Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2007-08-05

Musings about Geocaching

Friday, August 10, 2007

Well, I guess I have finally found the "Worst Cache Ever"

It wasn't really, but someone thought "My Parking Place" was the WORST CACHE EVER.

On this trip into town, that wasn't the worst experience, it was my lengthy, unsuccessful search for a cache that was supposed to be a Difficulty 1.5. No one, except the first finder, bradybunchboys, has found it without making a Lifeline call. My long, detailed DNF log reflected my frustration . . .

Monday, August 06, 2007

Boy, what a day yesterday was

Wheeuuu! Where do I start? Do I start with the alarm going off at 4:30 in the morning? Or with the first of two Events for the day, "HOW MANY DONUTS CAN FATTBOY EAT?" Or with the 34 caches we found today? Or with the several DNFs we had? Or with the finding of "The Adrenaline Cache," one that is on several people's Watchlist, and probably many Bookmark Lists?

I guess I could start with posting the Profiles of both hikes, a nearly 5.5 mile hike in the morning and a 7.6-mile hike last night.

There . . . that's a start. Maybe tomorrow I'll have the energy to fill in all the details of the amazing, ultimately-exhausting day.

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Okay, I'm very late updating this, but I'll add a few pictures from the day.

That was a cache we found on our way up to Oceanside for the Events.

The next two pictures are of a huge snake that was resting under a truck in the parking area. The ranger came out to wrangle the snake and get it into a container so it could be safely relocated to another part of the park.

A nearly five-mile hike to the top of Black Mountain

3cd's and I took a trip up past Escondido to find some Geocaches on Black Mountain as well as a Travelita Terracache up there.

We started our ascent from the parking lot on the north side of the mountain and made the climb slowly on a hazy, humid day. The trail was great for my Chaco sandals and my feet were happy they didn't have to be confined to hiking boots.

At "BM Friendly Skies," it was too hazy for pictures, but I could tell the views from that location would be great on a clear day. This was sort of a "bonus" cache for 3cd's because he has been having problems with his Magellan recently and did not have this cache in his GPS unit. On our way to the hiding place, we walked across a bunch of carpeted ground that had us a bit confused. The cache location didn't confuse us however. It was an easily-spotted pile of rocks.

At the "Black Mountain Summit" cache, there were some muggles just up the hill from us, so we walked around the towers to find the Terracache and came back a bit later after they descended the peak. The cache owner used a large, plastic ice cream tub and the poor, sad, container had completely collapsed. It needs to be replaced with something that won't succumb to the sun and heat.

From this vantage point, on a less-hazy day, I'm sure you can see the ocean, and lots of mountain peaks.

After we signed the logbook and started down the hill, 3cd's remembered the Confirmation Code for the Terracache, so we walked back over there to get it before beginning our descent again.

On the way down, we finally figured out which trail headed over to an old cache, "Chupy 3: Road Warrior Overlook." It seemed like we were parallel to it for quite a while as we walked, and walked, and walked through the tall chapparal. Once we got to GZ, according to our GPSrs, we looked for quite a while, and from the looks of all the over-turned rocks, it looks as if others have also been there looking for the elusive cache. We finally made a lifeline call to The Polar Bear, who just completed a summit of Mt. Whitney. I congratulated him and then asked about this cache. Even though he found the cache a long time ago, he remembered the coordinates were off and that the cache was to the left of the "clearing." I walked in that direction and easily found the large container. Wheeeeuuu! I didn't really want a DNF on that mountain.

We walked back the side trail and then the rest of the way down the hill to the truck. After making a quick stop for a fountain drink for 3cd's and a cup of coffee for me, we headed back to Alpine, but not before 3cd's stopped for a couple of close caches he had already found, but which were right on the road. At one of them, he made a "coffee-spilling" U-turn to get me within about six feet of the cache.

After I got in my own car, I headed home, but I stopped to fix up "Minnie Tinnie Starts Out on a Hike," the third time I have had to fix "her."

I got home in plenty of time to log the caches at my leisure and prepare for the long day tomorrow up to Oceanside to the Events.


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