What a great geocache! The amount of detail and effort that went into this is truly impressive. Due to a long day in San Marcos at Bobcat Day and shopping at the outlet store, I didn't get started on this until much later than I wanted to. By the time I got to the stone cutter it was already 4:30. The first few clues were easy enough but I got stuck at one point in chapter two and needed a PAF to get out of the guardian's resting place (thanks Larry!).
When I reached the next location, I was greeted by a sign that informed me that the glorious lagoon closed at 5:00. I thought that my quest had come to an unfortunate end but I read through the special instructions and realized that I could probably proceed without this information, so proceed I did. The next two stops went welll. Because I was losing daylight I made a difficult decision to forego the exotic benchmark.
When I got to ground zero I realized that another special instruction was needed and I found the correct path to finish my quest. I greeted a family that were making a return journey as I descended into the gruesome scene that awaited me. As I reached the final destination I heard the sounds of wolves gathering on the hill. I hope that the family that I passed survived; they seemed like nice people.
The sun had set by now and light was fading fast but I still didn't have the entire cipher needed to enter the tower. I tried a few random guesses and couldn't gain access. After reading through the journal again, I realized that I already had the answer that I needed, I just needed to look for it. I entered the new code into the access pad and was granted passage to the inner sanctum where many treasures awaited. There were not as many travelers inside as I expected but I made note of those that I did find, signed the log and decided to make my departure from this evil place before the day's light was entirely extinguished.
Thanks for the wonderful experience!