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Put simply, any travel bug arriving at a Stargate TB Cache can be rapidly transported to another Stargate TB Cache for eventual pickup.
Park at: N 40 21.560 W 079 50.879 which is adjacent to Highway 837. Be careful of heavy traffic. As you look at the 10’ cliff face beside your vehicle, to your right is a trail providing easy access to the cache (beyond the boulders blocking vehicle access). A “bee line” approach to the cache is shorter, but much more difficult. Once in the large clearing above the cliff, there is a long tangle of logs blocking progress to the cache. One spot is much easier to cross this tangle than the other possibilities (look for evidence of tree branches sawed off). The other routes are much harder and potentially dangerous.
If a TB is left at this cache (ammo can) with a valid Stargate address, the TB will be transported to that specified Stargate TB Cache (for example: if “P3898” is included in the log entry or on a physical note attached to the TB, that TB will arrive at the Stargate P3898 TB Cache). If the TB is left without a valid Stargate address, or has an invalid address, it will be transported to a cache that best advances its goal (in the cache owner’s opinion). If travel via the Stargate Network will hinder the TB's goal(s), the TB's travel orders will be revoked.
If a TB owner doesn’t want their TB to travel the Stargate network, quickly contact me (drossdross) and I’ll revoke its traveling orders. If the cacher dropping off the TB doesn’t want the TB to travel the Stargate network, include this information in the cache log (both paper and web). The TB will be assigned local support duty.
Anyone interested in establishing a Stargate TB Cache in the US or Canada that is at least 500 miles from any other Stargate TB Cache please contact me, drossdross. Different criteria exists for some other countries/continents, so contact me (drossdross) for more information for all inquires besides the US and Canada.
At present, the following Stargate TB Cache sites are known to exist in the geoworld:
Stargate P4079 TB Cache (Western PA)
Stargate P3898 TB Cache (Central KS)
Stargate P3097 (Central Texas)
Stargate P2681 TB Cache (SW Florida)
Stargate P31106 (West Texas)
Stargate P61149 TB Cache (Alaska)
Stargate P38120 TB Cache (Northern California)
Stargate P4573 TB Cache (Quebec Canada)
Stargate P3283 TB Cache (Georgia)
Stargate P47122 TB Cache (Northwest Washington)
Stargate P5360 TB Cache (Newfoundland)
Stargate P44116 Shebear's Lair (Oregon/Idaho)
Stargate P51114 TB Cache (Calgary Canada)
Stargate P43079 TB Cache (Toronto Canada)
Stargate P39105 TB Cache (Colorado)
Stargate P4271-S TB Cache (Massachusetts)
Stargate P3877 TB Cache (Virginia)
Stargate P40112 TB Cache (Utah)
Stargate P4493 TB Cache (Minnesota)
Stargate P21157 - Hawaiian TB Wormhole (Hawaii)
Stargate San Diego (Southern California)
StarGate P5213 TB Cache (Berlin, Germany)*
StarGate P32115 TB Cache (West Australia)*
StarGate P40175 TB Cache (Kapiti New Zealand)*
StarGate P53006 TB Cache (Ireland)*
StarGate P46006 TB Cache (Switzerland)*
StarGate P60010 TB Cache (Norway)*
StarGate P51000 TB Cache (United Kingdom)*
StarGate P43010 TB Cache (Italy)*
StarGate P2628 TB Cache (South Africa)*
Stargate P38009 TB Cache (Portugal)*
Stargate P26127 TB Cache (Japan)*
Stargate P9820 TB Cache (Belgium)*
Stargate P60025 TB cache (Finland)*
Stargate P12130 TB cache (North Australia)*
Stargate P38147 TB cache (Victoria Australia)*
(*) TBs traveling overseas, or to other countries, may require multiple wormhole trips to intermediate Stargates to complete their mission. Additionally, a Zero Point Module (ZPM) may be required. Logistics to arrange multiple trips and/or to secure a ZPM may take several weeks or more. If the TB’s Commanding Officer (i.e., owner) does not want the TB to volunteer for such a lengthy, long-distance mission, just quickly contact the owner of originating Stargate TB Cache (me, drossdross, for P4079) and they will revoke the TB’s travel orders - and reassign the TB to local support duties (i.e., redirect the TB to local caches).
Please pick up only arriving Travel Bugs. That is, if you find a Travel Bug that is waiting for transport to another Stargate TB Cache, please leave it in the cache.
