It started off a cold day, but the sun was out and the blues skies were too inviting not to get outside and do something. Even if it was just a little walking.
I headed over the Smith Pond, which is a hidden little gem in our village. It’s a great spot with some decent hiking trails, a decent-sized pond and just a nice place to get out and breathe some fresh air. My plan was two-fold: to seek out a possible place for a future geocache and to take a couple of photos and try some things out.
It ended up being three-fold, but I’ll get to that in a little bit.
First, the geocache.
There are a few caches already in Smith Pond. They are all by people who are no longer in the area. One is very old, however, and it’s an ammo can. It might be one of the oldest ones in our town and a few people keep a watch on it as it’s a really nice ones. The others are newer.
Where I’d really like to put this cache is smack in between two caches and it doesn’t appear that I can get far enough from each of them to be able to pull it off. I’m trying to find out about the future of a couple of them as if they are being planned to eventually be archived, then I can start planning. If not, I need to start planning again.
The spot is perfect for it, though. So hopefully it will work out.
Then there was the photography.
I purchased a panoramic thing from Photojojo and wanted to try it out today. I did that, alas it didn’t come out how I wanted. I’ll play with the images I took a bit more tonight and see if I can get it to stitch a little differently, but it’s not a bad first effort. I think I might have been using it wrong, so we’ll see. I’ll try it again soon on something.
I did take some other shots with my Diana lens and my pinhole lens. I’ll be working on those likely tonight, so we’ll see how they come out. The shots that I like will make it up on Flickr.
This is one with my cell phone camera:
And for the final thing. As I walked around Smith Pond park, I realized that this would be a good spot for a nine-hole disc golf course. The park is used some by walkers and people fishing, but it could be used for so much more. I’m not talking a world-championship caliber course, but a nice, family friendly course. One where people could come with a couple of discs and throw and have fun.
There wouldn’t need to be top-line baskets, just good ones. The holes probably wouldn’t be that long, but there would be some good woods holes etc. And if we ran it across the bottom portion of the park, there would be a chance to lose discs if not careful as the river runs next to the trail.
I’d have to do research and get someone who knows about course design to walk around the park, but it seems like something that might be worth looking into and talking to the village about. It would be pretty sweet to have a place close to play and with the park’s closeness to the local high school and college, the two of those places could probably utilize the course, too.
Just some thoughts, of course. We’ll see what happens.