This cache is located well inside Quillian Bay, known to fishermen as Mosquito Bay. The cache name is derived from the colloquial name of the bay and the small finger-like peninsula it sits on. Quillian Bay is part of South Esther Island State Marine Park, which is home to 3 other caches (two near the water and one up a mountain).
Great care should be used in navigating the bay, especially towards the head and in the vicinity of the cache. Many rocks (fairly well charted, but not perfectly) cover and uncover with the tide. Good anchorage for larger vessels can be found in the vicinity of the cache at depths of less than 100' with a general center of N 60 48.1 W 148 02.9. Anywhere within that bowl (white area) on the chart and away from the shore and marked rocks should be decent anchorage, provided you have enough chain and rode (line, cable) to reach the bottom with decent scope (angle). Proper navigation and anchoring skills are outside the scope of this cache listing, and the assumption is that the boat's captain is at least somewhat competent in this role. Landing near GZ is somewhat challenging depending on the tide,and is part of the reason for the terrain rating. Use good judgement, consider the tides, and take your time.
The cache location was chosen for aesthetics, not ease of access. How it happened goes like this: I went for a paddle and took a bunch of pictures, several of which I posted to facebook. On one pic my caption was 'nice spot for a geocache.' Well, I wasn't really all that serious, but the responses came flooding in, more with people just liking the picture than anything. But a couple of people said it really would be a good place for a cache, So here you go. Coincidentally, and truly so, this is the middle of several 'fingers' at this location. It was unplanned, but with the mosquito being Alaska's state bird, well, take it how you will :-)
I made landing at high tide at the head of the cove just on the South side of the finger, but could have also landed on the North side. At lower tides the options might change a bit. For easiest access to the cache, an approach from the outside tip of the finger would be ideal, although landing there might not be practical, as it is very rocky. With any approach some bushwhacking will be required, although it would be minimal from the outside end. My route was challenging due to significant snow drifts and patches of ice, but it was certainly manageable. Small game trails could be seen in places where the ground was uncovered, and in summer they might well make for easier access. I saw evidence of otters on the peninsula, but no other tracks besides some birds. Views from the finger tend to be filtered, but there are some good vistas from the edges that reward the effort made to get to them.
The cache itself is located just in from the tip of the finger, in a tree near a large rock which is playing nursery to a couple of small trees. In a pinch, decent shelter could be made in this spot from certain storms, and this year's snows have not established themselves at that location. From GZ itself, there is not a lot in the way of views, but an easy otter trail leads to the NW corner with a good view, and bushwhacking around the Southwest corner of the nursery rock will get you to another viewpoint.
Cache container is a camoed mega-bison ziptied to a dead branch of the tree, several feet off the ground. Additionally, a length of twine secures it to another branch, with sufficient length to reach a number of locations, should nature be tough on things. A couple of small trading items are inside, and the RITR log sheets are contained in a pill bottle inside. Please keep it that way, and if you place any paper items in the cache, be sure to use the same method, as the sizing of the o-ring on the bison tube is a bit suspect. As per regulations, the permit number is written on the outside of the cache, with a sheet of RITR paper just inside also specifying the permit number.
Cache placed under GeocacheAlaska! Park Use Permit #15-KA-1994
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