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Purgatorio: Terrestrial Paradise

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Hidden : 01/27/2011
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

All the information you need to get here can be found in the seven terraces of Purgatory. The hike from your car parked at Terrace 1 is just under 2 miles one way, as the crow flies.

Terrestrial Paradise You must cache your way to here!
Terrestrial Paradise

The very top of Mount Purgatory is a flat, circular land. This land is the Garden of Eden, from which Adam and Eve were exiled so long ago.

The Earthly Paradise is like a beautiful lush garden, the place where human life began, before the Fall. The sun shines, the sky is blue, grass and shrubs grow, flowers bloom. None of them show any signs of disease or death, as if carefully tended. The trees are beautiful. Everything smells fresh, fragrant and lovely. The breeze sings gently through the trees, accompanied by a great deal of birdsong, strong enough to be pleasant, but not so strong as to be annoying. It is very easy to walk through the place, though there are no obvious paths. In some places there are meadows, the lush grass dotted with many beautiful flowers. It seems a place of eternal peace. All of the living things there are eternal, made so by God, and inclement conditions never trouble the place.

Dante encountered a beautiful damsel, Matilda, picking flowers in one such meadow, singing as she went. She explained to Dante about the Garden, its creation and maintenance, and the two clear, beautiful streams which flow through it. The first (the one by which Dante finds her) is the Lethe, which empties the minds of those who drink of it of all cancelled sins. The second one, the Eunoe, when drunk enhances ones recollection of the good which one has accomplished. The Lethe must be drunk of before the Eunoe, though. The water in the two streams flows eternally.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Gurer vf n cerggl avpr ivrj arne gur yvfgrq pbbeqvangrf. Sbyybj gur genvy hcuvyy n yvggyr shegure.

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