THERE ARE 20’ CLIFFS NEAR THIS CACHE. TO FIND THIS CACHE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO CLIMB ANY CLIFF. You will find the route to the cache is easier if you head northeast from the parking coordinates for 30-40’ before heading back to the west.
While this cache is themed to Travel Bugs, there still a log and trade goods to welcome all geocachers.
This cache is NOT a TB Hotel. Take as many TBs with local missions as you can reasonably help along. Leave as many TBs as you deem proper. DO NOT attempt one-for-one TB swaps, or trading anything for TBs for that matter. Normal trade rules apply for non-TB items.
The longevity of this cache is going to be directly linked to how well each cache finder rehides this cache (you’ll understand when you find it). Please take a few minutes to do a world-class camouflage job after your find.
AS A LOCAL BONUS: Benchmark KX1321 is a short distance from this cache. Carefully drive to the western end of the pull off area and cut across to the east-bound (far) lane of Highway 837. Bear right which will take you under the bridge (bear left and you get to cross the bridge – far from the BM). Immediately after passing the bridge pillars there’s small one-car pull off on the right. A former survey team has left obvious clues to the BM’s location.
From the Stargate P4079 site Indian Point appears as a very nearby, and obvious, cliff base rising roughly 40’. From a distance it’s obvious that the point jets out about 100’ from the steep hillside and affords a rare and commanding view of the Monongahela River basin including the mouth of the Youghiogheny River just a couple miles upstream – quite a strategic observation point. Today this point is the base for a power line pole and the view across the Monongahela River includes much of McKeesport. Local legend states that Queen Aliquippa, a powerful Seneca Indian leader in the mid 1700s, regularly camped at the top of this cliff. Some locals have claimed to find Indian artifacts scattered about the area, including some artifacts just feet from the Stargate P4079 site. Are these claims and this legend credible?
Conrad Weiser made a journey to this area in the summer of 1748 in order to enter into a treaty on behalf of Pennsylvania with the western tribes. Queen Aliquippa was living at a village on the north bank of the Allegheny, a short distance above the mouth of the Monongahela. Weiser mentions his visit in a note in his journal (dated August 27th): "Set off again in the morning early. Rainy weather. We dined at a Seneca town where an old Seneca woman (Queen Aliquippa) reigns with great authority. We dined at her house and they all used us very well." Later, when Washington made his journey to the French forts in the latter part of 1753, Queen Aliquippa was living at the present site of McKeesport, Allegheny County. When he and Christopher Gist reached Frazer's cabin at the mouth of Turtle Creek late in December, he learned from Frazer that Queen Aliquippa was offended by his failure to call on her on his way from Virginia to LeBouef. He [Washington] then determined to visit her on his way back. He makes the following notation in his journal without giving a specific date, but from the context it is clear that it was some time between December 28th and the last day of 1753: "As we intended to take horse here (at Frazer's), and it required some time to find them, I went up about three miles to the mouth of the Youghiogheny to visit Queen Aliquippa, who had expressed great concern that we passed her in going to the fort. I made her a present of a match-coat and a bottle of rum, which latter was thought much the better present of the two." (Paraphrased from “The ‘Queen Aliquippa’ Legend” from "The Indian Chiefs of Pennsylvania", by C. Hale Sipe 1976)
Thus it is historical record that George Washington made a journey through the area visible from Indian Point and Queen Aliquippa lived in this same region for some time, possibly within view of Indian Point itself. We may never know if she actually camped on Indian Point, but it is likely it was well known to the local Indians, and quite possible that Queen Aliquippa at least visited this site, as it was both valuably unique and right in her backyard.
Stargate TB Cache footnote: Over Christmas break of 2003, my Dad and I discussed the idea of bringing some of the wonder, awe, and excitement from the great Science Fiction series Stargate SG-1 to geocaching. Having watched a few Travel Bugs (TBs)struggle to get long distances, the idea of Stargate TB Caches was formed. We each set up a cache: One in Pennsylvania and the other over 1000 miles away in Kansas. In March of 2004 they were approved and thus was born the infant Stargate TB Cache Network – a single wormhole through the geocaching landscape. Within days the first TB travelled over 1000 miles from Pennsylvania to Kansas. Before the end of March, a third cache joined the network. Then more caches joined. In January 2005, the Berlin Germany Stargate TB Cache became the first international cache in the network. And now the network continues to grow . . .
[Small Hint:] NOBHG GUVEGL SRRG NOBIR GUR CNEXVAT.
[Big Hint:] YBBX SBE N GRRCRR BS GJB EBPXF.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum