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Geocaching HQ: After having been muggled many times, and receiving reports from cachers about trash strewn around the cache location, it is time to archive A Bedazzling View.


HQGT: A Bedazzling View

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Hidden : 08/13/2013
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Size: Size:   small (small)

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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 a bedazzlingly lovely cache in a beautiful spot along the Canal. No need to bring your towel, as you shouldn't need to step in the water to find the cache! What is needed is amazing stealth! This is a very high Muggle zone. Please ensure that no one is paying attention when you replace the container.

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

Print your HQ GeoTour passport as a guide.

In the mid-1800's discussion of a hyperspace bypass for ships in the started. Work began in 1911 and and lasted just 19 years shy of forty-two years for completion. Thus creating an intragalactic superhighway for seafaring vessels. Commonly, it's known as the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

"Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash from point B to point A very fast. People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what's so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there, and what's so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would just once and for all work out where the hell they wanted to be. Point D wasn't anywhere in particular, it was just any convenient point a very long way from points A, B and C." -The Guide

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.

A HUGE thank you to goblindust for his idea and craft skills to make this cache possible!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qbja gur fgnvef, abegu fvqr bs fgnvepnfr, ernpu haqre. Fgvyy ybfg? Ybbx oruvaq gur tenssvgv fzvyrl!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)