Viola Wendt was a poet whose hometown was West Bend. She taught at Carroll College in Waukesha for over thirty years, and in 1975 Carroll College Press printed her first book of poetry, You Keep Waiting for Geese. Her second book, The Wind Is Rising, was published in 1979. Upon her death, Wendt left funds to the Waukesha Public Library to purchase additional volumes of poetry. She also established a scholarship at the West Bend High Schools.
Sometimes it is said that books in libraries are waiting to be read, but we all know that some books wait much longer than others. Today, Wendt’s poetry is all but forgotten.
The coordinates posted above for the cache are bogus. They are in the middle of Silver Lake. The final cache is within a two-mile radius of Silver Lake.
The actual hunt for this cache begins at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. Its address is 630 Poplar St. (Be sure to check the library's hours--it is closed on Sundays.) Once there, your task is to find You Keep Waiting for Geese. (If the book happens to be checked out, you can look inside the front cover of one of Wendt's other books: The Wind Is Rising or In Any Available Light. I've placed "emegerency" photocopies of the poem to be read there.)
Read the poem “Directives.” You’ll need to copy down some numbers:
You may wish to photocopy the poem for reference, but please do not check out the book (so other geocachers can use it). For your additional reading edification, you may wish to read the title poem “You Keep Waiting for Geese” on page 35.
- Wendt says a certain number “is untaken.” Let that number be A.
- The poem ends with a five-digit number (broken over two lines) that follows the pattern BCDEB. Copy down the digits and assign them to the appropriate letters.
- The digits of the poem’s page number are FG.
Prior to leaving the library, reflect, if you’d like, on what it means to be “waiting” in this environment.
Follow Wendt’s directives. If you don’t know the general location of the place she mentions, you’ll have to research in whatever way you find appropriate. Once you arrive at the general location, it should be obvious what you are looking for. The following number will give you the specific location: GED. (Replace the letters with their appropriate digits.) Once you find it, you’ll find two appropriate numbers. The first ends with the digits DH. The second ends with the digits IJ. Once you record those, all digits 0-9 should be represented.
Reflect, if you’d like, on what it means to be “waiting” in this environment. Then proceed to stage 3.
Park at N 43 2G.BIG W 88 1B.DCD. You will find a trail map close by. Follow the trail(s) to N 43 2G.CCA W 88 1A.HJI. Please respect any private property / no trespassing signs you may encounter.
Once you reach the trail waypoint, leave the trail and head at a bearing of FAD for approximately CD paces. There you’ll discover an object that has been waiting for a long time, and presumably will only continue waiting. Reflect, if you’d like, on what it means to be “waiting” in this environment.
From this object, proceed at a bearing of DDA for approximately HB paces. (This will require a little bit of bushwhacking; if you’d prefer to do as little off-trail walking as possible, decode the hint below.) You’ll find the cache waiting there. It is medium-sized and wrapped in brown tape. The cache is not very far off of the trail, so please be discreet while hunting and logging. Please conceal the cache as well as possible after you replace it.
Inside the cache are a number of similar items. This is a “giving” cache. That is, you are welcome to take an item and are neither required nor expected to leave something in return. If an item interests you, then take one. If not, that’s okay too. Don’t feel guilty about taking one—I have access to a large supply. (Please do not indicate online the nature of the “items” in the cache so it will remain a surprise to others.) However, if you notice the supply of items is getting low (three or less), please contact me and I will restock the cache.
Good luck with the hunt. The cache is waiting.