Grandma and Grandpa have several caches placed around churches in the Waupaca area. These have been great locations. Here's another one. NOTE: Stage 1 was moved to the south side of the river on October 30, 2015. This multi is now more like a D - 2, T - 1.5, but the ratings have not officially been changed.
Chapel in the Woods
Posted Fall hours for 2016: Coffee Shop - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Sundays; Gift Shop - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, noon - 4:00 pm Sunday. The Chapel area and this Geocache are typically accessible when either of the Red Mill businesses are open.
Please do not attempt to gain access to the Chapel grounds outside of these days and hours, but if the door is open between the Red Mill buildings, the cache is available.
This geocache will bring visitors to a Waupaca area landmark. Brimming with local history, loads of Americana, and beautiful photo ops year-round, the Red Mill Chapel now has it's own geocache, too. Finding the cache will not take very long, but it is suggested that you allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the ambiance this place has to offer.
- Per the examiner.com website: "An unassuming staircase between the Red Mill buildings leads down into a magical wonderland of beauty. The visitor is immediately swept into Mother Nature's lush and peaceful countryside. A meandering trail leads us to the covered bridge, which spans the crystal clear waters of the aptly named, Crystal River. It was built in 1970, and was constructed of 40 foot long timbers from Oregon. Remarkably, the bridge contains 220 handmade pegs.
- On the other side of the bridge, a quaint chapel in the woods welcomes guests. It was built in 1975. Over 5,000 weddings have been performed here. The chapel holds about 20 people on its 100+ year old pews. Overflow seating is available outside the chapel. "
This can be a very busy place, particularly on summer weekends. Many meandering muggles may be enjoying themselves. Please be as inconspicuous as possible. If a wedding is being set up or in progress come back to seek the cache at another time. Be very careful of icy and/or slippery footing year round. Both cache stages are off the ground and winter friendly. The Crystal River flows through this site, hang on to small children. Stage 1 is prior to the covered bridge. Stage 2 is quite close to the Chapel, and on that side of the river.
Much appreciation is expressed to Don, the current resident and former owner of this property, and to Todd and Sheila, the new owners, for permission and assistance in placing this cache.
Congrats to HideNseeker1 on the FTF of this cache.
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