Monday, May 5, 2014

MGA14 - Hudson Mills and Dehli

Members of Team Free Range Lobsters were on the road again this weekend!  This was our inaugural adventure and picnic for the 2014 Huron Clinton Metroparks Geocaching Adventure (MGA14)!  

Hudson Mills Metropark

Present were myself, TaGeez, WikidKriket, SnakeyLicks and Fiona-the-wonder-geo-pup.

Ready for an adventure!
As Hudson Mills is Kriket’s least favorite park (although beautiful, it can be such a LONG walk), we decided to knock it off on this first trip MGA14-Hudson Mills GC52P76.  Paired with the longest walk, we also hit the shortest walk (which just happens to be down the road), MGA4-Dehli GC52QFW.

TaGeez, Kriket, Licks and Fiona at Dehli

The weather was beautiful – they had been predicting rain for the entire day, but, by the time we made it to the parks, all was sunny if a little breezy. 

Kriket and scrapcat at Hudson Mills

In addition to the MGA14 caches, we were pleasantly surprised that the MGA13-Series Bonus Cache GC49C7Q (located in Hudson Mills) was still active!  Although Kriket solved the puzzle last year, we never made it back this way to make the grab.  We were the first cachers in almost 6 months to lay hands on it. Beautiful walk!

As we began work on the Multi, we realized that the long one-way walk was unnecessary. The final was nearby. 

We found a nice secluded picnic area to setup our grill and enjoy a little Michigan fare: sausage dogs, Pringles, Faygo, grapes, and strawberries. I was food-prep and TaGeez was grillmaster today.

After our picnic, we decided to tackle the 4-mile roundtrip walk anyway, picking up 5 HM-Purr Fect Trail caches released the prior year.  I must admit we were hobbling at the end, and it was a really tough getting out of bed Sunday morning! 


We're not sure what they're doing....

In reflection, you could tell it had been a harsh winter – trees were down and the remaining ones were just now budding.  Not too many animal interactions today – we spotted Robins, Redwing blackbirds, turkey vultures, a rabbit and deer.  We returned back to the car just as the sun was setting.

2 down – 11 to go!

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