Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2006-05-14

Musings about Geocaching

Friday, May 19, 2006

Just what I needed . . . another thing to keep me at the computer

NOT . . . TrailGators emailed me a link to a very cool album of photographs on WebShots.

He suggested I put some of my pictures on WebShots as well . . .

So . . . I've started a Geocaching album.

Here is the link to the Slide Show.

Actually, having something else to keep me busy at the computer is not a bad thing. With gas prices the way they are here, I don't think I'll be getting out more than one, or possibly two, days per week.

This project will help me edit and weed out all the marginal pictures I have taken over the past 16 months so I won't have to buy a new hard drive quite so soon . . .

Monday, May 15, 2006

A new Keen People map of my finds after the Road Trip

Using the .gpx maptool at the Keen People site, I created this new map:

It looks like it would have been so easy to get a cache in New Mexico . . . but it just didn't work out that way.

My first Arizona cache was "Dateland," which I found with $kimmer and The Vulture and the Splashes.

My first Colorado cache was "Nature's Preserve."

My first Utah cache was "Recapture Overlook" after a disappointing search for another cache, "Old Highway 191: Dead Man's Curve," which would have been my first Utah cache . . . if I could have found it . . .

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A heretical entry

Okay, I just found out that a local, very prolific hider of Geocaches, T. R. Violin, has also been placing some of those "other" caches very close to my house . . .

Which means they are in places I might actually hike to . . .

So . . . now, I have another site I have to check before setting out to climb any of the nearby peaks, as a fellow cacher just did.

He was FTF on a Geocache that is on the same peak as one of those other caches. If he had only known about it, he could have gotten two FTFs . . .

A wonderful Event Friday and a great hike yesterday

Since the "MTRP War" has been raging for several weeks, it was time for an "Armistice Barbeque." Chuy! and Jahoadi & John, and GD Ginger were the organizers of a very successful event Friday afternoon and evening. It was attended by more than 100 people who enjoyed Chuy!'s carne asada and FlagMan's chille relleno casserole, among many other delicious offerings.

It was great to see friends and hiking companions I hadn't seen since the last event, or since our last hike. I also got to meet Mrs. Duncan! and that was a wonderful conversation.

Around 8:00 p.m., under a nearly-full moon, about 40 people headed out on a night hike. Since I had walked 12 miles through the park a few weeks ago, I wasn't ready to make that hike again, especially after dark, and I was sure glad the hike was not required to get the "Attended-smilie."

Shortly after the group departed, I walked back to my car and then made the 40-minute drive home, thinking about the SDCET hike the next day in the Blue Sky Preserve in Poway.

After I got home, and after I figured out how far it was up there using my Mapsource maps, I decided I couldn't justify driving that far, even though I had hardly driven my car since I arrived home ten days earlier on May 2.

However, when I woke up very early Saturday morning and realized this was an opportunity that wouldn't arise again, I got my hiking snacks ready, filled a couple of water bottles, and took off, arriving at the parking area about ten minutes early.

Soon Let's Look Over Thayer and TrailGators and his neighbor arrived. As we were visiting, duganrm pulled in, "fresh" from the night hike, having gotten home after 3:00 in the morning.

It was slightly overcast when we started down the oak-shaded trail. The first cache we stopped at was "Keren's Blue Sky Micro," one I had found several months ago with P.T. It had gone missing, so Let's Look Over Thayer replaced the container in the original hiding spot.

By the time we headed for the first waypoint of Shandon's Multi-cache, Two Dams View - Blue Sky," the sun had come out and the day was warming up quickly. I was glad it wasn't any warmer than the high 70's as we ascended the trail up towards the dam because along that part of the trail, there is no shade at all.

We found the final waypoint, and then the final cache where I placed one of the T.B.s I brought back from Colorado with me. After that, we continued on up to the dam.

We rested there for a while, enjoying the cool breeze that was coming up the valley. Finally, we pushed on to another cache situated in a rock pile at the top of a steep section of trail that was slippery with tiny stones that made each footstep treacherous.

We found two more caches, including a puzzle cache I never would have figured out, before finally heading back to the cars.

When we got back to the parking area, my GPSr Trip Computer said we had traveled more than seven miles. My feet told me we had covered that distance also. I love my Asolo boots, but after about four hours on the trail, my feet start hurting just as bad as they did in my also-comfortable-for-only-four-hours Lowa boots.

After TrailGators and LLOT took off, and after I changed from my hiking boots to my Chaco sandals, duganrm and I continued caching around the Poway area.

We had a great time doing LLOT's "All Aboard II."

The final cache was located in an area of open space right in the center of Poway.

After walking to that cache and a Team Gecko cache called "Giant Geckos - The Lost World," we headed over towards Scripps Ranch to find some puzzle caches duganrm had solved. Once again I was able to sign the logbook for caches I never would have figured out.

FlagMan had a fun one called "Three Sisters - Scripps."

Nearby there was a Traditional cache called "Opus 4: Frog Fugue." It was a small container that some critter seems to like because it has been found open and strewn around on the ground a couple of times, and we could see the container had been chewed on.

It was a great day, I found 14 caches, and really appreciated duganrm's encouragement to get out and get caching again.


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