Sitting at home today on this exceptionally nice day, it was around 50 degrees and sunny. I had just gotten my new cache series published that day and figured I would do some caching myself while I waited for the logs to start rolling in.
I felt like going for a little walk and felt that Ether Bunny's Ashland woods series would be nice as they were published at the beginning of the winter and I haven't gotten them yet even though they are right down the street.
I approached the trailhead on Winter St which I recognized from a previous cache experience at Granite Quarry. I started up the trail and ran into some flooded out spots.
About 1/4 mile into the woods I came across a fire hydrant and thought, why is this way out here?
At the hydrant there was a fork but I figured out which way pretty easily.
As I approached Stage 1 I saw lots of possible places, it looked almost as if the hider had intentionally tried to throw people off. But I was victorious and found the container and was quickly off to the next stage.
I went wandering down the trail to stage 2. Along the way to stage 2 there were some impressive rock formations on the left. After forging ahead despite the warm weather thaw trying to keep me off the trail I come to stage 2, this one was much easier to locate and got the coordinates for the final.
From Stage 2 I headed off to the final but could not decide which trail to take as it split and the cache showed in the middle.
I considered bushwhacking but with a 1/4 mile to the next stage I took my chances and picked one. While it was the right trail I quickly came upon a very large area washed out, so in true Mooney625 fashion I ended up bushwhacking anyway. Upon arrival at ground zero I was able to quickly locate the final container.
I signed the log and obtained information to help find the Ashland Woods Bonus cache.
I also picked up the Mopsey and Cotton-tail Travel Bug.
At this point it was time to head out to The Big Black Travelling Bug and drive to the next trailhead.