Sunday, August 22, 2010
Pennsylvania DeLorme Challenge
The weather was so pleasant when we left the parking area.
The first of two 1,000 foot climbs.
Uh Oh... there's math involved? :-0
Signal and Lucinda the Ladybug celebrate after six miles on the trail.
That's me thinking six miles back and wishing it wasn't going to rain. My wish did not come true.
It took almost six years to the day from our first find to head out and find this monster of a cache. After over 2,000 finds in PA, we finally figured out we had to find at least one on each page of the map book. :-)
Seriously, finishing all the pages was an amazing journey. It was our second state DeLorme Challenge and since this is our home state half-time, it really felt wonderful. The cache is not for the weak. It's a 1,000 feet rise from the parking lot to the highest point on the trail and back down again to the same elevation to make the find. When you find the cache after six miles of hiking, there is another six miles for the return trip and another 1,000 foot climb. Our journey took seven hours. The last three miles were in a hard rain. It's scary to think six years have passed since we signed the first log book.
We started caching before I started blogging. Some of the pictures below are from the early memories and fun we had in Pennsylvania.
The Auto Art Virtual Cache near Erie
Ali Playing on the swings at Crescent Park after we found one of Liz and Wes's caches (kcepenn).
Our Friends Grandpa and Grandma placed a cache at Frog Rock near Tionesta.
Wearing costumes for Jim and Cheryl's (Pirate & Crafty) web cam.
Celebrating an early milestone on the Tanbark Trail.
Biking Oil Creek in the fall hunting Snoop's caches.
Our 1000th find along the North Country Trail in McKean County