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HQGT: Chairy Tree Traditional Cache

This cache has been archived.

Geocaching HQ: Alas, there is no appropriate location nearby to revive this cache so we're pulling the plug. RIP Chairy Tree! After 7 years, well over 8000 visits, and more than 3000 favorite points, you've had a good run.

Hidden : 08/13/2013
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Welcome! Don't panic! You’ve located another stop in The Geocacher’s Guide to the Center of Our Universe, also known as the HQ GeoTour. It’s part of why Fremont is so unique. What we have here are lots of wooden chairs up in a tree. How do I get one of them to come down to me?

The Fremont Motto: “De Libertas Quirkas” (freedom to be peculiar)

Print your HQ GeoTour passport as a guide.

One of the things Fremont is known for is quirky art projects. Here grows a beautiful Purple Leaf Plum Tree, Prunus cerasifera. Another nickname for this tree is Cherry Plum.

It is not an ordinary tree. It hides a secret for people that walk by! Go to the tree and see all the chairys. Then notice that one of them is different. It might be something you want to look at closer, but how do you get it? Observant geocachers will soon find the way. After you have signed the log and stamped your passport, please pack it up nicely and return it gently to its position.

About the HQ GeoTour

The Geocaching HQ office is located right here in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. That makes Fremont the center of our geocaching universe. It just so happens that Fremont is also officially the Center of the Known Universe. Coincidence? We think not.

According to somewhat reliable sources Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood lies in a special geophysical locale. Stay long enough and you might happen to notice the odd gravitational pull, the inability to stay away, the overwhelming urge to return again and again—it’s almost as if you’re in the center of the universe.

In 1991, Fremont Scientists did extensive research at a local Fremont pub. With a few slurs and stumbles, they came to the conclusion that the intersection of N Fremont Ave and 35th St N was, indeed, the Center of the Universe. They supported their statement with the claim that it could not be disproven. (It couldn’t be proven either, but that’s beside the fact.)

Shortly thereafter, through much politicking and cajoling, the Fremont Scientists convinced the Metropolitan King County Council to officially name Fremont as the Center of the Known Universe. You can read the official proclamation, which declared Fremont to be an Independent ImagiNation and a mecca for those of independent minds and spirits, and is forever and fervently empowered with all the rights and privileges thereto accruing. Really.

This geocache was hidden with special permission from Geocaching HQ.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)