Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2007-05-20

Musings about Geocaching

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Wow! Wow! Wow! That sums up yesterday's adventure

CTYankee9 posted in the San Diego Event Forums the idea of going to Corte Madera on Memorial Day. Then he posted great images from Google Earth that showed the views we would see on the day.

Several others responded they were interested, even though the starting time was 6:30 a.m. . . .

CTYankee9 and his wife picked me up at my house. They got to my place early, but I was not ready then. It took me a few more minutes to gather up my food for the day, and my gear and pile it into the new "Geo-mobile," and then we were on the road. The views were great along the drive to the meeting place because the low clouds and fog were below us, creating a white blanket in the valleys below the hills and peaks.

We arrived at the meeting place, and were not the first to arrive, nor were we the last. So, once Team Adelos and fisnjack got there, we took off up the road to the first cache, "Four Corners in the Cleveland Natl Forest." We found that cache quickly, and relocted it just slightly to hide it a bit better.

From there, we headed towards the Corte Madera trailhead, a trail that used to be a "road," as evidenced by the up-side-down frame of a vehicle that met its demise on the steep hill many years ago.

Closer to the top, the trail leveled off somewhat and the views were fantastic in all directions.

We found the first waypoint for Chuy!'s new Multi-cache and then made the short walk to the final location. Wow. Was it beautiful there. The rest of the group turned around and started back. I just stood there and tried to take in the view, and the silence. If I had been by myself, I would have stayed there for quite a while, marveling at the vista.

Once on the top, the trail leveled off somewhat as we walked through very dense thickets of short Manzanita bushes. There were also hugely-tall trees that helped frame the awesome views.

We found the Geocache near the top, and as we got back on the trail, I took a misstep and started to fall over — in slow motion — but I couldn't catch myself because my wrist was caught in the walking stick loop. I fell right on my elbow, scraping it a bit. I was surprised it didn't hurt more than it did because of how hard I hit. John was a sweetheart and he helped me get a couple of bandaids over the scrape before we continued down the trail.

From the Geocache we found near the top, fisnjack and I went over to find the Terracache. Leave it to T.R. Violin to find an absolutely-fantastic location for the cache. It was near a large flat expanse of slickrock that afforded views to the south and southwest.

We left the top and headed back down the trail, which meant we had to go uphill for quite a distance. I didn't remember that downhill stretch on our way to the cache, but I was having a bit of trouble on this uphill stretch now . . .

Once we got back to the vehicles, I got into Chuy!'s truck again and we had an interesting drive down the 4WD road with lots of water bars in it that his longbed truck was just barely able to get over. They would have been no problem for Team Adelos's Jeep, however, and were probably fun for him and the two kids.

We found the location for a cache that had gone missing, so CTYankee9 provided an ammo can so the cache could live on. After that good deed, we continued down the road to the trailhead that would get us in the "backdoor" to Horsethief Canyon, and close to the "trail" up to "Elevation 3000."

What a contrast as we started along this trail, which burned last July in the "Horse" fire . . . Other than the flowers that bloomed in profusion along portions of the trail, it was total devastation.

I had an ammo can in my backback which I carried to the top of the peak, replacing the Altoids tin with it at the cache location. The next two pictures were taken from the top of the peak by CTYankee9.

On the way back down that steep hill, my left knee started hurting really bad, and the pain persisted for the rest of the hike . . . Since my right heel was also hurting, I was in bad shape, which is why I didn't continue down the trail with Jahoadi & John, CTYankee9, and "lostguy" when they went to find "Behold the Lamb" and my cache, "Too Late Now."

CTYankee9 took those great pictures of the "lamb" and the "lion". He is great at seeing animals in rock formations, animals I can never quite see, but I humor him and say, "Yes, I see the camel. Sure, yeah, right there . . . "

Our Memorial Day trip to Corte Madera was incredible. My thanks to CTYankee9 for organizing the "event" and for giving me a ride, otherwise I never would have seen that astonishing area.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Boy, sometimes I really am dense . . .

The last time I headed southwest from my house to do a little caching and shopping, I tried to find a cache that was actually a Multi-cache. I didn't notice the little 'M' in the Waypoint name on my GPSr when I walked more than a block to the location and spent time searching for a container.

So, now that I was in the area again, I got the numbers I needed off the sign and then read the cache description.

Doh! I needed to see an image that is on the cache page in order to know a number I needed to derive the coordinates.

