Geocaching part 9: the Fremont GeoTour

Fremont GeoTour

I did the Fremont GeoTour with two friends. I’m glad they joined, because I would not have been able to find all the geocaches by myself. We walked around the familiar streets of Fremont, a neighborhood that has retained its quirky charm in spite of the new construction springing up all over Seattle. Most of the geocaches had fun puzzles, as the Geocaching headquarters is located in Fremont.

We got brunch at Pete’s Egg Nest, then began the 9-cache GeoTour.

We started at a coffeeshop near the Fremont Bridge. There was the artsy bike rack that I would frequently pass, but never realized it contained a geocache. Using the stones on the sidewalk, we figured out the combination to open the cache.

Geocache near the Fremont Bridge
Geocache near the Fremont Bridge

The next geocache was under the Aurora Bridge, under a fake rock in the middle of the landscaping.

Geocache under Aurora Bridge
Geocache under Aurora Bridge

The next cache was a newspaper vending machine.

Geocache in newspaper vending machine
Geocache in newspaper vending machine

We found the next geocache near a cafe. We had to solve a puzzle and input the correct digits into a fake payphone to unlock the cache.

Geocache phone
Geocache phone

It was hot, so we stopped by the cafe for some delicious burnt lemonade. Then we made our way to the Fremont troll. I turned over nearly every rock to no avail.  There were a lot of tourists posing for pictures, so if they spotted us they probably thought our behavior was strange. My friend noticed one particular rock looked odd, so she flipped it over to reveal the “troll dropping” geocache.

Geocache by the Fremont Bridge Troll
Geocache by the Fremont Bridge Troll
Under the rock
Under the rock

We headed to the Fremont library, and found the clue to the geocache along a walkway behind the building. The clue gave the Dewey Decimal of the geocache, an old atlas in the library.

Geocache behind the Fremont Library
Geocache behind the Fremont Library
Geocache atlas on bookshelf
Geocache atlas on bookshelf
Atlas geocache
Atlas geocache

The next geocache was in a “Chairy Tree,” a tree artfully decorated with chairs. My friend spotted a tiny chair high in the tree, which he retrieved by turning the pulley attached to the tree.

"Chairy Tree" geocache
“Chairy Tree” geocache

The next geocache was another multi-cache. We read the informational placards about the Fremont rocket and the Lenin statue. We answered questions about these sculptures to get the coordinates for the geocache’s location, by the Fremont dinosaur topiary.

Geocache by the dinosaur topiary
Geocache by the dinosaur topiary

We walked along the water to reach the location of the final geocache, a boardwalk that extended into the canal. We combed the boardwalk, looking for some kind of magnetic box attached to the bottom of the boardwalk. This cache was the most difficult to find, but my friend managed to spot it under the stairs.

Geocache by the water
Geocache by the water

The GeoTour was a good walk. Afterwards, we were hungry and went to a friend’s house for her fatty food party.


We also found a couple geocaches that were not part of the Fremont GeoTour.

We found a magnet geocache near the Fremont rocket.

Magnetic geocache by the Fremont Rocket
Magnetic geocache by the Fremont Rocket

We also found a film canister geocache under a bench.

Geocache under a bench
Geocache under a bench

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