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HQGT: De Libertas Quirkas

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Hidden : 08/13/2013
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Geocache Description:

Welcome! Don't panic! You’ve located another stop in The Geocacher’s Guide to the Center of Our Universe, also known as the HQ GeoTour. It’s part of why Fremont is so unique. What we have here is an easy 3-stage Multi-Cache that takes you through our neighborhood of Fremont.

The Fremont Motto: “De Libertas Quirkas” (freedom to be peculiar)

Print your HQ GeoTour passport as a guide.

Space is big - vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big - but luckily you are soon to discover the true (scientifically corroborated) Center of the Universe.

At the first 2 stages, you will gather information from the Hysterical Markers that will help you discover the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything...or then again, it may just help you solve the final coordinates. (Note: No supercomputer or mice required.)

STAGE 1 (start at posted coordinates!): N 47° 39.033 W 122° 21.074

Read the quirky story of how this spacecraft ended up in the Center of the Universe.

  • A = How many rocket scientists does it take to bring a rocket to Fremont? (hint: use photo but please ignore the person mentioned in the caption as absent)
  • BCDE = What year did liftoff occur?
  • F = How many minutes was the suborbital flight?
STAGE 2: N 47° 39.081 W 122° 21.054

Learn how this unusual object found its way to the Center of the Universe.

To solve for G, where was this 7 ton bronze statue discovered?
  • 1 = in a public square
  • 2 = in the mud
  • 3 = in a private collection

HIJKLM = What is the price tag hanging on the neck of the object?

FINAL LOCATION: N 47° 39. 0[(IxE)+G] W 122° 21. [GAC]

About the HQ GeoTour

The Geocaching HQ office is located right here in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. That makes Fremont the center of our geocaching universe. It just so happens that Fremont is also officially the Center of the Known Universe. Coincidence? We think not.

According to somewhat reliable sources Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood lies in a special geophysical locale. Stay long enough and you might happen to notice the odd gravitational pull, the inability to stay away, the overwhelming urge to return again and again—it’s almost as if you’re in the center of the universe.

In 1991, Fremont Scientists did extensive research at a local Fremont pub. With a few slurs and stumbles, they came to the conclusion that the intersection of N Fremont Ave and 35th St N was, indeed, the Center of the Universe. They supported their statement with the claim that it could not be disproven. (It couldn’t be proven either, but that’s beside the fact.)

Shortly thereafter, through much politicking and cajoling, the Fremont Scientists convinced the Metropolitan King County Council to officially name Fremont as the Center of the Known Universe. You can read the official proclamation, which declared Fremont to be an Independent ImagiNation and a mecca for those of independent minds and spirits, and is forever and fervently empowered with all the rights and privileges thereto accruing. Really.

This geocache was hidden with special permission from Geocaching HQ.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Hfr lbhe cerivbhf nafjref vagb guvf rdhngvba (N+O+P+Q+R+S+T+U+V+W+X+Y+Z)-1. Gur nafjre jvyy or 0 _ _ .

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)