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yesterday my guinea pig "Aurora"
(that it's on holiday, see: Technological guinea pig)
invited me to join her ... but she is too "technological" for me ... and I can not decipher the invitation that contains the instructions to go to her !! :)

Please, can someone help me??

SNRFK=T8
1_UJ=#5S9PU5
1_DOQE=#SU7D31
1_RCXVK=#FFW000
1_CSWT=#4472C4
2_OG=#8497P0
2_UOWH=#W4P084
2_IIGBK=#TWD966
2_LYWH=#7030R0
3_UP=#W00000
3_UCNN=#FZ0000
3_IWXHT=#ZWTW00
3_LEZK=#00P050



Hint:

The colors are very very relevant...



enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ geocaching - how? $\endgroup$ – Raystafarian Apr 21 '16 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ ;) Yes it's a geocaching enigma! $\endgroup$ – Stefano Lonati Apr 22 '16 at 6:23
  • $\begingroup$ I'm assuming it would help to know if the letters in the following locations are lowercase Ls or capital Is: O1, O2, S3, B19 $\endgroup$ – Matt Apr 28 '16 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt If it's the same font as the column headers, capital i shows up with serifs, so they would be lowercase L's $\endgroup$ – paste Apr 28 '16 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Not sure if this is relevant, but some of the boxes are 'connected' together (no black grid lines separating them). $\endgroup$ – Wesley Situ Apr 28 '16 at 18:40
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The answer is:

Somewhere in Hawaii...?

Explanation:

First, we use a vigenere cipher on the text using the key 'Aurora'. This results in:

start=t8
1_up=#5b9bd5
1_down=#ed7d31
1_right=#ffc000
1_left=#4472c4
2_up=#8497b0
2_down=#f4b084
2_right=#ffd966
2_left=#7030a0
3_up=#c00000
3_down=#ff0000
3_right=#ffff00
3_left=#00b050

The left side denotes the number of steps in a direction, while the right is a legend for those steps.

Starting at cell T8, and continuing until I couldn't anymore. I ended up with:
MjEuMzkzMDE0Oy0xNTcuODUzMzUxlA==
The last = was bolded on the grid, so I think that indicated the end.

When base64decoded, I got 21.393014;-157.853351, which on Google Maps, is somewhere in Hawaii.

Here are the colors for reference. I tried my best to match them up with the corresponding line.

enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Very good job man! $\endgroup$ – Stefano Lonati Apr 29 '16 at 6:41

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