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Take a walk or ride thru the parks: Rest Stop #3 Traditional Cache

Hidden : 04/10/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


Have you ever taken a long road trip and made frequent stops along the way at rest areas to refresh yourself and stretch? The “Take a walk or ride thru the parks” series of caches provides you with an opportunity to walk or bicycle on path ways around Lake Arlington and neighboring parks and to pause at a few Rest Stops along the way to sit awhile and enjoy the scenery, enjoy a drink from a water fountain (in season), get rid of any trash you may be carrying, have a picnic lunch, and, of course, look for a hidden geocache.

Most of the Rest Stops in this series of caches have trees and bushes, benches and/or tables, a trash container, and a water fountain (except one) for your convenience. Two have a bike rack and one even has a porta-potty (seasonal) within about 200 feet. However, besides providing you with these common “rest” amenities they also provide opportunity to hide a cache.

Just to keep it interesting, there is one “undeveloped” rest stop, RS #5, with no amenities and one scenic/informative rest stop, RS #0, which provides for a scenic and informative pause in your
walk / ride around the lake.

No bushwacking is involved in pursuing this series of caches. All walking is along paved paths and the Rest Stops are adjacent to the path except two which require an easy walk down a gentle grassy slope or over a generally flat grassy area. However, just like the heavy automobile traffic we encounter on the highways at times, there will be a lot of pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the path during certain times of the day. So please use stealth tactics when searching for a cache if there are lots of muggles out. You won’t have to be a contortionist or perform any unnatural acrobatics while searching. All the caches can be easily and covertly reached with simple natural body motions – bending over, sitting, arm extension, kneeling, etc. The benches and/or tables at the Rest Stops provide a comfortable place to fill out the log. All the caches contain only a paper log so please bring your own pencil.

If you feel adventuresome after finding the Rest Stop series of caches and would like to do some “off-path” caching, follow the path around to the North side of the lake where you will find the forested natural areas which at last count contain 5 caches concealed in the natural settings. There are easy and hard ways to access these caches and I will leave that up to you --- good luck.

FYI night cachers – posted closing time of the parks is 11 PM.

I hope you have a pleasant and successful path trip and enjoy the Rest Stops along the way.
May the Lord bless your day.

dcachfinder

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Rest Stop #3 is along the main path encircling Lake Arlington. It features a clump of Birch trees, a bench, a water fountain (seasonal), and a trash container.
If you are there in the early evening you will be able to enjoy the sunset over a tree skyline – clouds permitting.

The cache hidden here is in the micro class.
You may also find a decoy cache hidden here.
If you do, please put it back where you found it and continue your search.

Be aware of potential muggle eyes from nearby neighborhood homes and also muggles from both directions on the path especially during high path traffic times.

So ...........


Use STEALTH when searching and retrieving this cache to preserve its integrity and hidden identity from muggles.

Please use care when replacing the cache container.
If it doesn’t easily go back as found, start over and try again – don’t use undo force.
A pinch & pull ToTT would be handy to have with to prevent damage to the cache contents.


FYI ..... This cache had been disabled 7/5/12 due to the park management upgrading some attractions at this rest stop and that work was apparently finished late in 2012.
As a result, on Feb 18 2013 this new cache container was placed in a new host structure -- both different from the original cache placement at RS #03 from April 2011 to July 2012.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qvtvgny qrkgrevgl jvyy uryc lbh ergevrir guvf pnpur juvpu chgf n arj gjvfg ba na byq vqrn.

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)