Day #2

We had a great, long day yesterday. It started with Kris and I spending some time sitting on the deck overlooking the valley and mountains beyond with the dogs.

Then we headed to Trout Pond Recreation Area in George Washington National Forest for a longer hike.

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We had picked up a trail map the day before when leaving but it turned out to be completely useless.

20130925-083151.jpg We were hoping to walk it chimney rock where I wanted to look for a cache and then head farther to the iron ore pits. The map was incorrect and the distances off but we still had a nice time, although the scenery was pretty much all the same for the entire two hour walk.

Kris was able to astound us with some magic, though.

20130925-083341.jpg We walked quite a ways before turning around and doing a quick look for a cache where we thought it might be once we got back to Chimney Rock; it wasn’t. Joe marveled over the remains of a camp fire

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We decided to have an adventure on the way home by taking a right to Wardensville (we needed gas in Kris’ car) and after taking the back road to the back road for 14 miles made our way to civilization. We ate at The Mountaineer Restaurant, which T loved as he found it Very American. Then we grabbed a few groceries. After showering and settling down everyone was pretty exhausted. The guys napped, I read and then we finished the previous night’s game of Mille Bornes, played a rousing round of Phase 10, during which we discovered that T hates the number 1, and headed to bed.

This morning we were above the fog line,

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The plan for today is to hike a mountain, something T has never done!

4 thoughts on “Day #2

  1. Sounds like a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    Was it the Oriskany Wall cache you were looking for? Seems it’s not logged that often, but that’s prolly because it’s not that easy a pickup, right?
    Was T familiar with geocaching? And did you find any caches with him yet? I’m always SO disappointed when you want to show someone how cool it is, but you can’t find the cache πŸ˜›
    We’ve introduced ZoΓ© to geocaching. The first one was a multi in the foods near where we live. The idea of this cache was fun, but it was too difficult for us hehe πŸ˜› Maybe in the near future we’ll go and look for it again with my mother and stepdad. They’re avid geocachers (found 5500+) so that might help. We did find some simpler ones with ZoΓ© tho and she was astounded by the idea that these things are EVERYWHERE… πŸ˜€ Yeah, gotta love caching.

    Hope you’re having a great time there! Looking forward to the stories about the hike πŸ™‚ .

    • It was! The problem is that I have gotten so used to the caching app on my iPhone that I didn’t bring my regular GPSr and, duh, no phone service in the middle of a huge national forest. I had read a few logs and figured I’d just look.

      550? That’s amazing. I haven’t even hit 1000. I was crazy into it when living in Vermont but Michigan, at least in our area, is terrible for caching. But I love to do it when traveling.

      Hopefully we will each bring new cachers into it. πŸ˜€ T came with me to find two and we were FTF (no clue the anagram in Dutch except the first letter is probably EπŸ˜‰) but they were lame Michigan caches… I have a whole series of rants about them on my geocaching blog.

      My cold has gotten the best of me – fever, chills, general misery – but I may head down the mountain today to find a few simple ones in order to light up my map.

      • The two of us haven’t even hit 300 πŸ˜‰ we but like geocaching anyway. My mom and stepdad are retired so they have all the time in the world. Whenever they go somewhere for a bike ride or walk, they always make it a caching event πŸ˜‰ .

        We actually also use the English terms like FTF or TFTC and stuff like that.

        Take care, hope you’ll feel better real soon.

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