So, once I got home, I looked at the image and got the number, but I misread the cache description and couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do to get the coordinates. Sheeesh! I had to email the cache owner, one of the smartest people in our local caching community and a "Supreme Puzzle Master." He must really think I am an idiot when I can't figure out how to get a simple two-digit number to derive the coordinates for a Multi cache . . .

No wonder I rarely even glance at the pages for the Puzzle caches around here. It isn't fun being reminded how difficult things are for me when they are often very easy for most everybody else . . .

The "New" Math

The big Memorial Day weekend was coming up, so I decided to drive into town to get groceries so I wouldn't have to deal with the crowds on Saturday or Sunday. I wanted to get some "snack stuff" for our adventure on Monday.

At the store, I couldn't find these interesting Garbanzo Bean snacks I had seen before. They had been in a "bulk bin," and the price was around $2.50/pound. Not cheap, but less expensive than nuts.

So, I asked the young man stocking the shelves if they still had them. Yes, he said, and grabbed a pre-packaged container. I looked at the price per pound. It was $3.99. I said, "Sorry. These used to be about $2.50/pound. That is too much."

He said, "No, we packaged them for you. This package is only $1.90." I said, "But they are still $3.99/pound."

He didn't seem to comprehend. I said, "If they started selling gasoline by the quart, and they were only charging $.99 per quart, would you think that was less expensive than the $3.49/gallon we are paying now?"

He still didn't get it and tried once more to tell me the package was fairly-priced.

Oh well . . .

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Okay, I have finally been resting my foot . . .

The weather has been cloudy and overcast, so staying inside and off the foot has not been a problem. The Forums have been busy, and entertaining, for the most part, so the time passes quickly.

Since the heel still hurts, and even though the weather improved later today, and might be nice tomorrow, I guess I need to stay off the foot several more days . . .

Sunday, May 20, 2007

So much for resting my foot . . .

In the morning, there were two Events. The first one started at 9:00 and ended at 9:15. It was a "Flash Mob" event organized by Itrax and Foxtail. What fun! But, it was over way too quickly. Here is a picture of the group of us:

However, SuperDave! had a post Event Event scheduled, so we dispersed and moved to another location nearby in Balboa Park where we visited with other cachers for quite a while. I had a great time, but I sure wish we had had nametags. I have a difficult time remembering people's faces . . . not just remembering their names. At Events like this, it is often uncomfortable for me because when I look at someone, I am not sure if I met them before, or worse yet, I not only met them, but talked to them at length somewhere six months ago. Embarrassing . . .

3cd's was very kind to wait on me as I visited with Harmon, a brand-new cacher, kwver and Mrs. kwver, who recently had a bad bicycle accident in which she broke her thumb, and finally GRNZOOM, and CTYankee9. I totally forgot how long a hike he had planned for our day, or I would have broken away earlier.

We drove up to a park near the Los Penasquitos Reserve and set out on the trail, heading for an Earthcache more than a mile away.

Before we were done, even though we didn't go up and down steep hills, we covered a lot of ground. Here is the profile of the hike.

Here are the 3cd's walking along a very pretty part of the trail.

At the Earthcache, the rocks were interesting . . . and they did look ancient, and unique, compared to other rock formations I have seen in the area.

Near that cache was another one called "Maddi's Funhouse."

I found a total of 13 caches, and we revisited some caches I found with Princess Toadstool almost two years ago. One I found back then had gone missing, replaced by an M & M's tube. Too bad. There was an odd log entry in the other logbook I wanted to show 3cd's.

It was a wonderful hike, but long. We covered more than nine miles, and even though I wore my Chaco sandals, instead of my hiking boots, my foot was sure hurting by the time we got back to the truck.

It was late, so we got right on the freeway and headed back to my car, which I parked at a Park 'n Ride in La Mesa. That is a nicer part of town, so I didn't worry too much about leaving my car there — although there was some glass in the parking lot, probably from a smashed window. When we got back, there was a car parked next to mine with the trunk open. 3cd's noticed that right away, then we saw that both the driver's side window, and the back window were smashed.

My car was fine, but I won't ever park my car there again. I'll park it in a nearby, busy commercial parking lot.

Because of the pain in my foot, this coming week, I really need to stay off my feet until the pain subsides. It looks like the weather will be gray—part of San Diego's "May Gray"/"June Gloom" weather pattern—which makes it easier to stay inside. I don't wish that bad weather on others, but it will be good for me.


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