We headed over to Boulder Junction for some Geo Caching.  Boulder along with St Germaine, and Rhinelander each put out 5 new caches each year for cachers to go find.  If you find 12 out of 15 of them you are entered in a drawing for prizes.  After doing this contest for 3 years the 3 towns really have lots of fun and challenging caches for everyone from easy drive ups to ones like this that require some hiking.  We had heard of the Lumberjack trail but never been down it.  It connects to the Escanaba trail for hiking and skiing for folks who are more ambitious than we are

After saying a few foul words to our new Magellan Triton 300 GPS that would not cooperate we broke out the old stand by Magellan 200 with the menu button that does not like to work.  Troy figuring out if we are going right or left

Definitely not a straight tree

Found our way to the cache by the river.

I get asked many times what does a cache look like.  This one was a typical amo box hidden by a stump a favorite way in Northern Wisconsin of hiding boxes.  I have found that different areas of the country have different ways of hidding caches, Arizona usually they are hidden in a pile of rocks (kind in interesting to unearth due to the prevelance of rattle snakes in Arizona) Tennesse folks love small micro caches hidden in parking lots of businesses, not many hiking caches in Tennessee.  Northern Wisconsin tree stumps and logs seem to be the spots to look

Feeling like we had hiked quite aways to the cache we looked at the map and were shocked to see we really had just scratched the surface of the trail.  The screw head shows the pathetic amount of hiking we did, as it was looking like rain and we had found the cache back to the car we happily went

On the way back I had always heard about people watching the bears at the Boulder Junction Dump so we decided to take a turn in.  Old time resort guests will remember the Hazelhurst Dump that we used to take our garbage to.  There were many stories of those trips to the dump between animals seen and the dump attendents.  The story goes that one of our dump guys was over come with smoke or had a heart attack and was found in the pit after wolves or coyotes had a snack.  Our last dump attendent was a crusty old lady and to stay on her good side you always brought along a beer to soften her up.  I am sure Paul has some dump stories to share

No bears that we could see but it was burning day.  We headed out before we got to meet any of the locals

We headed off with our new GPS on a caching adventure in Boulder.  Boulder every year is part of a Geo Caching contest The Great Northwoods Treasuer Hunt.  3 towns, Boulder, St Germaine and Rhinelander all set out 5 new caches for folks to find.  You have to find 12 out of 15 of the new caches to qualify for their contest.  After doing this for 3 years the 3 towns have some great caches to go see.  Our first stop was at a trail I have heard about but never been on.  The Lumberjack trail is not far from The Escanaba trail and I believe the 2 of them connect if you are adventuresome and have a lot of time and energy for skiing or hiking