I had a bit of time to kill the other day and since I was in the area again, I decided to visit the Twin Creek Preserve. The area is a beautiful restored natural area in Sharonville where Mill Creek and the East Fork of Mill Creek come together. It’s a huge effort to help clean up Mill Creek and help restore some of the natural environment in this area that’s been destroyed by decades of devolpment.
I’ve been here before for a geocache, which is how I found the place. Since I’ve been here though a couple puzzle caches have been added.
I haven’t been doing many puzzle caches, but since I was here…
These were both cases of making up the final coordinates from information found on signs throughout the preserve. Pretty cool. Found them both. Check out the pictures:
I’m excited to report that my geocache: Doc’s Adventures #2 has been placed and submitted for review. Hopefully they’ll get it reviewed and posted soon!
Doc’s Adventures #2 takes the geocacher to an island on the Great Miami River that’s just upstream from the Wayne Madison Bridge. Without too much trouble, you can reach it by paddling upstream, or it would make a good stop on a run downstream.
I placed it last night by parking at the old Wayne Madison bridge, putting in near there and paddling upstream. Current was running about 3000 CFS on the Middletown Gauge, but as long as I was careful about where I was in the stream, it wasn’t too hard of a paddle.
I landed on the island and scoped out a suitable spot, before cabling the cache to a tree and covering it with debris. On a future visit, I’ll be bringing along some trash bags to haul out some of the man-made debris on the island. It doesn’t look like it gets heavily used, but the few users that do visit, can’t seem to be bothered to pick up after themselves.
After I placed the cache, I decided I’d try to circumnavigate the island. Since I already knew the current passing the island in the larger north channel was pretty steep, I floated down around the downstream point, and paddled up the smaller southerly channel. I made it about 3/4 the way up the island before I ran into current too heavy to paddle. From there, I walked and pulled the boat to the island tip and was glad I did, because I was able to scout out a dangerous strainer on that channel, just after the split from the main river.
From there, I pulled the boat over to the main channel and enjoyed the float back down to the launch.
Dennis and I decided it was time to finally get the boats in the water for the first time this season and launched at Combs Park like we often do. I decided I was interested in heading up Four Mile Creek on this trip and possibly scouting for other geocache locations.
We were excited to find a suitable spot and we got a number of pictures and marked waypoints. The only real issue is that there’s already a cache on land within about 100 ft of where we want to place, so I think I’m going to check and see if there’s any chance that cache owner would archive his. It’s essentially a small placed in some bushes near the site, so hopefully it isn’t particularly special to the owner. I guess we’ll see. In the mean time, here’s some images and video I captured: