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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shenks Ferry Hike and Cache I'm Back!

Depression sucks so I refuse to accept it and just move on without her. I'm gonna live my life and enjoy each day as much as I can. Today in Shenks Ferry was an eye opener and I can't wait to share places like this with the twins someday. I don't know how to be a single father of twins, but I will do my best and I will bring them to places like this so that they appreciate how precious they are to me and how important it is to apreciate nature.

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining through the clouds and peeking through the tree tops guiding my every step. If only my GPS was as good of a guide, but in the end, as broken as it is, it still led me to the prize after many choice words, battery changes and restarts.

I found this place by accident when looking for a place to get away from everything that's been going on and missed most of it the first time I was here because doing 60 on a winding dirt road requires concentration and a better car then mine. I almost ditched it a few times, but it survived minus a few missing chunks.  I can't believe I drove my car all the way back through this at that speed but I knew that I had to come back to see this in a possitive frame of mind.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spoiler Alert! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Images below show the cache and may reveal the location.

When I came back today I was amazed by what I missed the last time. The workmanship, detail, and colors of the tunnel to start out with made me see that life needs to be paid attention to. As I walked along taking in the sounds like a bird that sounded a little like a yiping Chihuahua and the Hawks, Blue Jays and Black Capped Chickadees etc... everything else just fell away. Not less important, but less imposing and less of a burden. I walked a few more miles and wandered way off the path down the fire brake just to see what was there. I upset a few critters that I never saw in the dense brush, but it was a nice walk.

I ventured back to the actual Preserve and followed the trail and it was very nice wandering along the streem bed. I was impressed how well most of the trail is maintained. There were even benches along the trail in a couple of places so you could sit and apreciate nature. I stopped short of following the trail to the end by following a different trail that led me to the geocache, but I will be back to see the rest of this park. I can't wait to see it in the spring since it is a wildflower preserve. The cache was a bit further off track then expected, but in pretty good shape. It's not about the geocache  its about the adventure