Wasn’t doing too much today, so I decided to log into Groundspeak’s site and find out if there were any difficult caches in driving distance to go geocaching. I’m a little sick of the local LPC’s and the sort. Difficult terrain equals better cache contents, as I have found (and by the way, I refuse to utilize Harry Potter terminology for this pursuit). I quickly discovered a level 3.5 terrain cache 8 miles from where I’m now writing. I tossed my gear into the Geo Assault Vehicle ( available at a store near you!) and took off.
The cache was in a public park. Today, I seemed to be the only person in the park, but the 95 degree heat might be a contributing factor. It was a long walk up the nearest hill in the cache’s direction, but I was up for the task. When I arrived at the summit, I found the cache location to across a pond at the bottom of the ridge. Going down the ridge wasn’t much of a problem, even with the brush. Thank God for my staff.
Although a path exists around the pond, bushwhacking is still essential. The pond was created in the distant past by building a stone wall along the ridge. And that wall stretches hundreds of feet. Ground zero was also near a sink hole, which made for some fun climbing.
I located the cache with the use of my Garmin, something I’m starting to do more and more. The ap on the phone does a good job getting you in the general area, but forget using it if there’s a substantial amount of ground cover. The Garmin does a better job bringing you into range.
This cache was full, but nothing of real interest, other than a geocoin. And it’s the same geocoin style I’ve found in 3 other local caches. I took it and left a Benson coin, but the geocoin will go into the next cache I release.
It was a fun afternoon tramping around near a pond in the brush and mucking through a marsh. Other than an abundance of thorns, the cache site was quite nice and pleasant.
Geocaching This Week: In Which I Go To Level 3.5 is a post from: GeoCache Creation