Brian and I went out early this afternoon to do some caching in Lancaster county. We stopped at the little town of Atglen, PA as there were a few on the way to the one I was truly wanting to find. So we stop at this World II Memorial. It was on this narrow strip of land with a flag pole at one end and the memorial and benches and trees. We almost gave up until I saw the hint that said ‘at eye level’. You are so going to crack up. Brian saw a bird’s nest in one of the little trees and I told him it could be a fake one with a cache inside. He gingerly parted the branches only to see a little beak pop up from the nest-yes it was the real deal! Ha! Finally we were standing next to an outlet box and I touched this thing that looked like a metal cover (light switch cover size) and it moved! I pulled on it and it was indeed the cache! Surprise! The first one it’s kind for us.
We went down the road a bit and found one in a parking lot. Bri lifted this lamp skirt twice-I got out and lifted it and saw a animal skin camouflaged container-bingo! He didn’t look hard enough.
Then the frustration began. I printed out the directions to the movie cache for ‘Witness’ and we didn’t get the signal for it until we stopped in a town and waited for it to load. Both the phone and GPS were wonky. The cache was down this road next to these ‘ladies’ cooling themselves off:
We saw lots and lots of the rolling hills of corn and other crops for miles and miles
See the hot air balloon in the middle. Took this out of the car window.
So we found the cache in a guard rail across from the cows. Brian had climbed over the guardrail and all of the sudden he started going ‘ouch!’, ‘that hurts!’ I thought he stepped on a wasp nest, when in fact it was the plant stinging nettle. A lady and her hubby came along to fish on the little bridge and she I.D.ed the plant. She asked what we were looking for and we told her. Think she was mildly interested. We asked the guy about the Witness farm and it was down the road going the other way. I remembered to look on the GPS as the cache owner mentioned the address and after a little driving, we found it. A man was plowing along the corn and Brian said he wanted me to see the farm (being the big Harrison Ford fan). I took this out of the windshield:
Can you picture Danny Glover walking down here when they figured out where John Book (Ford) was hiding out? I read that Sylvester Stallone was offered this role and he turned it down, regretting it.
The Amish guy actually waved to us as we left.
This was actually as we turned in the road to the house.
We then went to a nearby town where Brian worked for a few years and got club sandwiches for either a late lunch or early dinner (4 o’clock).
We went down the road and snagged a large (but wet cache) in someone’s yard and tried to find a well hidden one in a park-nada.
We saw where the Robert Fulton House (who invented the Steamboat) was about 6 miles away, so we went there. It was closed (we peeked in the windows) and walked around their garden. Thank goodness there was a bathroom in the middle of no where! That came in handy.
Where is that blasted cache?
I really wanted to go back to Strasburg, so we did and got some ice cream. One minute is was sunny and 10 minutes later the heaven’s opened up.
Girls in the ice cream shop
We had to wait a bit. A cache was down the road, but after looking around just a bit, I couldn’t find it. I’ll have to go back because I was the only one who couldn’t find it.
Sky over a Dutch market where we stopped for some things
We drove home in pouring rain, yet when we got home it wasn’t really doing anything.
Wednesday is our trip to Philadelphia for the ghost tour. We want to go in early to avoid work traffic and maybe cache a bit! Historic caching. : )
I’m trying to explain strange stories from old newspapers etc and one of them is about an incident in Adamstown in 1869 (in several PA papers that August). It’s a bit of a cottage industry project at present, and what you might call a niche interest! But I’m hoping that Anomalist Books (TX) might take it on, and I’d love to be able to use one of your photos to illustrate the Lancaster County countryside. E.g. the one captioned “Can you picture Danny Glover walking down here ..” It just gives such a nice flavour of a landscape that for me is very far away (whereas one sees so many interchangeable shots of farm buildings, houses and horses etc.) What do you think? I could plug your blog. Anyway it may come to nothing.
Still it was nice to visit 😉 And I loved the 100(and 1) facts. Good to know you!