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This is an ENVIRONMENTAL cache! Please read the entire listing before seeking this cache.
This cache is placed in honor of two family members who are no longer with me, Joy L. Hester and Mary Elizabeth Redden. Or as I knew them: Aunt Joy and Aunt Elizabeth. As a kid, I’d occasionally go over to their house while my parents were at work. We would play games. They’d let me pound on their small organ upstairs. Aunt Elizabeth would take me for a ride every once in a while in her MG. Aunt Joy would allow me to talk on the “new” CB radio. All my memories of that time are great! As was mentioned about them - they always had a smile on their faces and never did a name more fit a person “JOY!”
One of the fondest memories I have of them as they got older was their love of nature. Their wild flower garden was gorgeous. They had enough bird feeders and bathes for what seemed every bird under creation. They would put out ears of corn they purchased specifically for squirrels. And they loved to tell of how the wild turkeys came into the yard to feed that day. They actually had a sign placed on their property, from the Maryland Forest, Park and Wildlife Service, which read “This property is a certified part of Maryland Wild Acres for the benefit and protection of Maryland’s wildlife.”
That’s what I want you to do for this cache. Upon arriving at the park I want you to begin to notice all of the flora and fauna of the environment around you. Inside the cache you will find a log book, a field guide to wild birds and some small assorted SWAG for the kids. If you are trading with your kids please stay within the theme of the cache. Please do NOT take the field guide from the cache. When you sign the log - please note any observations you made - maybe you saw a couple of squirrels, saw bluebird while passing the meadow, heard the pecking of a red-bellied woodpecker or maybe you even spooked a deer on your approach to groundzero. Please write about it for Aunt Elizabeth and Aunt Joy. And thanks for visiting “Jo-El Acres.”
Since the American Chestnut Land Trust was nice enough to give me permission for this cache, I will be providing them with a link to all logs for the cache. This will hopefully serve as a way for them to collect research of the area as well. So in the effort to keep good relations with the ACLT - I am considering asking permission from Groundspeak to be able to DELETE all logs that do not include any mention of the environment around the area, as I believe it is within my right to do so as the cache owner. If you plan on just visiting and logging the ever popular “TNLNSL” then maybe this isn’t the cache for you!
Congrats to Bocco on the FTF!
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