Sunday, January 31, 2016
I've had an interesting relationship with McCarty State Forest. I've enjoyed the trails each time I have visited, but I have NEVER found any of the caches hidden here. There are four caches spread over about three miles of hiking. They have haunted me. Today it was time to return (one last time) and look for them again.
Ali was headed west, while I was traveling east so we stopped for a walk with the dogs at SGL 167. We enjoyed a few cache finds together, but mostly just enjoyed a walk on a mild, fall afternoon before heading in different directions.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
I was headed home from Fort Wayne and stopped for a few caches along the way. Donkeys from a neighboring farm came to visit while I was hunting a cache at the edge of a cemetery. I think it was the first visit from donkeys while caching.
Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
The summer's out of reach.
Empty lake, empty streets,
The sun goes down alone.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
We stopped by a gamelands near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border to look for at least some of a series of 27 caches in the gamelands. Big cache series have mostly fallen to the level of either smalls or even worse micros. The walk was a treat. Ten ammo cans, asters, and amphibians were there for us to find.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
For many years I have been tempted by the billboards seemingly everywhere in Pennsylvania to "See It By Boat." Each passing billboard called out to me. Today was the day for our visit.
We were too late to pick up our coin from the CCC trail, but we had fun visiting the last few CCC caches as we slowly made our way home.
We made a stop at Black Moshannon Lake for a few hides. The lake was really busy with visitors enjoying the water on a sunny fall day.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Boundary Dispute virtual in Susquehannock State Forest is a high terrain cache that hadn't made our list of finds before. Today we planned to make the hike after finding a few CCC GeoTrail caches. This 2001 cache replaced a container cache which had to be removed because it was hidden in the F. H. Dutlinger Natural Area where container caches are not permitted. We expected a long adventure on the trail and were not disappointed. Our journey began with a stream crossing. Although the spot was technically a place where a vehicle could cross we decided to not abuse our vehicle. Once we got to the the other side we saw the "road" on the other side of the crossing was in very bad shape and not a place we wanted to drive. We were happy to make our journey on foot. There was an option of a wire crossing over the stream. I toyed with it out and back, but had no gloves for holding on while crossing. The rocky stream bottom was a head injury waiting to happen if I lost grip. I decided to splash across. A little deep and wide for our Subaru