****7-6-13 Cache is now padlocked. The combination to open the cache is 14-16-10****
A few years ago, I had the fortune of visiting the beautiful little oceanside town, Cannon Beach, Oregon, and I fell in love with the place. The downside was that I only had a few hours to spend there before I had to drive back to Seattle that day. But, while I was there, I pulled up a list of nearby caches and saw the listing for Cannon Beach Photo Mystery. Without time to attempt it, all I could do is bring that inspiration back with me and try to set up a cache like that here. Well, not exactly the same. This cache is closer to the Issaquah Photo Mystery Tour cache but the seed was planted in Cannon Beach.
The final is at N 44° 2A.BCD W 088° 4E.FGH
On this page, you'll see eight photographs with numbers on each photo. To figure out the coordinates to the final, you'll need to visit the eight additional waypoints and look around until you find an object that matches one of the photo's below. The additional waypoints will be titled A, B, C, D, etc..., so if you go to Waypoint A and find the object in the photo with the number 3 on it, then A=3 and so on. Most of the waypoints are fairly close to each other around downtown New London but at least one is a few miles outside of town. So, come prepared to do a fair bit of driving (or walking/biking). I do recommend doing Waypoint H first, as that is the furthest one away from town.
The waypoint coordinates, which are listed in random order, will all lead to a place to park and from there, the object that I photographed will be within about 300' of that spot (most are 200' or less...but a few are further than 200' but none more than 300'). Some objects will be very easy to spot, some might be a little tougher but none should cause you to pull your hair out. However, details are important! There may be some curveballs along the way, as a few of the waypoints will have objects that are similar to objects at other waypoints. Just match the photo's up EXACTLY and you'll avoid those landmines.
It's tough to really rate this one on difficulty. The distance traveled ups the difficulty somewhat and it's tough to judge just how easy/hard it's going to be to locate the photographed objects. If you are familiar with New London, you'll probably recognize a few of the photo's without leaving your computer chair. With the driving and searching, I'd expect this to take between an hour and two hours to complete. I could have made this harder by picking small objects that you'd really have to hunt for but since there is alot traveling around town, I thought it was only right to make most of the photos lead you to something a little more obvious.
I hope it's at least a little challenging but not frustrating. This is supposed to be fun, after all
The waypoints/photographed objects should all be winter friendly. The final will be at ground level, but it probably won't be an issue to find in the winter. There isn't a huge muggle problem at the final location but it does see a stray visitor now and then. Make sure to rehide the cache to keep it from being visible to any passerby.
You will not have to enter any establishment to find the photographed objects but some will be inside a park and those parks have closing times. I'll note the curfew in the waypoint info. Please do not hunt for this cache outside of the parks posted hours!
For those who do paperless caching, the eight waypoints are added to the page, so you can download them to your GPS as child waypoints! For anyone else, the eight waypoints to visit are:
Waypoint A N 44° 23.358 W 088° 44.385
Waypoint B N 44° 23.058 W 088° 45.258
Waypoint C N 44° 23.499 W 088° 44.421
Waypoint D N 44° 23.321 W 088° 44.207
Waypoint E N 44° 23.140 W 088° 43.694
Waypoint F N 44° 23.761 W 088° 44.502
Waypoint G N 44° 23.550 W 088° 44.392
Waypoint H N 44° 26.344 W 088° 44.518
And now the photos!
Thank you to Chad Hoerth, New London Parks & Recreation director, for permission to place this cache.