We came to Madison yesterday for the UW men's hockey game, and rather than make the long drive home in the dark, we opted for an overnight and the chance to do some more Madison-area caching today. Since our receiver didn't load the caches we had decided to do, we had to spend a little bit of time on the motel computer after the Badgers' 5-2 victory, jotting down some cords for a handful of caches. We knew we had to do this one because it was only 0.16 miles from our lodging, and that would make for a nice brisk morning walk after the waffle breakfast.
And that's how it played out. We packed and loaded everything into the car, checked out, then made our way over to the underground. We have done a couple of Madison overground caches, but this was our first opportunity to explore the "dark side". Not many people out and about on this cold morning: a dog walker here, a cyclist there. We had the tunnel all to ourselves for most of the time, and we checked every little spot that could contain a cache of some kind. Not coming up with anything, we made our way through to the other end, reshot a distance reading from there, then went in one more time.
We were in a slightly different spot than before, and figuring that maybe our pace was just a bit shorter due to the ice chunks on the tunnel floor and our mincing steps, we adjusted our search area, and after a bit of geothought, I checked elsewhere and spotted the cache. Mr. S was closer to the container, so I was directing him as to where it was. He still couldn't see it! Great hide! Finally... we made the retrieval and signed the log sheet before getting everything back into position.
It was certainly nice to have this underground location to ourselves on this cold morning, and for as long as we were there looking, we're glad we were out of the wind. Back at the car, we warmed up a bit, then headed off for more caching adventures. Thanks for this one, Madison Joe!