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Musings about Geocaching

Monday, July 17, 2006

Beating the heat by heading closer to the coast

Saturday morning I drove down to La Mesa to meet duganrm. I left my car at the Trader Joe's parking lot and put my cooler and pack in his new-to-him Mercury Mountaineer. I appreciated his generosity to meet me there and do the rest of the driving as we went to Old Town, Balboa Park, and finally Coronado.

In San Diego, we met Team Adelos and his two kids. They also piled into the Mountaineer and we took off towards Old Town to find a clever Multi/Puzzle cache. The waypoints take you around the town to interesting buildings and the Seeley Stables museum. As we found the locations for that cache, which was created to honor the creativity of the DAK Girls and their caches, we also found the waypoints for two other Multi-caches, one by Pathfinder & Snoopy and another by Duncan!

One of the waypoints for the Duncan! cache was at the old cemetery.

Amazingly, when they put in the road, and the sidewalk, they paved right over many gravesites. Instead of relocating the remains, they marked the location with a brass medallion.

There is a Waymark category for "Out of Place Graves," so I created a Waymark called "Beneath the road?."

After finding all the waypoints we needed, we headed to the final cache location for the Multi/Puzzle. At that vantage point high on a hill above Old Town, we found ourselves close two other cache containers near the beautiful Victorian Homes on Privet drive. That happened since, until recently, wasn't keeping track of all the waypoint coordinates. That is how I ended up having a Traditional cache only 37 feet away from a Puzzle cache . . .

So, during our walk to the Finals for the Multi/Puzzle, and the final cache for the Pathfinder & Snoopy cache, it turned out to be a "three-fer" for Team Adelos.

I took a few pictures of the beautiful homes as we walked back down the hill. This old home was saved from the wrecking ball thirty years ago and moved to this location where it has a new life as a Bed and Breakfast.

Back in the 70's, a friend of mine tried to save a wonderful old home like this that had been built in 1876. However, the organization in charge of the Restoration Park wouldn't accept his home . . . until after he had stripped it of all the woodwork and Victorian artifacts in the days prior to the wrecking ball's arrival . . .

After finding those caches, and another small one of Duncan!s, we headed off to Balboa Park to do the PodCache. Both duganrm and Team Adelos had the means to listen to the 20 meg MP3 file. With my terribly-slow 24K dialup connection, I couldn't have downloaded that huge file without leaving my computer on all night long and downloading it then . . .

While we walked around listening to the directions given in the PodCast, I got some information for another Waymark, the The Reuben H. Fleet Space Center and we found a few other caches as well, including a couple more cute containers that are Cookie and Bruiser's trademark.

We also saw this benchmark . . . however I haven't been able to figure out how to log it yet.

Whoops . . . I wish I had realized how dirty the screen was on my GPSr before I took that picture . . .

The PodCache took us past the Botanical Gardens pool.

We also walked past this impressive statue.

And then we had to get some numbers from this whimsical guy.

The amazing detail of this sculpture, which was the creation of the same artist who did the amazing childrens playground in Kit Carson Park in Escondido, can be seen in this closeup of the eye detail.

When we finally found the obviously-correct hiding spot for the cache, we couldn't find the container. Although we normally wouldn't have done this, we signed a spare log duganrm had and put that in a "container" and hid that.

As we walked around the Park, we tried to stay in the shade as much as possible, because it was so unusually hot for San Diego at this time of the year. There wasn't much shade at the hidden cactus garden where Team Adelos had the task of locating a well-hidden Pathfinder & Snoopy cache.

After he made the find there, we had one more Cookie and Bruiser cache to find before making our way back to the car, which was parked in the Zoo parking lot. Before we left the area, we found two more caches I had already found, and then duganrm drove to a Virtual cache I tried to find more than a year ago. After taking a very roundabout way to get to the freeway, via a Puzzle cache, we drove over the Coronado bridge to the exclusive community of Coronado to find a new cache placed by Neptune's Daughter and some puzzle caches by Karen_in_Coronado.

When we got to the park where that Traditional cache is located, there was no place to park. The place was jammed with cars and people. It seemed that everyone else in San Diego decided to head for the island to beat the heat. We got out of that area as quickly as we could and found some caches in the quieter areas away from the water. One was near three schools, another was in a tiny "pocket park" in a nice residential area, and a couple more were along a quiet section of the main street.

One cache we found was one that was missing the night I was caching with GoBolts!, duganrm, and DocDiTTo when he was in town visiting from back east. It was another in Yeshua's Girls' "Tranquility" series at this beautiful fountain:

Late in the day, we tried to go to another cache near the Ferry landing, but there were still way too many muggles to attempt the cache, so we drove back over the beautiful, high arch of the Coronado bridge just when fireworks were bursting in the sky above Sea World.

After dropping Team Adelos at his car, duganrm and I visited the "Mystery Train" cache which was at this amazingly-painted building:

A building to the west of this looked like an Andrew Wyeth painting in the odd, one-dimension light reflecting off its weathered surface.

Even during the daytime, the building looks odd . . .

It was a great day and I am so thankful to have other cachers like Team Adelos, TrailGators, duganrm, and others to go caching with. It is so much more fun with others, and some of the caches are a lot easier to retrieve when the group can pretend to be doing something else. I took pictures of Team Adelos and his kids, when he was actually retrieving a container hidden behind a statue.

It is going to be another very hot week here, so I doubt if I'll get out to do any caching until the group heads for the cooler coast again this weekend.


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