Monday, January 30, 2012

1 January 2012 Weather Blues

It was a strange start to the new year. We wanted to walk with the dogs and debated whether to head for the North Country Trail or make our way to Titusville and the Hydetown Rail Trail. Hydetown won out. This was one of those days where we both planned to hike a lot, get tired with the dogs, and settle in for a sleepy, quiet evening in front of the fire.

It rained most of the way to Hydetown. We grabbed a couple caches on the way and were both a little wet by the time we reached the trail. It had stopped raining and was just grey when we found the first cache of the series. As we returned to the trail, Bussard444 came down the trail and joined us for the rest of the hunt. There were some nice hides and Terry was good company. We had a super walk out finding the caches and enjoyed the visit on the way back. By the time we were about half-way back, the day's grey skies were bright blue.

We said good day to Bussard and made our way to the other side of the road to the rest of the trail and still more caches. We got about two caches out on the other part of the trail when the rains started again. We thought one more and maybe the skies would clear. We were wrong. It was a serious downpour. By the time we reached Subie, we were soaked.

We stopped for two more finds at a cemetery near Titusville. It was at that cemetery that I spotted the marker below. It certainly ranks as one of the oddest I have seen. It was in great shape and got us talking about what it was meant to be. I kept thinking billiard rack.

The weather report was really ominous. Rain and wind made a tough drive back to the Warren area. With predictions of even worse weather the following day, we decided to pack it in and head for Ohio. So much for the quiet night by the fire.

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