We never had the opportunity to visit the original location of Grandma's Kitchen before the sad passing of the generous land owner who allowed the placement of the cache on his property, so we were glad to see that the Kitchen has now been resurrected in a new location not far away. We have never sampled Grandma's cooking (and we are sure that it is most excellent fare), but we have broken bread with Gram&Gramps on several occasions, and we were hoping to do so again sometime this weekend after doing this cache for a milestone. Unfortunately, their schedule was full, so we opted to go for the find today while the skies were blue and before any new snow fell.
We wandered our way over here by way of several Waushara Area Rivers, Creeks, and Streams, and our route led us up County K to the indicated parking coordinates. Perhaps without snow on the ground the hike is about 185' to the cache, but the plowing of the dead end only went to within 400' of GZ. A broad stretch of virgin snow lay before us, and we were without any snow shoes. Luckily, a snowmobile had passed by on the side of the highway at some point, so we walked on that track to get closer to the cache. We wish that a few more snow machines had traveled the same route, since we fell through a few times, but eventually we headed off trail... and sank in up to our knees!
As we got into the pines, the snow depth was less but the branches were more. We spotted the kitchen ahead, but when we arrived there, we could see that no meal or yummy cookies were waiting for us. Like in quite a few other places during this cold winter, the sink pipes in the Kitchen had frozen, so we couldn't even get a drink of water. But there were many nooks and crannies to explore, and we checked them all. We finally located the log book and wrote our story in it. We left some knit dish cloths under the sink in case the water comes back on and anyone wants to do the dishes... or make a trade. Then it was time to make our way back to the car and head home.
We have enjoyed all of the caches that Gram&Gramps have put out in the Waupaca area, and someday we hope to travel to find the rest of their hides. They have some great helpers, including Chucky, whom we have met and fished with on occasion. Winter is a hard time to plan for a special cache, and since our last milestone was on Halloween, we thought that finding this cache on Valentine's Day was the next best thing to finding it with the COs. Celebrating our find #2900 on this special day, we want to let Gram&Gramps and everyone who helped with the cache, including the new site hosts, know... WE LOVED IT!