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Gold & Iron Multi-Cache

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Geocache Description:

Handicap Friendly. This cache is hidden inside a hollowed-out book at the Potomac Library...but you'll have to do a little research before going to the library to find out which book it is! Note: Due to the addition and or deletion of books, the cache may not always be on the same shelf..

Updated Dec 3 2023. Due to some minor changes within the mall store structure, I have had to change some questions around just a bit. So please bear with me on that. The trail for this multi-cache is patterned after the "Occoquan Ramble" by The CacheRats who in turn patterned their hunt after the "Black Mountain Ramble" by Wanderlust and Laughing Moon. It is designed as a fun cache for those who may be "fair weather" cachers and for those who don't have a lot of mobility. This is not a difficult cache and the whole family can participate (young ones may even learn a bit about how the library works.
The goal is to fill in the following blanks:

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By answering the few questions, this will give you the Dewey Decimal Number of a book in the Potomac Library that's hollowed out to hold the cache logbook and occasionally a few toys and trinkets for the finders. Once you find it, you will know it, but you won't find it by random online searching.

Recommend you start on the side of the Mall where Sacs 5th is located (same side as COSTCO entrance). Above the mall entrance door there is a sign highlighting Polo Ralph Lauren, JC Penny as well as others. (NOTE: You will NOT be required to enter any stores during your adventure, and you will NOT have to walk the entire length of the mall). The coordinates here will put you in front of the entrance door N 38 38.572 W 077 17.584.

Let’s get started. Start your journey by entering the mall. On the left you will see Kay Jewelers . Pass Kay Jewelers and turn to the left. Each store will have a 3 digit location marker (i.e 325) either on the left or in some cases the right. Make a note of that number as you will need that number to answer questions.

After you make the left, you will see another jewelery store on your right. Look for the 3 digit code and add 8 to that number. As an example if the number is 215 add 8. The sum is 223. You would take the 3 and place it in the 1st space. Good luck you’re your search.

Continue your journey down the hall and look for a place you are able to make furry critters. Once you have your number add 5 and enter the last number in space two.

Continuing your journey you will observe a store that is an excellent source for bling for your holey gator shoes. Who knows you may get you another pair or gators. Take your number and substract 1. Take the third number and place it in space 3.

As you approach the food court immediately to the right there will be a three digit number between your Aunt and a well know coffee vendor. As a hint the first and third number are the same (i.e. 121). Take the third number and add 9 then substract 2. Enter that number to the space 4.

As you pass the food court on your right you will see a sign that will let you know you are entering Neighborhood 3. There are nine stores that are highlighted on the sign Other than the 3 what is the other number mentioned on the sign. Take the number and multiply that number by 8. The third number goes in space 5.

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Spencers Speciality Shop is within Neighbor 3. You do not need to go any further than Spencers Speciality Shop.

Continuing your journey you will see a store that might resemble one of the characters that “James….James Bond” always interacts with in his movies. This character is the head of the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service charged with oversight of top secret field technologies. Take the number you find and add 6. The third number goes into space 6.

Along your journey you may have seen a store that will help give your feet the balance in life you may want. Take the number you fine and add 6. Take the third number and place it in space 7.

For the final number take your final number you calculated in the above step and substract 7. Take the third digit and enter this number into space 8, finlling in your final number.

The Potomac Library is located at 2201 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22192 and use the Dewey Decimal Number to find the book.

Library hours are:

Monday-Wednesday: 10-8

-Thursday- Saturday: 10-5

Sunday: Closed

This "book cache" was placed with permission from the Potomac Library staff. Contents of the cache will vary. Happy Hunting!

Many thanks CalvinRTVP for allowing me to adopt this cache. It is still one of the more popular caches to search.

If you have problems with determining the answer drop me a message and I will be happy to give you some guidance.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)