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Found it Mario McTavish found Below Above - Fallen Monarch

Friday, April 20, 2012South West England, United Kingdom

I remember seeing all these Below Above caches published.

The 'numbers' I knew how to work out already (it's something I've seen before) and the cipher text was dispatched quickly too. That gave me the decode for this and the remaining ones with the exception of Multi 2 (which took a bit more work - and a couple of pointers).

I had planned to do them over a year ago with Grumpy Ant, but she then went and bust her thumb meaning she had no strength in her hand at all, thus all these went onto a back burner. It's taken the best part of a year for her thumb to heal (and it still causes her pain sometimes) so we had to be patient.

Eventually, with her thumb better, we found the time to come over and tackle these caches. The original plan was to do 4 and skip Multi 2, so I had printed out the instructions for this one, Multi 1, White Bird and Fallen Monarch (and had emailed myself the decode for multi 2 - more about that later).

We set off early and grabbed a McD breakfast then on to the parking coords. I knew that this one and Multi 1 were in similar spots so these were the first 2 tackled. Having done those and The White Bird we made the quick walk down to this one.

A bit of wandering around ensued until we found the correct way in (and wasn't it a bit of a crawl) but we were soon inside and set off following the instructions.

This is where it went a little wrong for a while, we wandered around a fair bit attempting to follow the instructions but nothing was really matching up, no matter which way we went. Eventually we wandered up one of the passages til we got to a spot we'd been to before and Grumpy said 'well it HAS to be through there!'.... and sure enough once we'd squeezed through, it was!

NOW things were making sense and we set off on a quest to find the cache. We did all the optional bits too, and really enjoyed wandering around this quarry (the crystal filled trough was very cool). We saw numerous bats too, in fact at one point I very nearly put my hand on one!

Eventually we got to the cache and signed the log book, taking heed to follow the instructions on the object. Once all was done and we'd posed for a few pictures we had to head back out of the cave and into the light.

Thanks for the fun, that's 4 out of 4 5/5s we'd planned to do today (we ended up doing a fifth too, although that was rather more 'unplanned'). We had another couple of caches that we wanted to do first.

TFTC, and yet another favourite point.

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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