Wayzata: State Champs (at last!)
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This cache is placed in celebration of Wayzata winning their first football championship in school history!
When I went to school here, Wayzata was (ahem) dreadful in sports. Well ok, so we won a soccer championship, but we never came within sniffing distance of a trophy in baseball, basketball, hockey, or football. Many long years have passed since I was there, but recently, things have started to change for Wayzata athletics.
Our family was in the stands in 2000, when Wayzata beat #1 Cretin-Derham Hall during the regular season...and were there again, later that year, when Cretin exacted their revenge in the playoff semifinals. We were there in 2004 when Wayzata played in their first State Hockey Tournament in 50 years, only to see them lose 3-0 to Centennial in the Semifinals. And when Wayzata made it to their first-ever Football Prep Bowl championship game last year, well, it was the same old story watching them lose to Minnetonka.
So this year, we tried something different - we deliberately avoided the games altogether, so as not to curse the team. We watched from afar as Wayzata took the Classic Lake Conference championship. We cheered when they won the Section 6 championship to advance to the Prep Bowl. And this past weekend, we agonized at home while Wayzata battled Cretin-Derham Hall yet again, in an epic duel that lasted past midnight, watching the game on TV and wishing we'd gone down to the Metrodome after all. But in the end, it all paid off when Wayzata finally won their first-ever major State Championship: congrats to WHS, your newly-crowned 2005-2006 State 5A Football Champions!
Location, Parking, and Access
This cache is located just off the public-access trail system at the Elm Creek Playfields, just behind Wayzata Senior High School. It is on City Park/Open Space grounds, not on school property, and can be accessed from other directions if you're not comfortable parking or walking close to the school.
To get to the Elm Creek Playfields, take Highway 55 to Peony Lane, and go north over the bridge. Watch your speed on Peony, many people (myself included) have been tagged on this road by Plymouth's finest. Turn left at the light in front of WHS, and follow the parking lot over to the playfield's public parking. During school hours, parking may be scarce - during football games, parking will be impossible!
I recommend parking over by the tennis courts, close to where the trailhead splits at N 45° 02.792 W 093° 30.658. Heading left from here, along the edge of the woods, is a steeper hill but more direct route - taking a right into the woods is an easier, slightly longer, and possibly more scenic walk. Both routes will take you to the cache location along a nice woodchip trail.
We used to live just a few blocks from here, and would walk these trails almost every night with Sam, our Big Dumb Dog. We also hid our very first geocache here, only to see it discovered first by the Mosquito Control crews, then by some local kids, leading to it being archived. It's been a year now, and we hope this new location is better luck! You're looking for a standard lock 'n lock container, filled with toys, trinkets, a travel bug, and an unactivated West Tennessee Geocoin for the first finder.
As always - thanks, have fun, and happy hunting!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum