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## The French, er, Americans, er, Russians are coming

A cache by GeoPiggies Message this owner
Hidden : 07/20/2001
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## Geocache Description:

The fact that you are paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you...

This is a virtual cache. It was originally a real one, but it was stolen quite quickly. At GeoMonkey's suggestion, we're reviving it as a virtual cache. Even if there's nothing here to sign or swap, it's still a nice place that's well worth a visit. Be sure to visit the underground parts where the cache was originally hidden. Bring a torch or two.

The construction of military fortifications at various locations around Sydney Harbour began in the very early 1800s when the government of the day feared invasion by the French. The undetected nighttime arrival of four American warships in late November 1839 prompted the building of further reinforcements, including the simple firing wall and cannon mount at the bottom of the hill near the harbour below this cache. The fortifications where this cache is hidden were built in the 1870s when fear of a Russian invasion mounted.

This area is full of history, even the small lighthouse at the eastern side of the point is heritage listed, having been built at the turn of the last century. The mast of the original HMS Sydney, circa World War 1, stands guard at the waters edge on Bradley's Head.

This cache is hidden slightly to the immediate north of all of these wonderful buildings, right between two trees (you guess which two!!!). It is in a container similar to those which hold GeoPiggies caches '1' and '2'.

Our 'Russians' cache is sited in the Sydney Harbour National Park and you can drive your car to within metres of the location of the cache when the park is open. Gates are closed during night hours, presently from 8pm to 6am (times are well signposted).

A night-visit is a perfectly realistic goal if you are prepared to walk for perhaps 500-600m. It will improve your chances of meeting some of the residents - we met with Mr Possum and Mr Wallaby when we hid this cache!

When you're all done caching, consider heading down to the bottom of the hill to take in the view and perhaps have a picnic. The Zoo is right next door too. GeoPiggies sponsor animals at the zoo (no, the meerkats actually!) - we find the free entry benefits of sponsorship well worth the price - please consider! As always, Piggies don't trust conventional forms of encryption and use their own special type called 'PiggieCrypt'. PiggieCrypt works like this:

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

Piggie Clues (in PiggieCrypt of course!):

1) YR ICK'FA NKHS NEHSYBZ, ICK'FA WEHJYBZ ICKF JYMA.
2) ZAJ ICKF SAEQ CKJ CR JSA OLCKQH!
3) JFI BCJ JC QYHJKFN JSA NEJH EBQ JSA MCJSH.

Note: August 7th 2004. After someone pointed out that there
were typos in the clues for King of the World, I checked all
pigs caches. Turns out that I made the same typos in all
of our cache clues (since they were generated programatically,
that doesn't come as much of a surprise). Typo-corrected
clues are as follows:

1) YR ICK'FA NKHS NEHSYBZ, ICK'FA MEHJYBZ ICKF JYWA.
2) ZAJ ICKF SAEQ CKJ CR JSA OVCKQH!
3) JFI BCJ JC QYHJKFN JSA NEJH EBQ JSA WCJSH.