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cache type SONYEA STATE FOREST GEOCACHE cache size

by ROCKY
(Finds: 48  Score: 221)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 89)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 39.773'   W 077° 49.407'
Groveland,   New York   14462
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 20 Jun 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N006C4
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps gps half gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. No fees!

Comments:
THIS CACHE IS OUT THERE

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My only purpose in locating this Geocache was to find a difficult place for those cachers who enjoy a challenge. The under used Sonyea State Forest provided me with an ideal area for this type of cache.


The difficulty of the find will be GREATLY influenced by your approach. Be sure to mark your car, take an extra set of batteries and a compass.

The cache is on a rather level area. No need to put yourself in peril at the cache location. With that in mind the search area is not very large, therefore the cache is well hidden. Please make every effort to return it to the hiding spot in a manor so things look as natural as possible. (No giveaway pile of sticks PLEASE!)

If you enjoy a mature woods with a stream running through be sure to check out the area around N42 39.714 W077 49.416 a short distance from the cache.

ENJOY!


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I found it! 01 Oct 2006 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

After finding KB's nearby "Brought Back to Life", it would be a shame and potentially a geo-crime to not head over and attempt the great Sonyea State Forest Geocache. This cache not only proved to be one of the most beautiful cache finds I have ever experienced, but also one of the most fun.
What kicked it all off was driving down Unions Corners Road after a brief rain in my little Mustang. Hahaha - that car may not look like the mug-boggin' type, but she holds her own! Upon arrival to what we designated the parking spot, Chicky, myself and the Nature Noggins dove into to what would become a fantastic adventure. Much like we had enjoyed at "Brought Back to Life", the walk through these beautiful and amazing old woods was a great experience. It really fills you with that sense of solitude and peace that you can only get when you are in the heart of nature.

Once "near" the cache (and yes, I use that term in the loosest sense...haha), we started to devise our plan of decent and ascent. I took the easier route down, but got the pleasure of watching Mrs. Nogg and Chicky monster-hill-butt-slide down the ravine wall! Haha. Once our little team was assembled on the creek floor it was UP UP UP towards the cache!

Upon arriving to the "summit", we found the cache in short order and took in this amazing spot. I believe I am thoroughly convinced this is the most perfect spot for a cache ever. The rushing waters below, combined with the beautiful colors of the fall foliage made for a perfect moment. This is geocaching at its finest! After spending some time just staring at this slice of heaven, we bid it farewell and commenced with a lesser degree of monster-hill-butt-sliding. Haha.

It was at the creek bottom (before heading back up to return to our cars), that I once again was astonished with the beauty of this place. It was like someone had painted what the most perfect forest should look like, and here I was surrounded by it. Just plain un-freakin-believable!

As always Rocky, you NEVER EVER disappoint. This one is one of my favorite caches, and will be talked about for years and years to come. Thank you for this spectacular caching experience, and for allowing me to share it with such good friends!

Okay, now I have to go and finish hosing the mud off of Chicky! Hahaha. What an adventure!!!

~Szuchie

I found it! 04 Jul 2006 by  Paleoman  (Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This cache has a reputation for being a milestone for many cachers and for me it was my 75th find (Yeah!) I have been thinking about doing this one for quite sometime and even laid in bed at night and pondered about it. After reading all the logs I wasn't sure if I was up for the challenge or not but I just had to try. It was a perfect day to go for this one, seeing that it was the 4th of July and I was home from work. I finally mustered the courage to just go for it and off I went into parts unknown to me. Actually though I was in this area a couple times before, when I went after "Brought Back to life and "In a Pigs Eye", So I kind of knew a little about what I was in for. I decided not to take the shortest route in because after reading the logs this didn't appear to be the best way in and so I ended up making a 0.6 mile bushwacking trip through the forest. This really wasn't so bad and the GPS seemed to count down quickly, then I came to a point where I had to make a decision and it was either to stay up on high ground or walk the creek bed, I chose the creek and when My GPS said I had only about 49 feet to go I stood there looking at a cliff face and realized that I either had to try to climb this shale wall or find a better and easier way up, so down the creek I journeyed until I found an area where I could scale the wall a little easier and up, up up, I went. Once on top I was fascinated with the beautiful view and I noticed that I didn't have far to go to get to the cache. This was a really good hide and after a brief search I stumbled upon the cache. It was camoed really well and if you weren't looking for a cache you never would have found this spot. Rocky, you are the Man! Thanks for a fun adventure into this forest. I took nothing from the cache but I left one of my hand knapped flint blades in the cache as a reward to the next brave soul to make this journey. I signed the log and hid the cache really well. Fortunately I entered my start coordinates before I entered the woods or I would probably still be in there walking in circles trying to find my way out. Thanks for # 75, it was a memorable one! -Paleoman52-

I found it! 10 Apr 2005 by  mrsmom  (Finds: 128  Score: 491.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

All of us had so much fun this day joining Junglehair on her 1000th find! Rocky, you Rock!

I found it! 28 May 2004 by  road rash  (Finds: 30  Score: 130)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Well, the way out is always easier then the way in. While with Balloonpilot and crew went a searching... this area is breathtaking. Cache was in good shape. Left a tonka toy truck and took a hook clip on dial draw. Thank you Rocky for the great hide. It was nice to meet you at the MusicFest Balloon Rally in Dansville, if only you could have seen us after we did the cache, what a messy group.

I found it! 03 Jan 2004 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

The toughest part was finding the best parking location. Marked the car and walked to the cache. This is a nice place. Took nothing, left nothing.

