"This is a wonderful 2 ½ hour round trip walk on an old dirt road through the woods to a very remote pond." However if you don't put in the first way point and do follow your GPS on the left fork right after the underpass you end up going on one of those adventures of your lifetime - especially if there are 7 children with you ranging from 3 months to 12 yrs of age - and some of them are a 3yo and 5 yo as well. We used the GPS to get us up and down a few ridges with no trails, deer scat, boggy fern patches with loads of deadwood hidden beneath their fronds AND boggy foot sucking up wet spots, and then there was all that dead wood to cross when we were trying to cut directly through toward the pond, but finally used the GPS & a stream to direct us toward the first point by the tree in the photo. Everyone was so happy and energized to see the trail that we headed toward the cache. Got some beautiful photos of the pond, 11 y o found the cache where we exchanged a few things. I left a New Hampshire Toll token and two 29 cent fishing flies stamps since the theme by the pond was fishing and there were some lures with hooks in the cache. Took the christmas CD.
We knew it would get dark by 8 pm so we headed back after snacks and water, but as the light got dimmer with the canopy of trees, returning was equally challenging. Let's just say that the light of a cell phone and the GPS gave faint illumination of the trail and we walked the last half out essentially in the dark. Loved that squishy mud and cool water on my feet.;-) Found the van at 9 pm or so. hurrah!
[This entry was edited by flyingfisher on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 3:47:31 PM.]