I was out Geocaching yesterday morning on the trail, what a perfect day to be out there, except for all the water. I started out at the end near Fundy Park with a fellow Geocacher and went as far as the Gold Mine Rd and back.
The trees were all still wet and dripping so everytime we had to go off trail to find the Geocache it rained on us. We found 12 caches along the trail and a few along Old Shepody Rd on the way in. One of them was damaged and full of water so we packed it out and told the owner it was removed. The trail was very wet, good thing I wore the proper footwear so it really wasn’t that much of a concern, except when I sunk up to my ankles in mud. One thing we noticed right away was the number of patio blocks and stones that cover the first kilometer or so. That must have taken some time and effort to place, and we appreciated it.
Due to the last wet and heavy snow storm many trees and even more tree tops are broken off and strewn all over the place, not only on the trail but all around Fundy Park, they are still working at clearing some of the trails in the park. We were not equipped or had the time to remove them all. I did have my small hatchet and managed to remove a few but some were too big of a job for it. There was only one that really caused us some problems, it was somwhere between km 57 and km 56 and it will have to be chainsawed out.
I always take pictures of the km markers along the trail and here are the three I saw today.
We crossed over a few logging roads and a nice little stream along the way. There were a few sections with obvious ATV use as the tracks were there along with the tossed beer cans, pity.
I think one thing that is keeping the ATV use to a minimum is the fact that the bridge at the end of Gold Mine Rd is not passable for them any more. We took our time and chances crossing it to get the Geocache on the other side before making our way back across and out. I am not sure who built the bridge, I assume it was the snowmobile association as that is what it is called in the hiking guide. It was still very solid and steady just slippery.
We turned around and started to make our way back, we avoided the really wet section by walking up a logging road to Dorman Rd and out that way to the truck. This trip took us about 2.5 hours to do but we went slow and stopped 12 times to find a Geocache, I think using the roads out added a bit of distance but also cut down on the time as we could walk much faster and drier. On our way home we stopped off at the Park headquarters to check out the new Yurts. They have 4 with a 5th being built. They sleep five, have a propane fireplace and plenty of room inside. There is a new cooking shelter for the Yurts nearby and they keep a bathroom/shower room open all year round now. The Yurt cost $90 a night, I may go down this winter and give one a try.
Enjoy the trail, and share your stories as well.