Most of us have some 'bucket list' list caches, the ones we want to do before our bodies stop us or they are archived. "Silver Island Treasure" has been one of those caches for us. We made a trip to enjoy a stay at Cove Point Lodge down the road and give some of our bucket list caches a try. The conditions were seemingly perfect this afternoon: no one else here, so Birdin' didn't feel rushed to make her rock hops; lake was calm; rocks were dry as...a stone. Perfect. Trekkin' was a bit quicker on the journey out, but given that Birdin' often freezes midway across these causeways, it was a bit of a bucket list thing to have made it to the island.
At this point, all those aspects of perfection were shattered. The climbing rope spotted, we began to make our way toward our ascent, when suddenly, a pair of Canada Geese sprung from a cluster of brush on the rocks, not much more than fifty feet between us and the rope. Hissing and making themselves menacing as only nesting geese can do, we froze and assessed the situation. Birdin' had to sacrifice the much anticipated rope climb to serve as safe distraction...for the geese, for Trekkin' and for me!...so that Trekkin' could get over and up the rope. He made a really wide swing, going out to the breakwater's edge, then creeping right along the island to the ropes, propelled up to the top by the adrenalin fueled by the possibility of goose bites in the butt! He made it up in no more time than needed by a 19 year old athlete, only to encounter...another nesting pair right at the top, the "welcome committee" to the island not very welcoming! He managed with quite the caution and long path around them to pass them by, only to be greeted a bit further along by....more defensive geese! At this point, the seasonal name for this cache might be "Angry Birds!" He had figured out, due to the ample experience in the last 15 minutes, that giving them about 25 feet kept them at bay, doing no more than trying to appear scary. With just 192 feet to go, he came to....one more pair of angry birds! He found that by going way around, down the rocks into the cove and then back up around, he could finally get to the cache....the whole time fearing that there might be a nest on top of it. Luckily, no such issues at the cache site, so he signed us in and then retraced his path to the rope, while I guided him around the pair at the bottom.
After all that, the rock hop back to the mainland was completely anticlimactic. What a rush! We headed off to Cove Point, where there was champagne awaiting us, perfect to celebrate our victory over the angry birds of Silver Island. Given the challenges here, we decided to wait on "Black Beach" until after nesting season, so the North Shore bucket list has one left on the list. Thanks for a really fun adventure, but could you let those geese know that people might be coming through and to avoid nesting on the route to the cache? SL TNLN TFTC