Orienteering race (score) 5:30:00  ***
Score O at Pinckney state park
went ccw and saved 1 for last. I think attackpoints were easier in this direction.
OK to 12, but immediately noticed how thick the woods were. opted out to trail and around on road/trail to 11, back to trail to 5 with a misread on the clue (no loss of time really). back to trail and between swamps, but things started to get sketchy. I really paid attention to my compass in here (baseplate - not my usual wrist type) and hit the shore very close to where we should be, but did not align said compass up with the shoreline well. Jeff saw what appeared to be a reflecting white light which we interpreted as the control. More compass work and it just doesn't look right. points west when it should be northwest. oh well, it may be on the wrong island so we go waste deep in the bogs towards the light and it disappears. OK, something is wrond and I call the boys off the search and realign the compass on the shore and walk north until there is a distinct change in the direction. well what should appear before my eyes, but a quaint little ole timber bridge that is mostly submerged with handrails that would not catch your fall. we hustle out to the second island and punch the flag and continue along the course avoiding the woods whenever we can.
2, 3 (aka 30), 6 go fine, some more wet feet, but not much we can do about they eh? I thought about 7 for awhile and wanted to find a clean/easy to execute route in, but also did not want to run twice the distance on trail to get there. I chose to use the yellow fields, but they were so overgrown they were worse than the woods. compass comes in handy again and we nail the bag. on trail again to 8, 10 and 9. bad attack on 9, but it was one of the few areas along the trail that was not a wall of green. circled around north and west parts of the depression, but could not see the flag (it was now daylight and we did not have the advantage of the reflector) so we attempted to bail to the power line and attack again, but that was too thick. decided to paralled the PL and bam, we hit the flag. so thick in here!