Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
It's not often that I go on a trip and come away with no photos and almost no caches from walking or hiking after work, but this week was one of those. I had an external audit and was too tired by the end of the day to chase caches or images. I was anticipating both today on my drive home. I had a big hike, but didn't do so well with the caching. I stopped at a gamelands directly on my route. There were a three caches in the gamelands including a two high-terrain hides. I thought it was a perfect fit. Oops... Past a certain point early in the walk, I lost what little path there was making this a big time bushwhack over rocks and through multi-flora rose. In the end, I dnf'd one cache, did not hunt a second, and managed a single find. My return trip was even more interesting since the caches were above private property and a shooting range. I tried without success to return to parking while staying on gamelands property, but was thrilled to only skirt the edge of the shooting range and not get in the middle of it. This adventure wiped out most of my caching time and left me more tired and sore than contented. Some days going home is a better choice than getting flogged in the woods.
Friday, September 27, 2013
It seemed as though it had been a long time since we just drove out Route 59 and cached in the Allegheny National Forest in McKean. It's a short drive for us and our friends had placed a number of caches in the woods which we hadn't found. The area was really busy at the start of the day, but tapered off as the holiday wound down. There were still a few spring wildflowers to enjoy along with the quiet woods and trails through the streams. It was a super day to be in the woods.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
We spent the day finding four of the Legacy of Conservation caches with Gwen and Eva. It was a long ride and the weather was warm so we had to make plenty of stops to keep them with sufficient water. Our first Legacy stop was at Elk State Forest for a second visit to Dobby's Home. Our last visit was to a historical site with large banks of coke ovens. It was a super day with a lot of walking and some great sites.The coke oven cache was a big surprise. We have seen a large bank of smaller ovens in Columbiana County Ohio, but they do not compare to the size and number of ovens at this location. I was concerned about taking both Eva and Gwen to the site since they had both been on the trails for a long day, but they did well.
Friday, September 13, 2013
When a holiday weekend arrives, it has to be enjoyed no matter what the weather deals, but 37 degrees in Memorial Day weekend is a little tough to smile through. Add a bit of cold rain and a strong wind, and you have a rough day for caching. We had set aside this day to hunt some of the Legacy of Conservation series. Time was running short to complete the trail so we could not afford to be picky. Despite the rain and the cold, it was a fun, memorable day.