foxtrot_xray Posted September 6, 2005 Share Posted September 6, 2005 I had a fantastic find earlier this week, and I thougt that others had to have had as interesting finds, and thougt it'd be interesting to hear them.. My amazing find was EE0068. The small map is actually incorrect, due to the scaling and such. The directions are accurate, however. I leave my office at 6:00pm. This day, I had an itch to go find a couple.. I had printed them out at work, studied over them and maps, Leave the office, and have a 45 minute drive, normally to get up to home, close to these marks. For some reason, traffic is awful, and I finally get up there at 7:15pm. Sun is setting, time is very limited. I got for this one first, since it's the longest walk (about .75 mile one way). It's along the rail line that I do part-time work for, so I'm not too worried about tresspassing. Thery normally stop at 5pm every day, so I wasn't too worried about getting run over, either. Listening to my MP3 player, I start walking. See a few deer, a turkey, a gunshot (poor turkey..), and then eventually get to the referenced mile marker. I spend a good 15 minutes marking off everything. The directions say it's a ''FLAT ROCK LEDGE'' that preojects SW from a rock ledge. Well, sorry to say, there are rocks everywhere. And no 'ledge' that close to the ground. By now i'ts about 7:45, and getting darker out by the minute. I do one more look around, don't see anyhting, and start heading back. I took five steps, eyes peeled at the ground - hey, you never know - and stopped. There was a small rock peeking out from the bed of dead leaves. So I bend over, push leaves out of the way, and dig around, looking for a 'flat' rock, like the description says. Not coming up with anything, and rather dissapointed, I looked at the rock that caught my eye, and ran my fingers over it. Sure enough, right there, was the friggin' cross. Take pictures, and start heading back, listening to my music. Now, there';s an interstate about a mile away from this line, and another 4-lane highway as well. So at that time of the day, you could hear the traffic. I'm walking, and hear a really loud truck from the highway. I stop and listen, assuring that it was a truck on the 4lane or something, and continue walking. After a few moments, I notice that the sound is getting louder. I stop, and listen again. Sure enough, it's a constant noise, still a distance away, but definately NOT from the highway. It couldn't be a train, they don't run this late. I wait, listening, and sure enough, then I hear the squeal of a rail as the forest begins to grow brightly around the corner. A darn locomotive comes around the corner, and seeing me, begins to slow (procedure in an area like this; tho i had a safety vest on.) I wait, as he gets closer, standing off to the side, of course. About 20 feet away, he applies his brakes, and slows down to stop, right in front of me. The engineer sticks out his head from the window, and says, "Fox! What're you doing out here? Need a ride?" It's one of the engineer's I'm usually paired off with. I climb aboard, and get a ride back to my car, explaining to them along the way what the hell I WAS going out there in the middle of nowehre. Much to the chagrin of the late rush-hour commuters, the engineer stopped the train on the crossing, and let me get off to head back to my car. So, all in all, a very successful find. Got any interesting stories? Fox. Quote Link to comment
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