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Musings about Geocaching

Sunday, April 24, 2005

The one day I cache with someone else, I get hurt

Because I thought his children would enjoy Geocaching, I went out with a friend today. We went up Sloan canyon since there is a nice series of different caches.

We went to the Sloan Canyon cache first and his son is a natural. He looked just a little harder in an area his father already glanced at, but the boy saw the cache.

From there we went to Al's Cache. This time it was dad who saw the cache, or the critter . . . From there we went on to Woody's Way where we ran into FlagMan and Duscwe! That was great! They are really nice guys and were so friendly, I thought they knew my friend from somewhere else. They introduced themselves and were talking while I was giving directions to a guy who had driven up and asked about hiking trails.

From there we went on down to "Who Knew Blue" revisited. We used the "Finder's Tree" method here. Angel saw the cache first, then I saw it, so the two of us moved away and watched the two guys continue looking. The ammo can had some good stuff in it so we all traded for something. I got a "two pence" coin. Finally, we headed up the steep little trail and down the road to Chuy's new nano cache at the end of the road. That was the teeniest, tiniest little cache I've ever seen!

On our way out, I thought I spotted a place where I could put a cache and so we stopped and walked around for a while and finally placed my small Tupperware container betwen some larger rocks and covered it with some smaller ones from the nearby stream bed.

My friend and his kids walked back to the car as I was checking the cammo job on the hide. I took a step sideways and my knee gave out. It folded up to the inside just as easily as if it was supposed to bend that way.

I fell, my camera hit a nearby rock, and I ended up in a crumple in the dirt. I seriously didn't know if I could get up.

It didn't hurt excruciatingly as I expected it to. Slowly I moved the leg out from beneath me. With great care I stood back up and then hobbled very, very slowly back to the car.

Right now I have a pair of crutches, much-needed, standing up in the corner of my room. On my knee I have an ACE knee brace, along with an ice pack. I'll be keeping the ice on my knee for the next day or so to take down the swelling. The healing is likely to take a long time.

I won't be climbing any mountains for quite a while and won't trust my knee to hold me up for a long time after it betrayed me today.


  • Take care of that knee, I had a similar injury nearly two years ago and it still pains me. I snapped my medial ligaments, and badly bruised the cruciate by getting my foot caught in a footstrap falling off a mountainboard.

    At first I thought I'd broke my leg, it went with such a crack. Like yours, it folded up sideways, although when I tried to stand it just collapsed again underneath me.

    Make sure you do all your physio tells you to get it right, it'll make all the difference. Unfortunately, I didn't take it as being as serious as it was, and did too much, too soon, which I think is why it's how it os now, unstable, and painful.

    Just found your blog in a link on Geocaching forums. I've just found this remarkable hobby.

    Take care.


    By Blogger HD462, at 2:26 AM  

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