CacheCrazy.Com: The World Is Our Gameboard: The Sussex Branch Trail

Friday, September 30, 2011

The World Is Our Gameboard: The Sussex Branch Trail

I've often heard the phrase "The world is our gameboard" used when discussing geocaching.  Yes, we play with a set of rules designed to keep us away from locations which are not ideal for caching, for several reasons, but our world offers us a plethora of really cool locations.  In this series, we're going to take a look at those which are close to us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

SBT Placard
As I've mentioned before, most of my caching is done in conjunction with my work schedule.  A hectic home life doesn't provide much time to head out on weekends, so caching before work and on lunch breaks it is.  One of our offices is located in Sparta, New Jersey.  Sparta is located in beautiful Sussex County, about 90 minutes from downtown Wilkes-Barre.  This past winter, when I found out I was going to be working out of this office, I did what anyone else would do- I logged on to geocaching.com and went right to the maps, to scope out the caches!  I couldn't believe how many caches were out there!  Northwestern New Jersey was offering me a whole new adventure, and I couldn't wait to check out all the really cool places and caches I was studying up on.  It wasn't too long before I discovered one of these places-the Sussex Branch Trail.



Liberty-Water Gap Trail
The Sussex Branch Trail is a "Rail-To-Trail" which follows a section of the former Sussex Branch line of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad.  It extends through Sussex County from Byram Township, north into Branchville.  Better yet, the Sussex Branch Trail is part of a larger system of Rail-To-Trails known as the Liberty Water Gap Trail, which starts at the Delaware Water Gap and ends at another landmark: The Statue of Liberty.  The SBT is approximately 20 miles in length, and passes through not only wooded areas, but neighborhoods, and even swamps.  With such an eclectic selection of terrain comes quite the variety of cache hides.  While most I've found thus far have been of the micro variety, the quality and creativity behind many of the hides keeps me coming back.  The trail also offers many history lessons and breathtaking views.


Entrance to one of the many sections of the Sussex Branch Trail.


It's awesome to know I have a place so close to work, where I can take a nice hike and find a couple caches at lunch, without having to break a major sweat.  With over 20 miles of terrain, plenty of caches sitting out there, just waiting for me play hooky from work- for just a little while!



4 comments:

BLOODHOUNDED said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who plays hooky to grab a few. It seems those time frames work for me too. Awesome post!
TGIF!

BigAl said...

Great post. Lately I've only been able to get out before work and grab a few caches. I too have just had too much going on at home to be able to get out. I wish I could get out at lunch time, but I don't get a long enough lunch time for that. I'll just have to stick to before and after work for now. And maybe if this rain ever lets up I'll be able to get out once again on the weekends.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Looks like a beautiful place to hike and cache!

Harold said...

Nice job Dave

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