The Search for Geocacheotopia
The geocache that you seek is not at the posted coordinates. Do not go to the posted coordinates and expect to find the geocache. If you do go to the posted coordinates looking for the geocache, you will not find it there. It is elsewhere. The geocache is not there, but rather elsewhere. The geocache is not at the posted coordinates, because the geocache is somewhere else, elsewhere, somewhere that is not at the posted coordinates.
...a timeless place magically lost from humankind.
Long ago there was a wise old man, chief of the Great Clan ("GC" for short) from the ancient legendary place of Cantuland. (...Déjà vu?...) The chief discovered a container that housed magnificent powers that he deemed too powerful for people of his day to possess. He took this Container of GeoPower and concealed it at a secret location called Geocacheotopia, a place whose location was known only by this chief of the Great Clan.
The time for people to find Geocacheotopia would come someday, he knew, but not for eons. He would leave an encrypted message as a time capsule that would remain undiscovered, hidden away from the eyes of anyone, until the proper day, until the arrival of THE ONE, a person so gifted with Geocacheotopianess (or geocaching) so as to have the inate ability to once again find Geocacheotopia and find the chief's Container of GeoPower.
The GC Chief began his great undertaking. The precise location of Geocacheotopia was meticulously described and chiseled on a single flawless slab of magical glow-stone that was found at the bottom of a deep mineral mine in the legendary place called Cantuland. After scribing the location of Geocacheotopia on the stone, the stone was crushed into a fine powder that was used in the construction of nine magical objects, each one of the nine a different GEOCOIN. The secret scribed message was then separated into nine parts, and the Nine Geocoins were scattered to the nine corners of the known universe. (At that time, the universe only had nine corners.)
Through the ages, epic heroes of ancient yore had taken on the quest of hunting down the great Nine Geocoins with hopes of retrieving these magnificent artifacts and to return all of them to their place of origin, the legendary place of Cantuland. One by one, they attempted to bind the nine parts back together, and obtain the long lost knowledge of the location of Geocacheotopia, where the concealed Container of GeoPower would lay waiting through time for that hero who would succeed in the endeavor. Unfortunately, not a single one of them were able to complete such a fantastic feat.
However...enough of them had ALMOST finished the deed that YOU may have a chance of continuing where they left off. Your task, if you choose to take up the remaining part of the quest, is to rediscover the legendary place called Cantuland. Meditate, and call for the spirits to grant you guidance as you scour the land in search of a place that still remains open and secluded after all these many years. You are to search for this large empty field of your choosing and go make your stand in the middle of that field. If you choose correctly, you may find that all of the Nine Geocoins had been brought to your field at separate times in history, but are still scattered throughout the field.
FIND AND COLLECT THE NINE GEOCOINS AND BIND THEM ALL TOGETHER IN ONE HAND TO DISCOVER THE LOCATION OF GEOCACHEOTOPIA.
You get to go where I go!
From Geocaching.com: Wherigo is a toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world. By integrating a Wherigo experience, called a cartridge, with finding a cache, the geocaching hunt can be an even richer experience. Among other uses, Wherigo allows geocachers to interact with physical and virtual elements such as objects or characters while still finding a physical geocache container. A Wherigo-enabled GPS device is required to play a cartridge. Learn more at Wherigo.com.
(Your Geocaching.com account and login works there too. There's no need to create a new one. Awesome!)
When downloading the Groundspeak Wherigo Cartridge (GWC file) from the Wherigo.com website, you will have the option to save it to your computer so that you can later upload it into your Wherigo playing device. Extra periods in the filename seem to confuse the players. Be sure to save the downloaded cartridge with a name that does not have any extra periods. Just filename.gwc will do (Geocacheotopia.gwc in this case). This will prevent playing problems with your Wherigo device.
For Garmin users, after saving the cartridge to your computer, transfer that GWC file from your computer to a Wherigo directory on your GPS receiver (or on your SD card). For example, you probably already have a GPX directory for Pocket Queries in a Garmin directory (J:\Garmin\GPX) and possibly some BirdsEye aerial maps also in the Garmin directory (J:\Garmin\BirdsEye). The Wherigo directory would be at the same level as the Garmin directory (J:\Wherigo), not inside the Garmin directory. Copy the GWC file from your computer to your receiver inside the Wherigo directory. Disconnect your GPS receiver from your computer; start up your receiver and get a good GPS signal; go to the Wherigo cartridge player and go from there. Geocacheotopia should be one of the options available to play (maybe the only option, if this is your first Wherigo experience).
For Android phones, use the WhereYouGo App to play Wherigo cartridges. Not all Wherigo cartridges are compatible with the WhereYouGo phone app. Geocacheotopia version 1.1 was designed to work on the WhereYouGo phone app. Download the cartridge to your computer. Then transfer the GWC file (via bluetooth?) so that it ends up in the WhereYouGo directory on the SD-card. I use another app, AndroXplorer to move the files around within my phone.
This PlayAnywhere cartridge may be played anywhere on the planet as long as you have a good GPS signal. Once the cartridge is completed, you may log that you completed the Wherigo cartridge; that log will be on the Wherigo.com website on the same page where you downloaded the cartridge. The end of playing the cartridge will reveal the coordinates to the geocache which is somewhere within Wichita, Kansas, United States. Once you find the geocache, you can log it as a find on Geocaching.com here at this geocache listing. Posting a log on the Wherigo.com page requires completing the cartridge, but does not require finding the geocache.
The cartridge for this adventure may be downloaded at:
Update: Version 1.1, Released 31JAN2012
The geocache is not at the posted coordinates. This geocache is the first Wherigo geocache for Wichita, Kansas, and is my 99th owned geocache. You are looking for a 30-cal ammo box painted black with a cantuland-geocache-logo on the side. It is within 10 paces of a good quality hiking trail. Original contents included a Sacagawea gold dollar coin, an "Egyptian" dollar bill, a Kansas quarter, a Lewis-and-Clark edition nickel, an old wheat penny, one of those new-Lincoln-image-on-the-back pennies, a beautiful bracelet handcrafted by the wonderful Mrs. cantuland, and lots of other miscellaneous trade items.
Congratulations to ksrenegade for being First To Find!
- Make the fair trade.
- Log your visit.
- Leave the site better than you found it.
- Protect the environment — always.
- Educate those around you.
- Find another cache!
Good luck, and may all your cache dreams come true.