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Alien Invaders: Russian Olives Multi-cache

This cache has been archived.

YetAnotherReviewer: There has been no response from the CO. Without recent communication on future cache availability, we can't hold this area for you any longer and so we are archiving this cache. Please pick up any remaining cache bits as soon as possible.

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Hidden : 12/28/2010
3 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

For a nice round trip hike, park at the coordinates listed under parking.

This two stage cache takes you on a 1 mile hike through the woods along the Beaverslide (pink) and Scout trails (blue & white). See trailhead coordinates below. The first stage will be a bison tube hanging in a shrub at about eye height. Grab the coordinates for the final and continue along the trail till the last 60 feet.

This cache is the third in a series of 5 invasive plant-themed caches placed around parks in Northern Virginia. You will also need to jot down the clue from each cache to find the final cache, Raiders of the Lost Park GC2JE3B

If you use the parking coordinates, proceed from there to the trailhead listed on this cache page. From here you will proceed along an established trail to stage one. Once you retrieve coordinates from stage one, continue along the same trail to the final stage. You will have walked a nice loop. The final is not far off the trail.

Other caches in this series:

Alien Invaders:English Ivy Leaguers GC2HG5X

Alien Invaders:Reston's Exotic GC2HHE8

Confucious say Wisteria GC2E0D

Click here for a park map: map

Russian olives and autumn olives are related cousins. The name of this cache was chosen to emphasize the 'foreign' nature of all plants in the series as they all come from other continents other than North America.

Both are invasive and were introduced into this country in 1830 from Asia as erosion control and food for wildlife. These species have escaped and take over abandoned fields, edges of forests and squeeze out native flora.

Click link if you want to learn more about Autumn olive: Autumn Olives

Did you know the fruits are edible?

Be sure to grab the clue for the final

Raiders of the Lost Park GC2JE3B! Remember, it's all about the journey...

Most containers in this series are unique and are handmade. Please take care to replace them exactly as found and hid from view.


This cache has been placed by permission of the park manager.


A very first FTF goes to Black_Robert for finding Russian Olives. Buglady is honored that you found this as your first FTF. >: )

Now go find: Confucious say Wisteria GC2JE0D

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Fgntr 1: Nhghza Byvir Svany: va gur prqnef nobhg 3-4 sg hc.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)