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New Hampshire Adventure

While taking a short break in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,we decided to try our hand at some rough terrain geocaching.  In these rocky mountains,that means climbing over boulders and scrambling up short by the very steep hills,clinging on to any branch or tree root one can find for support.  We logged one particularly frustrating DNF at Kinsman Kache (GCWH4T) near a beautiful waterfall.  It was listed as a 1.5/3,but the signal bounce was so bad that we couldn’t pinpoint our position to better than about 80 feet.

Our most memorable experience,however was Dry River Cache (GC2EE).  The description warned that we would have to get our feet wet,but I ended up taking an almost complete dunking.  The cache was only 3/10 of a mile from the parking spot,but those 1,500 feet were all through dense woods and dry river beds.  Dry except for the last one,that is. Getting past the rushing water required picking our way across boulders poking up from the riverbed.  Our options were made more limited by the heavy rainfall New England has experienced this summer.  Not many boulders were available to choose from.  We finally had to take off our shoes and socks,roll up our pants and pick our way across the riverbed,trying to avoid stepping on jagged rocks with our bare feet.

We successfully crossed the river —except for knee-deep water at one point for both of us —and found the cache,but on our way back I tried to leap between two rocks and just missed,falling full into the frigid water up to my chest.  I managed to climb out and struggle across,not worrying much anymore about getting wet.  Dana was able to make it across without incident,a good thing since she was carrying several hundred dollars’worth of electronics that she had stowed in her backpack.  At one point,I had to step out to the middle of the river on top of exposed boulders and extend a long stick so the Dana could grab on and make it between two stepping stones.  It was a wet and chilly trip back to the car,but we were laughing most of the way,so it didn’t matter very much.

New Hampshire River

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