This area was once an area of mining activity. Both Trekkin' and Birdin' have connections to mining and Birdin', being the collector of stories she is, discovered a being from the "OtherWorld" of her Nana's birthplace, Wales, called coblynau.
Coblynau are not mean-spirited, but they are also not the most productive of the fairy realm. They hammer away constantly, never finishing a job. The Welsh miners working the coal and tin mines knew...don't speak poorly of them, for when angered, they may throw rocks, maybe even cause a rockslide. They are small in stature and terribly ugly, dressed in miner's garb and carrying small miners hammers and lanterns, pounding away inside the land. On a summer's eve, they may take to the mountaintops, singing and dancing like Morris dancers.
It was whispered to Birdin' that when Welsh miners came to work the mines in southwestern Wisconsin, some of these little beings followed them here. The miners all treated the coblynau with due respect in their new land, knowing full well they could cause mischief otherwise...all but one. Daffyd Hughes was one of those sorts that was in the New World one step ahead of the law back home, and no better here than there. One long weekend, after cursing the coblynau and throwing rocks right back down the badger holes at them, he headed upriver to the town of LaCrosse, eager to enjoy the wild times on Front Street. He was thrown out of one fine establishment after another, left to wander the streets and climb the hills to sleep off his headache.
Little did he know...the coblynau he'd scoffed were following in the shadows, waiting for their opportunity to cause a little mischief of their own. As he wandered the trails above the quarry, they zipped along just behind the trees, skirting the edges of the rocks they knew so well....waiting.
Daffyd finally reached the narrow point of the trail and staggered up the hill, in dangerous closeness to cliff's edge. He stumbled along, until finally he could go no further and fell in a stupor to the ground.
The coblynau were ready....waiting, with their tiny gnobby hands, ready to fling well aimed pitches right for his head, when......
Daffyd stirred, causing the earth to shake and the coblynau to tumble off the edge of the cliff. Daffyd stumbled away the next morning, back down the river to his home, but the coblynau? They're just below the cliff's edge, waiting for his return, the rocks still ready for the well aimed pitch at his head.
Begin your journey at the trailhead coordinates listed below, carrying your own 'miner's light.' Follow the trail to the posted coordinates, which will lead your miner's light to reflect upon a diamond of four small lights. Continue carefully along the trail, which leads up to the ridge above you on your left. Your first 'light' will be a single tack on the right side of the trail as you crest this ridge. Stay atop this ridge, watching as your miner's light seeks lights of one here and there along the way. As you near the end of your journey, watch for your miner's light to reflect upon an arrow of six together. Step carefully in the direction the "arrow" points and look lower for three lights sitting vertically. You'll find what Daffyd forgot in the beacon holding lights of three.
Be sure to approach from the parking coordinates on top of the bluff, following the trail from the gate at the left. If you try to approach from County Highway B, you will be crossing a segment of privately owned land, thus tresspassing.
Important Note: Someone recently relocated the private property notification sign along the trail leading toward this hide. The sign was originally located in the correct location at the end of the trail, well beyond the placement of this hide, to its current location well before the final placement of this hide. Upon noticing this change, we contacted Tim Jacobson, Executive Director, Mississippi Valley Conservancy to see if there had been any recent boundary changes for the Mississippi Valley Conservancy Land, particularly along this trail. Tim informed us that the sign was wrongly moved by someone, and that the tacks leading from the beginning to the final location of this cache hide, as well as the hide itself are placed well within the MVC Property Lines. So if you decide to hunt for this cache, you may legally disregard the sign that indicates "you will be entering private property beyond this point."
Permission for placement of geocaches on this MVC owned land is graciously granted by Tim Jacobson, Executive Director, Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Thank you.