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Hidden Sword not-so-virtual cache

A cache by Steve (adopted by Alibags) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 04/29/2002
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Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

A real sword, hidden

This is an interesting spot to visit if you pass this way. It is a virtual cache in the respect that there is no Tupperware container, but you are looking for a hidden object that most passers-by don't see. Even "locals" are mostly unaware of this bit of history.

The large tree is a very old (and nowadays, sick) tulip tree. If you stand back a bit and look up into the branches you can see a sword and miscellaneous chains. There is also supposed to be a dagger there somewhere, although I wasn't able to see it on my last visit.

I haven't been able to track down an authoritative version of the story behind these items. I was told that someone put them there on their way back from the crusades. A church was first established on this site in the twelfth century... but could the tree really be that old?

Some people say the "sword" is just bracing for an old and sick tree, but it was there at least forty years ago and the tree was quite healthy then.

I'd be interested to hear from you if you have any links to information on this story.

The sword is much easier to see in autumn and winter, when there are a lot less leaves on the tree, but you may be able to find it anyway if you visit when it is light.

To verify your find, please e-mail me and tell me what it says on the nearby wrought-iron gates (the whole lot, not just one date, please) and/or post a photo of yourself with your GPS at the spot. suggests this procedure to exclude internet searchers from logging this as a find... although I'm not convinced that GeoCache fraud is a profitable exercise!

NOTE: The map links below do not lead to good maps. You can click here for the map, which is better.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)