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cache type MATAPEAKE TRAIL: South Trail & Ferry Tales cache size

by mother wolf
(Finds: 0   Score: 0)   (Hidden: 34   Score: 102.5)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 38° 57.225'   W 076° 21.252'
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Stevensville ,    Maryland    21666
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 10 Aug 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N028F9
Open Cache:    Non-commercial use only
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps (easy)
Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

Comments:
This is a cross listing cache.

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This is a puzzel/mystery cache that will require you to do alittle math. It is full of fun stuff.

The cache is not at the listed co-ords. The co-ords are for the general parking area. From here you will need to go to the 'PAY HERE' box. Take a reading of co-ords then 'SUBTRACT' .060 from N. & .175 from W. This will give you your stage 2 location, a very short drive away. GOOD LUCK :)

This is my second series – ‘The Matapeake Trail’. Although not as environmentally diverse as Cross Island Trail (my first series) it is rich in history & will take you from Matapeake Park & Pier down to Romancoke Pier. Welcome!

In Reginald Truitt’s history of Kent Island it was written, “There is evidence to support the conclusion that the first ferry line was established here in the mid – 1660’s”. It ran from Annapolis to Broad creek. In the Maryland Gazette, December 31, 1776, it was written that as late as 1858 the Centerville States Right Advocate spoke of the ferry.

The Claiborne - Annapolis Ferry (chartered 3/1914-2/1934) & the Claiborne – Annapolis Ferry Corp(chartered 8/192roads 7-1941) traveled from Annapolis to Matapeake. In 1941 the C. A. Ferry Corp was taken over by the State Roads Commission & the Ferry line became the Sandy Point – Matapeake Ferry. A fleet of car ferries came from Annapolis at the area south of what is now the east span of the Bay Bridge to Matapeake. On site at Matapeake was a clubhouse (which is currently being restored) that was used for meetings as well as a place for the people to eat a ‘Fine’ meal. They could also picnic & enjoy the waters of the Bay. This continued until 1952 when the Bay Bridge opened. Shortly after that the ferry line went out of business. At a later date there was a second Ferry site that ran from Baltimore to Love Point on the north end of Kent Island. (Watch for my Love Points ‘Smokey Joe’ cache.)

Today much of the lifestyle from that era has changed. Many of the crabbers are gone. Much of the farm land has been sold off & urbanized. The good side is that some of the natural habitat has been protected and this is where OUR quest begins.

The Matapeake Trail was completed to its current stage in 2006. The plan is to eventually connect it to the Cross Island Trail. However, for now, take the time to journey the 5 miles to Romancoke Pier where you may see some of the wildlife that still finds refuge in the dwindling forested wetlands. You can take a break on a very nice bridge (MT-Cat Tail Bridge) & look over a small creek (when it’s wet) & some beautiful plants. You may even get a glimpse of some of the forest creatures. You now aren’t very far from Romancoke Pier where you can walk out on the pier to watch the antics of the water foul on the Eastern Bay (or even look for my MT-Diet Pepsi vs. Roman Coke??).

If you walk or bike this trail it is recommended that you bring along water as this trail is more primitive & lacks amenities. Be kind to the environment, keeping in mind that it is delicate regardless how it appears. Be mindful that we do have poisonous plants & critters in our neck of the woods. Please DO NOT reach in anywhere blind. Explore the areas & most of all………Enjoy.

NOW down to the business that brought you here.

From your stage 2 co-ords you want to go to the white post across from the trail. From that post take 6 steps forward. Look around. From here it is only another 6 steps……………..but in which direction? Good Luck and ENJOY ;)

If you enjoy this cache you may also want to check out Matapeake Trail – Cat Tail Bridge & Diet Pepsi vs. Romancoke???? My first series is 'CROSS ISLAND TRAIL' with Bridge Over, Creepy House & 1 more yet To Be Announced. Also watch for Love Point – ‘Smokey Joe’, Just Outside the City, No More Fences & Small Bird Park.



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    Look behind the tree at the base.







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I found it! 15 Jun 2009 by  Quest Master   (Finds: 105   Score: 511.5)   (Hidden: 45   Score: 210)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I stopped by here on my way home from Ocean City to avenge my previous DNF. I didn't even need to look at the GPS on this occasion because I remembered where I had been looking before when I failed to follow instructions. I had the cache in my hands in less than 2 minutes which was kind of disappointing in an anticlimactic sort of way so I took a short walk on the trail to stretch my legs before resuming the long drive home. TFTC. Johnny.
I found it! 30 Aug 2008 by  sfcchaz   (Finds: 43   Score: 122)   (Hidden: 1   Score: 3.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Just found this site. Well, I have to admit, I started from the wrong post, Twice! Found the cache in the open. Hid it much better than I found it.

Found this cache before attending the CITO at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. Origianlly logged on Geocaching.com.
I could not find it. 09 Jun 2008 by  Quest Master   (Finds: 105   Score: 511.5)   (Hidden: 45   Score: 210)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
I fairly earned a DNF here by failing to follow ALL of the instructions. I got that I was supposed to do the offset and I went to those coordinates where I expected to find the cache. Alas it is not there because I was supposed to do a little dance before I hunted for the cache. I might have found it anyway by looking behind every tree in the vicinity but I did not. Oh well. I have no sympathy with anyone who fails to read the cache description especially when it's me. I'll get it next time. Maybe. This hunt was a lot to do about nothing if you ask me. A tour of two parking lots is all that it was. I sure am glad that I didn't pay $$5 for it. Johnny.
I found it! 15 Aug 2007 by  Falcon Loader   (Finds: 1   Score: 2)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
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