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Gopher a Stagecoach Ride

A cache by LAZ1989 Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/25/2009
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The listed coordinates are a public parking area. You’ll walk ~3/5ths mile round trip from there. The cache is located on private property. The property owner and adjoining neighbors all gave permission for the cache, but ask that you use public land for all but the last 50 feet, and do not cross any fences.

The public parking area and adjoining land are part of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Wildlife Management Area. Please follow their rules including:
1) Wear bright colors and use caution during hunting seasons. This area is open to public hunting for much of the year.
2) Respect crops. They are a part of a Cooperative Farming Agreement and the property of a local farmer.
3) Keep your dogs leashed between April 16th and July 14th.

There’s no path, but the weeds/bugs can be parted by dogs and elementary aged kids. Tree lines generally have more manageable vegetation.

Cache contains special prizes for the first 3 adults, 8 kids, and 3 dogs.
Plus there are trade items and coordinates to an optional scenic hike.

The cache is located at N 44° 59.A1B' W 092° 47.CDE'. While in the public parking area, answer the corresponding questions to fill in the missing numbers.
A) Look to the north. How many smoke stacks do you see?
B) There is a gate at the West end of the parking lot. Next to it, the signs are hung on green metal posts. How many posts are there?
C) At the parking lot entrance there is a large tree. How many main trunks does it have?
D)There is another sign at the parking lot entrance. How many letters are in the third word on the sign?
E) How many bolts hold up the entrance sign?

Area History: Stagecoaches really did use the nearby trail/road to travel. Please see the attached 1800s land survey, 1874 Andreas Atlas map, 1950s aerial photo, and topographic map of the area. They are a special treat for which we thank Bruce (Office of the State Archaeologist, Fort Snelling History Center) for providing them in response to a non-goecache inquiry we made several years ago. Thanks Bruce!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Jr ubcr guvf pnpur qbrfa’g trg gjb cbchyne gb or pbagnvarq!

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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