One of the things I love to do while I’m out exploring is finding the benchmarks around the area I’m checking out. These marks have been in place for almost 70 years and I feel like they kind of connect you with a spot on the map and a bit of history of the place. JZ0553 is no exception. This benchmark is located on a massive railroad bridge hidden in the woods. I had the opportunity to cross it while looking for the remnants of a 50 year old train derailment. I found the remains too, but that’s another post 🙂
I don’t normally pay much attention to micro caches, but after having visited this bridge several times now, I decided I would mark the cache off my list. Amusingly, the description of the cache indicated we were looking for a magnetic container. The reason this is amusing is that the bridge is wood. All wood. Near the display describing the bridge and it’s history though is one metal pipe. Not sure of it’s purpose. In any case, finding the geocache took about 10 seconds :).
I’ve had this cache on my watch list for some time, and finally got some time to run down and find it. Not sure how it originally caught my eye, but mentions of abandoned bridges and babbling streams had me envisioning an awesome cache.
The bridge was a bit disappointing. The original bridge was re-decked at some point in its past and now it just looks like a hack. Shame. The old iron bridge looks like it was beautiful in it’s time. The natural views were awesome though. I’m thinking this area needs another cache or two for sure. I’m also thinking that there will be a photo shoot or two here!