I'd been wanting to do the Upper Yough Trek for some time but, to keep Kyrie from making a fuss, I was waiting for a group to form rather than going it alone. After the Tri-Go gormandize event just such a expedition was organized. I had been doing a lot of driving recently and was going to be doing a lot of driving in the next month so I was looking for a ride. Turns out that I was only able to manage cutting my driving in half by meeting pghlooking in Uniontown.
We arrived. Waited for the rest of the group to arrive and set off at about 8:50am. When the group arrived at Kendall about 2 miles up the trail, wvcoalcat and wvhunter were manning the Kendall Company Store. That was unexpected, but thanks for the moral support.
At the end of the trail (later learned to be known to kayakers as National Falls) we loitered for quite some time before deciding to "take the high road." About mid-way up the hill I decided to follow a deer trail across the hillface. Deer tend to take the easiest route and it takes a bit of use to cut a trail so it seemed like a good idea at the time. Eventually I found the rest of the group at the overlook. They had found an easier route and an outhouse. Who builds an outhouse in the middle of nowhere and padlocks it?
From there it was back down the hill to the cache. Once in the general area, it was no more difficult to find than many others but, of course, that's not the point.
For the return trip we decided to stay down by the river. The power plant had Deep Creak had performed it's scheduled weekend outflow and the waterflow on the Yough had doubled, bring with it scores of kayakers. It was a hard slog back to National Falls where we spent an hour watchning kayakers shoot the rapids.
We returned to the trailhead at just after 4 bring the total expedition time to around 7 hours. Had we been totally focused and not taken long breaks, the cache could have been done in 6 hourse or less.
So, for all that, I logged one cache. I would rather do this than log scores of crappy urban micros in a frenzy. THIS is what geocaching is all about.