Friday, September 4, 2015

Geocaching in Wilmington, Illinois

Two weeks ago we made plans to drive to Wilmington, Illinois to geocache with my parents.  The forecast called for scattered showers, so we crossed our fingers and took off.

The first cache was in Braidwood and before the rain began....


Mom hopped out and made the grab at this lamp skirt cache...


I loved this cache - it was well hidden.  Do you see it?



We saw this great wood carving near by....



One of the caches was hidden by a geocacher near their coffee shop. They were opening up just as we pulled up for the cache....


This was a clever cache too.  Have you figured it out yet?


Afterwards we walked inside the shop and ordered some coffee and smoothies....





The whole shop was very cute, decorated with historic Rt. 66 memorabilia, and I got a big kick out of the bathroom....



Here's the owner, and fellow geocacher, making our coffee....


Both drinks were delicious.  If you're ever in Wilmington, be sure to stop by and say hello.


There's a cache hidden here - any ideas??



We always enjoy unusual statues....



It had started raining on and off, so we just dodged the raindrops and did the best we could....



This cache was hidden in a tree....



The last stop of the day was at "Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery."   The cemetery covers 982 acres and is dedicated to war veterans....




It's quite impressive with it's rows upon rows of markers.  It really makes you appreciate the service these men and woman gave their country.


As we were leaving, a funeral procession began to pull into the cemetery.  Literally hundreds of motorcycles, cars and police vehicles rolled past us.  It was really something to see.  We sat there for over 5 minutes waiting for them all to pass.



Afterwards we stopped at one of my favorite restaurants for lunch - White Fence Farm!


You just can't beat a day where geocaching and good food are involved - even if it does rain.

10 comments:

  1. I'm impressed with the inventiveness of the cachers ( is that the term?)

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    1. Exactly correct John. I love the creative caches.

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  2. What a fun trip. I love that big ole spaceman. Did you get invited to go into space on his spaceship? heehee! Have a fun weekend! Hugs!

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    1. LOL - I kept thinking "Beam me up Scotty!"

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  3. Looks like a great day! Lots of unusual geocaches.

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  4. Looks like fun-- despite the weather. I have been to Wilmington, but it's been a long time.

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    1. I had never been there before. Its a nice little town.

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  5. What fun! The only geocaching I've done is when we were walking a beach in Florida with the family and our son and son-in-law were looking for one on the beach. They had to go into some reeds and prickles so they wadded up their shirts around their feet and walked over the prickles to find it! Wish I had a photo of that! Guess we'll have to do more of it!

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