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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HHH's Lunchtime GotD: Holly - It's Not For Everyone

I remember as a kid growing up in Michigan around Christmas time and drawing tons of pictures with bright green holly leaves then throw in those beautiful red berries. Such a wonderful holiday plant. How can anybody not like holly bushes?

Cough - Well I'm one for starts.

Oh sure holly bushes and trees are still amazing to look at and in North Carolina they grow everywhere including in the wild. To look at is one thing but to go diving in for a bison tube is totally another matter. Those little points that we learned to draw so well for the holidays are in reality extremely sharp needles. The leaves themselves are rigid so sticking your bare hands into one of these monsters can be very painful. Many geocachers think it is quite the fun place to hide geocaches and holly hides are common. I personally do not like looking in these bringers of grief and avoid them when I can. Yet today's Geocache of the Day had me looking in such a beast. Fortunately for me the plant was cut in such a way that the bison tube was in a spot where you did not have to probe far.

So my advice to you is to always include a pair of work gloves in your geocaching pack. You never know when you are going to need them for these prickly placements.

On to the drive-thru and lunch.
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1 comment:

Coxydude said...

I discovered the Horrors of Holly today!
The cache I was after was in the base of a tree which was at the top of a 4.5 terrain slope, and the surrounding trees had Holly bushes all around them.
To top it all off it's been raining quite a lot so the slope was steep and slippery with the mud.
Great fun!