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"My Side of the Mountain" Reborn Again & Again

A cache by BilboB Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/29/2001
2 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Ammo box cache in the C.C. Putnam State Forest near the junction of the White Rock and Mount Hunger trails. Round trip from parking along well-blazed trail is about 4 miles.

This cache is named after the 1959 Newbery Honor Book-award winning young adult novel, "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George.  A copy of the book is in the cache, but please don't trade for it.  You're welcome to stop and enjoy it before resuming your hike, however -- and perhaps you'll want to go get your own copy thereafter. 

Park at N44 22.324 W72 38.394. It can be a little tricky getting to the parking coordinates if you’re not familiar with the Middlesex area since many roads marked on maps are not actually through roads accessible in all seasons and most are dirt.

The easiest way to get to the cache without a lengthy drive on dirt roads is to head north out of Montpelier on Route 12, turn left on Shady Rill Road, follow Shady Rill until you pass Rumney Memorial Elementary School, and then follow Bear Swamp Road (dirt) to the marked trailhead. You will go about 2.9 miles from the school before you come to the parking area.

From the parking area, you'll follow a nice wide forest road to a formal trailhead and then come to a sign-in box.  Don't forget to sign in. 

From there you've got about a mile to go to a fork where the White Rock trail and the Mount Hunger trail split -- you can't miss the sign.  There's a decent view of the sky at the fork where you can get a good fix with your GPS.

Behind the sign you'll see some old white birches.  Look around the boulders northwest of the birches.

Cache history: This cache was originally placed by bigzig and wnt2w8lift, two Middlesex-area cachers.   They are no longer active in geocaching.  In May of 2005, Otter and Lemur adopted and maintained the cache. In January of 2006, BilboB adopted it.

*****UPDATE April 22, 2006***** I just want to thank everyone who has taken the time out to find this cache and to all who have yet to find it. I will be deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism to Iraq for about 14 months. Darrel of DJ and Cal has graciously agreed to adopt my caches and maintain them while I am gone and I really appreciate that. Thanks everyone and see you next year!

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