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Musings about Geocaching

Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Day celebrated with a nearly ten-mile hike

Bradybunchboys put out a new cache called BBB's "Widowmaker". It was a long hike, but dillweed was up for it, and there was the chance for FTF, with a FTF prize of a Geocoin. So, off we went in the mist of the marine layer, which was quite a contrast to the bright, warm sunshine at my house. When we got to the staging area, I was sure glad I grabbed my fleece vest at the last minute as I left the house, because I needed it in the chilly, damp air.

This is one area that was scorched by the fire last October and now, after all the rain this winter, the area is recovering, and looking very green.

We hiked and hiked and hiked on through the overcast day and only when we had been FTF on the first cache, and climbed up even higher to another cache that had only been found once before, did the sun finally start to make an appearance.

On the way back, the sound of the water tumbling down the boulders in the canyon below us was fantastic. I could have sat down and listened to that relaxing sound for a while, but we needed to make it back to the trailhead by 2:00.

I took the time to take a few more pictures on the "home stretch" now that the sun was finally emerging from the "low clouds and fog," which is the most common phrase uttered by local weathermen during the months of March, April, May, and June here in the San Diego area, when the "Coastal Eddy" delivers overcast skies to the coast and lower elevations west of the foothills.

This hike was incredible and even without a cache to find along the trail, I should head back out there to take more photographs while the green color predominates. Later in the year, the green will be replaced by tan and brown, and the fire danger will be heightened again . . .

Here is the profile of the entire hike:

My thanks to dillweed for the great company on the long hike, and to bradybunchboys for another FTF Geocoin to add to my collection.


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