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A Mythological WordGame Mystery Cache

Hidden : 11/11/2023
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2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

Come ye denizens of Olympus and Valhalla!
    Gather here ye Sphinxes and Akh'luts!
        Sally forth Oh, Elves and Menehune!
            Hark these tales of Thor and Ishtar!

This cache is no myth!  It is very real, but the posted coordinates are a bit of folklore.  These coordinates are near main parking for Columbia Creek Park, and not too far from the cache.  To get the real coordinates, use your extensive knowledge of ancient cultures and their oral story telling traditions (or your ability to search the internet) to complete the Word Game Puzzle below.  With that completed, you'll take a short walk along the creek, then look for a decon container.  This cache begins filled with many little toy dragons, along with the log sheet.  Enjoy!

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

Note: Where a character appears in parentheses, it denotes that actual letter within a word



X4 E3 N2 D2 U4 C2 Z1 R2


U2 J4 D3 H1 A1 H2


W2 (J) G1 N4 E4


Z2 R1 E4 W2 J4


A3 J4 A1 Q3 H2 P1 E3


Etheric Plane at N28°55.9 E099°48.0 (China)

S2 E1 H2 I4 Y4 J4 K4 H2, T4 B4 E2 I3 A2 J4 R2

Home for Souls of the Virtuous at N3° E155° (Mars!)

Y3 I2  (Y) S1 G3 M3 G2 X4 K4 H2 W2 R4 J1 F2 J4

Palace of Kublai at N40°40.0 W111°54.7 (USA)

S4 J4 W2 H2 O3 H1, M3 J3 H2 U1

Arthur's Resting Place at S38°05.0 E144°26.0 (Australia)

H2 C4 J4 K4 B1 A1, P2 B4 E2 D1 M2 R3 R4 H2

Lake of Fire and Brimstone at N42°26.1 W083°59.1 (USA)

M4 Q2 I2 K4, G2 B4 E2 W3 R4 H3 J4 A1


Persian tiger-scorpion

G2 H2 A1 T1 H4 G4 L1 N3 X1

English chicken-serpent

E2 L3 G4 Z4 H2 V3 B2 U4 E2 P3

German mer-person

R2 B4 V4 F2 Q1

Greek eagle-lion

Q3 I1 H4 K3 F1 G3 W2

Central European canine-man

X2 S3 R3 F4 K1 L3 I2 A4

OH, SO MANY E's! (nothing to do with mythology - the puzzle just needed a lot of E's)

Golf course expert

H3 L2 C3 D4 A1 U3 Z4 K2 Y2 X4 O4 X3

Long lonely winter

M1 O2 T3 X4 Y1 C1 D2 F3 B3 T2

Salad bar plexi-glass

Q4 R2 F4 W1 J2 N1 O1 A2 H2 V1 O3

Already sugary

X4 V1 V2 T4 K1 P4 Z3 L4 Q1 R2 F3 C2


Optional:  Since it was rather difficult to format this puzzle using mark-down/ RTE, I have also made a printer-friendly, PDF version at my personal web-site.  Alert: You are about to download a file that contains details helpful to find this geocache. As the geocache owner, I ensure that this file is safe to download. It has not been checked by Geocaching HQ or by the reviewer. Download this file at your own risk.  mythology_puzzle_grid.pdf (about 144K, takes two pages to print),

The main parking area for Columbia Creek Park is open seasonally, but in the off-season you can park next to the fence along Curtice Road.  In fact, this may be closer parking overall.  Cache may be slighlty more challenging in summer, when the tall grasses and thorny plants are up.

Good Luck and Happy Caching!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lbh znl svaq lbhefrys nyy gvrq hc, ohg fubhyq abg or ba gur srapr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)