Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2007-05-13

Musings about Geocaching

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I'm very grateful to Team Adelos for today's adventure

Team Adelos posted a "conversation" with himself in the San Diego Events thread in the Forums, so I emailed him and we set a time to meet to go east, way east, to get the new caches places by the Splashes.

This worked out great for me because I was able to combine the caching trip with getting my car serviced at the nearby Discount Tire shop. After I got my tires rotated a while ago, I could hear a rattling noise that made me think something was wrong. It turned out to just be a wheel weight that came off and was now trapped inside the wheel cover. I had the hardest time getting down the hill to have the tire re-balanced, because when I go into town I have too many other errands and shopping to get done and need my car . . .

So, once my car was checked in, I got into Team Adelos's truck and we headed for I-8 and then out to old Highway 80 where it takes off near the Golden Acorn Casino. We found a T.R. Violin cache near there, and then another one, and then we started finding the new ones, including one near this wonderful old hotel building.

Another cache was hidden at the "Jacumba Sculpture Garden." The actual location of the cache container will forever remain a secret.

A cache that has been in the area for quite a while, and one I have seen in my GSAK database for a long time, is at a "train car graveyard." Boy, would I love to see one of these restored to its former glory.

Another cache was called "Organic Veggies." Out in this desolate place, where the wind blows a lot, high above the very hot desert below, there is a bit of agriculture.

Another new cache highlighted an old bridge, constructed in 1931, on the original highway 80. It is hard to imagine what the traffic would be like today if vehicles and trucks, and RVs had to travel this old road today.

About this point we turned around and on the way back, we stopped at the Subway to get something to eat. Who do we run into there, but the Splashes. They were in the area to fix up the coordinates for one of the new caches, and to replace "Pi's Old House." They had also placed a couple of new caches . . . and they asked us if we wanted to be "Beta Testers." Uh, yeah. You bet. So, I wrote down the coordinates and off we went. One of the new ones was on the same hill where CTYankee9's new cache is that he placed last Tuesday when I was with him. The views were great up on that hill today.

After spending some time up there, watching both the hang gliders, and a turkey vulture, using the uplifting winds, we made the short walk back to the truck and drove home. As usual, I had a great time, and as I said in the title, I am very grateful to Team Adelos for wanting to go all the way out there, and for doing all the driving. If it wasn't for my caching friends, I don't know how much caching I would get to do these days.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Got some education in the Forums today . . .

One of the Forum posters posted a link to a poet, Ted Kooser.

I liked this poem.
Selecting A Reader

First, I would have her be beautiful,
and walking carefully up on my poetry
at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,
her hair still damp at the neck
from washing it. She should be wearing
a raincoat, an old one, dirty
from not having money enough for the cleaners.
She will take out her glasses, and there
in the bookstore, she will thumb
over my poems, then put the book back
up on its shelf. She will say to herself,
"For that kind of money, I can get
my raincoat cleaned." And she will.

-- Ted Kooser

I spent most of the day in the Forums, resting my foot. The heel still hurts, and when I walked around the house, I put on my Stegmann slippers to have the arch support. I didn't make it into town today, but when I do, I'll check on different insoles for my hiking boots. Although I said I was going to stay off my feet for a few days, I went for a long hike yesterday. Even with an added arch support, the heel hurt during the entire hike, and especially when I was walking on sidehills with my right foot on the downhill side.

It doesn't hurt so bad that I cannot hike, but it can't be a good thing when something hurts . . . I don't want to exacerbate it.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Well, so much for resting my sore foot

A fellow cacher was driving all this way to do the Carveacre Windcaves caches, a trail that is replete with wonderful views and intersting rock formations, so how could I resist, especially when I was going to be picked up right at my house.

So, I put another arch support in my hiking boots, on top of the Superfeet insoles already in the boots, and off we went.

After an early-morning adventure to get a FTF on a fisnjack cache, we made it over to the Carveacre Windcaves.

