Tueday we took off to finish "Beyond the Bridge," a cache we got sidetracked on last week when we looked for some other caches in that area on the same walk.
Finding the last two waypoints, and the cache, was easy, compared to what we went through the previous week hiking way in on that trail and crossing the river during our quest to the puzzle caches. "Beyond the Bridge" was very well-executed, as all of Pathfinder and Snoopy's caches are.
From there we drove to the Registrar of Voters so I could drop off my Absentee Ballot. Since we were close, P.T. decided to do a maintenance visit to a cache she adopted from TucsonThompsen that is in the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP). It was a long walk, .7 of a mile, to the first cache on that trail. The next caches were relatively close, but by the time we were ready to turn around, I think we walked more almost two miles and we made it to the top of North Fortuna mountain.
Too bad it was so overcast, but you could see the tall buildings of San Diego in the distance. Some days, even when the sky is blue, the haze prevents that.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Wednesday morning I woke up too early and was really tired. Since the weather looked "iffy," I was very prepared to stay home and recuperate. However, after my morning coffee's caffeine kicked in, I decided to meet P.T. and go on the Iron Mountain hike we had planned for the day.
She thought we would only do three caches and cover about two miles total distance. Instead, after finding "Brownies on the Move," we decided to check out the trail. We walked up, then up some more, and the rhythm of motion kept us going all the way up to "Table Rock with a View."
We had a hard time finding that one because the hint didn't match the cache's location. Since some muggles found the cache a while ago, I wonder if it was put in a different place from the cache owner's hiding spot.
It was only .3 to the next cache, "Out in the Open," and it didn't look like a rough trail, so we took off towards it. I had brought a cache with me and in one particularly cool spot, near some huge boulders, with a great view of the ocean and San Diego and Pt. Loma in the distance, I placed it. Too bad it wasn't a beautiful, sunny clear day.
We took several readings to make sure of their accuracy and I took a spoiler picture because the cache is very well-hidden.
T.R. Violin's "Out in the Open" is just that. An Altoid's tin sitting on a little rock ledge. We thought about covering it up until we reflected on the cache name . . .
We had fun "bushwhacking" back to the trail, following a wash and then doing some boulder hopping. It didn't look very far to the trail across the little canyon, but the distance was deceiving. Perhaps because it was overcast and there were no shadows for clues.
After finally getting back to the car, I was ready for some easy, drive-by caches and we did a couple of those before doing an interesting multi cache that showed us "2 Picos" and "93 Buzones." That was a fun cache . . . and the final location allowed us to get a "two-fer." I don't know how the second cache at that location got approved because it is only about 75 feet away from the final stage of the Multi.
The last cache of the day was a DNF. We found the feature we were supposed to find, but didn't find the log we needed to sign to make our find "official."