Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2006-03-05

Musings about Geocaching

Friday, March 10, 2006

A new Keen People map, this time of my hides

Out caching on my own, in between running errands

A new cache, "Let's Go Parachuting," popped up somewhat near where I lived, but I didn't get out to get it that first day. However yesterday I needed to run some errands, so as long as I was driving down the hill, I decided to find a few caches, and place a new one, near that neat above-ground cistern Nancy and I found last week when we hiked/scrambled/crawled to "UP UP AND AWAY."

It was cool and breezy and very overcast, so when I went to "Viejas Trailhead" and "A View from the ATT," where the views on a clear day would be astounding, I didn't take any pictures. I did take a picture of the cistern which came out really well, I thought, considering all the clouds.

I also took a picture of the GPSr at GZ for the cache.

I actually placed the cache right near the cistern, but when I saw what the coordinates were, I decided to walk to those coordinates to see what I found. Since I could put my small container there, I walked back down, got the cache, and walked back up to place it.

When I got home, my power went out, coincidentally just as I was replacing a light bulb. After I figured out I didn't trip a breaker in my house, and saw that the power was out for everyone in my neighborhood, I was told the power wouild be out for a few hours. Without power, it was dark, and cold, in my house, so took the laptop in my room, got under the covers in bed to stay warm, and came up with a little story.

When the power finally came back on and I got online, I emailed TrailGators. He said the "puzzle" was too easy, so I changed it a little bit.

So far today, I've had a few emails. The 3CDs was FTS -- First to Solve. A couple of other people are still working on it.

Since I cannot figure out puzzle caches myself, this has been my introduction to a whole different aspect of caching. I like it!

I don't know if I'll ever find another location that lends itself to the creation of a puzzle as this one did, but I hope so. It is a part of the game I haven't appreciated until now.

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UPDATE at 3:45 p.m. The 3CDs was FTF on the cache. I met him at Nancy's going-away party last Saturday and mentioned the cistern and our adventure finding "UP UP AND AWAY." He was FTS (First to Solve) today, although Gobolts! was the first to email me. I also got emails from ChuckB.

He didn't have to drive very far -- the cache is only five minutes away from his house, but the weather was so nasty, it was keeping him, and probably anyone else, from venturing out. The weather finally cleared up just long enough for him to get out of the house and find the well-hidden container.

Congratulations, Chuck!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Princess Toadstool heads out for new adventures

Last April when I went to the "Paperless Event," I met a woman who was even more enthusiastic about Geocaching than I was. When I emailed a friend about that fact, she emailed back,
"This is possible?!"

Shortly after that, P.T. and I met in Balboa Park to find a couple of Multis there. Her energy and enthusiasm -- and tenacity, when looking for a well-hidden cache -- was infectious.

A week or so later, my friend Rita and I met her to find some Sandy Creek Cowboy caches located in the East County. This picture was taken at SCC #8.

We had lots fun that day, laughing at the ingenious creativity of the Sandy Creek Cowboys: SD Rowdies and Carpenter from Hell.

From that week on, P.T. and I got together two days a week on her days off to cache far and wide in San Diego County, out to the desert in Imperial County, and even north in Orange County.

I will be eternally grateful to Princess Toadstool, aka Nancy Moore, for her kindness and generosity. I never would have found even half the caches I have found as of this date -- 1,307 -- if not for her.

I will be bookmarking her Profile page in my browser so I can follow along as she travels around in her motorhome enjoying the happy retirement she deserves.

One last day of caching with P.T. and a musical

P.T. met me at our usual spot in El Cajon and we headed out for one last day of Geocaching together. The first cache we looked for was a Barbados Sam cache called "Wacky Weed." It had great cammo that just barely set it apart from the dense patch of rosemary it was placed in.

From there, we went up to Radiosounder, which had a message on an FM channel once you got in the neighborhood where the cacher lives. We found a couple more caches then before going to "Points Up" which got us very near the odd-looking, "camouflaged" water tower near Grossmont College.

As we were driving down the freeway on our way to "Hidden Canyon Hideaway," P.T.'s phone rang. It was Gobolts! He had two extra tickets for a musical, The Times They Are A-Changin', playing at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park.

"Would we like to go?," he asked. P.T. said "Yes," and we continued on our way, determined to find that difficult and elusive Multi cache before the appointed time to meet Gobolts! and his wife, Tigger's Mango.

The show was absolutely incredible. I hadn't been to a live theater performance in a long time and was very grateful for Gobolts! generosity.

After the show, we visited for a while until the low clouds rolled in, cooling the air. I was glad I had brought my fleece vest and my jacket with me. We finally said our goodbyes and headed back to the car parked on the other side of the San Diego Zoo Entrance.

There was one more cache, "Spamalicious," P.T. wanted to find before taking me back to my car. We found it at dusk and then saw there was one more cache on our way back to El Cajon.

My last cache found with P.T., until she returns sometime in the fall, was "Belly Timber II," another well-cammoed Barbados Sam creation.


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