This afternoon I wanted to go exploring, so I jumped into the GeoVan Of Destiny and headed north east to a small town of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
My first stop was tackling a series of caches along a greenway that is amusingly called Jefferson Turnpike. The caches themselves were UFO themed. I enjoyed the 1.5 mile walk along a hard-packed dirt trail with a river on one side, and woods on the other.
Before I left the house I checked on these caches, and all of them appeared to be in good shape. However I DNFd one of them, and, annoyingly, it was rated as very easy. Since my GPS files were a week or so out of date, I pulled out my cell phone to look up the latest info on this cache. Oddly enough nothing came up. No cache listing at all. I tried three different apps, and got nothing. So sometime between the time I left my house and the time I arrived at ground zero the cache was archived. A bit of a freaky coincidence, but at least I had a good excuse for not finding it.
Once I finished off the 4 (well, 3) caches along the trail, I headed downtown to walk around and find a few more caches.
North Wilkesboro is the exact thing I envision when I think of an "historic North Carolina" town in my head - think Andy of Mayberry. It is build on the side of a hill so there is a lot of ups and downs, and way to many stairs. However there are also lots of old buildings, and a surprising number of court yards, overlooks, and parks interspersed within the buildings of the downtown core.
I spent more time with camera in hand than my GPS, but I ended up finding 3 of 4 caches that are hidden downtown.
Another cache I skipped as the description mentioned "avoiding the official muggles", and it was at a hospital, and hidden in some evergreen bushes. Nothing about this cache sounded inviting, so I moved on (also, get permission for your caches, folks - one should never have to dodge 'official muggles' - aka security guards or cops).
I grabbed one more cache at a local church, and then turned the van south west towards home. Satisfied that another successful afternoon of geocaching was in the bag. I spent the evening bathing my infant daughter, feeding my son supper, munching on pizza, and blogging (sorry to shatter the glamourous image of the charmed life I portray online).
I'll leave you with some more pictures of a relaxing afternoon of exploration and cache, starting with a picture of the aforementioned river: