Whoo Hoo! A FTF and two new caches are placed
It was a good thing I didn't put the cache into Mapsource before I headed out the door because when I got to the parking area and clicked on "Next Nearest" in the GPSr, it was more than a mile to the cache . . .
It was a beautiful morning, warm, and crystal clear. After walking down the paved road, I missed the trail and wandered around in a little picnic area before backtracking a bit and finding the trail that proceeds under a beautiful oak grove.
Beyond the shady oaks, the trail hugs the side of the canyon as it descends slowly to the area where the Valley Pillar stands.
The last bit of bushwhacking was good training for the elusive "Snail Rock" a cache I would like to look for someday.
Once I got to the pillar, I found the hiding spot. I could even see the container, but the rock in front of it wouldn't move.
For a bit, I thought I was going to DNF the cache because I wouldn't be able to sign the log. However, I was determined and finally got the rock out of the way, smashing my finger in the process. I left a little blood on the log book as I signed the log.
Bushwhacking back out in a different direction reminded me of doing "SCC Cache #16."
It was a real adventure to a great cache location involving a wonderful hike on a beautiful Southern California November day!
On the way back, I placed a cache in the shady oak grove where there were some rocks to sit on and rest before hiking the last bit up the paved road back to the car.
Before I got all the way back I saw another potential hiding spot in a little outcropping of rocks. I place a small tin container in a perfect hiding spot just a few hundred feet from the parking.
The hider of "Valley Pillar via Quail Oasis" is SMOKEY, a new cacher whose name we saw in some logbooks last week when we were hiking on Fortuna Mountain in the MTRP.
I'm looking forward to more caches by someone who obviously likes hides at the end of long hikes as I do.