Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Mid-Hudson Picnic

This morning, I went to the 2008 Mid-Hudson Picnic geocaching event at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. I didn't expect much because it was a rainy day but this turned out to be a nice laid-back event. We also did a bunch of geocaches in the park. I went with Mark B. for this hike, although we crossed paths with other groups along the way. At one point, we heard a tree break off and fall in the woods because of the storm. (Yes, it did make a sound. :) ) We saw later that it fell within feet of the trail. Luckily, no one was on that part of the trail at that time.

The only downer was none of the six geocaches that were placed for this event had been approved by the geocache reviewer. The cache reviewer cited problems with cache saturation, which is far from being an issue in Dutchess County. In addition, according to MSTzilla who placed those caches, this activity has support from park staff, which makes it even less likely that there would be a problem here.

For the pot-luck picnic, I brought chips, pretzels, and bottled water. However, there was so much food on the table that no one touched the chips and pretzels. The water, on the other hand, was all gone by the end of the picnic. The lesson? Next time, bring more water. I get excess bottles of water from mascot gigs sometimes and I could give those away.

After the picnic, I headed up US-9 for more geocaches in Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. Then it started raining heavily so I turned back a little early and headed home. (by way of Highland to bag one last cache) I could always return and do the rest another time when the weather is better so there is no sense sticking around and risking getting caught in a flood.

Tags: dutchess county, geocaching, geocaching event

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