Saturday, December 24, 2011

Z for Zorro --Things you would never see but for Geocaching!

Dupont Forest geocaching map
We took a Christmas eve hike in the Dupont Forest.   Where is that, you might think? The answer is that it's in beautiful western North Carolina close to Brevard.    Dupont Forest has breath-taking waterfalls and great hiking trails.  There are also a lot of geocaches.  If you are not familiar with that term, see this earlier posting of mine. Geocaching is a great way to see the outdoors, take in some hikes, and go to places that you would never go to.  Often we see unusual things---

N or Z ???
You can't see it but there is a micro-cache on this tree, and the cache is named "Mark of Zorro".  I loved Zorro as a kid.   My daughter said it's not actually a "Z", but an "N".  I suppose she's correct, but regardless of the letter it has become, I had to admire the tree for overcoming the trauma that bent it in this shape to begin with.  (It's a white oak, by the way, for you biology majors out there.)
I never would have seen and appreciated this work of nature without geocaching, and it's a fun moment to add to many fun moments with this hobby.    Have a nice Christmas!!!

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