On the Fifth Day of Christmas, mrGreen317 hid for me, ( dramatically sung: ) a multi ... with ... a view...!
Welcome to the Twelve Multi(cache)s of Christmas (12 MoC). Each cache is a simple two-stage multi leading to a small-sized latching box in one of our fine PA state game lands (SGL).
While the retailers are packing away the Christmas wares for 2019, the traditional Christmas season actually runs from December 25 through January 5, the "Twelve Days of Christmas". Here are some multi-caches hidden for the "Twelve Multis of Christmas" to grab this Christmas season or any other time of the year when geocaching is on the day's agenda.
This cache location is designed to provide an exploration of this section of SGL. You can park near the 2017 12 Gates of Christmas Day 4 Gate cache (GC7GBAV), please just do not block the SGL gate with your vehicle. If the gate is open, you may park adjacent to the provided side road waypoint. This side road at the additional waypoint is marked by a sign not to be driven on, so if you do park closer to the waypoint, you will have to park and then walk the rest of the way from there uphill (please do not block any SGL roads with your vehicle). In winter, these roads may be icy, so please use caution and discretion both on where you take your vehicle and using care when hiking over any icy surfaces.
Vegetation Note: Since these caches are hidden in SGL in the non-growing months, it is always possible that access may get more challenging during late spring and summer growth seasons. When considering hide locations, an attempt was made to minimize this potential issue as much as possible, but when searching in the late spring or summer, just keep this in mind. Good, sturdy hiking footwear and possibly long pants (not shorts) are a good suggestion. Always be on the lookout for wild animals and ticks in the game lands. With this cache, the terrain rating is up half a step due to the uphill hike and possibly some growth and vegetation on and just off the grassy path from the additional waypoint up to GZ. The final/second stage might get some growth, but is not too far off the grassy trail.
This cache is located in state game lands, so PLEASE observe all state game land rules and wear orange during hunting seasons. During the primary hunting season, finding this cache is recommended on Sunday only.
Series Information of Note
- Each of the Twelve Multi-caches should have a stage one ornament hanging on a tree or similar object at the posted coordinates. To find stage two/final, replace the decimal portion of the north and west minutes with what you see affixed to the ornament at stage one. (See below for an example with this cache.)
- Each stage one has the numbers incorporated into the ornament hanging wire. This should be all the clues you need to find the final/stage two part of the cache.
- The log book in each final stage will have a code word, something that might relate with Christmas traditions. You will want to make a note of both the ornament design at stage one and this code word in stage two to get you the needed information for a future "final" geocache.
- FTF on each series cache: There is a small ornament for FTF that either matches stage one's ornament or is somehow thematically connected to it. Since not all FTF gifts exactly match the stage one ornaments, it is suggested that FTF cachers make note of the stage one ornaments for their records if seeking the series "final" cache. FTF will also have a different code word labeled on the FTF gift bag, a code that is different from the final stages's code word. This code is unique to the FTF gift and can be used to claim other additional prizes at the conclusion of the 12-days series. More information will be forthcoming.
BOOM! A congratulations on FTF goes to 74vwBus and Kmussel123 . Merry Christmas to you and your families!
Merry Christmas from the Green-Hippo household!
(mrGreen317, Sage-Hippo, and littleEEE)