Go West Young CAM

It all started Saturday morning when we took Greta for a walk, then to the kennel for the weekend. See Greta is a Novia Scotia Duck Tolloing Retriever that doesn’t understand caching, she’d rather sniff weeds and chase squirrels.

The next CAM Cache I wanted to look for was in Savage River State Park. Of a couple of routes I chose to use I-70, the was to take US-40, also known as The National Pike, one of the earliest routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific. But here in Maryland it is at times a 2-lane road, or is actually I-70 or I-68. Someday I’ll take the time to drive the whole route from Frederick to the West Virginia border using the old road. It will take me through many small old towns just waiting to be photographed
But back io I-70 and I-68 for now. Heading west from Frederick we cross over Catoctin ans South Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, and the 2200 mile long Appalachian Trail,

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Main.

3sidelinghill1A few miles west of Hagerstown I-70 turns north to join the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Hancock and I-68 heads west into the Allegheny Mountains. The first mountain is Sideling Hill, US-40 goes over making a hairpin turn at the top to head down the other side, but a few years back about hall a million cubic feet of the hill was removed and I-68 now runs through, exposing geologic folds, very interesting to see.

Then comes a succession of mountains, Town Hill, and Greenridge Mountain, then we passed 15 Mile Creek, where one of the caches for CAM-2009 was hidden. Next came Polish, Martin and Haystack Mountains, followed by the Town of Cumberland, the western end of the C&O Canal, now mostly dry, but a 186mile hiking and bicycling route that ends in Washington D.C. Near the Watergate.

We left I-68 near Frostburg and went southward to Westernport and the Savage River. From here we followed the GPS.

I first took a look at Parking A and decided to pick a better spot. But the GPS suggested that we should be elsewhere. So after negotiating the turn into the parking I discovered that the only car there was not a cacher. So we headed out. 4savageriver_7692 views of the river and the 3wildflower_7651spring flowers growing along the path. When we were about 50′ from the cache we spotted another pair of cachers. They’d come in from the other end and wanted a better way out. They departed and I spotted the cache, signed the log, captured the Munzee. Then we kept on the path upstream and found out why the earlier cachers wanted a better way out. We persevered and finally came to the road and what could be Parking C, within a couple of minutes of the others hoofing it up the road. We’d come out on the long and slow route. This route was challenging, lots of deadfall from recent storms, and a couple of washouts we had to cross. This was an exciting hike.

So now I now had my 8th CAM 2013 find, with only 2 more to go, they are the other direction – down on the Eastern Shore.

So done caching for today we headed further west towards Deep Creek Lake and dinner with friends and family.3deepcreek1 And a view of the sunset over Deep Creek Lake.

The next morning we found our wat to the top of WISP Ski Area to find some caches at the Adventure Sports Center, a complex with White Water kayaking in a man-made river course. Yes, we found 3 caches up there. Then finished that adventure by walking up part of one of the ski slopes – still snow-covered. Though it was really hard as ice, not what I like to ski on.


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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