Sir Tristan's Island
In Wisconsin, United States
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This is the sad but true story of how Sir Tristan got taken for a ride and sold a swamp.
Since first having searched for and found cache GC1EKQ3, we have always been intrigued with the purported location of Sir Tristan's glorious castle, rumored to be located across the shining waters. So, we decided to set out to see if we could indeed find his castle, but alas we could not. All we found was an island and, upon this island, a mysterious metal box marked "GEOCACHE." Within this box we found a journal that told the sad but true story of what really happened to Sir Tristan.
As it turns out, Sir Tristan had wanted to build his castle originally on the eastern bank of White Lake. Cache GC1EKQ3 does in fact mark the original location of where the castle was supposed to go, near where only a carriage building can be seen today.
But after having chosen that place, Sir Tristan received so many visitors wanting to sign something called a "cache log" and looking for something called "swag" that he was was getting frustrated with the lack of privacy. He contacted a realtor from Century 2.1 who assured him that there was a wonderful island on which to build his castle, surrounded by water that was difficult to navigate and that would deter any visitors.
So, Sir Tristan set out from shore with the realtor to the island, whereupon all he found was sucking muck and swampgrass. "Trust me, it's wonderful just a little further in," said the realtor. "You head in and look around, and I'll wait here."
Well, you can pretty much guess the rest of the story. Not only did Sir Tristan not find solid ground upon which to build his splendid castle, but he had a long swim back to shore! Fortunately the realtor was apprehended and summarily beheaded, so all's well that ends well.
We kept Sir Tristan's journal for safekeeping, but added a new journal of our own to the box he left behind, along with a few trinkets for those who seek his abandoned estate.
A word about the search:
-You will need a boat to approach this cache, and most likely a canoe or kayak. It is a "no wake" lake and very shallow as you approach the island.
-There is no beach or solid landing area. It will take some experimenting at your part. There is a lot of swamp and sucking muck.
-You are looking for a regular, metal ammo can, pretty much in the open, on the highest and driest ground we could find.
- Wisconsin has a LOOOOOONG duck hunting season. Check the DNR website at: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us for exact dates. Watch for hunters, or wait until hunting season is over. --
On the way from Tristan's Bay.
Here looks like a good spot to land.
The golden ferns mark the location of the fabled estate.
(No hints available.)
Ferns mark the spot
On the way from Tristan Bay
The best spot to land.
Last Updated: on 4/4/2013 6:55:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:55 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum