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The Patch Trader

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Hidden : 06/12/2005
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A short hike over gentle terrain on the Narragansett Trail in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, Connecticut.

Introduction

A good time to visit this geocache is within a few days after a good rain, when the stream tumbles down the rocks. When visiting this cache, please bring an embroidered patch/applique with you. Although most of the patches in the cache are likely to be Boy Scout patches, a Scout patch is not required. Patches are available from the gift shops of many tourist attractions, craft/notion/button stores, local police and fire departments, and eBay. Even if you don't have a patch, this cache is in a tranquil spot. Please do not place food items, liquids or gels in geocaches.

Access

The easiest access by car is from the intersection of Scenic Route 49 and Sand Hill Road in Voluntown, Connecticut, near the North Stonington town line. Proceed east on Sand Hill Road (which becomes Green Fall Road) for 1.4 miles until you reach a parking area at N 41 31.299' W 071 48.659'. (The unimproved Green Fall Road continues to Rhode Island, where it becomes Camp Yawgoog Road in Rockville.)

Hikers can reach the cache by following the blue-blazed Narragansett Trail south from Green Fall Pond, or by following the trail north from the intersection with Wheeler Road.

See the map of the Green Fall Pond Area.

Safety

Be very careful, by wearing at least 400 square inches (2,580 square centimeters) of blaze orange material, such as a vest, when hiking in the Pachaug State Forest (managed by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection) during Connecticut's hunting season. The hunting season starts on September 1 and runs through the end of February. Larger Walmart stores have basic plastic vests in the hunting/sporting goods section for about 1 dollar each. Insect repellent is a must. Black bears have been seen in Connecticut and Rhode Island; please read the safety tips from The American Bear Association.

The Geocache

From the parking area, follow the blue blazes of the Narragansett Trail south. In approximately 5 to 8 minutes, the trail crosses a stream, then crosses an intermittent stream about 1 or 2 minutes later. The cache, behind a small pile of stones, is approximately 60 feet west-southwest of the point where the trail crosses the intermittent stream; the cache is uphill from the trail. It is a clear plastic container.

Please make sure each plastic bag in the geocache is zip-sealed before putting the lid back on; each bag has a silica gel packet to absorb moisture. Please place only 1 thin flat stone on the top; there is no need to put more stones on the container.

This geocache is cross-listed in Garmin's Opencaching.com.

The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

For more information, please see the online trail guide.

Bookmarked Geocaches

  • Bad Ideas (bomb scares, etc.)
    Cautionary tales of geocaches placed without landowner permission or careful thought about location.
  • Scouting Geocaches
    Selected geocaches in southern New England created by Scouts or Scouters, or caches that may be of interest to them. Map.
  • Narragansett Trail
    Selected geocaches on the Narragansett Trail, which starts at Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Connecticut, and ends at Ashville Pond in the village of Canonchet in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. The trail overlaps parts of Yawgoog's Blue, Yellow and Red trails. Note: The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) prohibits geocaching on its portions of the Long and Ell ponds area; see the map.
  • Tippecansett Trail
    Selected geocaches on the Tippecansett Trail, which runs from Stepstone Falls in West Greenwich to Yawgoog on the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

10 srrg jrfg naq hcuvyy bs 3 gnyy gerrf tebjvat sebz fnzr onfr.

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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