Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Jury Duty, Wye Mills, Kirkwood Preserve

Went for jury duty on Thursday morning. It was actually my first time because I wasn't eligible all the previous times I received a jury summons. The county courthouse in downtown Wilmington was pretty busy that day. There were 17 cases on the trial calendar, so it took most of the morning for them to sort through those cases. They whittled it down to 3 cases after settlements and plea bargains. I was in the third group of jurors to get called. After calling 35 jurors for jury selection in each of the first two cases, the bailiff decided to just call the rest of us for the third case. So nearly 100 people, including myself, had to take the elevator to a courtroom on the 8th floor. (Courthouse stairs were reserved for emergency use only.) It was like the elevator line at the Westin during Anthrocon. :) By the time we all got to the 8th floor though, the prosecutor and defendant had both agreed to a bench trial (trial by judge) due to the complexity of the criminal case, so they didn't need a jury after all. The judge took a few minutes to explain that decision to all of us and then we all went back down to the jury assembly room. By the afternoon, they decided no more jurors were needed so they handed out the juror certificates and dismissed us. Even though it was just a lot of waiting, I still thought it was an educational experience because the court staff explained what was happening every step of the way. There was still some daylight afterwards, so I went to Logan and Mullica Hill in South Jersey for a quick geocache run before returning to Delaware for errands and dinner.

Saturday had bad weather, with a mix of snow and rain, but I figured if I headed south to Eastern Shore, there would be only rain down that way. This time, I went to Wye Mills, Wye Island, and some of the fingers of land next to Easton. The hard part about geocaching in that area is the shape of the land. There are lots of fingers of land, up to 10 miles long, into the Chesapeake Bay with no bridges linking them. If you venture down one finger for a geocache, it takes a lot of driving and time to go back out of the finger and down another finger. So I picked only those fingers with a good collection of geocaches. Prospect Bay was nice. Even though it looked like a very exclusive community, no one bothered me and it looks like they leave geocaches alone too, even those really obvious cache containers that I saw sitting out in the open. Near the end of the day, I revisited St Michaels to finish the geocaches I didn't have time for last week, and ended the day at Claiborne Beach. (the only time that day the sun came out)

On Sunday, I hit the trail loop for 11 geocaches at Kirkwood Preserve in Newtown Square. There was some snow on the ground from the previous day's snowfall but not really enough to make it hard to find those geocaches. There was one geocache in Radnor that required climbing a concrete pillar. I brought my ladder but it didn't feel safe because the ladder didn't reach high enough, so I decided not to retrieve this cache until I can get a longer ladder. The shape of the pillar also makes it a lot harder to use long tree branches to knock the cache off, although some have done it that way. After that, I continued onwards to Lower Gwynedd and Horsham. Things were a bit rougher there because of some uncleared parking areas. "Up Against the Wall!" was findable despite the snow, although I had to dig up nearly a 10-foot line of snow before I saw it. Of course, I put the snow back for the next person! :) "Enterance[sic] to the Woods" was difficult for no good reason. That whole area was a messy mix of water and snow. After kicking away the snow fruitlessly for a while, I saw the cache just sitting out there on a tuft of grass. It wasn't a hiding spot that made sense but I think some caches just put the whammy on folks. I noticed in the cache logs that others took a while to find it too, just because of the weirdness of the placement.

Thursday 2015-01-22:

Let's Taco 'Bout It (New Jersey)
Compression K (New Jersey)
Welcome To Gloucester County... Almost! (New Jersey)
Don't Get Hammered! (New Jersey)
Jonely Bonely's 1.69 Oz. Fix (New Jersey)
I Don't Know Where I Am Yet (New Jersey)
Harrison Run Micro (New Jersey)
Howey Doin'? (New Jersey)
Green Streak (New Jersey)
Tomb Raider (Delaware)

Saturday 2015-01-24:

Hmmm! Which Bridge Do I Take? (Maryland)
Light of Lights (Maryland)
This One is for The Girl's (Maryland)
Sittin' On the Dock of The Bay...well almost! (Maryland)
This Ones for the Boy's (Maryland)
Before the Bridge (Maryland)
Wye or Wye Not! (Maryland)
The Walnut Tree (Maryland)
Bring a pole and a worm (Maryland)
What a Pond (Maryland)
Secret swimming hole (Maryland)
OH DEER (Maryland)
"Unionville" (Maryland)
" RIVERSIDE " (Maryland)
"Muskrat Park" (Maryland)
Bradley Park (Maryland)

Sunday 2015-01-25:

Grand Old Tree (Pennsylvania)
KP #1 (Pennsylvania)
KP #11 (Pennsylvania)
KP #10 (Pennsylvania)
KP #9 (Pennsylvania)
KP #8 (Pennsylvania)
KP #7 (Pennsylvania)
KP #6 (Pennsylvania)
KP #5 (Pennsylvania)
KP #4 (Pennsylvania)
KP #3 (Pennsylvania)
KP #2 (Pennsylvania)
My First Hide of 2015 (Pennsylvania)
The Snow Does Not Stop Me! (Pennsylvania)
My Final Hide of 2014 (Pennsylvania)
Up Against the Wall! (Pennsylvania)
Social Myths: A Woman's Place Is in the Home (Pennsylvania)
Not Done Doing This (Pennsylvania)
Enterance to the Woods (Pennsylvania)
Wooded Development (Pennsylvania)

Tags: delaware county, geocaching, gloucester county, jury duty, montgomery county, queen annes county, talbot county

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