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Traditional Geocache

At the Edge of Life aka "Life At the Edge"

A cache by ImKukie Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/18/2007
In Maine, United States
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Suggested Cache theme :"Things you might need in case of emergency" This Cache is on Mt. Megunticook at Maiden's Cliff. Its a nice 1 mile hike. **BRING WATER** There is ample parking at the bottom on Rt 52 across from Megunticook lake.

There are quite a few different variations to the History of what happened at this site they way I heard it goes like this: About 100 years ago, a young girl about 12, named Elenore French went to church with her family wearing a brand new bonnet she had received as a gift. Her family and the church members climbed to the top of the mountain (maiden's cliff) to have a church picnic. As the wind got stronger, her pretty hat blew off of her head. She chased it, not paying attention and fell off of the side of the cliff that overlooks Megunticook lake. She died later that night of internal damage while at her home. Story says she did not have a single broken bone. Amazing considering she fell over 300 FEET! Today there is a VERY large white cross marking where she fell. Some say that when looking below on the anniversary of her death you can see her hat good as new floating in the water. Another story I had heard was of 13-year-old Sarah Whitesell who fell to her death while picking flowers in May 1865. The story goes to say that her translucent form can be seen at the top of the mountain. However her last documented appearance on the mountain was in 1976. It was in the 1930's and 40's that she appeared most frequently. There is a book that documents this story by Carole Schulte, Ghosts on the Coast of Maine, p. 21.
Ok enough history, its time for you to create your own story. I expect it will be better than the previous two. The hike up may take the average person about 30-45 min. For the 1st half if you are not use to hiking you may find yourself huffing and puffing but it gets easier soon I promise! Once you pass the 2nd large boulder its not far until it levels out. You will love it when you get to the top and then you will realize, it was all worth it, and not as hard as you thought. I recommend taking Maidens Cliff Trail up and Scenic Ledge Trail down. It is a pretty hike back that way.
This cache has a suggested theme "Things you might need in case of emergency" Now it doesn't have to be a REAL emergency but with each item you trade, You must list what it is you would need it for and regarding the item you left - How it is going to help someone else "in a pinch". Below are the items I left and why.
Cache Contents at Placement:

Band aids - If your hike was anything like mine, these can come in handy
Mini Bottle of Heniz - Oh the horror, making it all the way to the top breaking out your Hot Dog lunch and realizing you left the ketchup in the car.
Candle - For that romantic dinner for two or when you've forgotten to pay the light bill
Bottle Opener - You can never seem find one when you need one
Stage Blood - For Halloween or when you need to replace what you've sacrificed to the skeeters.
Batteries - Who doesn't need batteries? Especially Geocachers!
Pencil Sharpener - It's a bit quicker than a knife. It may also come in handy when the pencil for the log gets dull
Flashlight w/ Batteries - If you hiked too late, it's a dark trip down without it
Mini Jar of Maple Syrup - Nothin like making waffles only to find out you are out of maple syrup
Pack of Sticky Notes - When you just NEED to jot something down and stick it somewhere
Pack of Moist Wipes - When caching gets dirty these can be a life saver
Fly Trap Ribbons - You might want to attach these to yourself during black fly season
Hand Warmers - Caching in Maine in the winter can get chilly
Rain Poncho - To keep Geocachers dry when it rains
Book "Guide for the Spiritually Curious" - Something to read while you sit at the cross
Ten Commandments Coin - Everyone should know the rules even if they are impossible to follow
FIRST TO FIND - SKETCHERS WATCH - I think it's time you got off the computer and came to find this cache
It would seem a shame for anyone to log a DNF after such a hike so for those who find Geocaching somewhat of a challenge at times or simply want to cheat a bit, you can access Photo Clues here:
CLUE #1 - If you walked up to the cross and turned around this is what you might see

Clue #2 - The direction to take when you 1st get to the cliff

Clue #3 - Now that you are in the wooded area here is something to look for..

Clue #4 - This clue is only for the CHEATER CHEATER PUMPKIN EATERS, because you should have found it easily with the 1st 3 picture clues. I call this one "GIVIN IT AWAY"
But before I actually do give it away, you will have to e-mail me to request it because you shouldn't even need the GPS after the 1st 3 clues-I'm only sharing this clue with the folks who are new to the sport of caching (25 or less finds) and don't want to risk the climb for a DNF.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • AIRFORCE (of) ONESo together with the Toad, we've got this cache patrolled from all angles. <br>Actually this guy wasn't found near the cache but a few yards away. <br>At the infirmary I think. He was getting his wing repaired.
  • Ground PatrolWe found this toad while looking for rocks to help hide the cache - We 'toad' him to keep an eye out for muggles. We said they tasted like flies and he would like them.
  • It's smooth sailin from hereIt's pretty much a flat hike the rest of the way from this point.
  • View Of the CrossOk so this is nowhere near the Cache but its a decent shot of how high you will be & how breathtaking it is up here

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Last Updated: on 9/17/2017 8:49:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:49 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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