We had lovely weather forecast between two arctic fronts. What better way to spend a bright sunny day in the 70s than to walk a power trail which was loaded with caches?
I’d spotted this power trail in December but hadn’t had a good weekend to take advantage of it. Power trails follow the routes of power lines. Since houses can’t be built within X feet of a major power line, many of the surrounding cities have chosen to create city parks lined with walking trails for their citizens. Geocachers have taken advantage of these convenient walking trails to line many of the power trails with caches.
This particular power trail was a little over 1.5 miles long. One of the problems with power trails is that they tend to be bare. Trees can’t be planted too close to power lines so they are best walked in the spring, winter, and fall. In the summer, early morning and late evening hours are optimal.
Some members of the neighborhood have beautified the trail with plantings and benches. It’s a heavily-utilized trail by dogwalkers so muggles abounded.
We found a total of seven caches. One cache could have been on private property so we opted not to try for it. One cache was located near a family barbecuing in their backyard; we didn’t want to disturb them. We couldn’t find one cache at all, a DNF. Allergies and the setting sun brought us in before we completed the trail.
The cacher who hid the caches along this trail was clever. No two caches were the same. A couple of the caches required tools which we did not have. We were able to find twigs to manipulate the caches out of their hiding places.
This was our favorite cache. We’d never before found a cache hidden in a screw although we’d heard of them. We were mighty pleased to have located this wicked hide.
It was a good day to geocache. Maybe we’ll complete the power trail caches some day. Who knows?