Ugly Cache Adventure – Part 1

I’ve begun work on my first ever 5/5 cache – the most difficult level of cache. It’s probably the closest one to me at that level. It starts with a multi-level puzzle and then leads you on a course up the Nashua River (or so I’ve read) to find at least 5 sites along the way.

I’ve begun work on my first ever 5/5 cache – the most difficult level of cache. It’s probably the closest one to me at that level. It starts with a multi-level puzzle and then leads you on a course up the Nashua River (or so I’ve read) to find at least 5 sites along the way. I was able to work out the style of cipher for the first part of the puzzle on my own, but needed a pretty big nudge for the second part from the cache owner. I don’t want to give too much away here, but I very much enjoyed cracking the cipher.

During lunch today, Sue and I headed up to Waypoint #1. We used her iPhone to get us in the area, and then the coordinate readout on the Geomate Jr. to get very close. For all it’s failings (no keypad, slow start up time), the Geomate, Jr. sure does give accurate coordinates. I’m a little sad it’s been discontinued. Once we had a ten foot search radius, it became somewhat clear where the next clue was, and we came up with it within 10 minutes.

Since we got the offset to the next waypoint, we figured we’d check it out while we were in Pepperell, since it’s over a half hour away from our house. We think we saw it (well, the general vicinity, anyway) on the opposite shore of the Nashua River. We’re working now to get a group of geocachers together to go out on the river. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve used a canoe. What could go wrong?

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