Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2005-05-22

Musings about Geocaching

Saturday, May 28, 2005

And a great time was had by all on my first night cache

What a great adventure! George and I arrived on the scene first and soon there were headlights approaching from the south and from the north. Duscwe! and Devhead and Chuy and Flagman and his son and a friend were soon gathered at the trailhead. After introductions all around and some friendly conversation, we were soon ready with all our packs and swag bags and flashlights and headlamps, so off we went into the darkness. The first exciting thing to see was the upside-down minivan in which Duscwe! had placed a cache, but never activated. It seems to have been "muggled" even before it was a real cache.

As we followed the road, in places it became quite treacherous for walking in the dark. The reflectors lit our path as we navigated through the overgrown brush in places. Finally, a red reflector announced the stopping place and there was the cache. We gathered around and told caching stories and compared notes on other caches while the log was passed around for all of us to sign.

Finally, after getting a few more tips about how to solve puzzle caches, all of us headed back down the sometimes-steep descent arriving back at the vehicles without incident or injury.

A great time was had by all. Afterwards I headed home while Chuy and Duscwe! and Devhead headed off in the direction of more caches that just needed to be found.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Tonight I embark on my first night cache hunt

Several other cachers are meeting up tonight to experience
The Proctor Valley Monster Project.

This is a cache I have had on my nearest cache list for the past four months, but I wasn't going to do this cache by myself.

The cache description has this disclaimer:
This cache was designed to be done at night. You will need a good flashlight. You should also have a friend (with a flashlight too). Please don't do this cache alone. Monster or no Monster, it is in a pretty secluded area, and there is safety in numbers.

So, I'm packing my headlamp and my flashlight along with all my other Geocaching gear and looking forward to a little Geocaching socializing, as well as a fun, and maybe even scary, adventure.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Two more DNFs after a day of caching

The first one was a micro at the end of a four-stage multi. This was a well-done multi that gave a good tour of the main section of buildings at Balboa Park, and since it was a beautiful day, it was fun, but even that doesn't quite equal the ability to sign a log and later get another smilie on the web site.

I took a picture of this flower while pretending photography was my true interest in the area of the final stage.

The last DNF was for a cache in a section of Morley field. I didn't know for certain where the cache was located because it is one of Duscwe!'s 'Unknown/Puzzle" caches, but I used my camera as the invisibility factor as I looked and looked and looked at the Melaleuca "paperbark" trees in the picnic area of the park.

Amazing delicate soft flaky bark

The snails call the flaky bark home

The trees were truly fascinating, so I wasn't terribly disappointed when I couldn't find the cache. After half an hour, I stopped the search because I could feel a bit of frustration-stress developing.

When I got home and went to that cache page, I saw that others in recent days had not been able to find the cache and Duscwe! has temporarily archived it. I logged my DNF anyway and will post some pictures of the unique trees.


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