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Be the Genealogist-Final Mystery Cache

Hidden : 08/04/2007
3.5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Be the Genealogist is a series based on my other hobby. It's a hobby that I enjoy doing, so much so, that I decided to allow other geocachers to get a taste of it. Although these caches are all puzzles, none are meant to be extremely difficult.

In addition, I decided that since I like hiking, I'd create some long ones. All the hikes in this series will require at least a half mile hike (as the crow flies), each way, to and from the cache.

This is the final of the 6 previous caches located around Northern Virginia. There's a camera in the cache. Please take your picture, so everyone can see what you look like after you bushwhack over a half mile.

In order to find this cache, you need to visit the previous six caches in the series, and answer the question, on the top of each cache container. Note which question goes to what coordinate spot, and you'll know where the cache is. The previous six caches are the following
Be the Genealogist-Graves
Be the Genealogist-SSDI
Be the Genealogist-Soundex
Be the Genealogist-Census
Be the Genealogist-Ellis Island
Be the Genealogist-Counties

The coordinates aren't where the cache is, rather it's a suggested parking space. From the parking lot you'll need to find the trail that goes down to the river. You'll pass the regatta grandstand, and then wooden regatta supports. From there you'll have to bushwhack east, as the dirt road goes on to private property. Bushwhacking will be approximately .6 miles in itself. There have been attempts at building a path through this part of the park (small logs outlining path, orange ties on trees, etc.), but there is definitely no distinct path. The bushwhacking on the other hand is really not difficult. You'll have to cross some streams, and walking with the topography will make it easier. You'll probably know what spider webs taste like after you're done. A water approach may be a good alternative, however, you'll still be bushwhacking a ways to the cache.

If you have any problem with the puzzle, or the coordinates, or any part of the cache, email me, and I'll help/fix any issues.

Thanks to MGSGAGAG for passing along and painting most of the containers for this series.

This Cache series was voted "Best Series" and this cache was voted "Best Mystery Cache" and "Cache of the Year" in NOVAGo's 2007 cache awards!

Congratulations to Nondescript, who finished this series in three days and who made this his 200th cache. Incredible accomplishment. It took me a week to place all the caches.

PLEASE, MAKE SURE YOU OBEY ALL "NO TRESPASSING" SIGNS WHEN GETTING THIS CACHE Please check with me to verify the final coordinates. One of the final questions has a questionable or multiple answers.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)