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Bloomington Overlook

A cache by Drifty Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/15/2001
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Best over-all view spot in the St. George area. You can see most of St. George, Pine Valley Mountain, Snow Canyon, and Zion’s. To the south you are looking 300 feet almost straight down on the Virgin River, the country club and Bloomington. If you like airplanes you are looking right down the runway and you are high enough above the runway that airplanes come close enough to read the wing numbers sometimes.

Within a few yards of the cache there is a LARGE concrete arrow on the ground. You will probably pass it on your way to the cache. It is rather strange I think. I have been told by someone, who heard that someone else said, that they heard it was used by air-mail pilots of old as a navigation aid before the invention of gadgets like GPS units. If so, then how come we don’t find them all over? If someone knows for sure let us all know. I noticed that on the nearby “Shinob Kibe Cache” (N 37 07.053 W 113 29.244) description that they mention the same thing there. I plan to visit that cache soon to see if it is the same thing. If you have seen these anywhere else let us know.

Take Hilton Drive West from MacDonald’s on South Bluff Street, bear left over the narrow bridge at the Maverik Station and you are at the driving range of South Gate Golf Course on Tonaquint Drive. At about the 150-yard marker along side the driving range turn left (N 37° 4.438, W 113° 35.679) onto South Gate Hills Drive. If you want to walk ¼ mile bush whacking to the cache then park at the dead end of South Gate Hills Drive. If you want it a little easier then turn right at the end of South Gate Hills Drive onto Rolling Hills Drive and drive to a parking area at (N 37° 4.061 W 113° 35.841) and walk up the dirt road to the south. You can drive to within 100 yards of the cache if you have a high-clearance vehicle and want to drive up the dirt road. Would not recommend this dirt road for low-clearance cars.

The concrete arrow at (N 37° 3.891 W 113° 35.721) is a major clue and points the general direction to the cache. The cache is not in a dangerous spot if you are the least bit steady on your feet and is not very close to the edge, but as with most of this area two or three steps or a stumble in the wrong direction could be real trouble. Wise and loving parents will want to control the kids along this rim. Watch for snakes in this area. I've live on this hill and have never seen any, but I’ve heard that there are a few around. Most cache sites would be a good place to hide if you were a snake. Uncover all cache sites carefully and you will be fine. Snakes prefer to avoid humans and are only a problem when surprised and/or cornered.

The cache is an ammo box with a logbook and “good stuff.” The following information supplied by a recent vistor: This giant concrete arrow is a piece of aviation history (Circa 1930)! When aviation was in its infancy (long before GPS and Navigational Aides), these concrete arrows had equipment on them to light the way for pilots. This was part of the lighted airway system. The middle pad had a 50 ft. tower on it, with a white rotating beacon and green or red course lights. The back pad had a generator to run the operation. These arrows were found approximately every 10 miles, pointing the pilot to his destination.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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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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  • ArrowThis is a LARGE arrow I had built to point to the cache. Talk about a clue! If you can't find it now just forget it. Yep, that is snow, right here in St. George.
  • CacheThis is what you are looking for. Please leave it looking like this so I can find it again myself. Thank you.
  • Skywest on final approach.

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