Green Pine Serenity (GPS)
In Iowa, United States
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The cache is hidden up a wide mowed trail partially covered in a thick layer of pine needles. It is somewhat hilly but not too difficult. The hike in is about 3/10ths of a mile and the cache is about 50 feet off the trail. There is very little brush and poison ivy - you won't have to bush bash! Looks like this park is no longer maintained very well, so have upped the D/T rating on it.
This conservation area is very close to where I live. It is such a neat place and very few people know it even exists, so I thought it would be a great place for a cache. Way back in 1994 the Boy Scout troop that I was helping with put on a Fall Camporee here. We did a ‘Back to Basics’ theme and offered lots of basic skills stations for the boys. My favorite station was the Orienteering. We set up control markers all over the area and as troops came in, they drew a campsite out of a bucket. They had to use their compasses and a set of descriptive clues with coordinates to find the place that they would be camping for the weekend. It was quite a challenge for some of the troops that came in a little later and had to use their flashlights with the compasses. They all seemed to have a good time and it was great practice using the compasses. Hey, that might be a neat kind of Geocaching Event. Have fun and enjoy another one of Iowa’s great parks. The cache is a small ammo can that was exchanged at the “Greenbelt Puzzler Event”. There is a FTF prize taped inside the lid. This is a geocache/letterbox combo (hybrid) that contains a hand carved stamp. The stamp and the letterbox log book stay in the Ziploc bag in the ammo can, please – they are NOT trade items. You will need to bring a stamp pad to stamp the logbook with your stamp. Geocachers, you may take something/leave something (except the Letterbox container & stamp) and sign the geocaching log book if you don’t have a stamp. For Letterboxing clues for “Green Pine Serenity” go to http://www.letterboxing.org or http://www.atlasquest.com. It seems that 2 out of 40 cachers have been atacked by the neighbors dogs - the 2 attacked had a dog with them. I added a "NO DOGS" attribute to this cache - for your safety, I would advise leaving your dog at home.
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Last Updated: on 01/30/2016 13:48:27 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (21:48 GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum