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offline.cacher: Caches in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Groundspeak recently became aware of a geocaching policy that affects USDA Forest Service land in your area. It's apparently been in the books since March 2006, and affects specific locations in what they call Region 8, which includes the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. A permit is now required. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/gwj/recreation/otheractivities/?recid=73539&actid=103

The full permit is available at this URL as a PDF file:http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/recreation/special-use/forms/new-forms/fs-2700-5d.pdf This PDF file is linked from the USDA Forest Service's page for National Forests & Grasslands in Texas, but affects all of Region 8. Look on the left-hand navigation on this page, under geocaching: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/.

Here is a map of Region 8: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/sitemap.php

As you can see, a "special use authorization" must be obtained for each geocache and a fee is charged for each time a person wants to hide a geocache.

The latest information:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTSw8jAwjQL8h2VAQAng7kaQ!!/?recid=73539&actid=103&navid=110250000000000&cid=null&ss=110808&ttype=activity&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pnavid=110000000000000&pname=George+Washington+%26+Jefferson+National+Forest+-+Geocaching+%26+Letterboxing

However, local station managers may be willing to discuss the issue with you. The managers locations are on the park website.

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STORY BOOK CACHE

A cache by beastmasters Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 04/05/2004
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Start at the parking area N-38 39.202/W-078 36.187. Follow the path to the lookout, elevation is 2238. What a view!
Turn 180 degrees, then retrace your steps to N-38 38.953/W-078 36.256. Turn right at a small sparkly rock next to the path and go onto the rock scramble.

The Story Book Cache contains the following ....1 "Monster on the half shell" Travel bug #455240Headphone radio w batteries 1 gold-colored helicopter1 triceritops A Mario puzzle boxA parachute man 4 crayons1 "love bug"1 "Bug's Life" clock zipper pull1 Official Star Wars puzzle cube1 glow stick1 Official Geocache pencil a disposable camera that NEEDS TO STAY W THE CACHE!and...the LOG/STORY BOOK .. Please enter your find & snap a picture. Be sure to add to the "STORYBOOK SAGA"!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

gur pnpur obk vf n 50 pny. nzzb pbagnvare jryy uvqqra haqre n ebpx yrqtr arkg gb n gerr fghzc gung unf orra phg

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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