This is a great example to other geocachers out there for inspiration of assembling a wonderful geocaching experience. The initial find is simple enough but from there thought and effort will challenge the explorer and lead them through an amazing theme-based journey. Not to mention … how could you go wrong with an Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade geocache?
Picture 1 – Once you find the ammo box you will see that it is marked with a symbol used in the movie called the grail cross. It was the symbol of those that protect the Holy Grail in the movie.
Picture 2 – Inside the ammo box you will discover the Grail Diary of Dr. Henry Jones.
Picture 3 – Inside the book you will first see the shield of the knights templar.
Picture 4 – On the next page is what appears to be a drawing of a knights templar and on the side of the figure are these markings – “MCM.LXXIII” and “MGM.VXIXLLV”. The guess is that these would be Roman Numerals and could possibly be coordinates of some sort but the “G” in the second one is confusing because the letter “G” is not a valid Roman Numeral. Maybe MCM.LXXIII = 1900.73 and MGM.VXIXLLV = ???.79 … perhaps this is 1973 to 1979?
Picture 5 – X.DCCCXXXIII = 10.833 and XXXII.DCVI = 32.606
Picture 6 – “tres numero erit probations” = three in number, shall be proof. Challenges will number three.
The Holy Place N 31 46.702 E 35 13.792
The QR Code contains the text “X marks the spot”
I like the puzzle geocaches that folks will put out there. This clever one uses binary to tell you how to get the coordinates and will lead you directly to the cache. So, if you know how to read binary then read this.
01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011 01100001 01100011 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101100 01101111 01100011 01100001 01110100 01100101 01100100 00100000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01001110 00100000 00110011 00110111 00100000 00110001 00110110 00101110 00110110 00111001 00110101 00101100 00100000 01010111 00100000 00110000 00110111 00110110 00100000 00110100 00110100 00101110 00110101 00110100 00110010
If not, then you need a binary translator. I’m sure you can figure it out … or I could just give you a spoiler:
“The cache is located at N 37 16.695, W 076 44.542“
A company called Lok8u (“Locate You”) has come up with a clever watch that serves as a GPS tracking device for your kids. Now, we can quickly ask the question of “how paranoid are we as a society?” but at the same time we can say, “Man, I wish I had something like this in my watch whenever I misplace the darn thing!” I have little ones and ponder over whether investing in something like this makes sense or not. I probably won’t wind up getting any of these but it’s neat to see ideas like these come along … I’m sure they will do well in the market.
Funny excerpt from the Slashdot forum on this topic:
Personally I wouldn’t use this for teenagers because at that age, they have matured enough that they deserve a little privacy
Exactly – if you put the wristwatch on a teenage boy, all they’ll find is that he’s spending most of his time in the bathroom rapidly jumping back and forth about 4″ at a time.
Ahh, nothing like a little potty humor on a Monday morning.
According to Slashgeo, a company named OnTerra is offering a free service to Bing Maps as WMS. So far none of the big commercial map providers (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, etc. ) have offered their services out as an open standard like OGC WMS. I my development efforts I have used OpenLayers a bit and they make additional efforts to support these proprietary services … it would be nice for them to embrace the OGC standards too.