Dinosaur Series #16...Palaeobatrachus
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In honor of my son's fascination, and incredibly vast knowledge of prehistoric animals, I have created this series of dinosaur caches. My goal is to eventually place a cache for a dinosaur of each letter of the alphabet.
Palaeobatrachus was a primitive frog from the Cretaceous period. They have been found throughout central Europe and although not closely related, they resembled the present day African clawed toad. There extrodinary lungs allowed them to remain submerged for long periods of time. They most likely fed on small crustaceans, insect larvae and fish.
This is my first letterbox hybrid cache. I have been thinking about placing one for quite some time now, and enjoyed going through the journey of hiding it. I hope that you enjoy it as well. The posted coordinates are not for the cache, but rather the nearest parking area, and where you will start your journey. Please Do Not remove the stamp or ink pad!
There is a local tale that has been passed down through generations about a frog that lives in Rock Creek Park. This is no ordinary frog…it is rumored to be the sole surviving Palaeobatrachus. How did this lone Palaeobatrachus survive the Ice Age and make it to present day? We are talking about hundreds of millions of years! Rumor has it that this Palaeobatrachus laid several eggs. Finding these eggs would be a monumental achievement and discovery. Paleontologists hope to use these specimens to learn how the Palaeobatrachus was able to basically live under water, and figure out the mystery of how this one palaeobatrachus was able to survive for hundreds of millions of years.
During the day the Palaeobatrachus has been spotted hunting for fish and insects, then at night she returns to her nest. I must warn you to leave the Palaeobatrachus in her hiding spot, but ask her where her nest is….She will tell you.
One afternoon I went for a run along the trail and I spotted her! I followed for a bit but then I lost her. I can only tell you the path that I took, and hopefully you will have better luck than I did. Remember to leave the Palaeobatrachus in her hiding spot, but don’t forget to as her where to find her nest!!! So here we go….
….After parking my car, I crossed the bridge, and that is when I spotted her! She headed down the dirt path until she reached a large cavernous tree that hangs over the path. She then headed east into the woods. Look for the trunk that becomes 4. With your back to the tree look ahead, you will see a hill on the other side of a paved path…Climb the hill, and you will find the ruins that I thought she was hiding in. Turns out she was just taking a breather. I just caught a glimpse of her continuing past the ruins until she came to a path. She quickly turned right and headed downhill. I was hot on her heels and followed her along the path that veered to the right. Once she reached the creek I was worried she would jump in, but thankfully she turned right. After passing the aqueduct, we came upon a small beach. Once there, she made a hard right and jumped into the woods. I saw her hide under a log. I can't say for certain because I happened to slip and twist my ankle, but I think it was approximately 60 feet into the woods.
Good Luck! I hope you find her, and her nest. Please remember to leave the Palaeobatrachus in her hiding spot and be sure to ask her where her nest is!!!
Happy Dinosaur Hunting!!!
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