Where to start...
I am a numbers guy, no doubt about it. 1/1's all the way. But when I started doing caches in this area, those placed by the Timberline Echo's started to open my eyes that there is more to this than just numbers. I walked down a trail in a forest preserve, got to the final which was overlooking a un-inhabited lake and it took my breath away. I sat there for over 20 minutes just listening (mostly to nothing) and looking. I don't think I've ever been so at peace as when I was there.
This has happened at nearly all of their hides. After being raised on the other side of Vilas county and taking all of this for granted they've really taught me to stop and look around. For those of us in more urban settings , stop and listen, more often than not, you'll hear nothing. Quite a change from the Harley that went blaring by when I stepped foot out of my truck upon returning home to write this. Rustling of small game in the leaves, tweeting of small birds, the almost spooky call of the loons, just incredible when you actually listen to it and not think it annoying.
I happend to notice that the TE's were getting close to another milestone and I thought this would be a perfect time for me to say "thanks!" and payback a little bit. I was hoping to get this out so they could make it a FTF on their 2000th hide but I didnt quite make it. So maybe it'll be 2100? Nope, 2200 maybe? 7/7/07 - Turns out it was 2135
My hides have never been rough, I'm a numbers guy, log and go. But they usually take you to a interesting view, a history lesson, or some other neat feature that you can read/look at in just a few minutes and appreciate it. This one isnt that different but I encourage you to take some time here. Splash2 grew up near here, and brought me to this place saying this would be a good spot for one! When we got out of the truck the first thing I noticed was all the birds, it may have only been a few but it sounded like 1000's with their calls bouncing off the tall pines.
Bring the family! Excellent view of the Wisconsin river at one of its tamer points.
Notes on the area/hide:
- Rustic camping nearby, there is a fee, check the signs for more information.
- Rustic toilet nearby (though probably only open summer season).
- Firepit and picnic tables nearby.
- Canoe access to the Wisconsin River nearby.
- Hide is out of view but easy to find, please secure it the same way so it is still out of view.
- Winter friendly if they plow the road otherwise snowmobile trail is within 0.2 of a mile.
Hide started out as a small container with a log, pencil, a bag of soft letters(where did I get those?), something else and a geocaching pin as the FTF prize.
Back in the day, there used to be people called "Trailmen", someone who acted as a information station so to speak for travelers of the "roads" . Macinvilas has graciously agreed to act as the trailman for this cache, big thank you to him!