Exerpts below are from a field guide for these trails written in 1976. When you seek the cache, you might be surprised at just how much of the narrative still fits over 35 years later! Source: Myrich [sic] Marsh Nature Trails (1976) by Laura A. Schuh, illustrated by Malenna Smith.
WELCOME TO THE MYRICK MARSH NATURE TRAILS
The area in which these trails are located is in the southwest section of 600 acres of marshland found along Lang Drive between north and south La Crosse. It is a portion of the area which receives flood water from the La Crosse and Mississippi Rivers. The trails described are along existing roads that led to well sites, abandoned in 1969, and the old roadbed of a rail line which ran through the most diverse part of the marsh.
The trails offer a wealth of beauty and interest for the artist and photographer as well as a place of enjoyment for all lovers of the out-of-doors. All year long adventure is waiting. Large and small living things are found in these habitats. Many have strange ways which keep them hidden from most people. Keep your eyes and ears open and watch your step. Noisy walkers see and hear very little and frighten birds and other animals away. As you follow the trails you can observe wide variations in the marsh-type habitats. These in turn determine the kinds of animals that live here.
The next two spreads describe the trail leading up to this cache. See if you can recognize any portions of the narrative that still linger some 40 years after it was written.
[Transcript:] The East Trail Lookout Walking to the right at (D) you will be facing the bluffs. Plantain (38) is as common as dandelions but lacks showy blossoms.
In the spring the Wisconsin State Flower, the blue violet (39) is everywhere. In summer the pretty purple spiderwort (40) is common. The large silver maple tree on the left halfway down this trail is a favorite nesting tree for orioles.
A common plant without flowers or seeds is the horsetail (41). A slough grass having leaves with very sharp edges is found in this area, so stay on the trail to avoid being cut.
[Transcript:] As you approach the point (E), an old well site, look in the trees for evidence of upstairs apartments. Woodpeckers, owls, and racoons make their homes in hollow trees.
Orioles, robins, cardinals and mourning doves build their homes among tree branches. The red-winged blackbird nests among the tall grasses.
Flying squirrels are often seen at dusk gliding from tree to tree.
Look for squirrel's nests which appear as large round collections of leaves in the fork of a tree high above the ground. Young are born in late winter and late summer. The female cares for them for about a month.
Congrats to bythewaycrew for the FTF!