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Beyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 17, 2013

Adela B on January 16, 2013, 7:16 pm

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A brave geocacher approaches the dragon

A brave geocacher approaches the dragon

Southshore Park, also known as Dragon Park, is a popular community park in The Woodlands, Texas. Fishing is one attraction. The park is also a great place for romantic picnics and for soaking in a beautiful sunset. For geocachers, it is popular for all those reasons and more. That’s because Southshore Park is home to Beyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C), a difficulty 5, terrain 5 geocache whose size has not been revealed.

According to the cache page, “On old marine charts, they would record what they knew, and on the edges of the known world, they would write ‘beyond here, lay dragons.'” In this case, just beyond Southshore Park is a lake with a famous dragon sculpture.

And what a dragon sculpture it is. While the geocache’s size has not been identified, the sculpture is sure to be noticed, even from a distance. It is normal to see birds on the head of the dragon or kayaks floating alongside the long, green creature. The dragon is so popular that a three-day long Dragon Boat Challenge is held each year at the park. One of the events includes a “best dragon-like” boat competition.

... and off they go!

… and off they go!

To log a smiley, geocachers have to paddle their way to the dragon and follow the directions outlined on the geocache page. Over 125 geocachers have done exactly that. They also awarded this geocache 41 Favorite Points since it was hidden in October of 2003.

A group of geocachers who logged this find wrote, “LOVE THIS CACHE! It was just fun all around for us! We purchased an inflatable boat and borrowed some paddles instead of renting a kayak on the lake… We took 2 trips to the dragon: sureman & mr turdhustler were trip 1, and myself & mrs turdhustler were trip 2.

Sometimes it's just best to swim to the treasure

Sometimes, it’s just best to swim to the treasure

We grabbed the dragon by the tail, stared him in the face and battled him in an effort to get this cache!  We did not want to leave defeated! We felt like we were in the stone-age! We made a special tool from various items we had in our vehicle.  As my caching group knows, I am a picture freak, so this one was worthy of lots of pictures. Sureman (my dad) and me completed our first 5/5 cache! Turdhustlers completed another 5/5 cache to add to their list! Thank you for the milestone! What a fun cache for a Texas summer day!!!”

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The big, green sea creature

The big, green sea creature

  • tidepuddle

    There is a Serpent Lake in MN. We would wait for winter and walk to it. Who knows, perhaps do a little ice fishing while we were at it.

  • Lone R

    Fun water sculpture.

    The cache page says “The container has been
    replaced many times, …. The containers kept getting lost or
    have the log sheets soaked, so I am changing the way you find this
    cache. To register you have found the cache, you need to look inside the mouth
    of the dragon, look up at the roof of the mouth and there you will see a
    circle with a letter in it. When you see the letter, and then pet the
    dragon on the nose, you have found the cache.

    I didn’t think this type of cache – no container, no logbook, “tell me what you see at the location” was allowed.

  • Log Dawgs

    There is now a container in the mouth again. I have been to the cache many of times

  • Lone R

    Thanks for confirming that the cache of the week meets guidelines. Too bad the cache owner hasn’t removed that paragraph from their description. It gives the impression that Groundspeak sanctions no-container, no-logbook caches.


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