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Browning Summit (Indiana Stonehenge)

A cache by sept1c_tank Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/10/2008
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A senic hike to the area's highest hill.


There are several approaches to the summit. If you use the parking coordinates below, the round trip hike will be about 5.5 beautiful miles:



Park Here
N 39° 02.924
W 086° 15.001

Notice on the map above that there is an intersection of trails about 1.3 miles into the hike; if you climb over the large tree blocking the path (instead of going around), you will miss it.

At 930 feet tall, Browning Hill (also sometimes known as Browning Mountain, or Indiana's Stonehenge) is the 53rd highest peak in Indiana.

It is known as stonehenge because of an unusual group of sandstone blocks positioned in a circle at the west end of the summit (the cache is located some distance away near the exact, USGS summit of 930 feet).



The blocks are a non-native siltstone, (Keokuk limestone) hewn with right angles, and occasional angular fillets, 3-4 ft wide, 2-3 ft thick, and 5-15 ft long. The nearest Keokuk limestone source is believed to be near Edwardsville, in Floyd County, Indiana, a remarkable distance from Brown County, if the stones were moved by manpower in pre-Columbian times. It is known that Miami Indians come from Iowa to make use of this site for certain ceremonies to this day.

The cache is in a small plastic jar covered with black

tape.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Nccebk. guerr srrg uvture guna gur fhzzvg.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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