GC38P7T – Paved Trail #6 – Murfreesboro, TN
Guest Post by: Amber, The Ginger Geocacher (Thegingergeocacher)
Mother’s Day 2014 started like any other Mother’s Day with my husband wishing me a happy Mother’s Day. We were staying with his grandparents for the weekend and he did not know that I had hatched a plan with his grandmother for her and I to get out of the house for a few hours to find some geocaches. I had looked on the geocaching map for a local cluster of geocaches. There were plenty in the city but we did not want to drive around for a bunch of LPC’s.
To my surprise, I came across a park right in the middle of the city with miles of trails and to top it all off one of the easier trails had six geocaches along it. We headed out into the city and found the park. The geocaches were all titled “Paved Trail” and numbered 1-6 with #6 being at the trailhead.
We approached the trail, Granny with her phone and me with my GPS, #6 was near the trailhead but we couldn’t find it on our first try. We headed down the trail to attempt finding numbers 1-5. We found numbers 1, 3, and 5 fairly quickly the remaining numbers are a different story.
Number 4 was an interesting one and the only non-micro cache on our list for the day. It required climbing down into a hole in the ground among the bugs and dirt. Granny kindly nominated me for that task. Number 2 took a good deal longer than the rest to find even with the help of the hint. This was perhaps the most exciting find of the day. We were looking high and low looking for the cache. I was a little more ambitious moving quickly scanning my surroundings looking for places I would hide a cache.
It was a good thing I wasn’t looking with my hands. As I came around a tree I looked down to see where I was stepping when I saw and stepped on a snake simultaneously. I jumped, screamed, and ran back onto the paved trail. Granny was laughing hysterically at my sudden freak out.
We continued on being a little more careful and finally found the cache. At the end of the trail was a nice little stream that we enjoyed before heading back to the trailhead in an attempt to find #6. We spent about 5 minutes looking when we got back to the trailhead before we found it. We signed the log and headed to the car satisfied that we were able to find all of the caches that we had set out to find. This adventure is one of my absolute favorites and was a Mother’s Day well spent.