Wednesday, October 17, 2007... Our very first GPS receiver came in the mail, and we immediately went out to find our first geocache. Wednesday, October 17, 2012... We found geocache #2200, and a special one it was.
Anyone who geocaches knows the feeling of driving down some forgotten thoroughfare, one with great scenery but a questionable surface, very little traffic, and almost no man-made structures on it except for a bridge or two. That is why the Rustic Road Challenge is a perfect one to do for those of us who are career Sunday drivers... "Let's hop in the car and see where we end up." And the state of Wisconsin has given us a map to find quite a few of these roads on our travels, and then BakRdz gave geocachers another reason to take "the road less travelled".
We remember well when the WRR roads caches first came out about three years ago. Our first WRR find was also our first experience with the infamous "BakRdz camo". Then BakRdz contacted us about our multicache on WRR 50, and another geo-friendship was born. Eventually, cruising all over the state in search of places to hide caches on rustic roads became too big a task for one cacher, so BakRdz enlisted the help of others in his quest to bring people to these scenic byways. WRR caches were popping up all over, but being in BakRdz's back yard, so to speak, we were treated to cache after cache by the WRR master himself. We even put out four WRR caches of our own on cacheless roads (21, 49, 69, and 104).
Every time we travelled, we checked to see if our route would take us near any rustic roads, and we would add those caches to our list. We would try to travel as much of the length of each WRR as we could, even if the cache was at one end or the other of the road. The camera was always at the ready, and the scenery never disappointed. Over time, we found that many of the more urban rustic roads would highlight locations that were a lot more developed than those near us, but fenced-in horse paddocks, large country homes, and picturesque farms were just as beautiful as sand roads lined with colorful trees and ones going through marsh areas that featured abundant wildlife. And isn't that what our state is all about... beautiful scenery, historical locations, interesting people? The diversity is amazing!
Eventually we had to organize our finds to see what all we needed to accomplish the goal of this challenge. After doing that a few times, then having to redo it all over again, we finally had a list of what numbers/locations we needed, and what options we had for making those finds. A few recent trips got us all of the requirements, so then we looked to see when we should visit Hartman Creek (a park we are very familiar with) to find the final. An appointment in Wautoma today fixed the date for the trip, and it was then that we realized that it would be our five-year caching anniversary. We decided to make this challenge our next milestone find, so we quickly filled in the numbers we would need until we were sitting at 2199 last night.