What a hike! It would have be nice and simple, if we had actually read the directions more carefully, and followed them. But I am just not the kind of person who usually bothers herself with directions, how hard could it be to find this one anyway, it said 'easy hike'.
Believe me, we managed to change this one into a five stars hike, the route we took was almost impassable, actually totally impassable for the 3yo and the 5yo, who needed to be carried part of the way.
We parked close to the underpass under the 89 and then followed the GPS onto a not well traveled trail. Ran into a bunch of trash, and a kind of side trail, which looked like it was going into the right direction. Now if only some one hadn't put 8,736 logs and branches on that trail. It went up pretty steeply, and in combination with the branches, it was a hard climb. But that was ok, we were sure it was going to be better soon. Little did we know...
We bush wacked for at least a mile, and that was real bush, not the wimpy stuff you read about in books. This was jungle like, ferns higher than the 3yo, fallen trees all over the place, moose scat, deer scat, mud, quick sand. OK, maybe not quick sand, but it could have been! Prickly blackberry bushes, vicious trees attacking us, and a chorus of complaints from the kids. Usually I think their complaints are a bit over the top, but this time, I admit that I could see their point. Although I didn't really expect us to die right there, unlike my 12yo :-)
We finally made it back to the trail and hiked another mile or so to the cache. My 11yo found it pretty easily and the kids spent quite some time, making just the right exchanges. We took a glow in the dark frog, a moose VT bumper sticker (which is on my van now), digimon cards, and I think one more trinket, not sure what. We left a die, a Dutch coin, a toy soldier, a little Roo figure, and maybe more, don't remember that either. We also left Zack the Elephant, who wants to go to the ocean, but for now will have to live with a bit smaller body of water.
By now it was so late, that it was starting to get dark. So we ended up hiking for at least an hour in the pitch dark with seven very tired kids. I found that the GPS light was just enough to almost see where we were going, if I pointed it towards the ground. Only stepped in about seven mud puddles on the way back :-)
Thanks for a great adventure! Karen, Cees, Tim, Tara, Jane, Kate, Erik, Baby Sylvia and FlyingFisher
[This entry was edited by NannyOgg on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 11:08:52 AM.]