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Summerless

A cache by Mr. Protocol Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/13/2002
In New Hampshire, United States
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

This is a trivial spot to find, and is about a non-trivial weather event that had worldwide impact at our latitude. It helped trigger the migration of farmers from New England to the midwest. To this day, many NH towns have fewer residents than they did in 1816.

In 1815, Mt Tambora in the Eastern Pacific exploded bringing "The Year Without a Summer" the next year. This cache commemorates a monument that commemorates Rueben Whitten who managed to raise 40 bushels of wheat that year. Corn farmers lost their crop three times to freezes, but Whitten's wheat saved his family and neighbors from starvation. Much more information is at http://WermeNH.com/1816.html.

The coordinates are for a granite marker in his family's cemetery. Access is through private land, but the owner has granted limited access in return for my promise that geocachers respect the site they visit.

Please park at the Town Hall on Highland St at N 43:41.791, W 071:37.938, 0.4 mi south of the destination. Walk uphill from there. Please don't park near the cemetery as the road is narrow, the plants growing on the edge of the road don't want to be parked on, and the landowner is concerned about parked cars blocking the road.

Only one question for "proper credit:"

1) The typical gravestone is a rectangular block of soapstone, slate, or granite from a quarry. What is odd about this monument?

Email me your answer, but go ahead and log your find.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Npprff gb gur przrgrel vf guebhtu n tnc va gur fgbar jnyy ng A 43:42.127, J 71:38.125.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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Last Updated: on 8/14/2017 6:14:21 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:14 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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