This geocache is a tribute cache to the SeaAggies. While they have not hidden a cache since 2008 and only a few of their hides still remain active, many of us who have tried some of their caches likely count some of those cache hides as our most memorable. They've had people climbing high...floating into the middle of lakes...solving complicated multi-part puzzles with hidden messages and bizarre containers...trekking for miles into the wilderness...wading through swampland.......
Well, I could go on and on about the creativity and adventurousness that many of their geocache hides have gifted to those who have pursued those hides, but perhaps I can let a virtual (and physical) journey through some of their most memorable and/or notable caches do the speaking.
"The SeaAggies Tribute Geocache" is a combination multi-cache/puzzle cache. It is thus NOT hidden at the posted coordinates. The posted coordinates lead to a local Tex-Mex restaurant, because, as the Aggies themselves revealed in the write-up for their "South Florida Mexican Fiesta" event cache (GCJYZP), "we are die-hard TexMex fans coming from Texas!" To find the final, you will need to take the aforementioned tour of some of the SeaAggies' greatest hits. We encourage you to read the cache write-ups of some of these caches (and others in their lists) to get a feel for what SeaAggies caches were and are like. Since this is a tribute cache, I've tried to incorporate some of the things that I already mentioned they've had cachers do. And we also strongly encourage cachers to visit the SeaAggies' remaining active geocaches, most of which remain active because they were so good that other cachers are keeping them alive even though the SeaAggies no longer live in the South Florida area.
Answer the following questions:
1. What is the fourth letter in the GC code of the cache they hid that was nearest to GC3A2FQ?
2. What is the first letter in the title of their 4-part geocaching series?
3. What is the first letter in the fourth word of the title of their only Cache In Trash Out Event Cache?
4. What is the first letter in the title of their only cache with a 5/5 difficulty/terrain rating (a cache that, for many, is considered to be the Holy Grail Of Geocaching)?
5. They hid two large-sized geocaches. On the page of one of those two caches, one of the uploaded images has a yellow box surrounding an empty white space toward the bottom left of the image. What is the first letter of the second word underneath that yellow box?
6. What is the first letter of the second word in the title of their only cache with a difficulty/terrain rating of 2/4?
7. What is the first letter in the last word of the title of their first 7-stage multi-cache?
8. What is the third letter in the GC code of any 2004-hidden SeaAggies cache that was still active in 2016?
You will need to descramble the 8 letters you get from the above questions in order to figure out the general vicinity where the cache is hidden. Of course, "general vicinity" covers about a 1000-square-foot radius, so you'll need to get more specific if you're going to find this cache! To figure out the precise coordinates, you'll thus then need to go to... PART TWO!
One of the Aggies' most ambitious, elaborate and byzantine geocaches was the infamous "Elusive Coelacanth" (GCJYCH). An AMAZING multi-stage cache, each stage offering its own virtual and/or physical challenges. Part Two pays tribute to that cache in at least three ways, one of which is that you will need to visit the remnants of one particular stage of "Elusive Coelacanth" and then answer two questions in order to determine the exact coordinates for THIS cache. Hint: To know where to go and what questions you need to answer, you will need to find and read one very important and revelatory "Write Note" log. Cryptic note: Subtract the name of the "tributees".
ONCE YOU'VE SOLVED THE PUZZLE:
No geochecker for this one for three reasons: (1) as far as I recall, there were no geocheckers for the SeaAggies caches and no geochecker makes this a more authentic tribute cache, (2) It's impossible to have an incorrect answer for Part One (either you have the correct answer or you have no workable answer at all), and (3) it would be too easy to go for trial-and-error on Part Two if a geochecker was available.
If you solve the above puzzle and are looking for a place to park, I recommend subtracting .324 from the final's west coordinates...while I can't make any guarantees, I've parked there a number of times over the years without a problem.
Successful seekers: When you post your log, please share any memories you have of your adventures on SeaAggies geocaches (if you've had the fortune to visit any). (Also, please make sure not to reveal anything about the final that needs to be kept as a surprise!)
Thank you, SeaAggies, for the fun you generated...and still generate...for geocachers!