“FLORIDA SPIRIT QUEST”
The Florida Spirit Quest series of geocaches will take you to a number of historic sites and cemeteries built by Florida Pioneers. In six years, the Spirit Quest has grown to over 800 caches hidden in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ontario and the hiders have grown to over fifty cacher teams. Thousands of cacher teams have logged over 50,000 finds on these series.
FLORIDA SPIRIT QUEST #002
"TOUCH A BATTLESHIP TODAY"
"Remember the Maine!" is one of this country's famous battle cries along with others such as "Remember the Alamo" and more recently, "Let's Roll!".
This cache will take you to a monument to the
U.S.S. Maine (Armored Cruiser No. 1). The Maine blew up and sank, instantly sending 266 sailors to a watery grave on February 15, 1898 while tied up in Havana Harbor. Fueled by war fervor stirred up in part by yellow journalists, The United States responded by declaring war on Spain. Teddy Roosevelt rose to fame and ultimately the Presidency by leading his dismounted cavalry ("Rough Riders") on a successful frontal uphill assault against an entrenched enemy near San Juan Hill, Cuba. Peace terms of the treaty ending the Spanish American War dictated that Spain secede Cuba and the Philippines to the United States. This event precipitated America's decades-long jingoist adventures in South America, fueled by Roosevelt's "Speak softly but carry a Big Stick" foreign policy.The monument is visible from the parking area.
The metal plaque is made from metal from the sunken hull of the Maine.Touch it and you instantly connect with a vital moment in America's long and storied history.
THERE IS ONE SMALL PARKING LOT ONLY NEAR TO THE CACHE. PARK THERE AND YOU CAN SEE THE WHITE MONUMENT TO THE MAINE--IT IS ALSO VISIBLE ON GOOGLE EARTH.
The cache container is A SMALL-- PILL BOTTLE BYOP. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.
"Florida Spirit Quest" is brought to you by the following geocachers:Trader Rick & Rosie, Shady Sadie. . If you are interested in spreading the Quest to your neck of the woods AND WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US, email Trader Rick and Rosie.
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REMEMBER, NO NIGHT CACHING ON FSQ'S
AN EXPLANATION OF THAT POLICY, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T RESPECT A CACHE HIDER'S WISHES (6-05-10):
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Shoes: The icons for the Recommended at Night and Available 24 hours attributes ate turned off for this cache as they are for all Florida Spirit Quests, Indiana Spirit Quests, Michigan Spirit Quests et. al. whether or not they are in cemeteries or not, and there are valid reasons for this. Cache owners have the option of choosing the icons they want displayed on their cache pages. You have this right on your caches, as well, should you decide to hide some.
Your initial Found it Log mentioned you found it at night. I asked you to edit out the reference to night caching in your log or chance that it be deleted. You didn't and it was. Now, you've relogged with another reference to night caching, and I ask you again to edit out that reference, or your smilie will be in jeopardy once more. Let's not go round and round on this. I think I'm being more than fair on this and since you've stated your position, maybe I can explain our philosophy to you and you can agree to abide by our rules.
The allied state Spirit Quest caches, which are mostly located in the midwest, have set the standard for cemetery caches, in our opinion, in terms of historical education, reverence for veterans and our pioneer forebears, and respectful cache placement for the past seven years. There are thousands of these caches in many states as well as several copy-cat series, some of which share our philosophies and some of which do not, and there are many cachers who have goals of finding as many of these as they can.
The hiders of these series have agreed to certain principles and rules and among these are "No Night Caching" even in locations where that activity may not be against local law. We maintain a consistent set of rules for hiders and finders alike, so that we are all on the same page regarding these cache placements and everybody knows what to expect. We don't want to be a part of any activity that would put cemetery cache placement in jeopardy in any state. That's why in Florida, for example, we take you to the cemetery for the experience, but the cache is not located within the borders of the cemetery.
By keeping certain circumstances of the Spirit Quest cache find experience universal to all our caches, we think we best serve the interests of cache hiders and finders alike. I hope you can abide by our ideas whether you agree with them or not.
Thanks. Cache on! --Trader Rick
WELL, SO MUCH FOR THAT HOPE.