I took half a day off of work to meet with the Laurel Hill State Park manager to get permission to place a cache along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. (Permission was granted. Stay tuned.) While I was in the area I decided to try for a local cache.
It snowed yesterday so there was about 9 inches of snow on the ground when I set out from the parking area. Even though I knew there was a water hazard, I declined to take the longer route that would avoid the hazard altogether. Where's the fun in avoiding a Questmaster water hazard? The transit was an exhilerating experience what with the sub-freezing temperatures.
Once across I went up the hill where the GPS signal was guiding. I followed where the GPS signal was pointing and when the distance read 9 feet I looked and saw it almost immediately. A coincidence of the angle. I still had to kick things around quite a bit to remove the cache from its frozen hiding place.
Then it was back across the creek and back to the car. There was still plenty of the afternoon left so I scouted out an alternate route to where I will be placing my cache tomorrow. The road was completely snowcovered so I suppose I'll have to take the promary route: 8 miles round trip through at 9 inches of snow.