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THE OLD CEDAR AVENUE BRIDGE
MAY SHE RUST IN PEACE
This old bridge with its slippery wooden deck caused many a heart to skip (including mine) during those nasty Minnesota snow storms.
Allow about an hour round trip to hike and explore the Old Cedar Bridge or bring your bike for a quick tour. Along the way enjoy a great view of the Minnesota River from atop the replacement bridge, which opened in 1979. There are lots of things to see along the way: large cottonwoods, much evidence of beaver activity, waterfowl, deer and eagles if you're lucky, and plenty of graffiti on the bridge walkway.
The easiest access to the cache is from Silver Bell Road to Nicols Road in Eagan. Please do not approach from the Bloomington side and attempt to cross the old bridge - it is blocked off and dangerous. You can park in the State Park lot or outside the park area. Look for a concrete walkway inside the park leads you up and over the new bridge. Then just follow the road (old Cedar Avenue) to the old bridge where the cache is located. Please be aware that the area 50 feet from the old road is a National Wildlife Refuge which is strictly forbidden for geocaching. Also, remember to bring water on those hot summer days - the old ghost road can still generate plenty of heat.
The cache contains Apache Tears, which are nodules of volcanic black glass found in Arizona. They are translucent when held up to light and some claim they have calming properties.
Their name comes from an Indian legend:
A group of Apaches faced certain death at the hands of the US Calvary. The warriors rode their horses off a cliff rather than be killed by the soldiers. The families of the warriors cried when they heard of the tragedy. Their tears turned into stone upon hitting the ground. Some believe that anyone who carries an Apache Tear - especially one given as a gift like these - will never have to cry tears of grief because the Apaches have cried tears enough for all people.
* Please make sure the cache is placed firmly back in position *
TNLNSL - Discovery is its own reward
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum