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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.

baby geese
  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. 

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Molly Stark Lake
Molly Stark Lake
baby geese
baby geese
fish?
fish?
chipmonk - I was looking in the wr…
chipmonk - I was looking in the w…
name that fish
name that fish
woodpecker on pole
woodpecker on pole
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