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Since I started this blog earlier in the week, I wanted to back-track a little in time and tell you about a mini-marathon of geocaching that Robert and I embarked on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of April.

We had just gotten back from our trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast and were anxious to get back to caching in our own state.  I picked out a dozen or so caches north of the Midland area and since we are in “mud” season now, I tried to stay on roads that I knew were “do-able”  That phrase will come in to play a little later.

It started out quite dreary and rainy, we hadn’t cached in the rain before, but we figured if we only cached on sunny days, we’d never get a chance to go.  Especially in April, in Michigan!  The first few caches were pretty easy park and grabs.  We commemorated our 200th cache by dropping off a Travel Bug in a cache named Great White Hunter.  We then continued around the area of Wixom Lake, a very large lake that is part of the Tittibiwassee River, surprised that there was still quite a bit of ice on the lake.  We ended our day with five caches in the Gladwin State Game Area.  They are part of a series entitled Treasure Hunt and they are all named after precious gems.  We did the first 18 last fall, but were unable to do these five either due to hunters in the area, and/or the lack of daylight.  We are not into caching in the dark, especially in an area we are unfamiliar with!  I’d probably still be out there wandering around!  On our way to the last cache, we hiked up a small hill and just as we arrived at the top, we stirred up five very large white tail deer.  I don’t know who was more scared, the deer or me.  My first thought was, “Wow, these guys made it through hunting season, good for them!”  Hunting season around our place is really rather noisy.  We are usually awakened at dawn with the first “kabooms” , and then very frequently after that.  With all of the shooting going on, I’m surprised there are any deer left at all up here.  We really have to curtail our outdoors activities for that two week period,  I’d hate to be the lead story on the evening news.  Anyway…just before finding the cache, we had another surprise.  Robert found a little garter snake that had obviously came out of it’s hole a little too soon.  It wasn’t frozen solid, but it was really quite rubbery.  I felt really bad for it, so I buried it under some leaves, and hoped for the best.  We then found the cache, signed the log and headed to Gladwin for a pizza.  Well deserved right?!

After getting home that evening, Robert was searching for more caches and discovered some newly put out ones in the Alcona Pond area.  Since we hadn’t cached in that area yet, we quickly decided to get up early (8:00 am! early for us) and do another day of caching.

I packed a picnic lunch, gathered all of our ‘cache stuff’ together, and off we went.  The first one was the harbinger for things to come.  The gps pointed us down a two-track that was still partly covered in snow, and also had very large mud holes and ruts.  Obviously, others had gone down this trail, so why not us?!  Right.  Now I am the one driving, and my adventure level is usually pretty high, but when the thought of burying our jeep in a mud hole in the middle of nowhere, and having to walk to get help (no cell service), my apprehensions were also quite high.  But with my cheerleader sitting next to me saying, “awe come on honey, it’s a Jeep” I reluctantly continued on.  We didn’t get stuck, and the cache was in a very beautiful area on the banks of the Au Sable River.  The scenery was well worth the white knuckled trip down the two-track.  We made it out ok and the next few caches were off much better roads.  We were the first to find at a cache called Aspen Alley, and what a beautiful place that was.  The trek through the snow was not easy, but well worth it.  I didn’t even think about throwing our snowshoes in, but we could have used them!  Our last cache was down a road that looked do-able at the beginning, but then quickly turned into a “what was I thinking!” road.  It narrowed quickly and soon was evident that no one had been down it all winter.  After narrowly escaping being sucked into a ditch of undetermined depth, I stopped and said we are not going any further.  Robert did agree with me at that point and soon we switch positions, and he got us turned around and back out to the main road.  Our poor Jeep was mud from the top to the bottom!  By then, our daylight was quickly running out, so we decided to continue on the next day, with the caches on the west side of the Alcona Pond.

Again, we got up ‘early’, packed a lunch and off we went.  This day started out very sunny but not as warm as we’d have liked, but nice none-the-less.  A pathtag had been put in a cache called Bee Happy!, so that was high on our list, and it just so happened to be on our way to the pond.  The cache was at a quaint little shop that was decorated with everything pertaining to bees.  We recovered the pathtag, which was from the MiGO (Michigan Geocaching Organization) folks.  Unfortunately, the business was not open, so we were unable to figure out if this was a “honey house” or just a gift shop that was all about bees.  We then continued on to Alcona Pond and the roads we had to travel today were much better than yesterday.  We were able to get four, first to finds, which is a treat for any geocacher.  We also seen two eagles locking their talons in mid-flight and spinning wildly towards the ground, only to let go just before reaching terra firma and flying back up, only to do it again.  What a treat!  We also seen three hawks, quite a few early season chipmunks, and was startled by two grouse.  Not bad for one day.  The Alcona Pond area is a beautiful place, and we do plan on coming back up to do some hiking and even kayaking the river and pond in this area.




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