Curry Brook - Up and Down - Down and Up for Geocaches
This is a description of my adventure in the Autumn of 2020 to explore a gorge on the north edge of the Southern Uplands of Kings County, Nova Scotia. A geocacher with the interesting moniker of Junior Woodchuck Huey, had hidden nine caches along the stream, called Curry Brook. In two separate hikes, one from the bottom and one from the top of the stream, I found all of them. The two routes overlapped so I saw the entire section of this interesting area.
The image to the right is an aerial view (Google Earth View) of Curry Brook and tracks of my two hikes. The yellow track is the first (Hike 1) and the red track done a couple days later (Hike 2). There are no trails along the brook and most of the walking was done on the edges and in the stream. Rubber boot are necessary most of the year.
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Although Hike 1 was the longer of the two, it was easier in the sense that the lower part of Curry Brook is wider and less confined and made for easier access and walking along the upper brook, On Hike 2, I had to use rope aides to descend a steep cliff, then the gorge was so narrow, at places, it was impossible to walk on the edge of the stream and required climbing over steep embankments.
HIKE 1 (31 Oct 2020)
My access for Hike 1 was at the end of Pinch Road off of West Brooklyn Road. From this spot I had to bushwack down the gully at the end of the road until I reached Curry Brook. I then walked upstream mostly on the edge of the stream and sometimes on the bank when there was one. Soon there were no banks to walk on and I had to cross the stream many times and walk the edge of the stream. It took me a couple of hours to walk up as far as I went but I was geocaching along the way. When I returned to the car, it only took me 40 minutes to walk out. I had my rubber boots and sturdy staff, to help in my travels. The temperatures were cool, about 5 C during my travels.
HIKE 2 (6 Nov 2020)
Access to Curry Brook for this hike was from West Brooklyn Road. There is a narrow and sometimes difficult trail from the road into the woods up then down to the edge of the gorge. At the edge the trail plummets into the gorge. There are old ropes there that are of some help to not fall. I used my staff and carefully descended not trusting ropes.
The day, I hiked the Brook in November as pleasantly warm, about 16-17 C and I took my time walking from about 11 am to 2 pm. I was alone and, as always, very careful in all my movements. My practice is to have a sturdy staff to lean on while walking anywhere. It is especially helpful crossing or walking in slippery stream beds. It also stabliled me descending the steep slopes into the Curry Brook gorge.