Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2007-12-02

Musings about Geocaching

Friday, December 07, 2007

A Requiem for my lost Travel Bugs

The most recent TB I put out in the wild went missing from the very first cache he was placed in . . .

Poor "Bucky the Buck-toothed Zebra" . . .

The other T.B.s that have disappeared include these guys:

Leapin' Lizzards was my very first T.B.and he did a bit of traveling after I took the next picture of him at the cache I placed him in, but then the cache he was in was destroyed . . .

The cache "Goofy over Caching" was in was muggled . . .

"Consistent Compass" just disappeared . . .

The cache "Mr. Moonlight McToy" was in got washed away in a flood . . .

The person who has "Bearly . . . There" said he was "cute" and then they stopped caching . . .

Another TB I have is in someone's hands . . . but they wrote an obscene log when they picked him up. I deleted the log, without contacting the cacher first. I didn't want any contact with them after what they wrote. I wonder what the odds are that "Big Bird/Little Bird" will ever get released . . . ?

I had fun with all the characters . . . Here are four of them partying before going into the ammo can.

These four got a rocky start. The cache was next to I-8 and I hoped different people would pick them up and take them in different directions. Instead, one person picked up all four and then stopped caching . . . It took some begging over the next few months to get all of them released to travel.

I have the "Copy" tags so I could send out more travelers . . . but I'm a bit discouraged now . . . if I send any more T.B.s out, I'll put ugly things on the tag.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A fun day hiking with fisnjack on his birthday!

It wasn't until late in the day that I found out today was fisnjack's "milestone" birthday. I wish I had known about it ahead of time, but I felt honored he chose to spend the day hiking with me.

We found a couple of caches in the Rancho San Diego area before driving up to the small community of Crest where, over the next few hours, we found several caches along two different sets of trails. We also met another cacher who lives in the area.

The first trails were accessed from a trailhead at the end of Rios Canyon. We hiked up to the first cache, and found it out of its hiding place within an "APR" (Artificial Pile of Rocks). As near as we could tell, the cache was intact. One of the tabs on the Lock 'n Lock container looked a little chewed on . . . I left a T.B. in that container and we rehid it the way the cache owner intended.

From there, we walked up to the top of the hill, wondering if there was a puzzle cache hidden up there. But, at the top, we found ourselves right behind a home. What a great view they have from that high vantage point.

We hiked down the road, and made a few wrong turns on the oddly-intersecting trails, so our tracks are complicated, and the profile of the cache is not symetrical.

Even though it was a beautiful day, I didn't take very many pictures. It wasn't as clear towards the west, as it had been these last two days after the rains, but it was clear to the east. I got this picture of another one of the view homes with Gaskill and Lawson Peaks in the distance.

After finishing up that hike, we worked our way to the center of the small community of Crest where we found a cache outside the fence in front of a house. As I signed the log, the cache owner who lived there came out to talk to us. We had a nice conversation. It was good to meet someone who has been involved in this activity for a few years longer than I have.

From there we found the parking for another set of trails where SD Rowdies and the Splashes and "lostguy" and other cachers have placed caches recently. The sun was getting low in the sky, and it got much lower as we tried to find "Jerilee." My GZ was a long way from where fisnjack ultimately found the cammoed container. If I had been by myself, I would have called it a DNF at least 10 minutes earlier in my search.

Further down the trail, I took this picture when the afternoon light was beautiful.

I ended the day with a "Not Found," although I logged it as a "Note" because I never got to GZ to start the search. The vegetation was tangled, there were dogs barking, and fisnjack arrived, after driving around from the other parking. Since it was his birthday, his wife probably wanted him home, so I didn't want to take any more time looking . . . and the dogs were driving me crazy. The cache highlights a great old home built on an impressive pile of rocks, so I'll be back someday.

The odd route I took to attempt to get to ground zero allowed me to see this unusual cactus.

When I return, maybe the dogs will be inside, or off with the owner somewhere else, so they won't disturb the entire neighborhood while I look for the cache.

It was another great day. My thanks again to fisnjack for motivating me to get out of the house on a day when I didn't feel all that great. My best wishes to him on his birthday, and I hope he has many, many more.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Whooo Hoo! LLOT found my "Historic Cache Adventure"

The week before, Gecko Dad was FTF on Version 2.0 of my "San Diego County 'Historic' Cache Adventure" and yesterday, Let's Look Over Thayer was third to find on Version One.

Version 2.0 of the "Historic Caches" takes people to a great vista in the town of Poway, and once he found all the other caches, Gecko Dad didn't have too far to drive to get to that final container.

As for LLOT's accomplishment, he had quite a few caches to find the last day. At the location in MTRP where the coordinates of the final container are derived, LLOT was rewarded by this double rainbow.

Then, he had quite and adventure finding the last caches up on Mt. Laguna on his way to the final. It was cold and windy, and at Laguna #1, there was even snow on the ground. The half-mile walk to the final cache of "Version One" was cold and windy. He didn't get to enjoy it the way I did the last time I was there when I got this picture of the fantastic panorama.

I know there won't be very many people who find that final container, but for the ones who do, I hope the entire adventure was a fun one. I know I'm having a good time trying to find the "Historic" caches.


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