Geocaching at Lake Pend Oreille

Geocaching has been one of our favorite summer weekend activities for several years. It’s fun to get out in the wilderness, it’s great exercise, and we often find that the caches are placed in just the perfect spot to enjoy a great view!

That was case with the “Honey, I Think Saw the Paddler!” cache that we found a few days ago. Apparently, Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-uh-ray) has it’s very own “Loch Ness” legend. (Click on the link, if you’re interested in reading about it.)
First, we had to park in a pull-out area beside the dirt road and hike down the road a ways before climbing up the hill into the woods to find the correct coordinates…

After following the very faint deer trail, and thrashing around in some underbrush, our GPS said we were getting close.

I see the cache!! Do you?
See the pile of bark? If you look very close you can just make out the edge of the Tupperware container tucked up under it.
And here’s the view of Lake Pend Oreille that made the climb worth it!Climbing back down I stopped to take a picture of this funny tree. Notice where the bark is worn off? Lyle said that deer rubbing against it have caused that. I don’t know why. And I don’t know how he knows that!We slipped and slid back down the hill to the road…And enjoyed more beautiful views of the lake as we hiked back to the truck…
It was a fun day!


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