I had a few minutes to kill yesterday on the way up to a client meeting in Dayton. Since I knew I’d be passing the Excello Lock and hadn’t been there in a while I decided I’d stop there for a few pictures and perhaps try to find the new geocache that had been placed there. There had been a geocache there some years back and I think my first visit to this location was to find it, but it had been archived, unfortunately because it’s owner thought it was getting “stale”.
Fortunately, another cacher placed a new cache here: GC2NYY8 – Excello Locks. I noticed while looking around that the bridge that used to be across what I think was an overflow spillway is now gone.
The above picture is from my 2006 visit. The area is quite a bit more overgrown than it was back in 2006 too. I seem to recall reading that Metroparks, who I think was maintaining the area abandoned it due to budget constraints. Someone is still mowing around the site, but the brush isn’t being cut back, so it’s much harder to see the downstream end of the locks now.
After being on the wrong side of the lock for awhile, I walked around and finally made the find on the geocache. You can read that log here. I also got some pictures:
You probably remember that I’m a member of and now First Officer for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club (SCRC) Miami Valley Chapter. One of the things we’re trying to do is build up the chapter to it’s former glory and to help do so, former chapter member and now State Officer Rod Armstrong has offered to lead some rides for us. The first of which was a ride from Germantown down to an interesting town called Rabbit Hash.
Several members from chapters 044 and 179 met up just outside of Germantown and started the ride. They met up with me, Dee and Dennis just outside of Ross, and we headed down to Rabbit Hash. There, we met up with John and his wife from chapter 088. By the time it was over, we had riders from three chapters present! After searching for an interesting geocache in Rabbit Hash, we headed off to check out Jane’s Saddlebag. After that, lunch at the Sunset Grill, then over Markland Dam and back through Rising Sun, Aurora and Lawrenceburg before another stop at Flubs in Hamilton for some ice cream!
All in all, a great ride! Check out some pictures:
We decided to make an impromptu run to Caesar Creek to put the pontoon on the water. The weather was supposed to be nice and the pontoon hasn’t gotten near as much use as I would like it to 🙂
One of the things I like about Caesar Creek is the several islands it has. Better than that, the two big ones in the lake both have geocaches on them and I’ve had them on the list for some time! Since we had a geocache friendly crew on board, we decided that we were going to try for one of them.
After putting in at Furnas Shores, we decided that we’d make landing on the island in the south pool. We easily evaded the submerged trees and put the pontoons on the sand. Dennis and I made the climb up a small bluff with the aid of some trees and discovered after a minute or two of bushwacking, the island opens up into a beautiful canopy of trees with little ground cover. As such, it was an easy walk to the cache area. We found the cache with no issues and made our way back. This is such a beautiful place that I definitely want to schedule a photoshoot out here!