Our First Geocaching Day of 2011

Friday, February 18, 2001.  We decided to do a little geocaching today.  The weather was pretty nice–60 degrees, cloudy, breezy, but no rain.  Hubby and I decided to stay fairly close to home because we had an appointment at 2:00 pm and didn’t have much time to kill today.  We went to Lincoln County, which is one of Kentucky’s original three counties; and a lot of history is embedded in this area.

We went to Stanford, headed West down Main Street, then turned onto KY-78.  A quarter-mile or so and we reached Buffalo Springs Cemetery for our first cache of the day.  This is a beautiful old cemetery with a lot of history.  If you enjoy looking at the craftsmanship and artistry of old hand carved headstones, then you might want to stop by Buffalo Springs.  Some of the graves here date back 200+ years.  It is very fortunate and unusual to see a cemetery of this age so consistently well maintained.  There are some fine examples of early 19th century stone carving here.

From there we continued West, then turned onto KY-1194.  A couple more miles and we reached McCormack Christian Church, sitting at the banks of Hanging Fork Creek.  The banks here are low and inviting, the water slow and a gorgeous emerald green.  I find myself wishing I’d packed my fishing pole.  A KY Historical Marker sits prominently in front of the church.  We learned that the land for a church, cemetery, and school was donated by Daniel McCormack in 1819.  This church replaced a log structure built in 1785, and has been operating continuously, under the affiliation of the Disciples of Christ, since 1830.  A stipulation of Mr. McCormack was that the church be open to all denominations and all people, so there were built galleries at each end of the building for slaves to join in the services.  I would imagine that it was unusual in those days for whites and blacks to have church services together.  This was my favorite bit of history from this place.  This is also a good stop for you Old Cemetery fans out there.  The stones are mostly very simple, but also very old.  There is also a geocache here, but we weren’t able to locate it.

Back to KY-78 and a few more miles towards Hustonville, we found our second cache of the day hidden in a guard rail along the side of the road. In ‘cacher-speak’ a quick P&G, meaning park and grab, a cache near parking that takes less than five minutes total.

We continued on to Hustonville.  The only cache we found here was one at the city park.  A quick find.  We decided to stop here and enjoy our picnic lunch, then on toward Danville.

We traveled north on old US-127.  Our next cache find was at the Moreland Fire Department.  A quick P&G. Then we found another P&G in a guard rail near the intersection of old and new US-127.

By this time it was getting late and we decided to head for our appointment; but, not before we swung by McDonald’s in Danville to grab a St. Paddy’s Green milkshake and an iced Mocha.  Yum!!

All in all it was a nice outing for us old folks, sans kids.

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