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by welch
(Finds: 24  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 64  Score: 242.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 03.251'   W 091° 46.476'
Palo,   Iowa   52324
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 15 Oct 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N00225
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! There are restrooms (water closets) available Parking is available No fees!


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Warning: Hunt for this cache at your own risk.

Part of the trail is an old gravel road. Suggested parking: n42.02.970, w91.46.539. Suggested route: i have deleted the route because it seemed to be confusing more people than it was helping.

Please avoid leaving the park boundries.

For more on geocaching in Iowa, vist the Iowa Geocachers Organization home page.

Caution: This cache is in or near a public hunting are. Please use extra care if you choose to go geocaching during open hunting season. Iowa's popular shotgun deer seasons are Dec. 3-7 and 10-18.(in 2005)

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Note 13 Jul 2004 by  welch  (Finds: 24  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 64  Score: 242.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

The bridge that lets you into the other part of the park is closed at the moment. I got a message back from the county, the guy said that they have a crew set to replace some of the bridge planks, and expect to the be done in a week or two.
The water looks a little up (again), but im not sure if it would be over the low spots of the trail or not, as I said the bridge into that part of the park is closed at the moment.

Note 16 Jun 2004 by  welch  (Finds: 24  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 64  Score: 242.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Finally got the cache today. Im glad to say is dry inside and in place. This cache has been, and still my longest running continuously active cache.

I tried getting to it last week, but turned back at the third 'crossing'. (with the water up low spots, draws, and dry spots have all become steams for the moment. I had been coming back from CR and decided to stop. Fould some bug spray in the truck, but was otherwise in shorts and sandals. Which wasn't too bad, it was a warm day, and the weeds were still all bent over the water having flooded over them.

Today I returned with pants and boots, and even a pokey stick to use as a cane. The first crossing just pass the bridge was easy cross. Water was running across it like it often does in the spring, but it was shallow, only a could inches. The second was only about 6 inches deep. Not too bad, but I spent a lot of time jabbing the mud in front of me making sure I wasn't going to step in a big hole. The third crossing was knee deep on the path, and probably more on either side. I came to fourth area I thought I would have to cross, but it turned out to just a be a big long stagnet pool, so I walked around it.

The tree the cache was under has not moved, thankfully!
The cache was about 5 or 6 foot futher along the dead trunk and kinda hanging upside down(from the dog chain). I slid it more back to it place. The old stone is till three, but all the lose pieces of wood are long gone. So I did a quick sloppy job of throwing some new ones over it and leaving. I would have like to have spent more time in the area. But it cooled off and got overcast,and I didn't want to be there in the rain...

I would have also liked to have take some pictures, but when I got there I got my camera out of the back pack I was wearing and found it didn't want to work. It will turn on an off, and the lcd works, but it won't take pics, or left me use any of the other buttons. Not sure WTF happened, it worked fine the last time I used on Sunday.
So I go the idea of using the cache's camera to take pictures. Unfortuntanlly i snapped one picture and turned the week but it keep going. Turns out it was the last picture, or maybe it was already out of flim today I don't know. Anyways I brought the camera out with me.

Oh, and I saw a plastic ring, like off a plastic milk jug hung up on a braching almost six foot above the ground. Makes me wonder how the cache on the island in the river downsteam faired.

I found it! 16 Nov 2003 by  Barthonis  (Finds: 32  Score: 123.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Second of 12 caches I found today while in the greater Cedar Rapids area. Found this one around 11am.
Decided to brave the hunters and go after this one while I was in the area. Great old bridge. Loved the idea of chaining down the cache container too.

Took the "Magic Gloves" and the String Racer. Left a bag of marbles and a WG$. Took photo #8 left of myself holding my new string racer (or at least I hope thats how it turned out).


I found it! 05 Apr 2003 by  Hapslappy & DakotaBear  (Finds: 12  Score: 52.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Had a great time. We met some friendly fishermen and a happy little boy and his mom. We took the Rockwell travel clock and we left the Incredible Hulk matchbox truck.

I found it! 24 Jan 2003 by  WindChill  (Finds: 31  Score: 118.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 21)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Neat area, will have to come back when it is warmer and explore some more. I wonder what the history of the bridge is. According to the Linn County Parks web site, it ...has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


I found it! 12 Jan 2003 by  The Weasel  (Finds: 8  Score: 33)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

2nd find of the day for The Weasel and one our new additions to geocaching, TKEYLA4ME2. Cool and Brisk day for caching. Nice walk and path to the cache. Cool are, looked like a pefect setting for deliverence or a late summer fishing trip. I found the cach right away, but made TKeyla actuall use the GPS to find it. After giving her some advice, she found it with no trouble. Cache was in great shape, was surprised to see how long this cahe has been around. This must be an old timer for caches. Took Garfield toy and left mouse pad. As we were leaving the area, there was a mysterious man in the area. It seemed like he was almost like a ghost, as he was only about 50 ft in front of us, but when we got to where he was standing, he was gone? I was think it was either a fellow geocacher or maybe Welch himself checking on his cach?

I found it! 21 Apr 2002 by  Road Kill  (Finds: 54  Score: 244.5)    (Hidden: 11  Score: 55)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Finally a 50 cal can. Aside from a 30 cal can at Skywatchers Gorge, everyone seems to favor the tupperware route. I found many damp caches this trip but the cans hold up. A Western New Yorker in Cedar Rapids on business with a weekend to go caching, A nice remote park. I met a genleman lashing a canoe to his car and I learned he was at the end of a weekend camping/canoeing the cedar river. Rain for the day had let up so I enjoyed the walk back along the old road. I took a small knife and left a key ring and a tin of altoids. I signed the log and put it all back as it was. Also did Keebler, Riverside and Hoefle-Dulin Caches this day. Road Kill is grinning. PS This looks like a flood area and I suggest using a rope to secure the can to a tree, rock or stump to prevent it from floating away.

Hope the altoids remain safe. Have you tied it down yet?

I found it! 29 Mar 2002 by  muttpak  (Finds: 4  Score: 19.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Me and the my youngest daughter went looking and found it with no problem and in good shape. Had a great time. Took a memo pad and 1 deutsche mark, left a magnetic address book. Beautiful day!
-muttpak, Jeff & Leah


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