"TELL ME, O MUSE, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy." So begins The Odyssey.
You are Odysseus, wily master of landways and seaways, king of the island state of Ithaca, husband of Penelope and father of your son Telemachus who has never met you.
10 long years ago, you sailed with twelve ships to fight in the long Trojan Wars on the sands before the walls of the City of Troy. And finally it was you, O wily Odysseus, who masterminded the fall of Troy with the clever ruse of the Gift of the Trojan Horse!
Now you set sail for Ithaca. But the Greek gods and goddesses have other plans for you, and before you return to the arms of Penelope, you must survive many more adventures.
O clever Odysseus, will you ever return to your kingdom?
Only the Fates know for sure ...
And the Fates are not telling!
Helios, Bringer of the Sun
O brave Odysseus, after you escape from the perils of Scylla and Charybdis your ship lands on the island of Thrinakria where Helios, Bringer of the Sun, keeps his favored cattle.
But you have been forewarned that you and your men must not harm the cattle of Helios. Or suffer dire consequences!
And so you order your men to harm the not the kine of Helios.
But strong unfavorable winds develop.
And the winds prevent you from leaving the island. And the winds prove to be persistent.
Days pass. And days turn into weeks.
And still the persistent winds blow.
And the ship's provisions grow smaller and smaller.
And so the daily rations of the crew grow smaller and smaller.
And so your crew grow hungrier and hungrier.
And so they become discontent.
O Odysseus, is it your doom that something shall go amiss?
This cache contains one of the clues needed to find the puzzle cache Tales of Odysseus: The Return of the King. Look for the clue at the back of the logbook. In the Tales of Odysseus series this cache follows Scylla and Charybdis and precedes Calypso, Sea Nymph.
The story of the island of Helios, Bringer of the Sun is told in Book XII of The Odyssey.
Enjoy! And happy caching!
O wily 50sumtin!
And now, the tale's end ...
After you leave your starving men to themselves, they slaughter some of the cattle, angering Helios who then appeals to Zeus for retribution.
After you and your men sail away from the island, Zeus hurls a lightning bolt at your ship. Your ship is destroyed and all of the crew save you perish.
You are left alone, clinging to life, clinging to some floating wreakage of your ship as you drift about on the waves of the wide and empty sea.
Cache owner's note:
For some months I have toyed with the idea of placing a series of caches along the scenic Pacific coast north of Santa Cruz, each of which would be in a scenic location near the ocean and would also contain a clue for an overall connecting puzzle cache. And while walking the coast at Wilder Ranch one day and taking in the breath-taking scenic views, the Muses inspired me to make the connecting theme for the series the adventures of Odysseus as told in The Odyssey, as so much if not all of his homeward voyage adventures occurred along coastal settings.
As of April 15, 2007, all of the caches associated with the Tales of Odysseus series (including the puzzle cache) have been placed.
I hope that you will find the series entertaining and enjoyable, but if not at least scenic.
This particular cache will treat you to scenic views along the Wilder Ranch coast near a small cove and beach. While there are cliffs nearby, the cache is sufficiently away from them as to pose little danger while seeking in good visibility. Still, I do not recommend seeking this cache during periods of dense coastal fog.
You may park at the parking for Wilder Ranch. Alternate parking is along Highway One near Secret Trail Head: Three Mile Beach.
And with luck you may see whales!