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Visit: Lake Houston Wilderness Park
Mar 11 2013  
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This park recently received the first part of a $6 million facelift, courtesy of the city of Houston. Recent upgrades include the addition of four new cabins, two screened A-frame camping platforms, and five screened shelters. Also, a new entrance has been added that makes the 5,000 acre park more accessible. Cabins should be available for rental beginning in mid-April. Plans also call for creation of an archery ranch and horse rental concession.

This municipal park is the second largest of the 366 parks listed in the city of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, and the only one that offers overnight camping. It is only a half hour away from downtown Houston, off 59 in New Caney. There are currently three geocaches inside the park.

From the 1950s to 1990, the 200 main acres of this park operated as one of the most popular Girl Scout camps in the San Jacinto Council. Girl Scouts of the era will recall it as “Peach Creek Ranch”, a haven for horse enthusiasts. A herd of forty horses lived here, where countless girls learned how to ride from the instruction of horse wranglers (teenage girls who worked with the horses) and adult instructors.

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Featured Cacher For April 2012 - BBQBob2
Apr 01 2012  BBQBob2 of Southeast Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
My friend Tim (Sparky) got me started in December 2007. He called up the GC map and showed me all these things that were hidden all over Houston, and some that I drove by every day. We started hunting at lunchtime and after work and I was hooked by Day 2. My wife Pat still remembers the old pre-caching days when a trip to the store only took an hour and didn’t result in heat stroke, PI and big thorn scratches on my arms.

How did you decide on your caching name?
We moved to Texas in 2003 and that was the first time I tasted true BBQ. My son Bobby and I soon started searching out good places, so bbqbob2 seemed like a good handle. He never caught the caching bug, but we still enjoy a BBQ run to Luling or Lockhart to see my daughter Beth.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
I started with a Garmin blue Legend that Tim lent me, then bought my own and after a few hundred finds switched to a Garmin 60Cx. I’m an old school guy, and the 60Cx has gone from cutting edge to old school in just the few years I’ve had it. Love the accuracy and reliability of the unit, for me it’s one of the best things Garmin has done.