Later on during the day, we saw this guy lounging in the shade of some huge boulders that make up a sort of cave.

At the very end of the day, we could see the vehicle and I thought we could take a shortcut through the area since both sides of a draw had been "brushed." Boy, what a surprise when we got to the bottom of the slope. I looked down from my perch on a large boulder and through the tangle of branches of scrub oak and manzanita, I could barely see the bottom, at least ten or twelve feet down. There was absolutely no way to get across. Too bad. It looked possible . . .

We made our way back up to the trail and I nearly jogged the next .16 of a mile to the last cache of the day. We still had about .3 to walk from there up the road to the car, but we made it back just after 5:00, with enough time to spare for errands that needed to be accomplished later on in the evening.

As soon as I got home, after preparing something to eat, I put an icepack on my heel hoping to keep it from getting more inflamed after the six miles of hiking I did today . . . on a day I promised to give it more rest . . .

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Road test with CTYankee9 in his new Cachemobile

CTYankee9 spent much of his free time last week shopping for the perfect "Cachemobile." He found a great one with low mileage and it was time to test it out on some back-country roads. Since there are lots of caches along the Bear Valley loop, that is where we went.

However, before getting on I-8, I asked him to stop so I could take a picture of the peak on which my newest caches reside.

I don't know if it has a real name, but I am calling it "Valley Pillar Peak" since the Valley Pillar is at its base.

After driving up the Bear Valley road to the locked gate, we headed over to a cache north of I-8 that had great views of the La Posta valley below.

During our long day of driving, and hiking, one of the locations we visited was the site of the famous puzzle cache, "Dream State" by QDman.

On the way out, we found a cache that had been found by a muggle. He signed the log.

Late in the day, as the marine layer began to work its way further inland, I got this hazy picture of Corte Madera.

I really had a good time, but by the end of the day, my right foot was hurting again. When I got home, I looked up "Foot Pain" on Google and from what I saw on the sites I searched, I think I might be developing plantar fasciitis. Ugh! I've met three other people who have had this and, depending on how bad it gets, it takes a long time to heal, and may necessitate getting some special shoes.

I'll try to stay off my feet for the next few days and put some additional arch supports in my hiking boots to see if that helps once I hit the trails again. I sure hope that helps. Now that I have gotten in better shape, I don't want to have to stop hiking for a few weeks . . . or longer, if that is what it takes if it gets worse.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Found a bikedog Terracache on Sunday

3cd's is a great person for me to cache with because, like Princess Toadstool, he always has a destination in mind and a "plan" for the day. Planning is not something I am good at . . .

His goal was to get a bikedog Terracache that was placed fewer than two months before bikedog was killed in a motorcycle accident early in 2006. We got to the parking area for the Elfin Forest Reserve and made the hike up to a Virtual cache, "Mt. Israel" first. It was placed by Tuna in the early days of caching back on 1/20/2001.

The trail was popular with many people on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon. We passed families with young children, older people, a couples with their dogs. It was a nice hike, and we sure covered a lot of ground going back and forth, back and forth on all those switchbacks.

After taking some pictures at the top, we made our way back down to the parking lot and drove a little closer to the access for the bikedog cache. We walked up a wide road to a great viewpoint on a saddle of the ridge. The cache was easy to find and since I wanted to have a mememto of it, I traded a little carabiner for a Picachu for my collection of little characters.

We walked over to the petroglyphs and took several pictures of them, then headed back down the hill to the truck.

Before leaving the area, we found a few nearby caches, including one that was very creative: "Tower of Power." Boy, Cornerstone4, that was a great one!!

Once again it was a great day of caching where we got some exercise and found several caches in different types of locations, hidden in fun containers. I was very appreciative to 3cd's for driving all that distance. As it was, I drove about 40 miles just getting to his house and back. At gas prices of $3.45/gallon, I can hardly afford to drive just to where I get a ride the rest of the way . . .


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