"Look not at what is contrary to propriety." (Confucius)
The challenge of this series is to find the “Evil Cacher”. So far there have been no known photographs or eye witness accounts of the Cacher’s existence. However, there have been many stories among the Gnomes that dwell in these woods of the Cacher’s presence. Three in particular have been reported to have personally seen, heard and even spoken to the Evil Cacher. The only problem is getting them to admit to this. Your goal is to find these illusive Gnomes and attempt to convince them to share their stories. They are known as “Speak No Evil”, “See No Evil” and “Hear No Evil”. If you are very fortunate they may each share a piece of their story so that after finding them all, you may achieve your goal and find the “Evil Cacher”. This Cache series was placed to introduce you (or for the local Cachers, reintroduce you) to the Hormel Nature Center. During your travels to find these Caches you will have hiked over most the trails in this wonderful area. Don’t be surprised to walk among herds of Deer, Wild Turkeys, Geese and various other species of wildlife. If you’re lucky you may even meet the 29 year old Red Tailed Hawk that is a resident of the Center.
The 507 acre Jay C. Hormel Nature Center was established in 1971. The center is just within the Austin city limits. It features restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forests, wetlands, and meandering streams. As you hike through the different trails (7 miles worth all total), there are Deer, Mink, Raccoons, Salamanders, Birds and other native wildlife for your viewing pleasure. The Watch Tower provides an excellent view of some of these trails and prairies.