Adventures in Geocaching: It was a Cold & Snowy Day

A couple of days ago DH & I made our way to a local nature preserve known as Cane Creek Canyon. We would have loved to hike, but since we were enduring cold blowing wind and wet snow, we just found the first, easy cache at the beginning of the trail.

Cane Creek Canyon

Airplane on a Stick

After we left Cane Creek, we stopped to photograph this plane on a stick. See Santa & Mrs. Clause in the pilot seats?









Next we found this cache which was in really great shape. That’s always a nice surprise.

Rock Grave















When we emerged from the woods I saw this rock pile grave. I wonder why some graves are like this. Do you know? There were 3 in this cemetery.


I really like finding caches in old cemeteries, and this was our second cemetery find of the day.













It’s fun finding caches in fence rows.
Arrowhead Gravestone

When I turned around, I saw this–an arrowhead gravestone. (I’ve masked the info.) I have never seen one like this before, and this is what makes geocaching so interesting–you never know what you might stumble across.

Melted Snow on a Spiderweb

Sometimes the beauty is just at your feet.

Flat Rock Community House

Another interesting location a cache brought us to was the Flat Rock Community House. This used to be a one room schoolhouse, but now it is used for voting. Out back of the house was another fun sight.


How many of you have ever used an outhouse? I have, and it’s a cold seat on a day like the one we were there!


We saw fields and fields of buttercups whilst we were out caching this day.

Jesse Owens Memorial Park

Our caching adventure took us to the Jesse Owens Memorial Park. There are other caches there, but this is the only one I found on this trip.

Oakville Indian Mounds

I’ve lived close to here all my life, but I didn’t know about the Oakville Indian Mounds until this caching trip. If you’ve never tried geocaching, you really should because it will take you to so many unusual places!

Indian Clans

Personally, I want to be a member of the Long Hair Clan. 😀

Cherokee Removal

Cherokee Indian Removal information.

Creek Removal

Creek Indian Removal information. These are my people.

Oakville Indian Mound

Oakville Indian Mound Information

What’s funny about our visit here is that we think we may have been driving on the walking trail, but honestly, it was impossible to tell. I think we were okay because trust me–it was so cold and windy there wasn’t a soul on the trail.

Geocaching is a marvelous adventure that took us on a several hour trek through several Alabama counties experiencing sights we would have missed otherwise.

Grab a GPSr and go!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Since I just got back from the mountains, my photos for this challenge are from there.

Looking down on the Appalachian Trail sign at Newfound Gap.

My boots on the AT.

Looking down on the benchmark at Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains.

Photo Challenge: Path

When I saw this photo challenge, I knew exactly which paths I would photograph. I love the trails that wend through the woods nearby. I’ve spent many hours on them, and I need to spend many more.

This is my favorite path/trail because it dips down into a ravine and then winds up rock staircases past a riotous display of wildflowers in the Spring.

This path’s bridge rises over a babbling stream that empties into the river where people are always fishing.

When the fisherpeople need a new location, they follow this path to a better fishing spot.

A path/trail bending into the woods exemplifies why I love hiking them so much–I just never know what I might see just around that bend.


What is it? Oh my. It’s wonderful. Magical. Adventuresome. Unexpected. Exciting. Surprising. Difficult. Easy. Awesome. Hard. Lovely. Hot. Cold. Perfect.

Why on earth would anyone choose to geocache? I stumbled upon it in 2003 or thereabouts in an article of the local newspaper. At the time, a GPSr was so expensive, I could only dream of geocaching one day, but I fell in love at first read.

Then, a couple of years later my DH (dear husband) wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas. I told him I wanted either a mini trampoline or a GPS. He chose the latter because he thought I would hurt myself on the trampoline. Hmmm.

Yellow GPSr

Little did he know that on my second cache find I would practically do the splits on a muddy hill and cause pain to muscles I hadn’t felt in a while.

Anyhoo, that Christmas gift changed my life. I became obsessed with geocaching, and still am, really. I found a cache or caches almost daily then, and had a glorious time hiking in the woods on my way to find them. It made my hiking have a purpose. I loved it!

I still love it, but in a different way now. Due to knee problems and a dislocated elbow one winter, the hiking has been replaced with easier cache finds. However, I still love caching because even if the ones I find now are easy, many times they bring me to places I would never have visited otherwise.

Amish Buggy

Geocaches range in Terrain and Difficulty from 1/1 to 5/5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the hardest. Do you want a walkup? That’s a 1/1? Do you like to rappel or snorkel? That’s a 5/5. I love caching because anybody can find a cache they love!

Caches wait for you to find them all over the world! If you don’t believe me, check out to start on the adventure of your life!