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My World - New Years Day
The first day of 2010 was a stunner out here in the Wild West. And as we are now heading into the 'deep freeze' again, we made the most of it, packed a picnic and headed outdoors.A little New Years Geocaching was in order, so we decided to try and find a couple that are local to us, but are out of bounds in the warmer months due to Rattlesnakes. The first find of the day was easy and so we headed way out into the country in search of another. The casual passerby, of which there are few out here, probably wouldn't even notice the old bridge as they kick up a dust cloud in their wake. But there are clues to be seen all around if you just take the time to look.The silence is truly golden in this spot, but once upon a time the peace was shattered daily by a freight train. Now the only visitors are Geocachers like the Hubster, hunting for a very elusive cache.This old bridge was on Santa Fe's branch line that ran from Shattuck to Perryton, Texas. It had a single car called a "Doodlebug" that ran five days a week. It not only carried passengers but the mail, bread, livestock feed, cream cans full of cream and milk, eggs, live chickens, and grain to the silo on the main line.If you look off into the far distance, you can just spot the water tower in the destination town of Shattuck. The actual tracks were still there just 4 years ago, but it hasn't been in use for probably 20-30 years.But it's not hard to picture the old freight train trundling through this scenic and now peaceful spot. Unfortunately the hunt for the cache was unsuccessful, so we will try again another day.