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Bud's Breakfast Kakuro
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THE CACHE IS NOT AT THE POSTED COORDINATES!
N 41 42.863, W 87 56.978
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve may be the most astonishing parcel of open space in DuPage County, if not northern Illinois. One of DuPage's largest preserves, Waterfall Glen contains 2,488 acres of some of the most diverse plant and animal populations in the area, along with some of the most rugged landscape. A popular place with hikers, cyclists, equestrians, cross-country skiers, wildlife watchers and model-aircraft enthusiasts, Waterfall Glen truly offers something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.
The topography of Waterfall Glen, and most of DuPage County, can be traced to one design maker, the Wisconsin Glacier. The ridges and potholes scattered throughout Waterfall Glen are a result of former ice action. Even the valley of the Des Plaines River was cut by glacial meltwaters and water draining from a postglacial lake that covered most of the Chicagoland area.
Its natural characteristics give Waterfall Glen the greatest diversity of habitat in any DuPage County forest preserve. Prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands and planted pine groves add to this diversity. Plant surveys by District ecologists have recorded more than 600 native plant species at Waterfall Glen. This biologically diverse area includes 75 percent of all the plants known to grow naturally in DuPage County.
Waterfall Glen is host to a bevy of wildlife that uses the preserve year-round and during migration. Records show 17 fish, 11 amphibian, 19 reptilian, 30 mammalian and more than 160 avian species.
Contrary to popular belief, the preserve was not named after the man-made waterfall in the Rocky Glen area. Instead, it was named in honor of Seymour "Bud" Waterfall, who was an early president of the District's Board of Commissioners.
I'm pleased that I work in the center of this place. When I started caching in April 2006, the Glen was was the place I went to search for my first cache. Now I'd like to add one of my own.
As mentioned above, the cache is not at the posted coordinates. The coordinates given are for the main entrance to Argonne National Lab and one of the Waterfall Glen parking lots (although not necessarily the one you'll want to use). To determine the true cache coordinates, you'll need to work through my little kakuro puzzle below. (A pdf version is also available at the link at the top of the page. Puzzle solving tips available upon request or by googling.) The decimal minutes portion of the north coordinate is given in the blue boxes. The minutes portion of the west coordinate is in red. The full cache coordinates take the form:
N 41 xx.xxx W 87 xx.xxx
The walk to the cache is not difficult. If you use the same parking that I use, it will be about a mile and three-quarters round trip. Slightly shorter routes are available from other parking spots. There will be some minor bushwhacking at the end.
Finally, a message from the Forest Preserve District:
- This Geocache is placed on DuPage County Forest Preserve property with permission (Permit #146).
- Do not place the following items in the Geocache: Food items, inappropriate, offensive, or hazardous materials.
- DuPage County Forest Preserve hours are 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour after sunset. Preserve users must not be in the preserves after hours.
- It is the visitor's responsibility to be aware of the policies and rules pertaining to this preserve. For more information on preserve rules, see the information kiosk in the parking lot of the preserve or contact Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.
- All Statutes, Ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are applicable.
Congratulations to Doughball on the FTF!
This cache was originally placed for the 2008 version of Greenback's annual Breakfast in the Blustery Burbs. Thanks, Greenback!
(No hints available.)
- KakuroThe north decimal minutes are in blue; west are in red.
- Waterfall Glen
Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:33:49 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:33 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum