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by Barrington
(Finds: 23  Score: 99.5)    (Hidden: 27  Score: 139)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 06.279'   W 077° 55.067'
Bergen,   New York   14416
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 18 Aug 2005
Waypoint (Landmark): N01B57
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps gps gps gps (hard)

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

This cache is rated "5" for terrain because a watercraft is needed to reach it. Please do not attempt to find this cache by land, since it would require crossing a relatively wide and deep water channel (more than six feet deep, fifty feet wide, and rapidly moving in some seasons) to reach it. Also, it is NOT recommended to attempt by watercraft (or any other means) in the early spring or other high water situations.

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This cache is placed on a small island in Black Creek, within Monroe County's Churchville Park, west of Rochester, NY. It can be reached by recreational watercraft (canoe, kayak, or small boat). Please do not attempt to reach it on foot because of deep water on the park land side of the island, and private property on the other side. The creek is dammed at Churchville, and the impounded water forms a several mile long area with a deep channel and very little current (at least in the summer), ideal for canoes and kayaks.

The name "Turtle" is from the abundance of painted turtles that can be seen sunning themselves on logs and snags in the channel on nice summer days. We spotted well over a dozen in the immediate area.

The recommended route to reach the cache is to start from the boat launch at Churchville park, head west for about an hour's easy paddle, enjoying the scenery and the wildlife along the way. If you enjoy birdwatching, be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Fishing is pretty good as well (pike, panfish, bass).

The cache is located on the south side of the island, about twenty feet from a small "cove", about the only place you can land without getting your feet wet. The coordinates are actually at the landing point. Be careful of a hawthorn tree with some nasty thorns in the area.

The cache is a .50 cal ammo box, placed near the base of a large tree. The box is secured in place with a rope, to prevent possible floating away in the spring high waters. If you need to untie it, please resecure it when you put it back in place.

The island appears to be rarely visited, and the vegetation is pristine. Please try to leave as little evidence of your visit as possible.

The cache was initially stocked with the usual array of swapping stuff, including a flashlight, games, jewelry, and odds and ends. In addition is a "First to Find" gift, a handmade pen made from an exotic hardwood called "purpleheart", that, of course, is for the first person to find the cache.

Please note that this cache has been listed on Navicache first, and will not be listed on the "other" site for at least one week.

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I found it! 22 Jun 2006 by  Fishykid  (Finds: 34  Score: 143)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 2)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Sweet cache for a million reasons. THis has got to be one of my favorites ive done so far. heres some better coords, as we were also island hopping N43 06.288 W077 55.053

1. this was numebr 250!!!!! which is an awesome milestone in just under 11 months of caching.

2. Ive been obsessed with turtles since i was 4, and have a collection of nearly 400 turtles from all over the world.

3. this was my first cache that requirted a kayak, and the extra effort is definatly worth it, it makes it more fun and rewarding.

4. i got to see fred (the turtle tb) again!

5. Osbert fell in trying to get back in the kayak after we logged in and had me laughing for 5 minutes while he was drainign it and getting back in.
Thanks for the awesome cache, and # 250

Took my TB, and a turtle back messager
Left My new TB, BigDawgs coin, Geonickle 076, and some finshing line.(gc.com-byrnedfish)
[Modified 2006-08-22 16:21:34]

I found it! 19 Aug 2005 by  Wheelygood  (Finds: 103  Score: 582)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 92)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I got home from work, noticed this new cache and thought what better way to work off some work week stress than to get out in my kayak. I checked the weather radar and it looked like I might be able to get out before the rain hit so off I went. I have spent very little time on Black Creek, however, I should keep it in mind because it really is quite nice. I did see a lot of turtles but more birds, toads, frogs, snakes and late summer wildflowers. Pay attention to the instructions in the listing and you will not have any trouble finding the cache. I did finish the last mile of the 4 mile round trip in the rain but it was refreshing.

Thank you for the awesome FTF gift, your craftsmanship is outstanding!
Dropped off the first TB and WG whistle, this marks my 8th FTF by boat.



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