H.P. Lovecraft 3: Innsmouth
In Massachusetts, United States
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When one can gain a view of the bay over the marshes, look past the mouth out to the ocean, past the clam beds and the greenheads. The black protrusion in the water is Devil Reef, and while watching it during a gibbous moon, one may see unnatural movement on it in the moon’s bloated reflection…!
This cache is part of a series devoted to honoring the “actual” geographic locations of celebrated horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional towns, and the real towns he refers to in Massachusetts (most of which are in Essex County). There are plenty of H.P. Lovecraft-influenced caches (try searching by keywords Cthulhu, Lovecraft, Innsmouth or Arkham), however our caches are positioned for “historic authenticity” as best we could manage. Where is the first cache in this series? It is not ours, nor is it nearby, however we defer to GC9497 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Related Web Page above links to Lovecraft’s Wikipedia page.
Lovecraft first used the name “Innsmouth” in his short story “Celephaïs” (1920), where it refers to a fictional town in New England. The name also appears in one of the sonnets in “Fungi from Yuggoth.” Lovecraft's most famous tale of Innsmouth, however, is his story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (1936). (visit link)
This cache is located at Clamhouse Landing on the Cox Reservation, the entrance to which is well marked off of Route 133 in Essex. The Cox Reservation consists of two parcels: a four-acre woodlot on nearby Lufkin Street and the 27 acres of upland, salt marsh, farmland with house and barn, and river frontage on Eastern Avenue. The views from the larger parcel east toward the salt marsh, the Essex River, the back of Crane Beach, Castle Hill and Choate Island are magnificent. Activities here include birding and nature study, canoeing and kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and fishing (for the elusive Striped Bass, an Innsmouth resident for as long as time can remember…!). The Essex County Greenbelt Association headquarters and staff offices are located here, this links you to the ECGA web site and a trail map (visit link) .
The cache here is a 7”x7”x3.5” Lock ‘n’ Lock, and is our first Essex cache. The nearby private residence is one of only two nearby. It is not inhabited, so therefore perhaps spooky…? We’ve populated this cache with tradable goodies that will be typical of our new caches to start. This combination of swag is likely to include: a collectible coin in a viewing box, a plastic coin pack, a fresh deck of cards, a Hot Wheels car, a rubber ball, stickers, and a fresh pair of alkaline AA batteries.
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To complete the creepy feeling, there’s nothing like Lovecraft-inspired artwork. I added some Michael Whelan to the gallery (from the Del Rey paperbacks), however my first exposure to Lovecraftian artwork was Erol Otus. I find this art helps visualize the horror. Sam Bosma's art helped inspire the letterbox stamp, (visit link) .
June 2012: Due to the confusion with a nearby letterbox placement, we have teamed up with 20mermaid to bring you this cache as a Letterbox Hybrid. Please leave the stamp in the container, do NOT swap it out. Fitting that a cache honoring a fictional town full of hybrids should become a hybrid itself... we added the stamp image to the gallery. Please don't forget your paper, rubberstamp and ink pad!
First-To-Find prize is an American coin rarer than our usual leave, a Liberty Dime from 1912 Denver that is .900 silver. The designer of the coin, Charles Barber, was Chief Engraver of the mint and because of his position, a default “winner” of his submission of his own design. This coin is old enough for Lovecraft himself to have spent it, perhaps buying himself some Edgar Allan Poe to read…? Co-First To Find goes to Froedo Bagginz & HostaHead (LasaCana). What is that they say about the perfect warrior not needing sleep? FB&HH should keep mum from the military their geocaching-induced insomnia…!
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Last Updated: on 8/1/2017 3:44:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:44 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum