Summer of 2001 - Real Cash Caches!

The Jose Gaspar Crew offered up the first known cash booty in a multiple-site, multiple-cache treasure hunt in the country.

One hundred US Sacagawea one dollar gold coins were hidden in the Tampa Bay area.  To find them, geocachers had to first discover 8 other caches hidden throughout Hillsborough & Pinellas counties.

Each of the eight caches was a large, standalone cache - but with a twist.  In addition to the normal cache contents, a unique 5-character code was on the inside lid of each cache box.  Geocachers who found the cache recorded the code and later e-mailed it to the Jose Gaspar Crew, proving that they had found one of the clue caches.

Once a geocacher found all eight caches, they were e-mailed eight map pieces and instructions that would lead them to the final golden cache.

It wasn't going to be easy though. The map pieces were deliberately cryptic and so were the clues.  All that was clearly revealed were the GPS coordinates for the final site.  From the coordinates, the geocachers figured out that the treasure was hidden on Caledesi Island.  But the challenge didn't stop there. The geocachers had to properly reassemble the map pieces and then discover that the 100 coins were not all hidden in one place, but distributed among five different locations all over the island.

Some people found all eight clue caches. The map pieces were e-mailed to all of them at the same time.  One family of geocachers, Faithwalker & DaMama, lost no time and raced to the island, beating all the others. They found all 5 treasure troves containing the gold coins.

For more information, here are links associated with the Real Gold Coin Treasure I cache:

We have transcribed the entries that the geocachers left in the logbook that was in each cache box.  Read the transcripts here (some are very interesting):

 


But The Game Continued...

Faithwalker & DaMama found the Caledesi treasure so fast that we wanted to give more people a chance to cash in on some gold.  So the JG Crew came up with another $100 in Sacagawea coins and let the games continue.  The Jose Gaspar Real Gold Coin Treasure II cache was announced.  The game would continue until shortly after October 1, 2001 when the 8 original clue caches would be removed and a drawing held at a geocaching party in November.

The idea was that this time, anyone who found all of the eight original caches would have an even chance to win.  The game was no longer a race, but a true treasure hunt.

All was going well, until one of the clue caches disappeared...

The "Satisfaction" cache at Lake Seminole Park was reported missing.  Jose Gaspar went to the site and verified that the cache was, in fact, missing.

This caused a problem.  Some people had previously found the cache, but many had not yet tried.  The rules of the game stated that all eight caches had to be found to be in the drawing.  But now one of the eight was missing.

The Jose Gaspar Crew discussed the matter and decided, in the interest of fairness, to cancel the Real Gold Coin Treasure II treasure hunt and to create a totally new cache adventure with the $100 prize.  The announcement was made on the geocaching.com site and through e-mails on August 25th.

On August 26, someone reported that the Satisfaction cache was back.  Whoever took it, replaced it.  Unfortunately, the announcements had already gone out, so the decision was made to let the game end as planned on October 1st, with the $100 to be distributed in a future cache hunt.

Here are some links about the Real Gold Coin Treasure II cache:


And Then Came September 11th...

With the tragedies in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, the Jose Gaspar Crew felt that the $100 originally intended to be used as cache money would be better used to help the victims of the terrorist attack.

The $100 is being donated to the American Red Cross and the United Way in the names of the geocachers who found any of the original 8 sites.


The 8 Original Clue Caches

Each cache was named after the flagship of one of history's famous pirates

Cache Name and Geocaching.com ID Location Pirate Ship Captain
Royal Fortune - GC14F1 Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart)
Adventure Galley - GC14F3 Trout Creek Park, Tampa William Kidd (Capt. Kidd)
King James - GC144E Carillon Park - St. Pete Howell Davis
Royal James - GC14FC Morris Bridge Park, Tampa Edward England
Revenge - GC14F8 Fort DeSoto, St. Pete Stede Bonnet
The Satisfaction - GC144A Lake Seminole, St. Pete Sir Henry Morgan
Queen Anne's Revenge - GC14EF Lake Park, Tampa Edward Teach (Blackbeard)
Whydah - GC144B Sawgrass Park, St. Pete Sam Bellamy

Complete Map Files & Final Clue Sheet

Caledesi Final Clues
GC144A-Map-Satisfaction
GC144B-Map-Whydah
GC144E-Map-King James
GC14EF-Map-Queen Anne's Revenge
GC14F1-Map-Royal Fortune
GC14F3-Map-Adventure Galley
GC14F8-Map-Revenge
GC14FC-Map-Royal James


 The Real Gold Coin Treasure II Recorded Finds!

Here are the people who have found one or more of the original 8 caches .

Geocacher  Number of Caches
Faithwalker 8
Mo&Lance (aka Lance303) 8
Hinkle 8
RShipley 2
Yachtman 4
Surfboar 8
GBritton 2
KJH 6
Brewmeister_us 8
Fish494 1
Steveg 1
Scrapman 1
KB (aka Dan_Kar) 2
UFMooBrother 1
Jerdee 3
Domino 3
Roadwarrior 1
O-sew 1
BeaSSt 8
psm5978 1
MysticSushi 1
WhiteDog & PurplePuppy 1
CacheClowns 1

Cache Sites & the People Who Found Them

Geocacher names are listed in the order they found each cache.

Cache Geocacher
Royal Fortune
(Lettuce Lake)
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
Det(?)
Surfboar
Hinkle
Brewmeister_us
KJH
psm5978
BeaSSt
Adventure Galley
(Trout Creek)
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
GBritton
Scrapman
Jim & Smokey
Surfboar
Hinkle
Kyle & Jake
Tyson, Emily, Kyle
(No Signature)
BeaSST
Brewmeister_us
Al Da***(?)
King James
(Carillon Park)
Hinkle
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
Surfboar
Yachtman
Jerdee
KJH
Brewmeister_us
BeaSSt
Royal James
(Morris Bridge)
Faithwalker
GBritton
Mo&Lance
Surfboar
Hinkle
Domino
Brewmeister_us
KJH
BeaSSt
Revenge
(Fort DeSoto)
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
Hinkle
Yachtman
KJH
SteveG
Jerdee
Brewmeister_us
Domino
Roadwarrior
Surfboar
BeaSST
The Satisfaction
(Lake Seminole)
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
RShipley
Brewmeister_us
UFMoobrother
Fish494
Hinkle
KB
Cyndi & Joe
Domino
KJH
Surfboar
BeaSSt
Christopher & Allison
MysticSushi
WhiteDog & PurplePuppy
Queen Anne's Revenge
(Lake Park)
Faithwalker
Mo&Lance
Cacheclowns
Surfboar
Hinkle
Brewmeister_us
BeaSSt
Whydah
(Sawgrass Park)
Hinkle
Mo&Lance
Faithwalker
RShipley
Brewmeister_us
KJH
UFMoobrother
KB
Jerdee
O-Sew
Surfboar
Yachtman
BeaSSt
Chris Lambert
Real Gold Coin Treasure
(Caledisi Island)
Faithwalker & DaMama

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