Friday, October 30, 2015
This week will go down as the week with the fewest finds of my many fair weather visits to Spokane. The weather was hot and perfect for me, but the containers weren't where I was looking (or maybe I missed them :) ). I was trying to decide between Antoine Peak and McKenzie Conservation Area for any evening of hiking when I spotted turkeys and a beautiful red-tail on the side of the road.
I was home finally. It was great to see the flowers blooming.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
I was in Mexico for a short trip. There weren't sights to see, but the car selection in Mexico is always unique and different, These are just a few. The Chevy Matiz is a small car with a questionable past. The Matiz started life as a Korean Daewoo. GM brought Daewoo cars to the the states for a few years including an ill-fated re-badging of the iconic Lemans, before pulling the plug and leaving stateside customers with unreliable cars and few parts. Mexico wasn't as lucky. The country was gifted with the Matiz rebadged as a Chevy.
We had hoped to hike this section of the North Country Trail over the July 4th weekend. We arrived late in the afternoon and decided to pass on this for another day. Today was another day. The trail intersection was very near one of the trail shelters at the top of Gravel Lick Road. We hiked from there to the Clarion River before turning back.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
It has been a number of years since our orchids have bloomed, but each year we hike into the higher regions of our land to look for the orchids. Each walk starts with the happy expectation that this will be the year we see a spike or two. We were happy to see four healthy orchids, but no spikes. Hopefully next year...
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
We were out for a day of hiking and geocaching along the North Country Trail in Clarion County. After a quick find after a short walk on the NCT, Ali sent us to a cache in the gamelands. The trail we found was a pleasant surprise with a stream alongside and a series of falls.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Eagle Marsh lies just behind a usual hotel stop in Fort Wayne. I've been here before to see nesting hawks and walked one of the longer stretches of trail. With two or three long walks remaining to find all the caches here, this is the best remaining spot in Fort Wayne for hiking a bit when in town. I started out this evening with the hope of being able to hike to the north side of the ponds, see some wildlife and find two or three caches. The rains of the past week shut down that plan about a quarter mile into the walk. The water on the trail was knee deep and more. Off to the side of the trail the wetlands took over with deeper water still. I knew my first plan was defeated and turned back.
Monday, October 12, 2015
I sometimes obsess about things a little, tiny bit. ;-) I had recently heard there was a March 2001 geocache still active at Toledo Metroparks' Swan Creek Preserve. It's only a geocache. It only counts for one find, but someone placed this in 2001 and it is still being cared for and found. We should find it too. All of our travels and over 13,000 finds had only netted us 97 finds of caches placed in 2001 so these are rare and getting rarer. It's been raining a lot in northern Ohio. Any deep water in north eastern Ohio is magnified in levels as one moves west and gets closer to Lake Erie. When I arrived at the park, I was able to see signs of flooding immediately. I don't think the park system normally has rangers providing information to visitors, but this one did today. The ranger took one look at my gps and said he wasn't sure they could be reached today, but I was welcome to try. It was like the gauntlet was thrown down. I was just hoping the 2001 hide hadn't been washed away. "It can't be that bad," I thought as I started on the trail. Maybe the waters were receding.