start right away.” We probably fell somewhere in between, but leaning towards the “wow” end of the scale.
Our first hunt occurred a few days later when Stan took me out to Ruster Park with 2 of his grandkids and they watched as I fumbled my way to my first find (they had already claimed a smiley a few days earlier). It obviously piqued my interest and after finding another in the park, I couldn’t wait to get home to tell Mary.
Mary & I briefly cached under separate names (Rascal99 & Mkay46) but we were quickly hooked and decided to unite our efforts and become Walkabout46. The rest, as they say, is history.
As time went on and we started to meet other cachers along the way, we started to realize the extent of the sport and often commented that we never met a cacher we didn’t like. That remains true to this day.
We had 19 months of caching together – we climbed (and fell down) hills, fences, trees, rocks, steps and who knows what else. We stood in amazement at many of the sights we saw. Some were funny, some were beautiful and a few brought tears to our eyes either from laughter or poignancy. We were so excited about our first nano, that Mary actually called Stan to describe this incredible little thing we found on a stop sign! We found containers made from everything imaginable and in every shape and size. We found 850 caches together and enjoyed every one of them because it was something we both loved to do.
We all love the finds and the smilies we get to log. We love seeing our numbers climb (all the while claiming it’s not about the numbers). If you asked us to name our greatest finds of all, the answer would be simple. Our greatest finds are the friends we’ve made in our caching community. I cannot tell them often enough how much they mean to our family.
This cache is placed as a tribute to Mary’s life, not her passing. She was passionate about people and always found ways to support any one who needed it, always ready with words of comfort, support and encouragement. She taught everyone the true meaning of unconditional love. She walked the walk and talked the talk.
Mary loved children’s books and one of her very favorites was “The Little Prince”. She had a favorite quote and it goes likes this, “ It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential, is invisible to the eye.” I do believe Mary saw rightly, every single day of her life and that in some way, big or small, we should all “Live, Laugh and Be Mary”.
Now for the cache details! This cache has 2 parts. The cache is NOT at the posted coordinates. The posted coords will take you to the Indiana Aids Memorial where you will gather information to get to the final stage.
What year was Ryan White born = 19AB
What year was William Hostetter born = 19CD
Final stage is located at N 39 49.1EF W 86 10.1GH
EF = AB - 27
GH = CD - 8
FTF gets an unactivated Compass Rose geocoin and both of Mary's Memorial pathtags.
Cache is available from dawn to dusk .... absolutely NO NIGHT CACHING. Gates are locked at posted times.
CONGRATULATIONS TO INDYMONK - FTF!!!
[Stage One] Yrsg cnary - Juvgr 10gu ebj sebz gbc. Ubfgrggre 26gu ebj sebz gbc)
[Final] Fgrc vafvqr.
Last Updated: on 8/31/2014 6:25:53 AM Pacific Daylight Time (1:25 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum