Preparation

I’m putting this in writing for two reasons:

1. Without both textual and visual evidence I suspect many people would doubt this happened.

2. When things come back to bite me in the arse this coming Saturday, I can refer to this post and say, “I put more thought and preparation into this debacle than most things I undertake.”

 

So I love Halloween. Love it.  It’s spooky. It’s creepy. It’s a legitimate reason to dress up in outlandish costumes. And best of all, it does not involve me running all over trying to find the prefect present for what seems to be 300 people.  Usually we end up going to a Halloween party where one of us has to be the designated driver. So this year I thought…hey why don’t we do something different and terribly scary – NIGHT CACHE!

Actually let me clarify that – SIX night caches. In the woods.

In order to undertake The Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) #1 (GC2QNZJ) – #6 (yeah I have no idea what GC# the rest are and I’m too lazy to look them up.) I did some preliminary work – at least that’s what I like to call it. Mostly it was me grilling Allysmom24 and wvmikiepar about their trip to tackle the series. I elicited some very useful information.

1. Ignore the bizarre coords. All you need is the trailhead for cache #1.

2. The trail is not a loop.

3. You’ll want to park one car at the start and one at the end (they pointed out the end).

4. There’s a place called “Bailout” on the trail(s) that is mid-way. Just in case.

5. There are a lot of switchbacks that could be cut out, if you knew where the trail was.

 

Armed with this info, Chad and I headed out to Mountwood Park to walk MAP the trails, locate the six red beacons and see how long of a hike we were in for. Also, we were really hoping that knowing what the area looked like during daylight would come in handy later.

Two-and-a-half hours later we emerged from the trail pretty happy with ourselves.

Proof is in the pudding:

chris on October 24th 2011 in Geocaching

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