Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Icecaching: North and Central Jersey

Kings Pond Park

Yesterday's snowfall, combined with freezing rain overnight, has formed a layer of ice on the ground almost everywhere in Northern NJ. There was also a layer of ice on the car, so the first task of the day was to get it off the windshield and windows. Later in the day, while out on the road, I heard the roof ice rattling around, so I made an emergency stop on the Garden State Parkway to dump that slab of ice.

Anyway, I figured the layer of ice on the ground would pose a challenge so I didn't plan to go for very many geocaches today. Indeed, walking on the ice was tricky. I did okay on level ground, but I had to crawl on the ice when going uphill. On downhill legs, I sat on the ice and slid down. So on the rolling hills of Rifle Camp Park, I alternated between crawling and sliding. The final approach to the geocache was about 40 feet downhill. I already had a good guess as to where the cache was hidden, so I aimed for it and landed right on the cache spot. I had to be careful not to slide further downhill while retrieving the cache from the tree hole, but otherwise, it wasn't too difficult.

After two ice walks, I went down to Central Jersey, which thankfully wasn't iced over as much. Had a late lunch at Arby's in Watchung before heading home.

Tags: arby's, central jersey, geocaching, ice, north jersey, snow

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