Another local cache refers to J.M. Snyder by asking the question, “Snyder Who?” Well, here’s the answer to that question. J.M. Snyder was instrumental in the founding of one of Albert Lea’s oldest non-profit organizations almost a century ago. This cache is a 5-stage multi-cache that will take you on a tour of the history of this family organization. It might be helpful to keep track of each set of coordinates so you can unlock the final stage. Parking is available within 50 feet of all the stages (except for stage 4 during winter), but the first 3 are all within walking distance. All stages could be considered P&G's and are winter friendly. If you need a hint in addition to the hints below, just e-mail me and let me know what you need a hand with, and how much of a hint you want.
Stage 1- This organization’s first location in Albert Lea was here above the old Rivoli theatre. If you know where this theatre was located you might not even need the first coordinates. If you don’t, however, the coordinates will take you there. To find the next stage: go to N 43 39._A_ W 093 22. _B_. To find ‘A’, add all the numbers on the plaque and subtract 11993. To find ‘B’, add all the numbers on the plaque and subtract 11968.
Stage 2- This stage is located at the first building owned by the organization. This stage is a physical item giving you the stage 3 coordinates.
Stage 3- This stage is located across the street from a house where a “sister” organization was located for a while. This “sister” organization, which worked specifically with women, eventually merged with their “brother” organization. This is another virtual stage. The next coordinates are: N 43 37._A_ W 093 18._B_ To find ‘A’, add all the numbers listed on the beacon as single-digit numbers. Then multiply by ten, and double it. Now move the prime number to the 1’s position. Subtract the even numbers on the beacon from this new total and you have ‘A’. To find ‘B’, arrange just the odd numbers from largest to smallest to create a 3-digit number. Subtract 171 to get ‘B’.
Stage 4- This stage is located at the former home of a day/resident camp that used to be owned by this organization. Many children enjoyed camping, boating, and many other activities over the years here. In the 1980’s the camp was sold to the state of Minnesota.
Stage 5- You’ve made it! This final stage is located at the organization’s current location. Depending on the time of day extreme stealth may be required. You can either park in the parking lot and take a short walk across a field or park a little closer on a street nearby. There is a lock on this final stage. To open the lock, find the average of the last three numbers for latitude and longitude for each of the five stages. If you end up with a decimal, round down if the decimal is 1-5, and up if the decimal is 6-9.