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How I learned To Stop Worrying About Park Closing Times And Cook The Survival Squirrel.
I had one more day in Raleigh, and I needed to kill some time, so I headed back to Durant Park solo to clear out the rest of the caches in the park.
I spent this morning walking through the parks many miles of trails, watching the wildlife and finding most of the caches (6 of 7 - I didn't look for the nano on the bridge - because, well, it is a nano on a bridge).
I also pulled a lighter out of a cache (lighters are not acceptable trade items - but since the trader was a muggle who just happened to find the cache in question (he signed the log and told his story), and actually traded things instead of stealing them, I will refrain from going on a rant. Tho I am gratified to know that if we had gotten locked inside the park last night (it was a possibility we discussed in detail yesterday) we could have feasted on cooked squirrel, instead of raw squirrel (which was HHH's plan - mine was to either resort to canabalism, or get a pizza delivered to the gate). Geocaching saves lives (in theory) dang it!).
Durant park is a really nice park to spend a morning. The trails are clear and nicely marked, the terrain is mostly flat, with the few hills being gentle and rolling. There is a lot of wildlife (ducks, squirrels, and deer are prevalent). The bushwhacking is easy (few thorns), and there are lots of creeks, and even two lakes. I highly recommend spending some time there if you get the chance.
I will leave you with some more pics taken in the park, starting with this shot of a deer (ok, you got me. Technically this was taken last night, not today, but it was the same park! I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you snooping kids!)