For some mothers, the second Sunday in May is celebrated with breakfast in bed, handmade cards and the fancy restaurant brunch.That’s all well and good (and thanks, guys, for the delish eggs Benedict andbananas Foster toast). But in my family, Mother’s Day is special because it’sthe only day of the year my teenagers and husband will go geocaching with me.
Geocaching can be a great family activity, especially withyounger children who eagerly seek the hidden caches and are thrilled to findthem – even more so when they contain decent trade items like McToys, stickersor Matchbox cars. But don’t even ask teens to go there. Spouses, too, areeither grabbed by the thrill of the hunt and the chance to ramble throughuncharted territory in the great outdoors (perhaps even havemeaningful conversations with their mate), but there are plenty who find atleast a dozen other things they’d rather do. Count mine in the latter.
Knowing what an act of devotion it is for my family to gocaching, I try to select destinations that are worth the trip. Today we landedin three states at once: Our goal was to find the granite marker at the cornerwhere Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut come together.
The Tri-State marker, a granite obelisk with the threestates’ names and 1883 engraved, is located in Douglas State Forest in Douglas,Mass., Buck Hill Game Management Area in Burrillville, R.I., and conservationland in Thompson, Conn. It’s standing there, 625 feet above sea level, on arocky, wooded hillside riddled with narrow trails. How surveyors carted it upthe hill 128 years ago, and perhaps set it about 30 feet off the mark, is oneof those historic events rarely mentioned in textbooks, but interesting tospeculate about just the same. As for the accuracy of the placement, the metal benchmarkdisks placed nearby in the 1930s were intended to correct the realstate intersection but were never accepted. The granite marker remains the legal boundary.
There’s no cache container or logbook here. It’s just a “virtualcache,” a grandfathered species in which finders spot a location and documenttheir visit by posting a photo in their log. But there are plenty of regularcaches in the vicinity, including some with swag. My kids wouldn’t let me stopat those.
Happy trails. And Happy Mother's Day!
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Tri-State marker Mass.-Conn.
Conn. - RI
Three states at once
Rocky Brook: along the way