NEOC local at Harold Parker. Near 50F tho minimal sun. Lots of cars on road, full parking lot - not something I usually see at a local meet. I'd give my effort a B/B-. Sufficient energy, misdirected initially.
Took the very first possible wrong turn on the way to #1 - but only 15" loss ...but dumb. Then got on the path across the road - from the sharp bend there was an unmapped path proceeding in the direction I was going. Took it for awhile & then into reentrant. Then up the contours - according to map, a rock face was supposed to be staring me in the face. Saw no such RF, circled, wondered, came back & went maybe 5m more in original direction. Then I saw a cp about 10' below at the foot of a RF - it appeared to be in a depression or something left over from old digging. Didn't match the way mapped at the brief glance it got but it was the correct flag. To #2, somehow got on path segment I had come up from the road. Had intended to go back to that path, take a right & proceed. Found myself on the road 100m north of where I expected to be. Did figure it out readily enough but, but... Too much of a hurry! Then took path looking for wall - did not see it so went in woods, figuring to hit the stream. Then saw wall to L, went to it, followed to marsh corner. Wall now gone & large linear unmapped 'pond' on my right. Came to another wall running SW. Had to be the one I figured it was or I was cooked. Had to walk thru 1' of water, into thick green trees but land rose & a cp appeared...mine...phew! Sloppy beginning. Rest were ok enough til 10. 8 to 9 was just a road run except, turns out, 300m or so was crappy, poor vis woods. Ditto for 10, missed it but recovered w/o too much injury. No idea how comparative. E punch & start when ready. Beth's map literally fresh off printer! Green could have been more challenging with shorter legs minimizing trail use. Nice meet by NEOC.
Map & route
Beth came along, did orange. Was getting late so I drove off toward the path that would take me to her last cp - a whistle from me produced a desired result, nearby presence. She'd found them all, was pleased with a nice pm in the woods. I drove her back the last leg...perhaps the fastest on orange? Unfair? oh, my...
Looked at prior maps...besides the '84 meet, was here 5/6/90 for a local, 10/14/95 for 1st day of an A meet (NE Long Champs) and 12/3/00 for NEOC club champs...the old and the new. Drove away slowly looking at map changes, mostly houses. Indeed a 'land grab' environment. Drove up a Windkist Farm Road lined with MacMansions. Had walked up this lane on a lovely May day in 1984 while fieldchecking. Passed thru orchards and fields to a tasteful home at the top & a large barn. They were still there but of course the field/orchard had become weed choked with our "fruitfulness". The old now served as an equestrian center.
Windkist Farm Road climbs the largely yellow hill on the west edge with the large building on top.
HPSF parking...our turn?