Backwoods Ramblings #4: GPS, and a startling discovery

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Blog entry by Tony posted 07-12-2009 07:56 PM 932 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Saturday was my first time hiking with a GPS data logger. With some tweaking, I was able to geocode my photos with the data from the logger and plot them on Google Earth. I’m still fiddling with the logger data to create a good trail map for where I was; the map posted at the trailhead stinks!

At one point in the day, I noticed a small bench sitting in the woods above the trail. I circled around, thinking it could be reached by the upper trail (it can’t), so I doubled back and climbed the hill to the spot. I was stunned to discover it is a memorial to a young lady who died 2 1/2 years ago. She was only 15:



This site triggered a flood of painful memories, as we lost our own son 5 years ago, just a month before his 15th birthday. I sat at that bench for a long time, reflecting on my own loss and what it must be like for the parents of this young lady. The ammo box you can see under the bench contains a variety of little tribute items, plus a sealed bag with a small notebook in which people have written their thoughts. I added a few words of condolence to her parents, sealed it, and went on my way.

It was a beautiful, warm, windy day. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a huge patch of these:


I’m amazed the birds and other wildlife hadn’t cleaned the Blackberry bushes. I just happened to have a plastic bag with me, and collected about 4 cups worth of plump, ripe berries. I could have gotten a lot more, but I was wearing shorts, and much of the berry bushes were in thick entanglements.

Finally, I have a 3-fer of reptiles this week. I almost stepped right on top of the Black Racer before I saw it. Enjoy:




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#1 posted 07-12-2009 08:40 PM

Have you ever thought of Geocaching? My family and I get on a kick about twice a year for a couple of weeks (spring and fall) when the weather is good. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy mother nature.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#2 posted 07-12-2009 08:46 PM

Fun Walk in the woods

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 07-12-2009 10:53 PM

Yes sounds like a Geocache site. A lot of fun especially with the kids.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-13-2009 12:49 AM

I’ve heard of Geocaching. I noticed there were a couple of entries in the girl’s tribute book with the notation “Geocache”.


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#5 posted 07-13-2009 03:31 AM

Probably geocachers found the tribute book while seeking nearby geocaches. Being a cacher myself, I’ll add my voice to the chorus – give it a try, it’s a blast.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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