Blog Template Musings about Geocaching: 2008-02-10

Musings about Geocaching

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Snow . . .

Just two days after I was "bragging" about the beautiful weather here, it snowed . . . and it stayed on the ground for a few hours the next morning.

Even the weathermen on the local news shows were surprised . . .

Once good thing about this kind of weather here is that it usually passes through quickly, so good hiking weather is right around the corner again.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Placed a couple of new caches this afternoon

I picked up some Geocoins on the trip to Yuma and rather than risk putting them in another cache for the coin thief to visit, I decided to place a couple of new caches, and hike to my "Hard Hike, Easy Find" cache to have "safe" homes for the coins.

The first location isn't far from "Blame it on Miragee," a cache placed about a year ago by CTYankee9. It is up on a high point near a marker placed by San Diego County.

The second location is on another high point to the north of "Hard Hike, Easy Find." I took a very round-about way of getting to that location because, what I thought would be a straight shot over to the peak from where I parked my car turned out to be blocked by a very steep-sided canyon. I made it down into the canyon okay, but decided to try to find a different route up rather than struggle through the remaining branches and sticks from the burned vegetation. If I hadn't taken that round-about way of getting to the "first" location, I wouldn't have found the spot where I actually placed the first cache.

This is the view of Barrett Lake from close to "It's Monumental."

And, this is the view from the second cache, "An Adventurer's Cache," which I have not submitted for review yet.

I called it "An Adventurer's Cache" because that is what the cacher will have to be to get to the location. It will be a challenge just about any way someone chooses to go, and only cachers with a spirit of adventure will enjoy the experience. I got very, very dirty, brushing against the burned vegetation that is impossible to avoid, and I fell down once, scraping my arm. My lumbar pack broke my fall so I didn't hurt anything else as I slipped on the hard-packed ground, that, after all the recent rains, has set up like concrete.

Here is the profile of the hike . . . the peak "Hard Hike, Easy Find" is on sure shows its steepness. No wonder I hurt my foot hiking that peak last year . . . a foot that still hasn't healed after more than eight months . . .

While the rest of the country is struggling with terrible weather, tornadoes, and ice storms, we are basking in wonderful, clear, warm weather. I was glad to have the opportunity to get out, get some exercise, place a couple more caches to fill in some "gaps" in that area, and put out the Geocoins in an area I hope the coin thief won't visit.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Another great Yuma Event weekend

Last year, through the very kind generosity of Team Adelos, I was able to attend the Yuma Event. This year, it was fisnjack who provided my transportation over to Yuma so I could attend the "Warm Up" Event on Saturday night and the big Event on Sunday where I got to visit with my caching buddy, Princess Toadstool, whom I have not seen for more than a year.

On the way over to the Event, we stopped at several caches, one of which is at a very interesting location.

It would be interesting to know the story . . .

One cache we found in Yuma gave us this opportunity to cross over the railroad tracks . . . We weren't supposed to go that way, but we did . . .

Once we got to Yuma we found some caches on the college campus, including one, that was a 50 cal. ammo can, near this amphitheater.

Another one was near this fountain.

We looked for that one for quite a while before fisnjack finally spotted the elusive DeCon container hanging in a bush.

As we made our way back to the vehicle, I took a little side trip to take a picture of this shiny building.

During the weekend, I found 31 caches, many of them creative and clever, like the one hidden in this water faucet.

Some of those Yuma cachers really know how to disguise their caches, and we had a few DNFs we got hints for at the big bar-be-que Event on Sunday afternoon, which was held in this fantastic location.

At the Event, I met a cacher, BroncoBusters, who is such an avid Geocacher he got a super, "loggable on" tatoo on his arm.

After the Event, we drove back into Yuma to clear up those DNFs and find a few other caches before hitting the highway and heading home. The last cache of the day was "Stagecoach Stop," a cache I DNFd last summer when it was missing.

It was a great weekend. Jeep 'n Jumpers really knows how to put on an Event! My thanks to them for everything they did to organize the Event on Saturday night and the incredible bar-b-que on Sunday.


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