Simply convert the string from Base64 to text and you will get the string of Code #2
A mix of just about everything but there is actually a very good hint in that code
The start of the string is the only part made up of symbols. The rest looks like Base64. Convert the symbols by “unshifting” them on the keyboard
There is exactly 22 characters in the string if you take out the symbols. Let’s split to make a group of 16 and a group of 6
The first string looks like Base64, probably why we have that “=” sign as a hint. Convert it to text
Now we have the 6 characters string for the keyword. Goo links use 6 characters.
On the site the arrow is pointing to the word grow
That .1 is not a hint but if you can figure out how to get that “.” at the end you are on the right track.
Quite the long string, best thing is to try skip. A skip of 2 reveals
We can now see some reversed written words at the end. Let’s split after that middle 1
The first string has 32 characters made up of numbers, capital and lowercase letters. Convert it from Base64 to text
Reverse each words in the second string
the water reads the marks in the sand.
Searching on Google gives the quote “The ocean is a Turing machine, the sand is its tape; the water reads the marks in the sand and sometimes erases them and sometimes carves new ones with tiny currents that are themselves a response to the marks.”