Waldo's Wanderings #1
In Iowa, United States
How Geocaching Works
The Where Is Waldo series of childrens books are among our favorites. Waldo is always visiting interesting places and invariably, leaves something behind. It is not hard to imagine the places that Waldo might visit if he came to Central Iowa. Who knows, he might even leave behind something for you to find.
Our cache hiding day was an extra special day in a special park. The Friends of Story County Conservation hold a festival in the park twice a year in McFarland Park. We hid the cache a few hours before the start of the fall festival. The 2009 fall festival had a band, food, a farmer's market and craft demonstrations. Just the sort of place that Waldo might visit.
Waldo might have wanted a map of the park trails. You might want one too. You can get one from the Story County Conservation Web site:
The cache is on the north loop that is in the center of the map. The walk is easy but the map will help you avoid wrong turns.
Park in the west part of the parking lot and walk north on the service road. You will pass through a prairie reclamation area, walk a short distance on Lake Shore Trail before you reach the George H. Clark, Sr. trail. Wander down the trail. You will pass the historic Troll Cache, one of the first geocaches in the state. Keep walking past the Troll Cache. Eventually, you find some stairs made from railroad ties. The stairs lead to the north loop.
The cache is a large jar covered in camo tape. It contains some small trade items and a log.
We rated this cache as difficulty 3 but only because it involves following a map in the woods. Otherwise, it is an easy cache in a very pleasant park.
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Last Updated: on 4/28/2013 7:34:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:34 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum