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by rickrich
(Finds: 7  Score: 32)    (Hidden: 22  Score: 79)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 44° 54.345'   W 093° 29.931'
Cache may be on the move/travelling.
Please read the log entries for current status.
Minnetonka,   Minnesota   55345
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 15 Mar 2004
Waypoint (Landmark): N00B58
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Moving/Travelling
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps half gps (moderate)

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


Maps are queued for generation.
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Traveling thru Purgatory

Early settlers, traveling to Excelsior along an old Indian trail, came to springs around dusk. The road here was the worst they had traveled over, the land was swampy and the mosquitoes were dreadful. One of them said, "This is Hell!!" "No, it's even worse," another replied, "It's Purgatory."


This is a 2-stage moving cache. The first stage cache is a brown pill bottle micro cache which contains the coordinates of the final cache, which is a small size peanut butter jar with a blue lid. The final cache originally contained an assortment of small tools.

The first stage micro cache never moves. The second stage cache is allowed to move within and only within Purgatory Park. You may log a find for this cache as many times as you like as long as it has been moved by someone else since the last time you logged the cache.

First, seek the micro cache. No bushwhacking is involved; it is on flat ground within 15 feet of an easy trail. Do not rehide the first stage to make it harder to find. Insure that the first stage cache is replaced in its proper location about 4 feet off the ground, where it will be safe from all but the worst snowfalls.

Inside the first stage micro cache is a small book with the coordinates of the final cache. The coordinates to use for the final cache will be the most recently dated coordinates that you find in the book. These coordinates should take you to the final cache, which will be somewhere within Purgatory Park in Minnetonka.

Please leave a note on this website if you discover that the coordinates for the final cache are outside the park, anywhere on private property, or otherwise violate common sense or generally accepted rules for cache placement.


You are encouraged, even urged, to move the final cache once you have found it. This will provide opportunities for people to log this cache many times. Even the cache owner will get to log this cache!

The cache is REQUIRED to remain within Purgatory Park. This is a fairly large park and there are many great places to move this cache. Some near, some far. Be creative. As winter and snow approaches, please prefer hiding locations that are somewhat off the ground. You may make the cache hide as easy or as hard as you desire, just note the difficulty level in your comments.

Once you have located a suitable new hiding place for the cache, take an accurate coordinate measurement with your GPSr. Doing this right may take 5-10 minutes of your time, but its very important to get the coordinates correct so that the next person has a shot at finding the cache.

Next, return to the first stage micro. Enter the date, your geocaching handle, and the new coordinates of the final cache in the book, using the next unused blank entry. Two small pencil stubs are provided for this purpose, but you may want to bring a pen/pencil with you just in case.

Finally, when you log your cache find, indicate in the comments that you have moved the cache. If you want, also leave an encrypted hint in your comments.

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:



Clues:    Do you normally cheat?

  • 1st stage clue 
    1st stage micro is sitting high in a depression in a log on top of the hill.


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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!   

I found it! 05 Nov 2010 by  Joukkusisu  (Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Found this new placement by accident. I was in the park looking for another NC, when I saw an irresistable beacon. I walked up and saw a suspicious pile of bark in the beacon. One side of the container peeked out between the bark. I was pleased, but then discovered that it was actually a rusty old coffee can. Not a cache, but a decoy. Burned! As I walked away, I saw a nice oak log, with a birch log jammed up against it. That had to be the cache. It was a cache alright, but I recognized my own handwriting in the log book. I was really confused until I realized that this was the traveling cache. At least this decoy is loggable. As always, thanks for the excellent cache!

I found it! 12 Oct 2010 by  Joukkusisu  (Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

I love looking for this cache and I love this park. The leaves are changing and the weeds are starting to die, which makes cutting across fields easier. Fall really is the best time to cache. Nice hide with this placement, off the beaten path. The beacon is scorched on one side. I wonder if there was once a prairie fire? TFTC!

I found it! 21 Sept 2010 by  Joukkusisu  (Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Ive been keeping my eye on this one, waiting for someone to move it. Luckily, someone on GC relocated it, so I went after it today after work. I just got a new job in the area, so hopefully I can keep revisiting it as it moves around the park. I like the new placement, doesnt require a whole lot of bush whacking and nicely hidden. TFTC!

I found it! 20 May 2010 by  Joukkusisu  (Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

What a fun cache. I was excited to learn that one of the few remaining moving caches happened to be in my backyard and not half-way across the globe. This is a really well-thought out moving cache. I appreciate that it has to stay within the park. When we first looked for this, we must've entered the coords wrong, because it took us out of the park and GZ appeared to be in a swamp in someone's back yard. I know we double checked the coords. Today, I entered the coords and had no problem. Go figure. Found the cache no problem, the area slightly singed by a recent controlled burn. I moved the cache to a new spot and marked the coords. There's an odd, large pencil-like figure afixed to a tree near the new final. I marked the new coords in Stage 1. I hope people keep moving it, it'd be fun to look for it again. TFTC!

I found it! 22 Jan 2008 by  Incrediblemagpie  (Finds: 4  Score: 17.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Fun cold winter day.

Note 08 Jun 2007 by  hardware  (Finds: 7  Score: 26.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 7)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

last i heard, this one is inactive at the moment, possibly forever. does anyone use navicache any more?

I found it! 01 Dec 2004 by  hardware  (Finds: 7  Score: 26.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 7)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

i arrived at approximately 14:35. i grabbed the coordinates, headed in that direction, climbed a hill and scratched my head, wondering where the path of least resistance was. i took a circular route around the cache hide, finding plenty of small trails in my search for the golden road, but i couldn’t find it. so i cut through some nasty brush to get to the cache. turns out i could have reached it rather easily had i initially ventured right instead of left. live and learn.

i left a lizard and two rocks, as well as a laker i picked up at 11:05 to start my day. i took a quarter to replenish the supply i chewed through recently when i took the ‘81 camaro downtown.

i moved the cache to the other side of the park, in the same spot i hid it last time i visited. the topography of the hiding spot changed slightly. the ratings formula gives my location a difficulty of 2 with a terrain of 3. Ko-tis-vey found it in march, and didn’t report too much difficulty in obtaining it. we’ll see how it goes this time.

this was my seventh cache of the day. i had one bikeathon cache to visit on my way out of town before calling it a day.

I found it! 15 Aug 2004 by  dachebo  (Finds: 8  Score: 34)    (Hidden: 15  Score: 56)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Okay.....as per yesterday, it turns out-I was a victim of my own stupidity.....In my excitement over finding the 1st stage, I inadvertantly wrote down the wrong coords..... Folks, it pays to make note of the dates on the 1st stage cache.
This is a really neat idea for a cache.....I just bungled it up a bit. Anyway, I re-hid the cache....I'd give it a star and a half, to two stars for each....difficulty, and terrain. TNLN TFTC

August 14, 2004
Apparently I spent an hour and a half in purgatory....looking for where Ko-tis-vey hid the cache, not knowing someone else already found & re-hid it.

I found it! 23 Apr 2004 by  DragonSlay  (Finds: 13  Score: 61)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I meet a 2nd Geo cacher today after four months of caching and never meeting anyone. Have now meet Gpsr and RickRich we had a good conversation. I really like the idea behind a moving cache (within a general area or park) This provides for more involvement Took a tb Bowser and left a beer bottle shaped opener TFTC and the company.

I found it! 13 Apr 2004 by  Kitch  (Finds: 7  Score: 37)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 16.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Great day with Silent BoB playing hooky.


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