The Four Puppies

This last weekend was a cold one here in Oklahoma.  Well, it has been cold for a while, but it snowed Sunday.  Not that snow is bad, I love snow.  In fact, I would like to get more snow than we do.  It usually snows about two or three times a winter.  Each time the snow usually lasts a day.  When it does, you would think it was the end of the world.  People go crazy around here.  The first time the word snow comes out of the weatherman’s mouth, all grocery stores are bombarded by people.

Anyway, since it was bad out today, I thought I’d tell about a caching trip a couple of friends and I went on one day.  Extreme Mom and OkiePaladin.  It was way back in 2009.  In fact, it was on Feb 7.  It must have been good weather that February.  We decided to go north a little ways.  To a small town in Northeast Oklahoma, called Miami.  Route 66 runs right down the middle of Miami, so on the way up, we stopped for some Route 66 caches along the way.

If I remember right, our first stop was at an old bridge.  It was on an old alignment of Route 66, on the outskirts of Chelsea, OK.

Old Route 66 Bridge, outside Chelsea, OK
Old Route 66 Bridge, outside Chelsea, OK

We didn’t find this cache.  There were three or four DNF’s before us.  The hint said it was supposed to be on that black and yellow sign.

Another cache along the way, was a cache in a cedar.  We found the container, but couldn’t sign the log.  Below is a picture of the cache, the way we found it.

Burnt cache
Burnt cache

After caching around Miami, we went a little north, to a town that is now a ghost town.  I think there may be some people still there, but only two or three at the most.  Picher was the center of major lead mining, that left contaminated chat piles.  Children had major lead poisoning.  The town was evacuated because of that, and the danger of buildings caving in.  If that wasn’t enough, the year before we went, there was an F4 tornado that went through the area.  The chat piles look pretty cool.  It’s kind of erie to be there.  I want to go back and look around again.

Anyway, someone placed some caches there, so we had to find them.  When we were there, all of what was left of the buildings were already gone.  Below are some pictures I took at some of the cache sites.

Foundations
Foundations
Parts of a porch still standing.
Parts of a porch still standing.

We were off a road outside Miami.  It was getting dark, so we decided the cache we were getting ready to find would be the last of the day.  Extreme Mom went ahead of OkiePaladin and I, I don’t remember what we were doing.  We heard her scream, and went to look.  There were four puppies.  Someone had dumped them out on the side of whatever road we were on.  Being the animal lover she was, Extreme Mom convinced us to take them.  Our original idea was to find a shelter and leave them there.  Being so late, we couldn’t find one that would take them.  The Miami city shelter wouldn’t, because it was outside the Miami city limits.  We went to the county shelter, but something was wrong with the shelter, so that wasn’t an option.  So guess what she did.  She brought them home.  She found homes for them.  They were cute little puppies.  They couldn’t have been out there to long.  Below are some pictures of the little puppies.

We stopped to eat, and get them some food.  We also had to play with them for a while.
We stopped to eat, and get them some food. We also had to play with them for a while.
Puppies in the back of Extreme Mom's car.
Puppies in the back of Extreme Mom’s car.

It was a fun trip.  What’s better than finding caches and having an excellent story to tell?  Have any of you found anything like this?

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Thanks for visiting!

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