Heading out on a lunch hour caching run with Johnny Cache today. Two miles for one cache!! That's just ridiculous! Preposterous!! Hike schmike!! I says to JC,"JC, if theY're not going to place a PnG, we're going to MAKE it a PnG".
Pulling into the parking lot, JC picks up speed an heads full bore toward the trailhead. We get just enough power to bust through the chain blocking the entrance. After a few fishtails on the first couple slalom turns (snow on dirt is great!!), we get to the straightaway. JC guns it and we hit about 70mph before we shoot past the shelter into a wide open field. "DONUTS!!!" I holler. But no, JC exhibits his mad motor skills by tracing out a figure 8, followed up by a cloverleaf and several Lissajous patterns. He was just getting ready to trace out his name in cursive when I look at my watch and see we only have a few minutes before we need to get heading back. With another swift fishtail, we alter our trajectory and set our bearing toward GZ and rev it up again.
Making good time, we notice a pronounced drop in the terrain ahead. Creek!! Luckily, we spot a footbridge just ahead as well. Unfortunately, the bridge isn't wide enough for the car. Undeterred, about 50ft in front of the bridge, we spot a dip in the terrain. JC hits it hard with the passenger side wheel. On the bounce up, we lean heavy to the left, getting the vehicle up on two wheels. JC adeptly navigates the bridge. We bear down on the woods doing about 40mph, and JC skillfully swings the car back and forth, missing tree after tree. Suddenly, we spot another man out in the woods!! Turns out to be wi_pattymel. JC stomps hard on the brakes, and with a swift turn, careens the vehicle to a stop, but not before hitting a downed tree. Amidst the flying snow, leaves, branches and splintered wood. I spot a container flying through the air!!! I quickly roll down the window and grab it. Turns out to be the cache. I sign us all in, and chuck the container back out the window. Remarkably it lands in just about the spot it was likely hidden in the first place.
After a quick exchange of greetings with wi_pattymel, JC and I need to get back to work. Looking for the quickest path back to the road, I says to JC, "The river looks solid." JC pops the vehicle into gear and with a rev and a jolt, we're on frozen water. Sure enough, the ice holds ... mostly. We start to notice cracking noises from around us. "JC", I says,"We better get moving". No time for hesitation, plus being late for work, we get the car up to hydroplaning speed and, after only breaking though the ice a FEW times, quickly make it back to the road. Pfft! Non-PnG! Maybe next time... TFTC!
This entry was edited by furryhermit on Thursday, 14 February 2013 at 17:26:15 UTC.