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Monday, December 31, 2007

Whooooo Hoo, dillweed passes 1000

The last day of the year was an auspicious one for dillweed -- she was to find her 1000th cache. I joined her, rnblver, and fisnjack at the Descanso Park 'n Ride. I hoped we could get a FTF on a new cache up in Cuyamaca State Park, but we got delayed at the Park sign by a Park Ranger. I didn't understand why we would be asked what we were doing, parked on the side of the road as we were there, when we weren't even in the Park yet, but the Ranger turned out to be nice, and we were able to tell her that Cuyamaca State Park has a new Geocaching Policy that allows caches, as long as they have a permit, unlike the new policy in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

So, after that delay, we turned around and headed for SCC #3, the one that requires "Specialized Equipment," a 15' ladder. While rnblver and dillweed figured out where they needed to put the ladder, fisnjack and I shared our own stories of our experiences at this cache.

Here dillweed is searching for the hiding place.

The old bottling plant offers many opportunities for creative photography, if you can take a picture without including some of the obscene or suggestive graffiti.

From there, we drove down Old Highway 80, stopping for a couple of caches rnblver hadn't found. Then, we stopped at the wonderful little La Posta Cafe for a couple of "To Go" cups of coffee.

At one of the first caches along the La Posta Road, rnblver and dillweed pass the pen.

After that, we took a break. Since the wind was blowing, and it was chilly, that area was perfect for our short rest where we had some sparkling cider, and some wonderful chocolates rnblver brought. We celebrated the "Anonymous Geocacher's" 1000 find, and welcomed the New Year.

That cool weather was perfect for the Sandy Creek Cowboy caches where, for nearly six months of the year, it is way too hot to hike around in the chapparal.

To get to this cache, with a cleverly-hidden container, we did have to hike up a steep hill, on which we had to be careful to avoid the cholla cactus.

At another cache, the log was again cleverly-hidden.

The last cache we found was SCC #12. This was the first time, in my three or four visits to this cache, that I have done it correctly. Somehow when Princess Toadstool and I were here the first time, we found the final without doing the cache the way it was intended. This time, I didn't give it away. At the final, fisnjack and Teddie were enjoying some of the swag . . .

On our way back, we stopped at the La Posta Cafe again where rnblver treated us to lunch. Thanks, Bob!.

We had a great time and it was wonderful to again spend the last day of the year with my Geocaching friends. A year ago, I spent the last day of the year doing the caches in the Valley of the Moon with a whole different set of Geocaching friends. Before I discovered this wonderful activity, the last day of the year was frequently forgettable and the same as every other day. I am very grateful for this "GPS Game" we play and thankful for the generous friends I have gained since I started Geocaching.

Happy New Year, everyone!!


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