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by Paleoman
(Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 35.547'   W 078° 02.657'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Castile,   New York   14427
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 13 Jun 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02679
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: Pets are allowed. Parking is available There may be fees.

Park entrance fees are charged from May - November, then on weekends from November - May. Winter accessible but this is also depending on how much snowfall has accumulated.

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This is a multi-cache where the first part is a micro that contains the coordinates to the final cache. The final cache is a standard 30 cal ammo can. The best parking and starting point would be at the trout pond at the south end of Letchworth State Park.

Park Approval # LSP-18

Park Hrs. are 6am to 11pm daily Park entrance fee may apply

This is my second cache hide and I tried to make this one a little more challenging. This section of Letchworth State Park features a trout fishing pond that is popular with picnickers and fisherman alike. This is not the only pond in the area though. When you seek this cache you will discover some hidden and very beautiful ponds deep in the forest. Take some time to explore this area. There are many roads and trails that will lead you to the cache. The challenge is to pick the best one. Once you get to the general area where the final cache is hid, you may want to take some GPS readings from a few different directions to get a good bearing. What I found that seems to work best is to almost ignore the direction needle and to watch the distance count down as you approach the cache. The location I chose for the first leg of this cache is in an area where my grandfather lived during the 1890’s. He lived on a tenant farm that was owned by a gentleman named Marcus Pond. The foundation and the cellar walls of his home still exist. I remember a time when I was about 8 -10 years old, when my father and my grandfather took me for a walk to see where he had lived when he was not much older than I was at the time. When we arrived at the foundation, my grandfather shared many fond memories with me and my Dad about his life during the time he had lived there, and he also mentioned to us that he had known Mr. Letchworth and that he had occasionally worked for him at his home, the Glen Iris. I feel a strong connection to this place.

To begin, park at the trout pond at N42 35.476 W078 02.428 and be sure to bring bug spray during the spring and summer seasons!

Once you have located the first part of the cache you can choose to walk the old road that goes by my grandfather’s farm site or you can take a series of paths and trails that can lead you to the hidden ponds. The second part is not too difficult to find, so once you have located the cache take the time to enjoy the ambience of this beautiful area. If you are really quiet as you enter the ponds area I almost guarantee you will see numerous forms of wildlife in this area such as Deer, many kinds of waterfowl and an occasional owl. My typical first to find prize is one of my hand knapped and signed Clovis points made out of white Burlington flint. I’ve also included a nice old antique bottle, a deer antler, a geode, guitar picks, a bag of marbles, and a log to sign .Please carefully conceal each leg of this cache to make it as much fun to find for others as it was for you.

*Please note* I have moved the first leg of this cache to a more year round location, in this location I ask that you PLEASE put things back exactly as you found them. If you move a stone, put it back the way it came out. You do not have to take the old foundation apart to locate the first leg. Move only one stone!

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



Clues:    decode

  • Leg #1 
    Yrt 3! vf ybpngrq va Fbhgurnfg pbeare arne pryyne ragenapr

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 23 Apr 2009 by  sabrefan7  (Finds: 13  Score: 57)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 11.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found on 25 May 2008 One of my favorites I have done to date. I still remember sitting on the fallen tree reading the log book and listening to the forest sounds around me. TFTC

I found it! 18 Oct 2008 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Came out during the Letchworth Fall Gathering with GadgetCHC and Wolfpack to find this cache. Paleoman's story really brings this place to life.

Note 17 Nov 2007 by  mrbillburkhard  (Finds: 1  Score: 5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Boy Scout Troop 79 of Homer NY found both legs of this cache on this wonderful late fall day while camping in Letchworth park. Excellent location and hide. The first leg was a little hard to find, but with a group of 12 scouts looking all over the rock foundation one finally found it exactly were the GPS said it should be. Our GPS took us within a few feet of the second leg of the cache which was found by one of our new parents who had never done geo-caching before. This was our first multi-part ever and the scouts sure did enjoy this one.

I found it! 12 Apr 2007 by  BrianofJava  (Finds: 15  Score: 58)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Second Paleoman cache today. This one was a lot of fun and the history of Paleo's family made it even more special. We spent maybe 15-20 minutes searching for the first hide. But, it was exactly as advertised. The final was a nice walk in a nice area. We seen numerous deer (I bet near 100) while doing these caches (Jungies and Ponds). This was the first day that "Team Java" (myself and my three sons ages 13, 10 and 5)worked together. We had a great time.

I found it! 01 Jul 2006 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Like I had mentioned in my Dance of the Jungies log, this cache (much like its sibling), was the reason we decided to make a Saturday morning trek to LSP (well...besides the wonderful views, amazing scenery, enchanting wildlife...all that fun stuff...hehe ).

So…… P-man........ I've checked your profile. Nice picture...you look like a nice guy. Who knew you were such an evil little fella! Great great first hide to this multi! Luckily I happened upon it pretty quickly, but don't worry...Chicky and I walked by it more then a couple times before we snagged it.

Now, off to the final! Unlike our misguided-walking-all-over-the-park-and-back folly at Dance of the Jungies, we decided that maybe this time we'd take a more direct path. Yet again P-man, great cache in another beautiful spot I've never visited before (just when you think you've seen it all...haha). The final cache location was outstanding!

After the GPS had us going all over, Chicky made the find on this one! So we spent a few minutes pawing through the log book and reading some of the interesting cache logs (you know who you are! ). I found a very nice glass bottle in the cache, so I picked that up and dropped off a few bucks (hopefully for the next poor college student to find this cache because hey, I was a REALLY poor college student once too and frankly…no one should have to eat Ramen noodles, YUCK!!! ).

We checked the cache contents and I'll be honest, I was hoping to score some homemade goodies but I missed out. P-man, if you get Arcade-way maybe I can barter with you for some of these great items I'm hearing so much about. ---> here's to wishful thinking! Haha.

P-man, I'm glad we chose to come to LSP today and try both of your caches, they were such a fantastic adventure. Thank you so much for showing us new places we never knew existed before!


PS - Picked up the Whistle TB.

PPS - Oh yeah, I almost forgot...Happy Canada Day!!!


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