The Historic 40 Stage Multi-Cache
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.50 caliber ammo can with lots of swag and goodies.
Note: This cache is not at the listed coordinates and will take quite some time and effort to find.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am a Geocacher. These people's responses vary from amazement to disinterest. I have converted some of them over to cache fanatics and some will probably never cache.
Billy was one of the dispassionate types. In fact he issued a challenge.
"I will start caching when you make a 40 stage multi-cache."
Well here you go Billy, get to caching.
For those of you who could care less about Billy and just want a heck of a challenge, this is your cache.
The Historic 40 Stage Multi-Cache
I decided to make this cache a historical theme and my wife concurred that was a great idea. Most of the stages of this cache are nearby California State Historical Landmarks in Kern County or near some other historical point of interest. Of course I couldn't take the clues to this multi off of the landmarks as their pictures are on the web and you could probably complete the cache from your computer. That wouldn't be any fun!
As a result, I traveled about the county finding numbers next to the historical sites of Kern County! This cache will require some math skills. Start with the number 683.
Each stage asks you to find a number nearby the historic point of interest. Take that number and follow the mathmatical directions. After you have found 39 stages, your final 15 digit number can be converted into the coordinates of the final stage. N AB° CD.EFG W HIJ° KL.MNO
I have created a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for you to plug your numbers in as you go and I can e-mail it to you on request. Additional discussion and information can also be found on the Kern County Cacher's Facebook Page.
You can complete the stages in any order you want and there are no actual containers to find along the way. I did this so a stage could not get muggled and then the entire multi is ruined. If the numbers do get muggled, it sould not be that hard for me to find a subsitute and continue the multi in a short span of time. Additionally, many of this points of interest already have Geocaches at the sites, nearby, or on the way. I would highly recommend you cache as you go!
I have also discovered that Waymarking is wonderful additional resource while out searching for these historical markers. I also used this opportunity to create Waymarks at some of the markers that did not already have one. Take pictures of yourself as you complete this multi and you can claim many of these Waymarks as you are caching. Nearest Waymarks from the Kern County Museum
Additionally, please feel free to log your finds as you go by using "write note". Half of the fun of caching is making logs to remind you of where you have been and what you have done. Simply log everything you find in a given day with the "write note" log and number them using the number of the stage.
I have created three prizes for the first three finders. If you are individual cachers caching as a group, please split the FTF prize and leave the STF and TTF prizes for the next cachers.
First To Find Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Ten Percent Firearms - Congrats to BAKO1313 and Hedge for FTF!
Second to Find Prize: $20 Gift Certificate to Ten Percent Firearms - Congrats to klharmon for the STF!
Third to Find Prize: $10 Gift Certificate to Ten Percent Firearms - Congrats to rallye & rallyejo for the TTF!
Good luck and happy caching.
The Kern County Museum
The home coordinates of this cache are at the Kern County Musuem. The Kern County Museum was founded in 1941 and serves more than 94,000 people each year, including 19,000 school children, from its 16-acre site north of downtown Bakersfield. The museum features 56 historic exhibits, many in relocated structures, an award winning hands-on oil exhibition Black Gold: The Oil Experience and the Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center for youth eight and under. The museum is consistently recognized for providing some of the most outstanding educational programs in the state of California, such as Native American Life, and Frontier Life. In addition, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions and special events in an effort to achieve its mission.
The museum is one of only 748 museums in the nation accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Kern County Museum provides a stimulating destination for generations to share experiences in an engaging, educational, and historically rich setting. In doing so, the Kern County Museum has acquired a distinguished record of service.
For more information you can find the Kern County Museum's hours of operation online, so be sure to swing by for a visit.
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