Saturday, August 09, 2008

16 July 2008 Back in Potter

Our travels took us back to Potter County. We hadn’t planned to stay here for three evenings while on our AGT hunt, but we were comfortable in Coudersport. Most people will remember Coudersport as the home of the Regas family and Adelphia Cable. It’s really a quiet little town that beckons one to walk around and relax. Each day in town, we started our day at a small restaurant on the square. The first day, the owner stopped by to say hello and chat. Each day when we returned, he would grab a cup of coffee and come over to chat about hiking places. He gave us some great ideas for places to explore when we return.

This was yet another special day. We were caching south from Coudersport. In addition to hunting AGT’s, we were finding the majority of Paper Eagles caches. At one of the Paper Eagles caches, we headed off for a short walk to a public fishing spot. About halfway to the cache, Ali made a quick stop and silently pointed out an indigo bunting. Wow! A sight not often seen. Within seconds we were both able to spot our first scarlet tanager. Between our quiet, observant walk to the cache and back, we enjoyed the sight of an indigo bunting, a few scarlet tanagers, and a few warblers. You never know when gems like these may pop up. Our day of bird sightings continued during our visit to Sinnemahoning State Park where we were able to spot a handful of bluebirds as were walked the trail.

Later in the day we were making our way to an AGT cache at an old fire tower location. Ali decided to take us down the road less traveled. The ride was awful. The road was in terrible shape, but like so many things in life, there was a silver lining. Just after we started on the road, we saw our first elk ever. It was a cow crossing the road in front of the geomobile. As we continued down this road, we reached a point where we were surrounded by rhododendrons in bloom on either side of this bumpy road. We continued on in this drive of blossoms for a few more miles until we came to the back way into the old fire tower. At the site of the old tower we found a new flower we hadn’t seen before.

Late in the day we drifted into Clearfield County for a non-AGT cache. As we were walking to the cache, we spotted our first bull elk along side us about 50 yards in the woods. The walk was amazing as the bull almost shadowed our path. He was aware of us, but stayed near as long as the buffer was present. The antlers looked like velvet.

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