I found it! 14 Sept 2003 by  Geo G  (Finds: 64  Score: 319)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

OK Rocky, you really outdid yourself this time. My son-in-law said he wanted a real challenge, and I think he got more than he bargained for. Of course, not knowing the area real well, we got as close as we could and then hiked cross country. Not too bad until we got to the creek, That was a real treat getting down - and up - and down etc. etc. Well persistence paid off. We found the cache as promised, in a relatively flat area. We even figyured a much better way to get out of there once we knew where the starting point was. Well, Sean (6) made it and I think he deserves a gold star. Course we had to rope him up and down a few of the steeper hills. All in all you get an A+ for this one. We traded items, donated a pint or two to the West Nile Blood Bank, and then headed down to the Ice Cream Island to cool off. Great fun.. thanks.
Geo G, Matt and Sean

I found it! 28 Jun 2003 by  Harv and Donna  (Finds: 152  Score: 707)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

1st of 3 Finds Today, 28 June 03 Found at 9:30Am
Since I couldn’t beat Country Boy Gary to be 1st, I figured I might as well wait till a nice day when it wasn’t raining and not get wet like he did. And this was a beautiful day for this nice walk in the woods. Scoped it out and think I found the best way in, only .33 miles from the car. This was a real interesting place to hide the cache. I only went in and out of the gully 1 time needlessly before finding the location of the posted coordinates. I could see Sat. reception wasn’t going to be good so I attached the external antenna to the GPS and it really made a difference. Real good coords. Rocky. At the cache GPS got down to 7 feet with an EPA of 9 feet. Spent about 5 minutes looking before finding the cache, well hid. You can see a bit of thought went into this one to make it a challenge due to the cache location both at the cache site and in the manner of the best way to get there. Cracker 7M does have you patterned Rocky, Creeks, Gullies and Slopes. Signed log, took/left nothing and headed back into and out of the gully to get to the nice level walk back to the car. Thanks Rocky for another one.
Harv & Donna (without Donna) Dansville,NY

I found it! 22 Jun 2003 by  Cracker7M  (Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I was going to try this one early in the morning on Sat 6/21. I had to pick my Mom up from work at 7:30 AM, because her car is in the shop, so I wouldnt get as early a start as I wanted. Well, on the way home, I figured I'd scout out Kapprell Rd. to see how close I could get. I rounded the little corner at the parking area, and there's a truck already parked there!... I just KNEW it was either Country-Boy Gary, or Harv & Donna....Since I had mom with me, and it was raining, and chilly, and since I was already behind in going for a FTF, we went home...Later that evening, I was proved correct, when I get an email that C-B Gary found it!...This is the second FTF I was hoping for that he beat me to...
Good Job though, Gary!...

Sunday turned out to be PERFECT day! Clear, blue skies ALL day, and temps above 70°...WooHoo!
I've been wanting to do the Shakers cache for the past couple of weeks, so I figured I'd hit that one first. Parked and started my trek at about 10AM. Spent about two hours doing that one, and finding a benchmark, before heading further north on the RR bed. Used a topo map to find the gentlest slope up the Keshequa gorge...

As you can tell from the length of my log, its very detailed about my route in to the cache area (NOT to the cache itself - so not really a spoiler), so if you want to be challenged and plan your own route, I suggest you stop reading now!..

After much huffing and puffing, at the top I found an ATV trail which led to a dirt road. I walked the road to a large curve, which was the closest point to Rocky's cache. GPS said .60 mi....No problem, right?....Wrong!

At this point, I was already 3 hrs and 3.35mi into my hike. I left the road, making a beeline for the cache. I found many old logging trails that seemed to be going in the right direction. I even followed in C-B Gary's footsteps here, since I came across fresh tracks made from Duck boots (or maybe knee-high barn boots), going in the same direction. (I saw them at the parking area on Kaprell, too).
I love walking in the woods, but let me say THESE woods were starting to get oppressive with all the thick brush, low hanging branches and tightly packed saplings. It was hard to navigate without the GPS. It took me about 45mins to make it to the general area of the cache.

I then spent about 1hr & 10mins searching the area, and checking out a couple of the creeks/gullies. I came across the duck boot tracks again, as well as new tracks from someone wearing Vibram hiking/work-boot soles. (Maybe you, Rocky?)...
The sat reception was OK, but I wasnt sure how much I wanted to trust it in here. Finally figured out where I needed to go, and spent about 20 mins backtracking. Finally got to the cache and found it after about 10mins of searching.

I decided this was a good spot to sit and rest while loggin in... I TN->Left two clip-on compasses.

I ended up NOT taking the same way back as I came in, and it was even worse than bushwacking the overgrown logging trails...
Took me another 40mins to get back to the dirt road. Boy, was I happy to get out into the open. Felt as though I could breathe again...It sure is hard to try to backtrack your route in there by using just the GPS.

I walked about 3/4mi down the road, before bee-lining across a field, heading back to the RR bridge abuttments. Then just a short walk back from there....Boy, was I happy to see my truck at this point! It was now 5:40PM, 7 1/2 hours after a 6.9mi hike. Total difference in altitude traveled up and down was 300ft, but I did it several times...

I have to say I dont have too many finds yet, but THIS one was the longest and TOUGHEST!
Thanx for an awesome cache, Rocky!.... I might just have to do this one again, taking a different route.

ps- I think I now have have you patterned, Rocky....Creeks, Gullies and Slopes, Oh MY!!...


 

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