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a small container hidden in yet another isolated section of Central Park. This one should be fun for the kids to find.
BUT, watch out for the poison ivy that grows near cache. It has irregular toothed leaves of three, shiny green, and is the vine-like variety.
I couldn't resist putting a cache here as a bookend to my "Self Portrait" cache on the other side of Central Park. So, if you've found that one, then this location will be no surprise, hopefully it will delight in a different way.
Like that cache, when approaching the cache site, do not bushwhack- there is only one way to get there safely and it is not thru the Rudin Playground.
This is a more traditional sort of small cache hidden in yet another odd "corner" of the Park, but you will find this setting more secluded and sylvan then its Eastside counterpart.
When I first visited here I was struck right away by the
variety of trees and plants to be found in this small section of the park. Tree species include; Oak, Elm, Ginkgo, Royal Paulownia, Catalpa, Black Cherry, Sweet Gum, Maple, Witch Hazel, Yew, Hornbeam, Crabapple, and, my favorite... London Planetree. That's alot of bang for your buck (or alot of biodiversity per urban square foot)! If I missed anything then feel free to post your find and I will add it to the list.
London Planetrees are a hybridization of our American Sycamore and the Oriental Planetree, and was developed sometime before 1700. It was introduced to American cities and did well so that it became a popular urban tree. That explains why you will find so many of our Urban Parks filled with and so many streets lined with mature London Planetrees today!
As you walk around Central Park, you will find a few examples of both Sycamore and London Planetrees growing next to each other and you can compare them. In all aspects they are very similar and hard to distinguish one form the other. Located in the Park are examples of both that have grown to impressive size.
This is my first cache of a larger size and in honor of the playground, I put a few trinkets that might appeal to our youngest of geocachers. But the FTF will surely be one of you dedicated adults, so I put another "Man in the Maze" sterling silver button cover (from Aspen, CO.) in as FTF Prize.
Please make sure that you tuck the cache back in place and cover it up as well, if not better, then you found it.
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