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Re-joyce: Trees from Mahwah

A cache by MahwahBnA Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/2/2014
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the posted coordinates.

To learn the actual location of the cache, you have to find the answers to 4 questions. But, there are also several clues along your journey! So start at the posted location, walk around and take notice of your surroundings and some of the answers might come to you.

This cache celebrates one of the township's famous residents. But - it's not Les Paul! wink

To get started, let's hear from our mystery person:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Sounds familiar? You actually may have learned this poem in your elementary school.

Now see if you can find the answers to the following questions. The digits shown in Italics will help you assemble the coordinates of the final cache location. No worries, you won't have to be an algebra wiz:

  1. Do you know the title of the poem and who authored it?
  2. In what year was it penned = 19ab
  3. Street address where the poem was written = 1cd.
  4. Street address of local institution named after him = ef

Use the information to calculate the final coordinates using this formula:

N 41° 05.[d]74 W 074° 09.[a+c][e+f][b+d]

You can check your answers for this puzzle on

Long pants are recommended, thorns and poison ivy are in the area of the final cache location.

On weekends, or during the summer months, or anytime after 3:30 PM, you can park near the final cache site. During other times, please approach from the parking lot coordinates provided.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

#1: Vg'f nyy va gur anzr!
#2: Abg gur lrne vg jnf choyvfurq.
#3: Uvfgbevp Fheirl Sbez 0233-6
#4: Ner lbh fznegre guna n 5gu tenqre?

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • Answer to Question 1If you find this plaque, you'll have the answer to question 1. Pedestrians can see it from the road. No reason to step on people's property!
  • This will help with Question 3You can access the Bergen County register of historic places - or you can walk straight down the hill one block looking for this house. (Please respect people's privacy - stay on the street!)

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Found it 56     Didn't find it 1     Write note 7     Publish Listing 1     Owner Maintenance 2     

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