Molly Stark Lake
The wind picked up around 3:30 am and I thought my tent was going to blow away with me in it. I tried to think of what I could put inside my tent to help hold it down and then I realized I was the heaviest thing I brought. So I stayed put and tried to sleep. I was up early, maybe even never fell back asleep. It was dark in the west, so I hurried to pack up my tent. As soon as I finished loading my car and sat down to a bowl of cereal, it started sprinkling.
I drove off to start the geocache in the park, but the gate was closed so I drove over to another geocache at Molly Stark Lake. There was a nice little overlook on top of the hill. The rain let up and it was now 8 am, so I drove back to the gate.
It was open, so off I went. Finding the first stage was no problem, but the second stage was tricky. You had to identify mammals to get the coordinates. I did okay and found stage 2 on my first try. Then came the problem. To find stage 3, you needed to identify fish. Not my forte. I tried a couple of times, but no luck. I remembered seeing a fish poster in the ranger station, so I headed back up there. It was raining again. The ranger helped me with the fish ID, then told me the third stage was about reptiles and amphibians. I know those only slightly more than fish, so I was glad to borrow a field guide book. So I headed back out into the rain, grumbling. I found the third stage, took a photo of the puzzle and ran to the shelter to solve it so I didn’t get the book all wet. Finally I solved it and drove to the final stage, dropping off the book on the way. I was wet and crabby and couldn’t wait to get out of this park.