This event was a great time. I had the chance to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones. On the first leg, we went as a group to an EarthCache named "Frankenstein Cave".
To find this one, the directions tell you to "proceed to 42-11.934 and 90-51.691. There is a sign on yor left that says "Pedestrian Traffic"
At the Pedestrian Traffic Only sign, proceed up the rocky ravine for 1/4 mile and look to your right where the stream makes a bend. Here you will see a bluff that resembles the head of Frankenstein. The cave entrance is nearby.
It took a while to find the exact location, as this area has many openings in the cliff face and small caves. We eventually made the find and expored the cave. The hike to this one was about 3.4 miles, round trip.
After the event, a number of us continued on to some of the more challenging caches in the area. We found some, but were unsuccessful in finding the first stage to one called "Horsethief Cave". We will have to go back after this one, as later on, we found out that the actual cave is near the top of a high bluff, giving a panoramic view of the area and the main chamber is over 60 feet high. Our hike into this area was 5.3 miles, round trip.
From there, we moved on to Maquoketa Caves state park, finding two more EarthCaches there, then to the Hurtsville Lime Kilns and ending the day (in the dark, finding this one by flashlight) at Iowa's Limestone Prairie. Over all, we hiked well over 10 miles through the rough terrian, I was able to log 15 cache finds, 5 of those EarthCaches and explored some very beautiful and interesting areas.
Everyone that attended the event was given a flyer telling them about the Wild Survive website that included the web address. I also gave out two of the Wild Survive geocoins, which were greatly appreciated. I am hoping we might find a few new faces showing up here.
Thanks to Swede for helping me put together the information sheet and also for him and Rocky for getting the geocoins to me to pass along.