"Another cache close to the wonderful Van Kuren trail. We placed this one especially for Zuma!, since we know he enjoys searching for Monroe Township caches."
That is what we were originally going to say about placing this cache as a gentle dig at Zuma. However, as things have a way of happening, while we were driving on snowy back roads looking for a place to hide this cache, we discovered another whole section of the Van Kuren Trail to explore. While we didn't take the time to do that when we placed the cache, we have plans to go back to the location after the snow melt to walk the trails, take in the views, and maybe... hide a few more caches.
And so this really IS a cache for Zuma... for placing his series of caches in 2010 that first introduced us to the Van Kuren Trail, and for providing the "inspiration" for our unexpected discovery of this part of the trail.
The following is taken from the informational sign near where this cache is placed:
"The Van Kuren Trail is named after Gilbert Van Kuren, one of the early settlers in this area. Located to the west of this location, Lake Van Kuren was a backwater of the main Wisconsin River channel and was eventually inundated as a result of construction of the Petenwell Flowage in 1949.
The trail is open year-round for hiking and cross-country skiing. The 3.2-mile long trail meanders over rolling topography and winds through stands of oak, pine, and aspen while affording views of wetlands and the Petenwell Flowage
If you are quiet and observant, a variety of birds and other wildlife can be seen along the trail. Interpretive markers along the trail provide an explanation of some unique features.
Please stay on the trail and follow the markers. Fires are only allowed in the fire ring at the shelter house. No camping or motorized vehicles are permitted. This trail was designed for everyone’s enjoyment. Let’s keep it that way."
This cache is in a public hunting area,
so wear blaze orange and take precautions
if you search for this cache during hunting season.