A blunder is a bad decision or action, a mistake or error with detrimental consequences to the party that makes it. It is typically attributable to faulty perception: the result of not reading signs, or misinterpreting available information.
Yes folks, that’s me, the blunderer.
After a little research I determined where I’d like to place two additional caches in the Pheasant Mountain area of the Monongahela National Forest. Armed with maps and the preliminary coordinates I set off fairly early and all went well most of the way. Yeah, like the first four miles of the way.
Parking at the Shingletree ( TR121, N end) trailhead on Clover Run Road I proceeded, huffing and puffing at times, along this trail for about 1.3 miles where I joined the Pheasant Mountain Trail (TR120) and hiked a little over a mile in a southwest direction to place the Fools Run cache. I then reversed this trek back to the Shingletree intersection and then proceeded in a southeasterly direction on the Shingletree Trail ( TR121, S end).
Approximately a mile into this part of my travels, I see that I’m getting near the second planned site. Nothing too radical just a spot that promised a nice view of the Sugarcamp Run Valley. This is where the blunder comes into play. It seems that FR933 is now open for vehicular travel (not sure of the date range the gate is open so one might have to walk the 1.5 mile in the winter) to this point and has a parking area within 250’ of my proposed location. ACK!!! This out of shape fat man had to hike over four miles to find this out? (Note to self, get an updated MNF Hiking Guide. ) I can’t bring myself to place a park-n-grab in the MNF so I did what any self-respecting cat would do. I looked around for the highest spot and headed thataway.
As always, use proper precautions during hunting season(s). Most notably the two week buck firearm season that starts Thanksgiving week.
Please pay attention to your surroundings, enjoy and be safe.
The cache is a mid-sized lock-n-lock.