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cache type Pendleton's Island, that isn't one, in Amherst cache size

This cache has been retired.
Please do not look for this cache.

by WhiteUrkel
(Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 04.096'   W 078° 44.628'
Getzville,   New York   14068
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 21 Jul 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02173
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps (easy)

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

Comments:

Maps are queued for generation.
Additional maps for this cache available at: topozone.com logo    mapquest.com logo

I've had the idea to spotlight the three man-made islands in Tonawanda Creek for ages, just never got around to it. But I recently aquired a high quality gladware-type container, left for me as a zany gag in a cache by that wacky cacher HuckleBuckle. So, since the area was still open, I decided to go for it.



Please park at N43 04.141 W078 45.028 These are the same parking coords for Power Walk by Dr. Evil1. Why not try that too? After all, it is listed on Urkel's big list o'favorite caches. Although you may be tempted to park closer to this cache, this is strongly discouraged and illegal, as far as I can tell. The cache is a 3/4 mile round trip from these coords, mostly on a paved bike trail. Note the roadway runs very close to the bike trail along this stretch, please be careful.



That's all you need to find this cache. If you'd like some interesting, yet mostly useless information, read on please.



As documented in the cache description for the nearby cache Grand Erie Canal by BarbershopDru, the first 11 miles of The Erie Canal (presently known as The N.Y. State Barge Canal), is a natural waterway, Tonawanda Creek. This is a 90 mile long Creek, that rises in Wyoming County, and forms the entire border between Erie and Niagara Counties. The location, in Pendleton, where the man-made canal breaks off from Tonawanda creek is well documented in BarbershopDru's cache description. This is not to say man-made improvements (dredging and widening) haven't been made to the creekortion of the canal. In 1918 (not sure if the work was completed all in one year), three man-made Islands were constructed in Tonawanda Creek, to eliminate sharp bends in the creek, and to facilitate barge traffic. There is a brief mention of this on this webpage(which was written by one of my high school history teachers). All Islands were orignally named for their distance, in miles along the creek, from it's confluence with the Niagara River.




  • Island No. 1 Originally known as "three mile island (no nuclear power plant here), this Island is near the intersection of Creekside Drive and Niagara Falls Boulevard, in the Town of Tonawanda. It is now known as "Ellicott Creek Island", and is part of Ellicott Creek County Park. It was the location of my very first lamo newbie hide, Island Adventure. I would have made my first hide a keyholder or film canister in a parking lot, but go figure, no such "caches" and I use that term loosely) existed back then! This Island may or may not currently be the home of a leg of someone's multi-cache.



  • Island No. 2 Originally known as "six mile island", this is near the intersection of Sweet Home Road and Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst. But now it is known as Dr. Evil's Jungle Island hideout, and is very overgrown State land accessable only by boat, and is rarely visited by anyone other than geocachers (and not very many of them, at that).



  • Island No. 3 The area you will be visiting for this cache. Currently, and always known as "nine mile island", this was originally State land, but was leased to The Boy Scouts of America in the 1950's. But it ain't no island no mo'. The creek bed along the Amherst shore has dried up, for more than 50 years, leaving this scout camp accessable by foot or vehicle only from Orbit Drive in Amherst. It is part of Niagara County, in the Town of Pendleton, but is accessable from Pendleton only by boat. Any time there is a police, fire, or emergency call (and I have to imagine there have been several over the years), Niagara County crews have to drive over the New Road bridge over the Canal into Erie County, and make their way to the access road off of Orbit Drive.


The cache is rather close to the paved bike trail, and definately located in Amherst, not Pendleton.

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

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
NOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLM

!"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?
123456789:;<=>?@!"#$%&'()*+,-./

Clues:    decode

  • Clue 1 
    Bayl nobhg gjragl srrg bss gur cnirq genvy< nobhg gjb srrg bss gur tebhaq< jurer n snyyra oenapu zrrgf gur gehax bs n yvir gerr>

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 24 Aug 2006 by  Gryffindor1  (Finds: 52  Score: 202.5)    (Hidden: 8  Score: 25)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I had time for a cache today, so this one was it. It was a nice walk along the water... not too much muggle-traffic around. It was nice. There were a bunch of mosquitoes, but they weren't really biting. The best part about this cache is that snacks are offered along the way!

Left a California coin and the Measure Up! TB, TN
TFTC!

  cameraSnacktime!

I found it! 23 Jul 2006 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

STF with the cache being publised for over 24 hours! Dr. Evil and the Flash's must be out of town, LOL!
Thanksfor the geohistory lesson Urk.
MickEMT, out with Ferretgirl

I found it! 22 Jul 2006 by  Rayman77  (Finds: 104  Score: 393.5)    (Hidden: 10  Score: 32.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Hey I actually remembered to log a cache on this site! Took a nice leisurly walk on the cool overcast morning. Found the cache easily in the second place I looked. TFTC Urk-man.


 

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