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Details for Benchmark: AI5758

N 38° 35.559 W 078° 22.826 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 3702

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is GPS OBS and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In PAGE county, VA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
119 MLS
Marker Type:
bench mark disk
Setting:
pavements (street, sidewalk, curb, apron, etc.)
Stability:
Mark of questionable or unknown stability.

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Found it without trying. Wish I had thought of looking for "B"

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After doing a little "urban" caching in Staunton yesterday, today we planned to sightsee and cache our way up the Skyline Drive as far as Skyland. Thinking we were done for the day we changed and went to get something to eat, and spotted this on the step down to the Dining Room! At home a quick search proved this to be a listed Benchmark.

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photo119 MLS

Found incidentally while stopping at the lodge. Snapped a few pictures of it and looked it up online later.

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photoThe disc
photoLooking towards parking lot
photoLooking towards lodge

Grabbed while in area. Spent the night in a skyline cabin

Found as described in

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photoAI5758 on the Skyline Drive, VA
closeup of disk
photoAI5758 on the Skyline Drive, VA
the setting

Found on the way to hike up to Stoney Man Cliff Virtual Geocache next to Skyland...Hard to miss this one..right where they said it would be!

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photoAI5758 Close up
photoAI5758 Looking West towards Lodge

Found on vacation with family

Found as described (and discovered by accident).

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photoAI5758

found with hfogg

EXCELLENT Condition.

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photoAI5758_119MLS

Knew this was here, forgot about it, then stumbled on it on my way to the gift shop.

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photoAI5758 119 MLS

Stopped by to see Skyland and take in the nearby view, but also to get this benchmark. Easy to find.

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photoAI5758 119MLS (Skyland)

We were out and about in the area and ran across this so we figured we would log it.

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photoSkyland

Still there.

We weren't even out caching today, but taking in a hike. Pretty easy find, but you must go inside and get a blackberry shake.

Recovered in good condition.

N 38° 35.558 W 078° 22.827

Found in good condition.

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photoAI5758 - Closeup
photoAI5758 - Area View
Disk is in foreground, on the top of the steps leading to Skyland Gift Shop and Restaurant.

Ditto the pit stop. Wasn't looking for one, but found it--sort of makes up for some that I looked for, but aren't there!

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photo119 MLS

Found this benchmark during a pitstop at Skyland.

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photoSkyland Benchmark

Found as described.
Recovery report submitted to the NGS.

[This entry was edited by NorthWes on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 9:37:29 PM.]

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photoAI5758 119 MLS 1963 (closeup) PAGE county, VA
photoAI5758 119 MLS 1963 (view N) PAGE county, VA
Looking north across the mark, positioned on the west wingwall of the steps leading to the Skyland Dining Room, in Shenandoah National Park.

There are not very many geocaches up on Skyland Drive so I though I would log a benchmark or two. This was the second of four.

Skyland was closed for the season, but we still found this very accessible benchmark

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photoSkyland disk.jpg

Quick find at Skyland.

Found after a stop at Skyland for a quick break.

Found as stated in previous logs after hiking to Stony Man Cliff.

Please see the complete recovery, including text and photos, at my website: [b][url=http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/surveymarks/ai5758/]AI5758 - 119 MLS[/url][/b].

Zhanna

This entry was edited by Zhanna on Friday, 07 December 2012 at 02:13:20 UTC.

Found by accident going to gift shop, no photo.

Found this one by accident while I was hiking at Skyland. It is excellent condition, as described in previous descriptions.

Location as described in the NGS Data Sheet.

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photo119 MLS -- Page County, VA

As described.

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photoAI5758 SM.jpg

Recovered as described. Easy find.

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photoAI5758

6:00 PM - Found this on the top stair boarder leading to the Gift Shop.

Benchmark in front of Skyland Lodge on top step leading down to lobby entrance.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1963 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
03/01/2000 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 2000 (RWA) FROM THE JUNCTION OF US HIGHWAY 211 AND SKYLINE DRIVE AT THORNTON GAP GO 10.0 MILES (9.99 KM) SOUTH ALONG SKYLINE DRIVE WINDING CURVES TO THE JUNCTION OF A ROAD TO SKYLAND RECREATIONAL AREA, THENCE 0.025 KM (0.015 MI) NORTHWESTERLY ALONG SKYLAND ROAD TO A Y JUNCTION, THENCE 0.05 MILE (0.08 KM) NORTHWESTERLY ALONG BLACKTOP ROAD TO THE MARK AT THE SKYLAND GIFT SHOP, IN TOP OF THE WEST WALL OF TOP STEP LEADING TO THE GIFT SHOP, 44.2 FT (13.4 M) SOUTHWEST OF SOUTH CORNER OF GIFT SHOP, 61.1 FT (18.6 M) WEST OF A FIRE HYDRANT, 14.8 FT (4.5 M) NORTHWEST OF NORTH CURB ON ASPHALT WALKWAY, AND 3.0 FT (0.9 M) NORTHEAST OF A METAL LIGHTPOLE. MARK IS LEVEL WITH ROAD.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by GPS observations and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 2000.
  • The orthometric height was determined by GPS observations and a high-resolution geoid model.
  • The X, Y, and Z were computed from the position and the ellipsoidal ht.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The ellipsoidal height was determined by GPS observations and is referenced to NAD 83.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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