This is a somewhat challenging find, in four stages, for newbie geocachers: Your quest is to find the secret sign of The First Degree geocacher.
Stage #1: A nano @40°52'3.95" N 73°25'33.15" W with the co-ordinates to Stage #2.
Conklin House: The Conklins are among the earliest settlers of Huntington. David Conklin built this Farmhouse around 1750. His father Thomas signed Huntington’s own Declaration of Independence, the town's Articles of Association. Being patriots, David fled when the British occupied Huntington following their victory in the Battle of Long Island. David's wife Sybil, who remained behind, struggled to deal with the occupying army. It is said that when the British troops ransacked the house and ordered her to give them her gold wedding band, she took the ring off and put it in her mouth, refusing to part with it. When a soldier was about to hit her an officer spoke up, ordering him to “Leave the plucky little lady alone.”
Stage #2: An historic sign at Benchmark KU0436 hides the co-ordinates to Stage #3. This benchmark is described as being in the South wall of the Fire Department Building, 5.5 feet West of the South East corner, and 3.7 feet above the sidewalk. A standard disk, stamped 55.837 Q 39 1932 and set vertically.
Stage #3: A sign at this Patriot's House hides co-ordinates to Stage #4. This Patriot was a physician and an officer in the revolution and a member of the Long Island Spy Ring between Brooklyn and Setauket. He was known for the patriotic saying "I am determined to live and die free." He is buried in the Old Huntington Cemetery on Main St., site of an earlier cache in this series: GC1XY64
Stage #4: Take a load off outside this venerable house of learning -- in fact, take the whole bench to yourself. You're looking for a magnetic micro cache. Bring your own pen to sign the log then claim your find. Geocoins won't fit -- but Travel Bugs without attachments may be traded here. You're encouraged, but not obliged, to upload a photograph of yourself in the general area of this cache showing off, as discretely as possible, the secret sign of The First Degree geocacher -- without obviously giving it away -- the instruction for which is contained in the cache.
FTF prize is a gold Liberty Dollar (not much else fits this micro cache container, sorry)!
Congratulations on obtaining your First Degree in the somewhat mysterious, slightly technical, secret society of geocachers. Your ordeal now is to learn the secret sign of The Second Degree geocacher
This is number Three in a special series of geocaches in Huntington ...
Graduate to higher degrees of this order by uncovering other caches in this series -- coming soon to a neighbourhood near you in Huntington!
- The Neophyte: GC1Y8D0 (a traditional cache)
- The Entered Apprentice: GC1XY64 (a multi stage cache)
- The First Degree: GC1Y8TK (this cache)