The 5k went ok but the weather was hot and very windy. So we both missed our goal times but I managed a new PR and Mark won his age group (yay! my wonderful speedy man! :) It was a ton of fun cheering on our friends along the marathon course. Mark: After the 5K we drove about 14 miles to Fon Du Lac to attend a Geocaching get together, it was a nice chance to meet up north geocachers but at the same time we saw a few familiar faces. After the gettogether we found a very challanging cache, had to follow a trail deep into the woods and then navigate to the bottom of a rack wall/cliff.
Kris: Mark did one of his infamous "in action" photos when he went out on the course to run a few steps and snap a picture with his buddy Steve.
After the marathon was over and the marathoners were showering and napping, we took off to cache out to the Minnesota Point and back. It's such a beautiful little hike. We were snapping nature photos along the way.
There was also an abandon building and remains of a lighthouse that we stopped to take photos of.
We picked up a virtual and an earthcache that I didn't have before leaving town and also snapped a photo of our friend Steve by the Grandma's Marathon logo stamped on the ground by the finish.
Banning and we did NOT like this park at all. It's the first one we've been too that we were very disappointed by. We got stage one of the multi and couldn't figure out how to get to stage two without going through a largely muddy, tick-infested area. After Mark pulled about 20 off himself and the same off of me, I was thoroughly unhappy and we decided that I would go for the Hiking Club word while he braved the trail to the second stage. Both of us ended up going along muddy, wet trails that had tall grass growing on them. And the second stage of the multi was in the absolute opposite direction of the high points of the park. I just couldn't wait to get out of the park. Mark: I honestly think that this was a case of the park ranger really did not understand the point of the Safari caches (Family friendly) and really didn't care either. The final stage was .8 miles from the first stage and was at the intersection of two trails, laying on the ground with just some birch bark laying on top of the cache "hiding" it. Very disappointing and a gurentee that we will not be visiting Banning again.
Kris: Luckily as I was stomping my way back to the car, there was a deer on the trail that actually let me walk up to within about 10 feet of him (or her...not sure). That was the high point of the trip through Banning. I took a picture, thanked the deer for brightning my horrible experience in this park and got the hell out of there.
We stopped for dinner and I was having a horrible time NOT freaking out as Mark plucked another 5+ ticks off of me and another 4 that were in my hair and probably 10 off of himself.