Sunday, July 18, 2010
Fort Macon and a Virtual
Our vacation on the coast was great! Everyday I went out caching. I hit several in Atlantic Beach and up to the end of the island. At the northern end of the island is historic Fort Macon. This old fort was built in the 1830's. It saw action during the Civil War when the Confederacy controlled it and the Union took it back. We visited the museum and watched the orientation film before going out into the fort. We toured the casements and the parade ground. There were park rangers guiding tours frequently during the day. We tagged along for some of the tour. My GPSr led me to the GZ for a virtual cache entitled Ol' Grandpappy (GCGEM0). From that location we had to count the number of gun emplacements in a certain part of the fort. These gun emplacements were actually the locations where the cache owner's great great grandfather had served during the Civil War. That genealogical touch was nice. The fort is well maintained and the park rangers seemed eager to serve and inform. There were lots of folks out today. Check it out if you come this way.