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Rocky Offline
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    Posted: April 22 2002,6:50 am QUOTE

I have noticed that some seem to loose interest after finding a number of caches.  I am still having the time of my life and had a memorable caching trip this past weekend.  If you would like to read the cache description go to the othe site and do a zip code search on 12847, see "The Elenas' Lost Lumber Camp" cache.  Here is my log for that adventure:

The decision to go after your cache was one made many months ago.  For the past several years my wife and I have been going with another couple to Long Lake for the  Columbus Day weekend.  I had been considering a hike to the top of Kempshall Mountain for our fall of 2001 visit.  Spent some time with the Topo maps and had a boat and hike plan all worked out.  When your cache appeared I thought “perfect”, as I had become an avid cacher.  I had to do some talking to get every one in our party convinced but doing the cache became part of our plans.  Upon our arrival on Friday we reserved a boat for Sunday to finally go after your challenging cache.  The weather turned brutal; snow, cold, and high wind.  We voted 3 to 1 not to go.  I spent many hours this winter planning how to go as the disappointment of our fall visit would not fade.  I knew for a spring attempt I would have a short window between the end of the northern winter and the onslaught of the dreaded black flies.  I asked my 23-year-old son to accompany me.  Although he is not a cacher the extreme difficulty of this cache made the idea appealing to him.  We choose mid April as a target.  The first weekend we choose became a wash out and I had to cancel again, before we ever left home.  This past weekend was finally it!     We drove up on Friday, for an early start on Saturday morning. We had an earthquake to start what would turn out to be a very memorable day. Wind of course was a concern not wanting to be dealing with 4 miles of paddling against a strong head wind.  When we started out there was a soft breeze in our faces, as we passed Round Island it was a strong head wind.  Made the decision to go ashore and walk the 1.5 miles to the Kempshall Mountain trail.  The rest of the trip went as planned, and even had a bonus by taking a rest stop at the beautiful Kelly Point shelter.  We cracked open the champagne at the cache as we celebrated our accomplishment.  On our return as we crested the saddle between Blueberry and Kempshall I turned to my son and said, “it’s all down hill and down wind from here”.  However when we got back to the place where we left the canoe the wind had changed direction and we faced 15 to 20 mph head winds again!  That last leg of our journey is one I will never forget.  I want to thank you for an extraordinary geocache and choosing such a beautiful location. The time my son I spent together will be forever cherished in my heart.

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Posted: April 22 2002,9:07 am QUOTE

Way to go, Rocky. Glad all went well. When you told me you were going & I read the description on the cache page,I knew it would be a challenge. Also glad you enjoyed my "Moose River" cache. I'll be back up there soon to place a few more. :D

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