|Team Deadly Serious at old graveyard near my Lair of the Mothman (GC855TA) geocache,|
placed for the Cachin' Passion in the Parks event
The event, Cachin' Passion in the Parks, drew about 25 attendees, mostly from Virginia and North Carolina. On the way up, I snagged three individual first-to-finds, and several more with a big group over the course of the day. The event proper opened with nice introductory remarks by Rangers TracksAll and WillKetchum and Fairy Stone Park manager John Grooms. There were prizes aplenty handed out to attendees, including an autographed copy of West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman, won by Honeychile (a.k.a. Vickie), who—quite coincidentally—had been kind enough to host a Fugue Devil–themed event in Winston-Salem back in 2015 (see "Equinox Devil, Part Deux).
The rest of the day, I hiked along with a sizable bunch of geocachers, all quite nerdy yet rugged. We snagged a fair of number of caches here and there, and we finally headed up the Dogwood Glen Trail, where my three hides in wait for the unsuspecting hunters. Me, I wanted to check the accuracy of my coordinates, which, happily, proved quite good. And our old friend Robgso became the lucky recipient of a copy of West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman, inclued as the first-to-find prize in my cache called (not coincidentally) "Lair of the Mothman."
|View of Philpott Dam from overlook|
|View of Philpott Lake from overlook, facing west|
|View of Philpott Dam from near the Dogwood Glen Trailhead|
Now there be tired. I tired now. You come again some other time.
|Team No Dead Weight at Salem Lake|
|A loverly little stream at Salem Lake.|
|A Great Honking Blue Bird who remained in place just long enough to pose for a photo.|
Shortly afterward, a speeding bicyclist on the trail scared him off.