Spanish Treaure
& Horsehead Spillway
November 28, 2003

Since Cliff is too young to actually deer hunt I've had to come up with activities he and I can do together while at camp. This year the plan was to go after some area geocaches. In fact, I had put off going after quite a few caches for that reason.
The first treasure hunt on the list was the site of, well, a hunt for real treasure. Legend has it that early 1700s Spanish explorers buried a pot of gold near Redding on the Mulberry River, and they used a rocky point now named Spy Rock as the lookout point while the treasure was hidden. Over the years many people have looked for the treasure and have gone so far as to dig and/or blast holes in the area.
One such hole is located just downhill from Morgan Mountain Road north of Redding campground. If you know what to look for you can even spot from the road the steel cables placed around the hole to keep someone from falling in.
We've been driving right beside the thing for over 15 years and never knew it was there! But thanks to Arlis Clem, we got to see the hole. He posted directions to the hole on the geocaching web site under his "clemtrekers" member name.
After we set up deer camp Cliff and I drove back down the mountain to check out the hole. Man was it cold! I have no idea what the actual temperature was - it was actually a sunny day. But there was a strong wind coming up from Spy Rock Hollow that just cut right through you. After seeing the hole, Cliff ran back up to the truck to get warm and left me to find clemtrekers' geocache nearby.
After that we drove to Horsehead Lake to find a cache near the spillway. We took Hwy 215 East to drive South down what is now my favorite highway - 103 North of Clarksville. The views of the mountains along this highway are gorgeous.
We parked on the North side of the dam at Horsehead, then walked across the earthen dam to the spillway. We were rewarded with an overwhelmingly beautiful site of this huge cascade that appeared totally natural, though I know it was man-made. We walked downstream a ways and got another reward - a nice cascade with at least a six foot drop in elevation, and this one for sure wasn't man-made.
On our walk back to the truck There was a hard wind coming off the lake and across the dam. Cliff was standing still and letting the wind rock him around. The view of the surrounding mountains in the late afternoon sunlight was awesome.