Another TaCat geo-adventure! TaGeez and I are up from the Detroit-area this weekend to grab Power Island GC35 (with Hearty Soles, Tick27 and Rusty&Libby) and Geocache 612 GC36 (for TaGeez).
Although weather predictions were for 70% chance of rain & cloudy conditions, the day was blue and beautiful! The three teams met for the first time at the Clinch Park Marina. Renee & Rebecca from Wisconsin and Rusty & Libby from Grand Rapids. From there, we walked down Dock A to meet the AMAZING Capt. Mike from Ambitious Charters.
|Clinch Park Marina - Dock A|
|Tick27, Libby, Rusty, and Hearty Soles|
|TaGeez and scrapcat|
|Approaching Power Island|
|Power Island through the Ambitious windscreen|
|Bassett Island Isthmus|
|Capt Mike, TaGeez, and the Ambitious.|
The official dock was destroyed during the harsh winter
Power Island - Lucky #13 GC4M5XG
We had the island to ourselves and 1 hour to find 4 caches. With great optimism, we set off single file. It didn't take too long for this find. It was a lovely stroll through relatively easy terrain that was blanketed by small violet flowers - the smell was amazing! As requested by Capt. Mike, TaGeez replaced the damaged container with one left by the previous finder.
|Rusty, Rebecca, Renee, and Libby|
|These flowers carpeted the entire trail to the first cache|
They smelled wonderful
Kudos to the two other teams who made it to the top faster than we did. TaGeez and I were beat by the time we joined them - I never thought I'd catch my breath. That was a heck of a climb, and I'm so proud we are able to sign the log and claim this cache!
|This picture is misleading|
This sucker was STEEP!
Thankfully, we chartered a boat with the AMAZINGLY professional and charming Capt Mike - he's a gem. I can't recommend him enough especially for the anxious boater. And thankfully I had my FABULOUS Love, TaGeez, to hold my hand during the rough spots!
After making that insane climb up the $&%#ing hill to grab Weird Tree, we realized we had to descend the very steep backside to reach the beach far below. I realize now why my hometown friends had recommended grabbing these caches from the water, if you can do a water landing. The descent included leaf-covered branches, steep muddy declines with no handholds, and crossing a muddy wetland on a small wooden bridge. Did I mention the hill was steep?
Upon reaching the beach, it was a few hundred feet over sand and large stones to the find. Last to arrive, we arrived just in time to sign the log, drop a path tag, and take our picture.
It wasn't until later we realized that TaGeez left his favorite, trademark hat behind. RIP
|Original Power Island Log|
|scrapcat and TaGeez with the Power Island cache|
|Skirting the coast|
|Gorgeous view of the bay|
Look how calm that bay is!
|Libby stopping for a smile|
|Rusty and Libby crossing back to the boat|
|View right before the dock|
|TaGeez and Capt Mike sharing a laugh|
|Capt Mike regaling us about past Power Island trips|
|TaGeez, scrapcat, Libby, Rusty, Tick27, and Hearty Soles|
|Last view of Power Island in the wake of the boat|
|TaCat - all smiles!|
|Waving goodbye to Capt Mike and the Ambitious|
|And now time to celebrate!|