(All stages of this cache are located in Paint Creek State Park)
While hunting in the woods for another cache, a large gold bug catches your eye. You go to it and discover that it is not the only strange thing here, for it serves as paper-weight to an odd old bit of parchment with strange writing. Studying the parchment, you realize that had it been mere paper, it would not have lasted so long as it evidently has. Since someone has gone to some trouble to make it durable enough that it has stood up to the test of time and weather, you ascertain that this message is more than someone's grocery list or a note to pick up some clothes at the cleaner's on the way home. In fact, you are pretty sure that it might lead you to treasure. The text of the note appears below.
First stage is a small clear plastic snaplock food storage container with clues to find the second stage. Second stage is a micro-sized clear plastic container - clue can be read without opening container. Final stage - the target cache - is contained in a clear plastic snaplock container which should be pretty much a gimme when you get to it - it is in the most obvious place. It holds a variety of swag and a FTF prize
(the cipher, as presented in the story, is missing five letters. I have substituted characters of similar sources to stand in for the letters which are not used in the original
You can check your answers for stage 1 here: Geochecker.com.
please take note: the terrain rating has been upgraded due to feedback from geocachers seeking this cache.