("Royal Fortune" was the pirate ship of Capt. Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts)

Jose Gaspar's "Royal Fortune" Cache
by Jose Gaspar
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N 28° 04.437 W 082° 22.541 (WGS-84)
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State: Florida [state map]
Hidden on: 8/4/2001
Use Waypoint: GC14F1 (what's this?)

(ratings out of 5 stars)
Difficulty: Terrain:

This cache is in a large county park that has an observation tower that provides a spectacular view.

The waypoint above is the junction of two trails, blue & green. Take the blue trail to:

N28° 04.627’
W82° 22.534’

There the trail will end and you will see a four digit number painted onto the railing. (The third digit is a zero). Write the number here:_________________

Back-track to the original junction point and now take the green trail to the observation tower at:

N28° 04.498’
W82° 22.700’

Climb to the top, counting the number of stairs. Record the number here:________________.

While you are catching your breath and admiring the outstanding view, use the two figures you recorded to get the cache site coordinates. Add the two numbers together. This will be your base number: It’s time to fill in the blanks:

Lat - N28° _ _._ _ _’
Long - W82° _ _._ _ _’

First, the latitude: Subtract the base number from 5757 and divide the results by 1000. Put a zero in front to give yourself 5 digits (i.e. 0x.xxx). Next, the longitude: Add your base number to 20,786. Divide by 1000.

Now you have the coordinates for the cache site. At the site, there is a small rest area and clearing. Off of the clearing is a small path. . Follow the path for about 20 feet. The cache is within arm’s reach of the path. You can get to this cache without any harm to the environment.

This park is large, and the terrain is easy, but you will be doing a lot of walking. Bring lots of water. Bug spray may not be a bad idea, too.

 

Additional hints can be decrypted below.

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	Decryption Key:
	A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
	-------------------------
	N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z
	
	(letter above equals below, 
	 and vice versa)
	



 

Logged visits  (also see geocacher's logbook entries from the cache box!)

 
 September 16 by BeaSSt 
Finished this one up today while running solo. The team and I had found the first clue a couple weeks ago, just before the park closed. They were busy this weekend and I'm going out of town this week so I thought I'd better finish up the Jose Gaspar 8 pack on my own. The park was very crowded today, only one parking space left by the tower trail. The water was up to the bottom of the boardwalk in a few places on the way to the tower, they even had the boardwalk closed just past the tower. I was alone when I got to the clearing near the cache but lots of people went by while I was at the cache, some even stopping at the bench for a while. I thought I had waited until everyone had left but there was one quiet couple still there. They didn't give me a second glance as I came out of the woods behind them, though. I found the cache at 3:00pm, took a glasses holder string and left a deck of cards.

 
 September 16 by psm5978
Found it, the key word is the path, left some coolie's and a slinky. Really good search.
Bruce, Kathy, John and Linda

 
 September 3 by kjh
Hello all, This was our first cache for the day, got a late start but enjoy walking out into the wood on the boardwalk, This was a group outing, my two kids and my parents and myself, all had a great time. What a great park. would have like to stay longer but had to get on to Royal James Cache

Kyle,Danae,Shea,Jim,Gail

 

 September 1 by brewmeister_us
The first of our 2 caches on 9/1! Have driven by this area but never been in there. Really neat with a nice walk involved to find the clues. Saw all kinds of wildlife, butterflies, unknown insects similar to praying mantises, spiders, and even 2 tortises on the way back to the car. Found with no problem! Took the Louis Armstrong CD and left cooling therapy eye mask, Bullfrog sunblock and a small compact mirror. Thanks for the cache! Brewmeister (Hops) & Smelly - On on!

 
 August 26 by hinkle
A neat walk through the park, although we took the long route through the palmetto shrubs and a brief tour through the restricted area before finding the cache. Worse part--we crossed the paved path and found it right there. Decided to take the easy back instead. Third of four found today.

 
 August 25 by Surfboar
Find number 2 today in my Jose Cache-fest. Great location although it sure was a hot long walk. I stumbled around for an hour searching for this one. It was well camoflaged!! I took a necklace and left a drag racing car.

Surfboar

 

 August 11 by lance303
First find of the day at 11:45. Enjoyed the views and saw lots of the critters including turtles and a gopher tortoise eating lunch. No alligators, though. This is a great park. Took spool of twine and travel dollar and left Masterlock backpack lock. Mo & Lance.

 
 August 9 by faithwalker
We knomes enjoy the limbo, don't like skeeters, bring bug spray, nice little walk in the park. We got there right after a nice light rain. My map76 was alittle off on this one so the clues came in handy, I say off but it was only about 40 feet or so. We took the spy glass and the preasure drop game and left a glass necklace, bat, sock things, Thanks Jose for a fun filled evening. ...Cache Responable and may all your birds be in view... ...Faithwalker and DaMama...


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