Sunday, February 16, 2014
We wanted to visit Bradbury Mountain State Park since it was a park we had not visited. The warm fall day seemed to bring everyone for miles to the park. The trails to and from the overlook near the peak were fun and there was a long view from the peak, but the park never clicked for me. Besides lots of people on the trails who looked as if they rarely visited a park, a number of the caches were in areas better left without hides. There was one near a children's playground and one in close proximity to a pair of pit restrooms. State parks often have enough real estate that the less desirable areas can be left cacheless. We found a number of the caches here on a long loop trail along with orchids that had bloomed and a nice snake.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Our day included a stop at DeLorme Headquarters to see Eartha, the world's largest globe. DeLorme is an iconic brand to many geocachers, but our ties to the company's product go back to many years before the satellites were turned on. When we first got together, we spent days and days exploring back roads and new places with the DeLorme map books. Since I am terrible with maps, Ali usually managed the DeLorme while I made the turns. We had great days then just exploring roads and places where the DeLorme took us. Eartha was amazing, and we found the caches hidden on the grounds. Geocaching blog, and Ali did eventually agree he was too quiet.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
The opportunity of meeting friends from Ali's time in graduate school sealed our vacation plans for Maine and surrounding states. Three of us had gathered in Portland a few years prior. This year, Ali was able to spend some time with both her grad school friends. One of the friends has roots in Ogunquit with a family home that traces back to the first residents. We were lucky to visit the home and share its history before spending the day visiting the shore and the beach. The years have flown by and too many have passed since we were last all able to visit in San Francisco. The day was too short, but it was a perfect day in Ogunquit to spend a day being a tourist with friends.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
It's a good caching day when you visit two parks and both have enough caches and trails to spend the day. After breakfast at the diner, we started our caching day with a walk along a rail trail. Ali had solved one puzzle on this trail before our trip, and we had found the answers to a second puzzle with a walk around the town square the day before. We enjoyed the walk, but were really impressed with one hide.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Our two plans for the day were to revisit Ascutney State Park for the other older cache in the park and to hike and find GC86, Vermont's oldest cache. I don't know how long the Lebanon Diner has been open off the town square. We didn't eat here at our last visit, but stopped by each day were in town this visit. It was a quiet place with standard breakfast items done well.