I wanted to be at the Craig Center in Janesville by 2:30pm this afternoon. I also wanted to find a cache today. I kept postponing the decision about which cache to look for and when. Would I head north to the nearest caches I have not yet searched for, in the mid or late morning, and then come home to eat, change and give KaDi some attention before heading to Janesville? Would I detour to look for Guardin' Veggies on the way to the 4H Fair Grounds?
I was still pondering my options when I saw an email alert from channel3000.com warning of a winter storm watch. I read that the driving conditions tomorrow might be too icy for me to go to Beloit as planned. I decided to head down to Beloit today to pickup something I had to have by Monday at the latest.
After I finished my business in Beloit, I pulled up the list of nearby caches on the NUVI. I remembered there was a Guardin' cache along Turtle Creek, so I did a search on 'Guard'.
I headed out to look for this cache. It did not take long to get to a spot that looked like a good way in. I picked a path. At first the Etrex showed I was getting closer. Then it showed I was moving away. The cache was further away than I cared to bushwack. Would this path turn in the correct direction? Should I go back and try a different path? I decided to keep going forward. As I walked, mostly looking at the GPSr instead of the woods, I heard something. I looked up. Several deer were crossing the trail and entering the woods to my right. I stopped and looked at them; they stopped and looked at me. I moved on slowly: they moved parallel to the path, in the same direction I was going. When they were a good distance ahead of my, they crossed the trail and disappeared into the woods on my left.
I kept walking and walking and walking. It was a good day to be out walking in the wintery woods. By the time the trail looped back towards the cache, I was wondering if I would get to the Craig Center on time. Finally, I got to a spot where I was moving away from the cache again instead of towards it. I left the trail and headed in the indicated direction.
The going was easy - just a dusting of snow that showed animal tracks, too cold for ticks and biting bugs but not too cold for comfort, When I got close to the indicated GZ, I began to search. Even though an important feature of the cache was covered in snow, it was a quick find. I signed the log and took the Traveling Arkansas Geocoin.
I found my way back to the main trail and back to the car. I made it the the Craig Center right at 2:30pm. I enjoyed watching the Rally trial and helping out a little bit. Thanks for the hide. I am enjoying them. This one fills an empty spot on the 366 day grid. (#952)