Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, January 31, 2003

Road trip


Mary and I are taking a road trip this weekend. We're going to Nebraska City! On the way, we'll spend a few hours running around the forest at Indian Cave State Park.

Indian Cave doesn't have an O' map. Not yet.

Possum Trot OC, working with a member who lives in Nebraska, have put together a rough map -- USGS contours with a few small changes in OCAD.

Mary and I will use the rough map to explore the area.

From and orienteering standpoint, it looks like a promising area (I've studied the USGS map, the rough O' map, aerial photos and I've been there before).

The area looks interesting. The hills are big (might make for good route choice options). The contours show typical midwest spur/reentrant terrain. The may be erosion features -- ditches and gullies -- that don't show up on the USGS map. The park is on bluffs above the Missouri River. That means the forest might be mature. And, that means the woods might be nice and open. It looks like there are some cultural features: an old town, some abandoned roads, some active hiking/horse trails and at least one old cemetery.

posted by Michael | 7:04 PM


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