Salute 2 Salute to the Stute
In Wisconsin, United States
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A salute to a historical cache of significance, the third oldest multicache in Wisconsin and the oldest archived multicache, Team Grousetales "Salute to the Stute" GC1174!
That multicache was placed July 7th, 2001, 12 years ago from the date this new look-back cache was placed.
Take a look at the related webpage above to learn about the original cache. It may help you find this new 2013 version.
In October 2011, I came across the original starting waypoint tag for this cache while on a FTF hunt for jawarrior and mrfriendlyghosts' new hides on the Stute Homestead. Intrigued with the history of what I serendipitously found, I was ecstatic to learn I had come across the third multi cache placed in Wisconsin, Salute to the Stute. Created by one of Wisconsin's first geocachers and first reviewer, Team Grouse Tails, Salute to the Stute was found 96 times through July 2006 when a controlled burn took out the final ammo container. At this time, it is the oldest archived multicache in Wisconsin. Only Lord of the Caches (The Trilogy) and Collectibles Cache are older. There are some great historical pictures on GC1174's page. I was especially excited to see some of Wisconsin geocaching's charter members on the page. I have included a disposable camera in this cache to document the "next generation" of Wisconsin's who's who of geocachers.
Surprisingly in my search to find the remaining six waypoints (thanks to Ranger Boy saving May 2003 coordinates for 10 years!) I found that a few of the original waypoint tags are still in great shape!
Enjoy the walk back through time, 180 years of the Anton Stute Homestead and 12 years of geocaching history.
This area now requires either a Wisconsin State Parks sticker or day pass to park. If you need a pass, you can buy one approximately 0.25 mile north at the Emma Carlin Mountain Bike Trailhead.
The initial coordinates are for parking. You will find the original and current WP1 on the trail brochure box. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend paying $0.25 for the brochure. It will not only give you a much better understanding of the history of the Stute Homestead, but it will also help you find this cache. If there is no copy available or you would rather bring one with you, the same guidebook in PDF format can be found by googling Stute Farm Homestead. Please recycle the brochures at the end of your hike.
"Along your adventure you will see the remains of a 180 year old farm. Some of the buildings have been rebuilt to their original condition. You will also see water bubbling out of the ground at several fresh water, cold springs." Bring a thermometer and take a look at AuntieNae's EarthCache while you are in the area.
"Be sure to come prepared to this adventure. You will want to bring the following items: Camera, Notebook (for recording the next cache), drinking water, and plenty of bug spray." This is a dog friendly area, but please check yourself and her for ticks during the tick season. Some bushwhacking is required. Note: Every time I'm here I hear gunfire in the distance. There is a shooting range adjacent to the Stute Homestead and nothing to be concerned about.
I suggest you put aside about 2-3 hours for this cache. The original cache was a 7 point multi. This cache is designed, like the original, to be a scenic, low impact tour, which will show some of the cultural history of the area. However there will be some parts of the trail that will be higher terrain, thus the overall 3 terrain.
For fun and if you feel like it, please write in your log what you were doing in July of 2001. After you've found the final, return to the Nature Trail as outlined on the background of this page for the best trail back to parking.
"The first 6 cache's are nothing more than a tag, with the coordinates and clues printed on them for the next cache. Each new "cache" (tag) will point you in the direction of the next. The chain of sites will bring you full circle around the old farm site."
A special thanks to The Goldie Diggers and Robert M Jewelers of Menomonee Falls for the waypoint creating service. Note: One of the new wp markers was lost within the vicinity of wp4. If found, please pick it up and contact me.
Cache location submitted to the Wisconsin DNR - Southern Kettle Moraine Unit and to Thomas Meyer, Conservation Biologist for State Natural Areas in Wisconsin. Permission approved on 7/30/13.
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Last Updated: on 4/14/2014 12:13:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:13 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum