Another beautiful day greeted us on March 16. Lexi had a half day of school, so Shane picked her up and spent the day with her until I could get out of work. They washed the car, ran an errand or two and set out to log a couple smileys. They discovered a sweet little natural area nestled between office complexes and searched for the cache that was supposed to be hidden there.
Lexi really enjoyed the opportunity to sit and admire the view. It was a marshy area with lots of "locals" (ducks, geese and other critters).
|#35 - It was all her!|
By the time they logged this one, it was time to pick me up at work, so they returned to the office and we headed out to try the missed cache from earlier in the day as a team of three. I was so surprised to see what a pretty place this was and that so many birds had made a home of the area.
The geese surely seemed that they were not only used to the human activity, but were also quite accustomed to being fed. They followed us up and down the boardwalk honking and "muttering" in frustration when we did not drop treats into the water for them.
It was a really neat experience to see them so close and really be able to appreciate the delicate beauty of their coloring that seems so drab from a distance.
Even with the additional set of eyes, we were unable to locate this particular cache and decided to move on for the day. There are so many in this area, it just seemed smarter to start fresh another time. It is always possible when we are unable to find a cache that something has recently happened with it such as removal for maintenance by the owner, animal damage or someone found it that didn't know what it was and took it.
|"Hello down there!"|
She was over the moon that it was an ammo case, as she had just found one days before and she knew how to open it all by herself.
The area was simply beautiful on this warm spring day. We took our time strolling down the trail, taking in the scene and even resting a while on the bench that sat alongside the river.
I, personally, was thrilled to find this place as I believe it will be a lovely after work stop this summer to get away from the grind, relax and take a few pictures. I am confident that there is not likely an unattractive time of year there.
|Race you to the top...|
It was decided that our best course of action would be to head home, change our clothes, tend the animals and head out to grab what we could before dark.
We headed first to one we thought would be an easy park and grab, not far from home. We hunted all over creation but did not locate it. DNFs (Did Not Find) are a fact and part of caching, so we didn't let it get us down. We headed out to another that appeared to be a park and grab and logged #38 in the area of Judd and Crane Roads.
|Clever hide on #39|
|#40 almost stumped us|
|Hiding spot for #41|
|CITO bottle crammed full of plastic |
bags to use to pick up garbage
|#42 right as night fell|
We were not only tired, but deeply satisfied at how many smileys we were able to add to our list on a pleasant March afternoon. It was time to go home, put on our pajamas and get some rest. What a FUN way to spend a Friday. After all, who doesn't look forward to the end of the work week? :-)