Arkansas Geocaching Accident! Please be careful.
Well, I'm not sure where to begin. We set out yesterday morning to Mt. Nebo to spend the weekend with some curious muggle friends and find the three Nebo caches. We got there yesterday morning and set up camp, had lunch and then prepared for the first hunt. We decided to do Nebo Springs cache because of where our camp was. Well we took the loop trail that is below the swimming pool and headed west toward the cache. Beautiful scenery and not a difficult trail. :D It was a great time. We got to the trail head for Nebo Springs trail and were headed down toward the cache. That's when everything went wrong. :( We were about 250 feet from the cache and my friend misplaced her foot and took a fall. She caught herself and keep from taking the short way to the bottom, but she shattered her left ankle. 8O OUCH!!! 8O It was not pretty. :cry: Strider869 took off in a sprint back up the trail to the visiter center and called for help. 2 hours and 16 adult males later she emerged from the trail. Just a note while waiting she expressed her disappointment over the fact that the cache was only 250 ft away and she couldn't finish the hunt. 8O Cachers beware. She's a muggle (she's done one other with us) and already was disappointed just because she was so close and yet so far. Please remember to wear the appropriate attire when caching. She was wearing plain tennis shoes, maybe not such a good idea for this trail. Our family all had hiking boots as did her boyfriend. She and her son did not. We, as a family, had decided that we will not take anyone else along with us until they have purchased the correct equipment to go. It may not have prevented this accident but it might not have been as bad. Strider869, myself and the princesses will try this again later, but probably not with her. :wink: