This cache was our final destination for today's caching trip. After a busy summer that was full of mosquitoes and excessive heat, effectively limiting our caching to short hikes and park-and-grabs, we were longing for a day of good old-fashioned caching in the woods and on the trails. Today was crisp and cool with lots of sunshine, a day that signaled summer drawing to an end and fall waiting in the wings, so off we went.
We started out with a couple of long hikes and a picnic lunch in between, and then we found some of the newer caches in the Waupaca area that we didn't even attempt while on our annual camping trip to Hartman Creek in July, being that the heat indices while we were there were over 100 degrees each day. And, of course, new caches are popping up all the time around here these days...
Eventually, we ended up in the park as the late afternoon sun was shining golden and low, and we made our way down the Old Coach Road towards the location of the new WGA cache in this state park. We have walked this trail many times over the almost thirty years we have been coming to Hartman Creek, and it is a pleasure to hike on this wide, level, and well-maintained thoroughfare, no matter how far we go on it.
All too soon we were upon the cache area, and a likely hiding spot was seen, but it took a bit of looking to uncover the container and its goodies inside. We signed the log book in the old-fashined way (with a bit of a story in addition to our caching name), then hid everything back the way we found it so that other cachers can come along and discover this entry in the new state park series put out by the Wisconsin Geocaching Association and its members.
This new series is a great way to discover Wisconsin's state parks, and this was our first find of one of these caches. We appreciate all the work that the WGA does to promote geocaching in the state, and all the work that has gone into creating and maintaining this series of caches. We thank you for that and for the fun we had going after this particular hide, and we thank you for providing a most excellent cache for our find #2700.