10 August 2019, 13:00 - 16:00
Please join the Crosswinds Cache Crew for our fifth annual "Crosswinds Marsh Meanderings" on Saturday, August 10th
The Geocaching Event: will run from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. It will include a FTF raffle, closest to the pin contest, trackables table, prize table (donations welcome) and a potluck picnic lunch. (Please bring a dish to pass -- hot dogs, chips, and water provided by your hosts). We will also continue our series of themed caches with a 'commemorative collectible' for those that complete the series. This year's series will focus on the history of Crosswinds Marsh.
Geocaching event schedule:
- 1:00 Event check in
- 1:30 FTF & prize drawings (must be present), socializing and lunch
- 4:00 Cleanup and event ends
9:00-1:00 The 10th is also the park's annual Hobby Day. Be sure to come a little early and enjoy the park's activities. "Hobby Day is all about trying something new! Whether you are a diehard hobby enthusiast or someone who just wants to try something new, this program is for you! Experts will be on hand to answer questions and help you get started in a new hobby. Activities include hiking, photography, horseshoes, fishing and more. Fishing poles and bait are provided for the fishing portion." (Be sure to stop by the MIGO booth and say "hi").
Crosswinds Marsh: is one of the largest man-made wetlands in the country. It was built to replace the wetlands that were paved over to expand Wayne County's Detroit Metro Airport (the McNamara terminal). Wayne County, together with Sumpter Township, purchased over 900 acres of farmland that believe it or not, was once wetland that had been converted into farm fields by draining the land...in a process that took over a year. They flooded former farm fields, planted new wetland plants and transplanted endangered species from metro Airport.
There have been over 240 species of birds identified at the marsh. Additionally there are nesting bald eagles visible thru-out the year. Boardwalks were built to give the visitors an intimate view of life in the wetlands. The marsh offers year-round activities including trails for hiking (over 6 miles), horseback riding and cross-country skiing, and areas for picnicking and fishing. Admission to Crosswinds Marsh is always free!
Remember, this is a marsh....If you are intending to hunt for the caches or explore the trails, please come prepared with boots/old shoes (not sandals or flip-flops), long pants, and insect repellent. This time of year in the woods of South Eastern Michigan there is poison ivy, ticks and mosquitoes a plenty!
What to bring:
- GPS and gear bag
- Chairs (A very limited number of picnic tables are available)
- Potluck dish to pass
- Bottled Water/Beverages to stay hydrated
- Contributions to the prize table
- Insect repellent
Stay up to date: Check in regularly on our website -- www.crosswindscaching.com
- Q: Will there be a GPX file available for the new caches?
- A: Yup. A GPX file of the new caches will be available, and we will be loading GPS units with GSAK and making the file available via email at the event. While we will be willing to help people who have trouble, please remember that the file is offered as a convenience -- it is the cacher's responsibility to know how to import the file into their smartphone application. (From our experience, the classic Geocaching App does not support the importing of files.)
The Crosswinds Cache Crew pledge to develop and maintain quality, and interesting geocaches in the marsh consistent with geocaching and Wayne County Parks rules and permit process. For more information on the Cache Crew and our endeavors, please visit us on the web athttp://www.crosswindscaching.com and on social media - crosswindscache