This cache is part of the Historic Boston GeoTour, a series of twelve caches that will take you through the city’s 400 years of history. This is one of the twelve caches and is a bonus cache which will require you to also complete the Freedom Trail Adventure Labs. Completing the GeoTour will earn you 57 smileys, a Historic Boston GeoTour geocoin, and a Historic Boston digital souvenir.
The cache is not at the posted coordinates. Instead, you must first complete the Freedom Trail Adventures to discover the coordinates and the combination to the lock.
Boston food and history come together in this cache. The Boston Cream Pie was first created circa 1866 by French chef Augustine Francois Anezin at the historic Parker House Hotel which you pass on the Boston Freedom Trail.
Boston's Parker House Hotel
When the Parker House opened in 1855, chocolate was mainly consumed at home as a beverage or in puddings. There was no lack of chocolate in Boston, since America's first chocolate mill had opened in neighboring Dorchester in 1765. Since colonial times, New Englanders have enjoyed a dessert called American "Pudding-cake pie," but when Chef Anezin drizzled chocolate icing onto sponge cake filled with vanilla custard, something new and sensational was born. Originally dubbed "Parker House Chocolate Cream Pie," Boston Cream Pie became an immediate and perennial hit.
The original Parker House recipe for the pie (which is technically a cake) was so popular that in 1958 it became a Betty Crocker boxed mix. In 1996 the Boston Cream Pie was proclaimed the official Massachusetts State Dessert despite stiff competition from the Toll House Cookie, the Fig Newton and Indian Pudding.
Finding and Opening the Cache
To find this cache, complete all nine of the Adventure Labs that make up the Freedom Trail Adventures. You will then have 45 journal entries (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 2A, ..., 9D, and 9E) with all the numbers you will need for the bonus cache.
The location of the cache is at N 7A7B° 7C7D.7E8A8B W 8C8D8E° 9A9B.9C9D9E. This coordinates will bring you to an alley and it is suggested that you make the find during daylight hours.
Once you get to the cache, the combination is (1A+1B+1C+1D+1E) * (2A+2B+2C+2D+2E) * (3A*3B*3C*3D+3E) * (4A+4B+4C+4D+4E) * (5A-5B-5C-5D-5E) * (6A+6B-6C+6D-6E).
Apologies but the combination for the lock box accidently got changed by a previous cacher. I will need to destructively open the box, remove it, and then replace it with a new one. In the meantime, you may contact me with the correct combination to log the find and I will mail you the pathtag.
Inside the cache should be a supply of Freedom Trail Adventures pathtags and you are free to claim one. If the supply is running low or there are none, please contact RetiredGuy.
The Historic Boston GeoTour
This cache is part of RetiredGuy's Great Chefs of Boston Series of caches: