284. Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish (LA29)

A decent courthouse in a nice shady spot. The shade was especially nice, though. It was starting to get a bit warm. I also knew this was about to become a problem, seeing that the entire state is half made of water and, as you might surmise from the name of the town, I’m about two blocks away from a lake. The humidity level was soon about to be over 9000 and this was not the place I wanted to be when that point was reached, so I got to my duties here and then prepared to make way (there were a lot of boats and sailing related stuff about so I thought a nautical metaphor was apt).

After my impromptu history lesson, I made down the road for a cache. My first attempt was a bust. It was at some fishing/camping supply store, but I couldn’t get a real fix on the location. Then I took a read of some of the logs and a closer reading of the description and hint and realized that the cache was inside. No, the cache had no attributes assigned, so there’s no way I could have known that it wouldn’t always be available. I really couldn’t even tell if the place would open today, either. So I aborted it and opted for another one a few blocks away.

Hold on… This is not what I expected up here in the middle of nowhere! There was a puzzle to get the combination to the lock that was simple enough and, once I figured it up, what wonders I beheld!

What a nice little setup! This is definitely the nicest cache I’ve seen all day! So maybe it’s not the cleverest gadget ever made or an electrical logic trick or something, but it’s nice and it’s earnest and it’s obvious that this cache was made with love and it was definitely unexpected. And that is why it earned one of my stingily hoarded favorite points. Heck, I’m thinking about making one of my own for somewhere around here if I can find a good place for it. My point here (and I do have one) is that I signed the log, traded some trackables, and returned it to its original state, happy for the distraction that didn’t involve a lamp skirt or a micro in a tree. And then I was off again. The day was only going to get hotter and I wanted to get as much done as I could, giving me greater motivation to reach…

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