TheBull & I hit this around 7:00. There were a couple of occasions when we went completely silent & turned off the flashlight to make sure the Blair Witch wasn't slipping through the brush to snatch us.
TheBull swore me to secrecy b/c he doesn't want to be the laughingstock of the Geocaching community. So sorry, I can't convey details of the fiasco. Instead, here are some unrelated suggestions for the next guy. Keep in mind these have no bearing whatsoever on what happened last night. (See Bull, your secret is safe with me)
1st, mark your entry point from the road to the woods. This will come in handy later--trust me.
2nd, when you get to the coordinates resulting from the formula in the cache page, make sure you read the rest of the cache page. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, spend over half an hour collecting every tick & spider within a 100 yard radius by digging into every rotten tree stump & pile of leaves. As the cache page indicates if you just take a moment to finish reading it--THOSE COORDINATES ARE NOT THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE CACHE!
3rd, once you have found the cache (which, by the way, is really quite nifty--Good Job!) remember those entry coordinates. If you use them, this cache can be completed in 30 minutes or less. If you decide instead that heading for the parking coordinates will be a more direct route (oh you poor, poor fool), here are some survival tips.
1) Note the direct route b/w the parking area & the cache includes an impenetrable sea of cattails and water reeds standing about 8 feet tall.
2) Having decided "impenetrable" does not apply to you & "sea" must be an exageration, make sure the other fellow goes first. After clawing your way 30 ft or so into the reeds (what were you thinking) & realizing there is no end in sight, make sure the other fellow leads the way back out.
3) When you walk another tenth of a mile along the edge of the reeds & decide you have come to a more passable section of the reeds--after all, your car can't be that far away can it? (umm, yes, it can)--let the other fellow go first once again. After plowing your way close to 100 yards into this morass (after all, you just CAN'T turn back this time), you may notice the ground is quite swampy. Since you can't see more than two feet in any direction, this might be a good time to have your fellow cacher get on your shoulders so he can see above the reeds. When you then realize you have hiked into the midst of a snake filled swamp pond & reeds surround you as far as you can see, resist the urge to scream like a girl. To the cacher who received the boost, be sure to protect your nether regions as you are lowered back to the ground. Otherwise, when your crotch is slammed into the back of the neck of your fellow cacher, you will find the swamp to be a most unpleasant place in which to roll around holding Big Jim &the Twins.
When you head back to the woods let the other guy go first again. Note that reminiscing about Children of the Corn now is ill-advised. This will most likely only serve to piss off your fellow cacher.
. After reaching the relative safety of the woods, you will now notice that somewhere in the swamp you lost the cache pages with all the coordinates. Regardless of your degree of piety, know that a significant amount profanity is highly likely. If the Blair Witch showed up now, you would most likely just give her the finger & continue on your way. Thirty minutes of angry hiking later as you head to what you hope are the original cache coordinates, you will stumble across the road. T-n L-wicker pumpkin & keychain
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