Originally uploaded by JuneNY
Leslie and I set off around ten a.m. this morning (after scraping snow off of my car) for some geocaching and exploring.
We drove to Mt Upton first and attempted to find LADY UPTON RIDES AGAIN geocache. We found part one easily enough, but we could not understand the hints and clues that were included in it. Those hints were supposed to help us figure out the coordinates of the second and final part of the cache, but they didn't. We went to the VALERO and I asked if anyone knew about the monument to Lady Upton. Lady Upton was a famous racehorse that apparently was born and died in Mt. Upton. One of the customers gave me directions to find it. It was close by and we found it quickly, but without knowing the necessary coordinates, we had little hope of finding the geocache. We saw an old building nearby that appears to have been a train depot in a former life and is now a museum. This picture is of Lady Upton's grave in Mt. Upton.
We headed towards Guilford, and looked around. We saw the building that used to house a mom and pop type store, the first Guilford doctors house, an interesting church and an octagon house. We saw a young bald eagle soaring overhead while driving out of Guilford.
While driving back to Mt Upton, we went through the small hamlet of Guilford Center and stopped to see an abandoned restaurant/hotel. The Pillars was formerly known as Angel's Inn because it had a huge angel on the roof.
Then we headed back towards Mt. Upton. We managed to miss our turn and drove somewhat out of our way, but we made it. Once back in Mt. Upton, we stopped to take pictures of another empty store and of the local historical association which was closed. That building seems to have been a baggage storage room for a train depot.
We went back to the cache site to look at the clues again, to see if we copied something wrong, and I noticed some huge old buildings on the other side of the creek. We found a way to get close to them, and I took some pictures. We saw these abandoned buildings in Mt. Upton and stopped, but Leslie refused to get out of the car, but I got out and walked closer to them.
We headed towards Gilbertsville and stopped to have lunch at the country store there. Then we went to the old cemetery where I have a cache hidden. Leslie found it. It was damp and dirty inside, so I replaced it with a new cache (the one Leslie gave me for this past Christmas.)
It was a great day: geocaching, exploring, urban exploration, picture taking and lunch out! My kinda outing!