Satellite of Love: The MST3k Series
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This cache is one of a 13 cache series celebrating my favorite television show, "Mystery Science Theater 3000." The first 12 in the series are stand alone letterbox hybrids that will contain a single number and letter combination that can be used to find the last, Bonus cache. You can do however many you'd like, but you'll need to do them all to get the lucky 13th. All caches are custom built and painted and contain a handmade stamp. I hope that you have as much fun finding them as I've had making them. As with all letterboxes, return the stamp to the container for all to use. Many of the containers could be a little fragile, so please take your time retrieving them.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000" or MST3k for short, aired from 1989-1999. It grew from a public access show on KTMA in Minnesota to a full production on both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. Created by Joel Hodgson, it was a derivative of the old Buggs Bunny cartoons with silhouettes in front of the screen making fun of really bad movies. The show had a huge cult following during its' airing that still exists today thanks to the internet. As was suggested during many of the commercials, "Join us!"
This cache feature the "Satellite of Love" which is the orbiting laboratory where mind control experiments are forced upon it's inhabitants. The original test subjects were Joel Robinson and the robots he built (Tom, Crow, and Gypsy) The space craft was launched from Gizmonics Institute by Dr. Clayton Forrester. Later in the series, Joel escapes and the mad scientists don't miss a beat and find a suitable replacement in Mike Nelson. Shanghaied into service, Mike becomes trapped with the ‘bots and is forced to endure the bad movies like his predecessor.
Over the years, the SOL is visited by countless alien races, monsters, and B-movie characters. Originally in a geosynchronous orbit, later shows has the satellite in full spaceship mode and capable of traveling around the universe.
This caches is hidden along a BLUE blazed trail in the Taconic Hereford MUA just off the Taconic State Parkway. It's a short walk to the cache, but a nice uphill to get the heart working. Parking is on Tyrell Road at the coordinates listed below. You can access this road directly from the Taconic, but signal early to warn cars behind you to be alert. This is a multi-use area, so hunting is allowed in season, so dress accordingly. This is Dutchess county, so you should always spray to protect yourself from ticks. Dogs on leashes are allowed and be aware that these trails are favorites with mountain bikers. Large groups can be seen here during nice weather, day or night.
MST3k Series caches:
Dr. Clayton Forrester (GC275BY)
TV’s Frank (GC26R51)
Joel Robinson (GC26R5W)
Tom Servo (GC26R5B)
Crow T. Robot (GC26R55)
Satellite of Love (GC26R5N)
Deep 13 (GC275BQ)
Mike Nelson (GC275CE)
Pearl Forrester (GC26R4V)
Professor Bobo (GC275CR)
Brain Guy (GC275C8)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum