There were 3 areas I visited on this trip. First, I went to the State Forest. This is a less developed area than the State Park. There is a long dirt road and a few trails like the Pete Bond trail, but most of the hiking was rough and off-trail. After that, I went a few miles further south to the north section of Elk Neck State Park. This is a well-groomed part of the park, although the woodland trails have had storm damage and needed maintenance. It's also a fee area, so I did all the geocaches I could to make it worthwhile. Then I went to the south end of Elk Neck. This is a relatively flat piece of land with a gravel trail going to the Turkey Point lighthouse. And finally, I returned to the north section of Elk Neck to hit the trails from the Route 272 parking area. This was the roughest part of the hike with a number of fallen trees (probably recent storm damage) across the trail.
On Sunday, I went geocaching in Camden County from Runnemede to Berlin. One shocking thing about Runnemede and that area in general is how much litter there is everywhere. I guess folks who live there don't notice the gradual buildup but I haven't been to Runnemede in a while and it is definitely much worse than I remembered. I wish people wouldn't throw trash out from their cars, especially when the town doesn't seem to have used a street sweeper in a while. Anyway, I was there to find the physical containers for a number of puzzle caches that I'd solved. However, the two most notable caches of the day were traditional caches. "Kat-Gas" is a fiendishly evil cache hide. I didn't see it at first but the helpful gas station owner, who was aware of the cache, said something that made me take a closer look. "Dennis Nedry - Analyst" is the cleverest cache of the day. It's in the cache owner's front yard so he was able to set up something very interesting that required several tools to retrieve. They watched from afar as I looked for it and once I was done, they told me that at around 8 minutes, I was the fastest to figure it out thus far. (Some previous visitors took 30-40 minutes.)