Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Bastrop washout
Sadly, some trips are like that, especially with non-cachers. Travelling with my son can be very frustrating -- we have to pick and choose which caches we'll get, and sometimes just turn the unit off, ignorance being bliss.
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From: Holly Cooper <cooper.holly@...>
Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Bastrop washout
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:59:38 -0500
I was pretty excited going into last weekend, since a group from my church was camping in Bastrop state park. I searched, and there are nearly 2 dozen caches there, as I'm sure many of you know. I gave up the idea of hiking the Lost Pines Trail when I read that it was considered a full day hike, so that cut out a few. I'm not in that great a shape. I knew it would be rainy some of the weekend. Saturday was pretty wet but I hiked around for an hour or so trying to approach one called Downside. The closest I ever got was .14 miles, it appeared that it was off trail. I followed the trail and the road around in a complete circle. I tried going off trail for a short distance but with the hills and trees there weren't any landmarks. Since I was hiking alone I was reluctant to strike off even with a GPS, and I also feel it's bad for the environment. So I gave up for the day figuring I'd have a few hours on Sunday. Except on Sunday there was the MS Ride through the park, and car traffic was restricted. I would have had to walk a couple of miles just to get to the trail to the closest cache. It took me a couple of hours to get my tent and rain fly dry enough and clean enough to pack, not to mention other equipment so I just gave up...
My parents were very happy I camped with them, though. I had thought I'd have others interested in caching from my group, but the kids were busy getting muddy, and the parents were busy with the kids, as most were younger.
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