Tuesday, November 29, 2016
We had morning chores to do outside on the holiday, but went into the woods to avenge a couple of unfound caches in the afternoon. On the trail to the first cache we were treat to a host of birds. I never expected to capture an indigo bunting and a yellow throat warbler in the same image. There were multiple male and female yellow throats along the forest road. It was a great sight.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Sinnemahoning State Park has grown on me. It has been almost eight years since our first visit here. On that visit we stayed mainly on a trial that runs along the Sinnemahoning Creek. Since then we've visited more of the trails, seen a wide variety of wildlife, and spent enough time to appreciate one of the nicer wildlife centers we have visited. Today was all about the trails, geocaching, and whatever nature we spotted on the way. If this is an indian trail tree pointing a direction for me, I may be in trouble...
Saturday, November 26, 2016
99 years ago there were over 400 coke ovens in Tyler making coke for use in Buffalo steel plants. The ovens have been silent for a long time, but seeing the rows of ovens in the reforesting area is an amazing site. This is an unopened area owned by DCNR. We were lucky to visit here before as part of the CCC geotrail. This time we were back seeking a cache permitted as part of the Clearfield County geotrail. The author at this site was able to add much more life to a visit to the Tyler Coke Ovens.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Wintergarden Preserve is part of the Bowling Green (Ohio) park system. It is a mix of woods and near-prarie open flatlands. It is a great place for me to stop on my return drives from Columbia City. This evening, I was also searching for a number of caches with space themes. I've had little success with growing and keeping butterfly weed, but the plants appeared to thrive in the warmer weather of western Ohio and the open flat fields of the park. I wasn't successful with images of butterflies, but they were here and plentiful.
I was back from Tulsa and on my way to Columbia City for business. I took a different path to avoid the never ending highway construction near Toledo. I ended up passing through Paulding and stopped at the town's reservoir to the south. There were a number of caches and the opportunity to break up the drive with a long walk. I never really noticed trumpet creeper before, but it seemed to be quite common on this trip. It appears to be able to entice hummingbirds to visit with its long tube, but I had no luck spotting them this evening. I like its other name, Devil's Shoestring, much better.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The longer days gave me an opportunity to visit Keystone Lake and search for a February 2001 geocache hide. Keystone Lake is a US Army Corps project outside Tulsa. Besides a large section of Army Corps recreational area, the lake is also the site of Keystone Lake State Park. This seems a bit confusing to a person who lives part time in Pennsylvania (the Keystone State) but the area made for a great place to spend an evening walking. The water views our attractive and the shoreline includes areas with sandy beaches. They are nice areas and scenic, but ATV's appear to be legal just about anywhere. Two popped up while I was near one of the sandy shore areas searching for a cache.