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cache type Pet Cemetery cache size

by Quest Master
(Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 40° 21.590'   W 079° 44.703'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Ardara,   Pennsylvania   15615
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 06 Apr 2004
Waypoint (Landmark): N022BF
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

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


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Dead pets will lead you to this treasure in the Ackermann Nature Preserve...

This easy puzzle cache will be found in the Otto & Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve. This privately-owned nature reserve is about 55 acres of woods in a relatively secluded part of suburbia. I thought it would be fun to hide a cache here since I expect that very few people know of this place. It isn’t exactly easy to find but if you have a GPS and can locate the post office in the metropolis of Ardara, PA (15615), you’re almost there!

The Nature Reserve is open during daylight hours only. No ATV’s or horses are permitted on the property but the management boasts that this is one of the few places that you can let your dogs run off of the leash so long as they are not aggressive to people or other pets. Please do your part to pick up any litter that you find in the preserve. It is the very least that you can do to show your appreciation to the management for letting us have a geocache here.

Directions: The entrance to the Ackermann Nature Preserve is a narrow right-of-way tucked between two houses. It is clearly marked by a sign on Ardara Road at 40° 21.664', -79° 44.646'. Please access this cache only from these coordinates to avoid trespass and/or impossible terrain. It may seem like you are driving through somebody’s yard but you should turn from the road here and drive ahead to the trailhead marked by a sign that says "Service Entry for Authorized Vehicles Only" at 40° 21.654', -79° 44.707'. Please do not block the gate.

The hunt is a two-stage multi with a "virtual" first stage and an ammo can full of goodies at:

40° 21.ABC', -79° 44.XYZ'

The coordinates at the top of the page will deliver you to the Pet Cemetery where you will find the missing numbers:

A = last digit of the birth year for "Winkie"
B = four more than the last digit of the birth year for "Blackie"
C = sum of the last two digits of the birth year for "Duke"

X = one less than the sum of the last two digits of the death year for "Becky"
Y = one more than the last digit of the death year for "Schazi"
Z = last digit of the death year for "Poco"

Checksum: A + B + C + X + Y + Z = 30

The final cache should be less than ¼ mile from the cemetery and very easy to find. This was done deliberately to minimize impact on the preserve. Check your coordinates if you have trouble finding it.

Bonus Virtual Caches
40° 21.410', -79° 44.820' Waterfall
40° 21.498', -79° 44.872' Picnic Area

TRIGO: Three Rivers Informal Geocaching Organization

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



Clues:    decode

  • Clue 1 
    gbc bs dhneel< ubyybj ybt

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 24 Mar 2007 by  WhiteUrkel  (Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

So close to the City, yet so rural. Found the post office, then found the park, with little difficulty. First stop after Erie (hey, I had to pass through there). Missed the Pet Cemetery itself on the first pass, but came back to it. They're mostly very old burials, but there are a few recent ones. Got the information no problem, and headed off the wrong way, but it was a nice walk with an interesting feature, and made my way to the cache without difficulty. Found it quite easily, coords were ridicuously dead on. Did not take nor leave anything, just stood around and enjoyed the view for a while, and made my way back to the vehicle and the barking dogs. Thanks for the cache.

I found it! 01 Jan 2007 by  AndyShissler  (Finds: 38  Score: 190)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 30)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

#4 of 4 today. A classic QuestMaster cache. I enjoyed the hike and finding the cache! Just wished there was another access to this cache where you don't have to park by ferocious dogs. Then twice while at the cemetary, the owners had to round-up their big German Sherpherd who kept wanting to visit me. I bet they're thinking, "Here's another one of those crazy geocachers". TFTC! Left Diabetes TB.

I found it! 27 Nov 2005 by  TMOCM  (Finds: 4  Score: 19.5)    (Hidden: 4  Score: 17)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

This is one of those caches that makes it worthwhile getting up early to go out caching. I don't know how he does it, but QM comes up with some of the most interesting and scenic areas. With mikefromtheburg, his son and pghlooking, we found the pet cemetery and got the information we needed. Before we got to the final cache location we took a few minutes to admire the view, wishing we had done this one a month earlier when the leaves were still on the trees. Cache was found nice and dry, TNSL, left my signature wooden nickel, and a small geocaching treasure bag. Thanks for another great cache.

I found it! 07 Aug 2005 by  K SQUARED  (Finds: 18  Score: 90)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

6:51 PM, as a thunderstorm was approaching. #4 of the day, but alas, the girls headed home to the pool after #3. We had to go do this one we were so close to it. Found the parking area and headed in. Very wierd parking area indeed! No dog today. The cemetery is really neat. Found the stones and did the math. Did I say that I double and triple checked my math? KJ found the final cache location, nice and dry. There really wasn't too much stuff in this one either for the kids. T: $1.00 bill (KJ), Boy Scout belt badge (Brandon). I grabbed the Journeyman TB. L: 2 army men and a mini-helicopter. Thanks, Johnny, for another of your really cool caches! SL. Just made it back to the car as the rain started to fall.

I found it! 10 Apr 2004 by  Nellsnake  (Finds: 69  Score: 316.5)    (Hidden: 12  Score: 62.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

#4 of 5 today: I was going to just use the Internet to get the final coordinates for this cache, but on further reflection I decided that this would be a great opportunity to scope out a nice plot in the cemetery near Duke, Schatzi and Winkie for our aging cat, the namesake of our geocaching team. Tim from Team Willow and I decided to go after this new multi after we met each other out on the trails at Coolden's Keyring cache. After initially pulling in and parking in the driveway of the crazed barking dog, we quickly realized the error of our ways and drove over to the nature preserve right-of-way back to the trailhead. It was a quick walk to the moribund pet cemetery, where we calculated the appropriate final coordinates and double-checked our results. We then made the nice steep ascent toward the cache and broke off the trail at an appropriate point. The cache was found fairly quickly in a typical hiding spot. After signing in, we started to make our way back and discovered a likely trap that QM had intended. We had fortuitously avoided this trap on the way in because we both appear to have 'slow' GPSr's of the non-Garmin variety. This was a very nice area, and we both wondered how Quest Master finds these interesting spots. Thanks for the great cache and hike, QM!


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