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This is a Theme, Multi-Cache, located in the beautiful, Upper Bidwell Park. This cache was originally established in 2001. With the recent changes of hiking rules in the park, I have had to realign this cache to make it more, "trail friendly." This is a 3 stage cache, with an additional "bonus" starting cache, for those who are a bit more tech-savvy with their smart phones.
If the upper park road gate is closed, park in the parking lot and the entire quest is approximately 3.1 miles long. If the gate is open, park in the Alligator Hole parking lot, (39°46.2577 X 121°45.9844) and your total hike will be: 1-3/4 miles. This quest is designed to be as easy on the terrain as possible; almost the entire quest is located on the creek side, Yahi Trail. The theme for this cache highlights of the Biblical Story of the Exodus; like in the movie, The Prince of Egypt. Each step of the way brings to mind a facet of the Exodus story, in words, and photos, of the actual sites. Each station has quotes from the Exodus Biblical narrative. There are a total of 4 stages (including the bonus stage). Watch out for poison oak which is abundant in the area. If summertime temperatures are high, consider doing this cache in the morning hours. If not, take adequate water.
An alternative starting stage for smart-phone tech users: This bonus first stage, is a couple of “QR” codes. One code is linked to a webpage with the narrative and next coordinates, and the other, is a text with special instructions in case of no internet access. So, having a smart phone with a Quick Response code reader, is necessary for this. Your starting point is: 39°46.225 x 121°45.981, real close to the parking lot. 2. Non smart-phone users, should proceed to the main coordinates listed for this cache. The next caches, are camouflaged pvc pipes. The final one is a concealed ammo can. Bidwell Park is a very popular place with many trails so please be discreet and watchful when honing in on the cache and encourage your young geo-searchers, to do the same. The final cache contains some fun items and a log. I hope you enjoy this quest.
If you would like to know more information about QR codes, see the posted explanation below.
[First stage for smart-phone tech users] Gur DE pbqrf ner ba gur onpx bs n cyndhr, arkg gb gur flpnzber gerr.
[For non smart phone users] Ybbx ng gur onfr bs n sbexrq gerr, svaq n zryba fvmrq ebpx, cvpx hc gur ebpx naq ibvyn.
[Second stage] Lbh jvyy frr n 3 sg. fdhner bs pbapergr, fvtug orgjrra gur zrgny ybbc rzorqqrq va gur pbapergr, naq gur genvy fvta arneol gb n ynetr tenl cvar, orlbaq gur fvta. Gurer vf n ebpx ng vgf onfr, cvpx vg hc. [Final Stage] Ybbx va gur oebxra pbapergr cvcr qbja ybj naq ba gur evtug fvqr bs gur genvy. Gurer vf n fznyy ebpx va gur bcravat, chyy ba vg, gur pnpur jvyy sbyybj.
Last Updated: on 1/19/2017 5:16:04 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (1:16 AM GMT)
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