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Y15 - I ❤️ NY Geo-Puzzle-Art Mystery Cache

Hidden : 02/15/2020
3.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Thanks to Perfect Tommy for archiving a great cache in this general vicinity where you can gain an "Artist's Perspective".

Wikipedia informs us that the famed Hudson River School was "a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the Hudson River Valley..." One of the better known artists of the Hudson River School was Sanford Robinson Gifford (July 10, 1823 – August 29, 1880). Gifford (who served in the Union Army as a corporal in the 7th Regiment of the New York Militia during the Civil War) was one of the leading lights during the early years of the Hudson River School movement. It is claimed that Gifford painted more actual views of the Hudson River than any of his colleagues. Among his favorite spots to sketch/paint were the east and west banks of Haverstraw Bay, with Hook Mountain often in the background. This cache involves one of Gifford's splendid Hudson landscapes. Pictured below is his 1866 painting entitled Hook Mountain Near Nyack which now resides in the Yale University Art Gallery.

The cache rating reflects, in part, the kayak trip or difficult bushwack required to find the possible spot for Gifford's perspective. The bushwack may be easier in winter. There are some social and deer trails through the tangled thicket as well. The trick is finding them. You will also want to check the tide tables. If you come for this cache at high tide, you will likely get your feet wet. You are encouraged to take a snap approximating Gifford's perspective so we can see the scene in different seasons. In your explorations, you may encounter bricks on the Hudson shore. These bricks will often have the initials "W.A.U." identifying them as the product of the William A. Underhill Brickyard that once operated on this peninsula. William's brother, Dr. Richard Underhill, was a leading agriculturalist and was responsible for the creation of the wine cellars found on Croton Point.

Note: during peak times when the booth at the park's entrance is manned, it may cost $8 to park ($4 with a Westchester Park pass). Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.

You can validate your puzzle solution with certitude.

Please be sure to enable Flash on your browser prior to assembling the puzzle. Failure to do so may cause your browser not to display the Certitude key. Copy the key exactly and enter it into the Certitude site, punctuation is important, or the lack thereof in some cases. Copy and paste should guarantee success as well. It is also highly advisable that you create an actual login for the puzzle site. This allows for your puzzle progress to be auto-saved every time you place a piece. You can then come back to the site at any time and pick up where you left off.

Due to the nature of this geo-art, a large number of placements are needed within 2 miles of the project. This means that the actual location will be a mix of cache types from typical urban style park and grabs to actual hikes in the woods. Enjoy!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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