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What a beautiful day!  We knew it was coming and couldn’t wait to enjoy it.  Since geocaching.com was down most of the day yesterday, updating the website, I had to wait until 7:00 pm last night to look for caches to do today.  It was my turn to decide on the area , and I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t cached before.  Since gas prices have climbed to $4.25 a gallon, I didn’t want to go too awful far, so I decided on the Harrisville to Alpena area.

We started at a cache that we attempted to get once before but there were too many muggles around.  Now you may be wondering what on earth is a muggle?  In geocache speak, a muggle is someone who is not a cacher, but is in the vicinity of a cache that you are trying to locate.  Today’s first cache is at a Park and Ride along US 23 just north of Oscoda.  When we arrived, there wasn’t a single car in the area.  Yea!!  We quickly located the cache, but noticed that our footprints in the sand were pretty evident, so we decided to do quite a bit of walking in the sand to confuse anyone who might wonder why there were so many footprints in one area.  Anyone from a distance watching us, might think we were a little off our rockers, but at least we didn’t make it obvious as to where the cache is.

We then headed on north.  We had our first virtual cache today.  It is at the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.  There is no actual cache container or log to sign, but to get credit for it, you have to do what the cache owner requests.  In this case, the cache owner required either a picture of you holding your GPS in front of the Light, or e-mail answers to questions they have posted on the cache page.  We opted to do the photo, since the museum is not yet open to retrieve the answers to the questions posted.  (That’s me in the photo below.)

You can see what a beautiful day it is.  The area is beautiful and there is the neatest one room schoolhouse on the grounds that was very interesting also.

From here, we headed to the Alcona and Black River area, the caches there were also very neat.  Old Alcona is considered Michigan’s only ghost town, thankfully we did not run into any mean spirits.  The little village of Black River was very nice.  One of the caches was at the park in town where the Black River empties into Lake Huron.  The river was flowing very fast, but what was so interesting is the tannins in the water, the water was the color of dark maple syrup.  After locating the cache, we ate our lunch in the park while watching a Belted Kingfisher look for his.

We then moved on to the Ossineke area, and here we had our first mystery cache.  A mystery cache usually requires you to solve some sort of puzzle or something like that to get the coordinates to the cache.  In this case, we had to solve a riddle to get the coordinates.  We thought we had the right answer, so I plugged the coordinates into our GPS, and yes, we were correct, we found the cache!  We then found a few more caches along the lakeshore before moving inland to a set of caches around Devil’s Lake.

We completed our caching day, just outside of Alpena around 3:15 pm, after finding 16 caches.  We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful day, since tomorrow is supposed to rain.  Our wildlife tally is not as impressive as our last outing, but we did see 2 Belted Kingfishers (one was eating a small fish), 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Wild Turkey, 2 Carp in the Cranberry Creek, numerous squirrels, and 1 unidentified large bird.  Another good day.

Happy Caching,



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