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cache type THE HOBBIT - BAG END CACHE cache size

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by Hiltonfamily
(Finds: 52  Score: 245)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 23)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 01.474'   W 078° 28.852'
Akron,   New York   14001
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 07 May 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N00235
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

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

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

The parking coordinates for this cache are N 43 01.539 / W 78 28.565. The parking area is surrounded by boulders. Hiking boots would be the best footwear. A bonus is the quilt project that is contained within...sign it and you are on your way to your own quilt. Hey! Hope you enjoy this cache and please trade fair. Note...a ribbon is placed on top of all the other prizes for the first finder.

Maps are queued for generation.
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” These are the first words from the first book, by J.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit is a wonderful book about the adventures of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. If you have never read this book, now would be a great time to start. The cache that you are currently viewing relates to The Hobbit and to the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; The Fellowship of the Rings. The adventure that you are about to take, was planned by Butterfly Girl and myself: DxChallenged. The following has been done so that this geocaching adventure can feel “hobbit like”.

The cache is being placed on Butterfly Girl’s long awaited 11th birthday. Similarly, a long expected party was held for Bilbo on his eleventy-first birthday.

Contrary to our customs, hobbits give presents on their birthday. Butterfly Girl and I have included our very best trade items as birthday presents to give out you; our caching friends.

As you can see from the enclosed picture, Bag End is the name of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ residence. As a play on these words we have placed every “present” inside a cloth bag. You may keep the one your chosen gift is in or simply leave it in the cache with your trade item.

Bilbo labeled many of the presents that he gave away. Each present within the cache box has been labeled. Some labels may contain riddles but none will be as hard as those that Gollum posed to Bilbo. (You can attach a riddle of your own under the contact paper we used or just remove the riddle that goes with the "gift" you chose).

The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins who reluctantly embarked on a quest, with 12 dwarves and 1 wizard for dragon’s gold. This long journey brought them over many amazing natural formations. Our cache is placed in an area where 1000 years ago a glacier stopped. You will see, in a rather small area, very interesting rock formations and at the same time be able to revel in the beauty of wild flowers.

This cache is one in a series of 4 caches, (The Fellowship of the Ring cache is up and running now) which in turn holds a reward for you should you choose to complete all 4 caches. You will need to read all the Lord of the Rings books and to travel to some of the very best places in Pennsylvania. You will also need to sign each of the 4 quilt squares. One square is contained (and ready for you to sign with the fabric pen that is next to it) in this, the Hobbit- bag end cache. Hey! You’re already ¼ of the way there!

Your reward… Once you have completed the above, go to the virtual Tolkien quilt cache The Tolkien Quilt Cache to log and have verified your finds/signatures. Then I will send to you a 100 square signature quilt…..ready for signatures that you gather when you go “There and Back Again”.

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



Clues:    decode

  • So you need help? 
    Ybbx nobir be orybj gur nafjre gb guvf sbezhyn Gebyy ; oevtug fhafuvar -_____

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Note 27 Apr 2009 by  sabrefan7  (Finds: 13  Score: 57)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 11.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

After further review the cache was archived on GC 27/March/05
CO has not logged into GC since April 2006

I couldn 27 Apr 2009 by  sabrefan7  (Finds: 13  Score: 57)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 11.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Looked about 200 feet in either direction. No luck, except for an abandoned hobbit hole. Should this be retired?

I found it! 30 Aug 2003 by  GregP100  (Finds: 58  Score: 258)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This was one of the cutest caches I have found. This box was chock full of real cute items and the hide was fairly easy but the clues lead me to it right away (not the GPS although it helped). My complements to your 11 (now 12 year old) who hid this. Excellent job ! Left POOH BEAR TB and took FLY ARMY TB. I also traded a Undercover MD book for a mini bean baby. Thanks Butterfly ! TB's Logged on Geocache.com
[Modified 2003-09-01 04:15:32]

I found it! 15 Apr 2003 by  strikeforce_sunset  (Finds: 45  Score: 177)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 23)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Huckle Buckle - Strikeforce1 found it. Cache in good shape, stuffed to max. Nice hide and views of area. Thanks for the find. Strikeforce1

I found it! 15 Mar 2003 by  WMSFresh  (Finds: 140  Score: 612)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 24.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found the cache at 11:15AM, however that doesn't mean we logged it then. It was a very tight, good, stuck in the ice find. After 16 minutes of trying to pry it out, we finally succeeded and was able to log this find. Wanted to do this cache cuz we were headed to Erie, PA to at least start on the Fellowship cache (and to drop off TB entered in the Cannonball Run race). Thanks for a tough to get find (guess its still wintertime!).

The Peppermill 6-Pack
WMSFresh (RRkA)

I found it! 18 Jan 2003 by  cenobite07  (Finds: 82  Score: 384)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 35.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this after the Akron Winter Festival event cache. I was suprised it didn't get more action today. I met up with Burkmom as she headed out and she walked back in with me since she could get the cache out.

After putting all my weight behind it, we got it out and signed the book and quilt.

I took a CD and left gloves (it was cold out there!), hooks and a first aid kit for the little hobbits.

Thanks for the fun hide!

  cameraSome goofy looking guy...CAUTION, MAY BE SPOILER!

I found it! 27 Oct 2002 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found it at 9:55 AM. Our second attempt after coming here early May. With corrected coordinates, we found the cache with no problem. Signed the quilt. Took nothing, left nothing.

I found it! 23 Aug 2002 by  MikeChmi  (Finds: 27  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 40.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Excellent hiding spot butterfly girl! and the cache baggies were very sweet DX. Finally got out this way to hang with the Hilton Family (had a great time guys) and of course visit Bag End!

Took a LOTR Burger King toy and left a CD. From here it's on to Letchworth and Rochester to meet some fellow navicachers.

Mike Chmielewski
Gamehendge Ranger
Erie, PA

So you've made it through the hobbit, now continue your quilt quest with The Fellowship of the Ring . Well worth the drive if I do say so myself.

Also keep an eye out for my soon to be released cache -- what a long strange trip it's been -- a difficult cache, loosely based on my travels across the country, featuring miles of hiking, tons of waypoints, puzzles, and other surprises. And while your in town you might as well hit the rangers other two caches as well .

[Modified 2002-09-01 00:55:10]

I found it! 28 Jun 2002 by  Adventuring Lovers  (Finds: 33  Score: 158)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

What a beautiful woods! Wouldn't it be nice to build a log cabin right in the middle of it and live out your days? And we loved the theme, too. We are all fans of The Lord of the Rings, and are planning a trip to Erie sometime soon. Thank you for sharing this adventure with us.
Took a dragon, left Lord of the Rings playing cards.
Adventuring Lovers (Nancy & Jay)

Note 02 Jun 2002 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Had a copy of the info we printed on 5/8/02 and thus the wrong coordinates for the waypoint. We didn't realize it until we hunted for a long time in an area that sort of met the description. Then realized the parking and cache coordinates were the same. Went back to the car and talked to some locals who told us about the trails so we headed to the pond. Saw some areas that were possibilities based on the descriptions but without the waypoints it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Oh well, we'll try and get back out this way.

I found it! 18 May 2002 by  SueShe  (Finds: 54  Score: 226)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

We were the first!!! Had a nice hike finding cache. We took the I, er, We Made It ribbon and left a travel game. Lot of thought put into the creation of this cache. Upon returning to the car we, OOOPS, locked the keys in the car! Ouch! 50+ miles from home..... AAA to the rescue. We were on our way within 30 minutes. If you need service, we recommend Jim and Bob's Service...they are our heros!! SueShe


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