Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Hard Walk Around the Neighborhood

We spent the entire day on one geocache! A Hard Walk Around the Neighborhood was a brutal one for us.

Listed as a ten-stage multi-cache, it should have been about three miles of walking. For us, it was eight miles. The idea of a multi-cache is to figure the second stage from clues at the first stage. Then find the fourth stage from clues on the third, and so on. The trail was through a neighborhood in Minnetonka, Minnesota - starting at the boat launch at Gray's Bay on Lake Minnetonka. (See photo above.)

Some of the clues were things like how many sliding boards are in the park, or how many reflectors were on a sign. But we had to backtrack because one of the downward-slanting bumpy things in the park was not a sliding board, and again because some of the reflectors have been broken and damaged since the cache started.

Anyway, we got to Purgatory Park where the final stage (the cache) was located. We walked way out of our way. Knowing something had to be wrong we walked way back and re-calculated the final stage. By the grace of God, we were delivered from Purgatory and were only 114 feet from the cache. We waded through the blackthorn and Bob's yer uncle, there it was. Anyone attempting this cache had better take their lunch along.

After it was all over, it was worth the walk. We logged three travel bugs in the cache and three geocoins. I now weigh 10 pounds less.

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