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June 10, 2013 08:49 PM CDT

The Accidental Hiker

by Ranger Boy

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The Accidental Hiker

 

Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin—Veteran cacher Number Boy drove pathetically past some of the most wondrous scenery Wisconsin has to offer Saturday, all but unaware of the magnificent splendor surrounding him on all sides.

 

Devil's Lake State Park is Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and situated along the Ice Age Trail and is visited by more than 1.2 million people per year! With spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, swimming areas including 2 large sandy beaches, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, and great climbs. It is considered Wisconsin's premiere natural vacation destination, however Number Boy only visited the various parking lots.

 

"Devil’s Lake is, like, so awesome," said the oblivious Number Boy, who is ironically an EarthCache Master Platinum Level. "Yesterday me and a couple of FTF hounds from Illinois that I met checked out this awesome guardrail magnet at the beach parking area, and I swear I haven’t seen this type of key hider before."

 

Number Boy, looking laughably overdressed for hunting park-and-grabs in water resistant all-terrain hiking boots, a pair of Appalachian Trail shorts from REI, and a matching windbreaker and backpack, is spending his summer traveling through Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota as part of an effort to increase his cache stat rankings and complete his numerous grid challenges. So far, reports indicate, he has visited several fast food restaurants in the downtown Baraboo area and has located many lamp pole skirts.

 

Number Boy came within a few hundred feet of beautiful Parfrey’s Glen, Wisconsin’s first state natural area, while searching for a 35mm film container at a nearby gravel road shoulder. Later that day, reports indicate, he parked by the start of the footpath to Devil’s Doorway, the quartzite rock formation, which many consider the star attraction of the entire park, a structure that has remained more or less intact for well over 15,000 years. There in the trailhead parking lot, he enjoyed finding an Altoids Tin under the parking barrier which helped him fill in a much needed month on his Jasmer Challenge Grid.

 

While visiting the East Bluff trailhead, Number Boy located a sign-post-hole-hide under the shadow of Balanced Rock. The trail to which offers some of the most spectacular views of Devil’s Lake with the Balanced Rock formation off to the south of the trail. He briefly considered exploring this highly rated trail but opted instead to visit the CCC parking lot and grab the companion sign-post-hole-hide in the series. This one noted for being in the top hole, rather than the bottom. He also completed a much needed letter on his Alphanumeric Challenge within four hundred feet of Elephant Cave.

 
Number Boy said, "I can just get pictures of that scenic stuff on gift shop post cards and look at it any old time." Before leaving Devil’s Lake, however, he plans to spend "at least a couple of minutes" in the Steinke Basin parking lot, where he's heard that "they have a leaky pill bottle hidden on Leap Day 2012, which is much needed for my Placed Date Challenge.”

 

A source with knowledge of this highly sought after cache stated, “Too bad the log is soaking wet and a total nuisance to extract.”



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