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'F' Is For Faultline

A cache by Buxley Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/11/2001
In California, United States
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Sixth in my series of alphabetic caches. This one gives you the opportunity to walk along and explore the most famous faultline in the world -- the San Andreas Fault.

A view from near the cache A trail from the parking area will lead you to a creek that has been bent into two right angles by the San Andreas Fault's movement over time. A series of signs describe the process and will lead you to several other nearby examples of the fault's effects. If you follow this nature trail to its end you'll find yourself just a short distance from the cache.

You are looking for a green ammo box. The original contents of the container are:

  • a Geocache welcome message (laminated)
  • a log book with two pens
  • a disposable camera
  • LEGO minifigs of both R2-D2 and C-3PO
  • a Junior Park Ranger badge from the Oregon Caves
  • a Clive Cussler book
  • an annotated map of Wyoming
  • a sealed pack of Cinnamon Altoids (always!)
  • two new AA batteries (in case your GPS is low on batteries)
  • a pumpkin candle from the Monkeyflower cache
  • a TechTV sticker
  • a diecast F-117 toy
  • Karen the traveling cat (most recently in the Trillium cache)
Take a picture of yourself and post a message with how many pictures are left so I can develop the film and post the pictures on my web site. Hidden in the cache itself is a clue that will help you find a forthcoming mystery geocache.

A scattering of bones around 35° 15.962 W 119° 49.303 indicate that some small mammal (a fox perhaps?) met an untimely end right on the faultline. It looks like the bones have been there for quite some time.

Have fun! Be sure to bring your camera; at more than one point in your search for the cache you'll have a great view of the fault going into the distance. Although you can clearly see the fault at any time during the day, late afternoon shadows really make it stand out.

Note: In case of a massive earthquake, I'll be sure to update the cache's coordinates. =)

Other caches in this series: 'A' Is For Alum, 'B' Is For Beachhead, 'C' Is For Cave Dwellers, 'D' Is For Desert Phone Booth, 'E' Is For Expedition, 'G' Is For Ghost Town, and 'H' Is For Highpoint.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lbh pna cnex ng 35° 16.054 J 119° 49.626. Gurer vf n fvta arne gur cnexvat nern gung znl erzvaq lbh bs n punenpgre va gur zbivr Oenirurneg.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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