Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
While we were in the Northwest, a local geocacher put out a series of caches honoring her grandchildren. I'd done a few of them as quick finds, but still had 8 of them on the County Line Trail that I hadn't logged yet. They became our target for the day.
Nice job, Nana18. It was a very nice series and it sounds like you have a great bunch of grandkids.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
When I'm visiting an area for just a few hours or a few days, I'll typically download the local caches and then sort them based on their favorite points. It's a quick and easy way to spot the caches others think are special.
This one was very easy to access, yet hidden from public view under a large cedar tree.
this one had a notable collection of favorite points, so I had to stop to see why.
This one was a lesson for urban geocaching. The first trick was recognizing what it was instead of what it used to be. The next trick was correctly interpreting the clues in the cache description so that you could open it.
Not all of the fun caches are large. Perhaps the caching highlight of my time in Seattle was a nano-sized cache. Very nicely done, but the special part was meeting another geocacher there that was describing a similar cache in Mesa - yup, one of mine.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Center has some very nice photos of the mountain and of the various Spirit Lake facilities before the eruption.
I'm so glad that I visited, and I'd look for opportunities to return, especially to visit some of the blue pockets of beauty in this amazing place.
Monday, August 8, 2016
GC16 had mentioned the Yellow Gate Trail. It was pretty obvious where that name came from, but I would have called it a road instead of a trail. Parking was available near the I Cedar Light cache.
The first portion of the "trail" was aggressively uphill until just past the "Huff and Puff" cache which was appropriately named.
I suspect antenna in GPS have improved greatly. When I located the cache, my GPS was showing it still had 50 feet to go.
I left Highway 9 on what Google Maps calls Wilson River Toll Road near the Kansas Creek Cache. Unlike the previous two, in this case the road was gravel as soon as I left the highway.
In Open Sky Country cache so I parked the car (45 29.093,-123 32.829) and started hiking.
Humbre Ridge cache apparently had lots of open views when the cache was placed in November of 2000. Now, most of the views are obscured with trees, but occasionally there would be an open spot with views across rows of ridges.
All that was left after signing the log was to walk back to the car and see if I had enough gas to get to Tillamook.
So was the grilled ham and cheese at the Tillamook Creamery! A great way to celebrate finding three oldies (and a bunch of others) in one weekend.