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Dear Toad Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/29/2017
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


This is the first cache in the Frog and Toad cipher mini-series. This is a multi-stage puzzle cache that will take you on a nice little hike at Burke Lake Park. Just follow Toad along the woodland trails as he uncovers hidden clues and a secret treasure left behind by his good friend, Frog! The cache is NOT at the posted coordinates. Solve the puzzle below to find your way to the first stage. The trailhead coordinates can be obtained by using the certitude geochecker on the cache page.

Note: This cache has a keyword that is required to unlock the "Frog and Toad Are Friends" bonus cache. Please leave laminated clue cards in the cache containers. See the links at the bottom of this listing to access all of the caches in the series.


A letter from Frog to Toad who is just waking up from his long winter nap…


You can validate your puzzle solution with certitude.


Links to the series of Frog and Toad cipher caches. These caches can be found in any order.

Toad’s Missing Button The Petrified Pachyderm Frog and Toad are Friends



NOTICE: This cache is hidden with the permission of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Park manager at Burke Lake Park. Geocachers must abide by all Park Authority rules, regulations and other restrictions. This specifically includes park access times. Unless posted otherwise, all Park Authority parks are open from Dawn to Dusk. Night Caching in Park Authority parks is expressly forbidden.

Please note: There may be a fee to enter the park at certain times of the year for Non-Fairfax County residents.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Pvcure Uvag: Sebt yrnearq nobhg guvf pvcure sebz uvf arvtuobe Oynvfr ng gur Byq Fjvzzvat Ubyr (Oenapu) arneol. Fgntr 1: Uvqrl-ubyr. Chyy fybjyl. Fgntr 2: Genqvgvbany fcbg. Rnfvre gb nccebnpu sebz gur evtug. Fgntr 3: Cebwrpgvba...Zrgref abg srrg. Fgntr 4: Snyyra gerr, arkg gb n fznyy pebbxrq gerr gung vf fbeg bs funcrq yvxr n Euvabprebf urnq. Frr Fcbvyre cvp. Fgntr 4 Svryq Chmmyr: Sehvgf ner nyfb ohggbaf gbb! Hfr Fvzcyr Zngu. Svany: Gjva gerr onfr, ng gur zvqcbvag bs n snyyra gerr.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)