Indiana Spirit Quest
The Indiana Spirit Quest (ISQ) is a series of caches that have been placed mostly in cemeteries within the State of Indiana. The series honors Hoosier Veterans and Pioneers. The series was started on 25 February 2004 by SixDogTeam. As of March 2008, there are over 600 caches that have been placed by over thirty caching teams. A number of related caches exist in Ohio and Michigan, mostly near the Indiana state line (Ohio Spirit Quest and Michigan Spirit Quest), plus a related cache in Windsor, Ontario. At least five other cemetery cache series credit the ISQ's as their model, although they are not allied and do not subscribe to all the standards that the ISQ/OSQ/MSQ series have set. The caches are listed on Geocaching.com.
The ISQ series is notable for creating listings that go beyond the basic cache description. The listings have historical research performed and posted on the cemetery and persons buried near the cache placement site, often focusing on veterans that fought in wars dating back to the American Revolution. Photographs of the cemetery, sign, church and of interesting headstones are always included on the cache's listing. Notable landmarks are often mentioned and included in the listing as well. There is a common template for all listings in order to maintain a consistent appearance for the series.
The ISQ series primarily focuses on older rural cemeteries that are no longer active, but there are many caches placed in active cemeteries as well. The cache is always placed away from any tombstones. One major tenet of the series is that respect for the cemeteries is maintained at all times. Night caching is strictly forbidden by the cache owners and this standard is now honored by Volunteer Cache Reviewers for all Indiana cemetery cache listings. The listings also exhort visitors to replace any fallen American flags and remove any non-decorative trash from the grounds.
Most of the caches in the series are small caches, often microcaches. Given that they are hidden with low difficulty factors and near roadways, the caches tend to be quick finds. As a large number of caches in the series are in close proximity of each other, this has led to days where a geocaching team has found several dozen in one day. The current record is 102 finds made by four teams working in conjuction on 30 May 2005. However, a few of the series are multi-caches or puzzle caches, which require extra time to locate.
- Indiana Spirit Quest #1 contains information on how ISQ caches are placed