Bugs R-4 "Kids" Habitat

A cache by Iowa Tom Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/7/2005
In Iowa, United States
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This rather unique cache I made for a summer enrichment program class about geocaching, conducted in the summer of ‘05. The kids in the class were in a talented and gifted program.

Pictured here are some of the geocachers in the class for which this cache was designed. The cache tree was on the right.

This should be a 20-25 minute two-step multi IF the 1st cache can be found and if the puzzle is figured out quickly. The 1st cache is chest height to a 6 foot person and is quite camouflaged. The 2nd cache requires some agility to reach -- it's over your head a bit. Its lid is latched in place internally. Instructions for opening it are in the first cache container. You may find it quite a challenge to figure out. Please do not hang on it!

As you head down the trail to cache 1, watch for the little traveled narrow trail on your left that heads toward the area of the second cache. It'll save you having to tromp through nettles and so on on your way there.

When you get within 30 feet of cache one, stand still for minute to let your GPSr zero in on your location. That will then allow you to know better which direction to walk to find the microcache. The coords for the 1st container represent a 19 minute average The coords for the 2nd container represent a 10 minute average.

The first cache is a small container that’s quite camouflaged so keep your eyes peeled. It's about chest level to a 6 foot person.

The second cache container was made to house travel bugs but may house swag too. Some of the 5th - 8th graders in a "Kids in College" course I taught on GPS/Geocaching own the bugs that started out here.

To begin the explanation of how this mutli is set up to work you need to understand what an "anagram" is. It is a word or phrase made by transposing letters of another word or phrase. E.g. rearranging “geocache” we can get “cage echo.”]

Inside container #1 you will find an “anagram” of a common plant’s name and a list of the numerical order that letters come in the alphabet. For example, A = 1 and B = 2 and so on. To correct a deliberate mistake I made in the latitude (ONLY) for the second container you will use the numerical position of the first and last letter of a common plant’s name, add them together then divide by 100; in other words move the decimal to the left 2 places.

The plant is one that surrounds the second cache.

Here is another example of an anagram. “crab grass” can be rearranged into “grab scars.” The first letter c in crab and the last letter s correspond to the numbers 3 & 19 in the alphabet. Added together they make 22. Divided by 100 we get .22. The number YOU come up with added to the decimal minutes of the incorrect latitude listed in cache #1 will correct that coord for the final cache. To make the anagram I used this website.

If you are standing at the first cache and do a go-to to the second one the distance to the second cache should be very close to 0.14 miles away. The incorrect coordinate is for the latitude. The correct coordinate for the longitude, which is 92 24.363 W.

Please handle the final cache with care! Instructions about how to open cache two are on the back of the paper in the first container.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gbkvpbqraqeba enqvpnaf

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • A mighty big puffball.I discovered this monster on my way to cache #2 today.
  • Kids in the geocache class, 6/2005On location, they found a micro at the base of a tree.
  • Poison IvyBelieve it or not less than 50% of the population reacts to the oil these plants produce.
  • RaspberriesIn July one can harvest mouthfuls of these berries in the Greenbelt! Watch out though, once I bit down on one and it bit back! The tip of my tongue swelled up as a result. A picnic beetle bit me. Daddy long legs like to suck juices out of them too. They are abundant near this cache.

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