Further along in the region of the Somersby plateau is another of the Geomonkeys hides, Old Scribbly (GCH2MY) – located on a serene section of the Great North Walk – a 250km walking track linking the cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
We have already found many geocaches located along the Great North Walk – including Mooney Valley Micro, Ourimbah Trackhead, Dead Horse Creek and Coventry Street. No doubt there are many more. Thankfully you don’t have to walk the 250km in one session! Usually, as is the case with Old Scribbly, there is a place nearby where the walk intersects with a road where you can park relatively close to the cache – in this case, Old Scribbly is about 300m down the track off Robinson Road at Somersby.
Recent rain had left parts of the track a little muddy – something to be aware of before venturing down to Old Scribbly.
It was a relatively short, flat, easy walk through the quiet and dense forest. Small animal tracks either side of the human track provided evidence of an abundance of wildlife in the area, although none were to be seen today (that we noticed, anyway).
The Old Scribbly cache was a wonderful find in a wonderful grand old scribbly bark tree. Considering the age of the cache, it’s in excellent condition. This medium sized geocache was of the biscuit container variety – of the type I have not seen since I was a young child in the 1970s! We left a Red Gem, took a small Rabbit – and signed the Log Book.
From the picture, you can see why this tree is called a scribbly-bark tree – and this one is particularly old and prominent. Thank you Geomonkeys for bringing us to another exciting location that we would otherwise have never known existed.