Reisterstown, Owings Mills, West Baltimore, Northern Bucks County
The first objective of the day was to find "The Dark Lord". This is the final cache of the Harry Potter series of geocaches in Northeast Baltimore. I was actually still missing one digit of the final coordinates. In keeping with the theme, one might say that I used some magic to scry the missing info but actually, I simply took a guess and verified it with the geochecker. The rest of the day was a geocaching spree around Pikesville, Reisterstown, Owings Mill and West Baltimore, parts of which I've never visited before. The Garrison Fort was an unusual historic site to see, right in the middle of a Pikesville residential area. (I hoped the locals were used to people coming in to gawk at the stone building.) Owings Mills had the strangest guardrail cache because it was on a sculpture with lots of colorful guardrails. Also interesting was "Tippy Top". The cache name told me where to go, which was to the very top of a free parking garage by the Owings Mills train station / library / shopping center. So it was fun driving up the ramps, although I was surprised that the garage was 7 levels high.
Sunday's trip was to the part of Bucks County to the north of Doylestown, including New Britain, Plumsteadville, Nockamixon, and Revere, since I didn't quite make it there on geocaching trips earlier this year. Summer plant growth was definitely a factor in search difficulty since many of the caches were in the woods. "Do Cachers Value Smileys? - cúig", in particular, was a crazy search since it was small and sitting on the ground with lots of weeds and branches in the way. That was almost like searching for a needle in a haystack but I eventually spotted it. "Twin Silo" was a bad bushwhack too because the best approach was pretty much straight into weeds that were more than six feet high. "A Pot of Swag For Geo-Kids" was along a trail that I'm guessing doesn't see much foot traffic outside of hunting season. It was overgrown with vegetation and hard to distinguish from any other part of the forest floor. Lego My Cache! was the interesting cache container of the day. The inner container, which holds the log sheet, is made of Lego bricks.