Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: One day to recover and off for two more days of caching

Musings about Geocaching

Thursday, November 03, 2005

One day to recover and off for two more days of caching

Tuesday it was an almost unbelievably warm day, so we headed toward the coast where it would be a bit cooler. But first, on our way, we stopped to find some new caches in the Chollas Lake area. One was a cache I looked for for a long time several months ago. Only after I got home that day did I find out it had gone missing less than a week after being placed. This time it was an easy find, but quite a distance away from its namesake, "The Lonely Field of Dreams."

We had fun taking pictures of the Travel Bugs we had with us, one of which has a goal of traveling to as many different caches as possible.

The Tool Team Traveling Token at R.I.P.

Bendo at the "Lonely Field of Dreams cache"

At the coast, the ocean was flatter than I've ever seen it. There were still surfers on their boards out on the water, but they had long waits between the very small swells. We walked all the way out to the end of the pier again to get the coordinates for the final "OB Offshore Mystery Cache" location.

The view of the pier where the OB Offshore Mystery Cache adventure started.

After checking out that location, which was very close to a cache Duncan! placed, we took off towards one of HaZzMaTt's caches located in a very beautiful spot.

The view from "PaRadiSe FOUND !"

We worked our way out on Point Loma and found the "Resting Soldiers" cache near the military cemetary. My GPSr was acting strange and I wonder if it was because of all the military equipment and radar in the area.

The last cache of the evening was "BayWatch," one we couldn't find a couple of weeks ago . . . because it wasn't there when we were looking for it. It was very treacherous walking on the rip rap rocks after dark. P.T. finally went back to the car and got her flashlight and she found the very well-cammoed cache under the bushes.

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Wednesday morning we met down near the steel bridge in Rancho San Diego. There are many caches in the area near the Sweetwater River, but we were initially only going to do the "Beyond the Bridge" Multi-cache. However, when P.T. remembered all the Puzzle Caches nearby, we walked back to the car to get the information necessary to look for those.

We found the first waypoint, then we found another cache, "Cross Over the Bridge! Too." Then we found the second waypoint and headed up the hill to "Searching for a Princess," the cache where FlagMan broke his PDA. From there we headed to first one, then a second, then a third puzzle cache location.

At the last cache, "What Time is It," we found the big ammo can almost completely empty. Some people found it the day before and they took the swag, leaving either nothing behind, or worthless items.

By the time the adventure was over, we had walked for almost four hours, had covered probably five miles, and had found five caches. However, we only found two of the five waypoints for our original "project." LOL!

I had to run some errands, so once we made it back to the car, we changed out of our hiking boots, put on our trusty Chaco sandals, and took off for Target, the Water Store, and the Recycling Center. With that break, the rest of the afternoon felt like a different day.

A very easy, drive-by micro by FATTBOY was a welcome cache. An interesting, short Multi by Wiz Creations was fun, but a search for another "Eye Hide . . ." cache was disappointing. I didn't find the cache, but the location, and the coordinates left a lot to be desired. I have no need to return to that location to clear up the DNF . . . I'm afraid I left a somewhat mean log for that one . . .

Since daylight savings time ended last weekend, it gets dark very early now. I was home hours earlier that I used to get home a couple of months ago. I actually got all the caches logged before 9:00, something that used to take me untill nearly midnight.

After logging my finds, I was only seven away from 900 . . . a number I didn't think I would achieve in less than three years when I got started back in January.


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