Thursday, March 18, 2010

Geocaching day trip.

On February 20th we went on our first geocaching run since I finished the 200 day streak.  I was so relieved that I no longer had to cache every day that I took a break.  It was a much needed break because it was becoming pretty stressful since I was going to school full-time and working.  But I digress.

I thought I would share some pictures and info on our finds.

Our first stop was Westside Smiley (GC2206N).  This cache was a easy park and grab.  Biggest obstacle was the cars passing by.  I attempted to get this one while on my caching streak but it was getting dark and I had a flashlight on the side of the road.  It was making me nervous so I left.  It was nice to go and make the grab finally.

The next cache we grabbed was Uncle Cook Chinook (GC23X6K).  You had to park in a parking lot and had to walk about 0.25 miles to get there.  I like these much better than the park and grabs.  You are able to enjoy the surroundings.  The area was a dredge spoils after the Mt. St. Helens eruption.  It was neat to see how the area is beginning to come back to life with new grass and bushes.  
 This is on our walk to the cache site.  What awesome weather we had!

Then we were on to the next cache, Caseys Cache (GC1N7T).  This cache a short drive up a gravel hunting road.  We are always taking our cars in places we probably shouldn't for the sake of caching.  The trees all around were great.  There as moss everywhere!
 Mossy Trees.

On to the next cache, Peter Cottontail (GC1HN7K).  This cache was in horrible shape!  There was a ton of water inside.  I was able to sign 1/2 our name on the log.  It was in really bad shape.  Also in our area there are a lot of caches in the area that will have fake caches hidden near ground zero with funny notes inside saying to keep looking, etc.?  It usually makes me groan but I find that fun sometimes.  
Does this happen in your area also?
 Me finding the "Cache".  Nope not it.

The next cache was at a really neat place.  The cache was Olequa Creek Trail and Overlook (GC1HN5G).  We drove down to the end of a road that used to have a bridge to the other side of the river.  The bridge isn't there anymore but here is it's remnants.  We walked down a short trail to the cache.  Really neat area.  On the way out we snapped some pictures of some cows on the neighboring farm.
 How do I get across??
Cows!  I love how the black cow is staring me down.

On to the next cache, A Craftea Hide, (GC22ADI).  This one was located on the outskirts of McMurphy Park.  This cache was pretty good.  We have seen quite a few of these types of finds so it wasn't too hard.  While at the cache site we had to hurry because some people were coming up to the cache on horseback.  It was a neat site to see.

The next cache was in the same park.  McMurphy Park (GC1XYXJ) is a cache hidden by our friends, Footloose and Fancy Free so we were excited to find there cache.  We looked and looked but just didn't find it.  Based on the logs it looks like it is a really good hide so we will have to go back to find this one.  The cache site was along a creek so it was a really neat spot.
 Sign coming into the park.
 The calming creek.  Something about running water.

We had time for one more cache that day and we didn't want to end on a DNF so off we headed to, Bridge Over Untroubled Waters (GC1XYXR).  The cache hide was simple enough and lucky for us it was located near a bridge over this lovely creek.  Our day turned out to be near lots of water!  Snapped a few pictures while we were there.
 A look at the stream.
A different angle.  So gorgeous!

It was a great day!  We found 7 of 8 attempts.  Not too bad.  It felt great getting back to normal caching.  Craig and I get to plan our trips together and it makes it so much more enjoyable.  I look forward to warmer weather and no school this summer!  

P.S.  To my geocaching readers...sorry I haven't been blogging about my geocaching adventures but I haven't been on many adventures lately. :(


  1. Pretty stream and I love the mossy trees! As for false caches near ground zero... I would HATE that. It's disturbing more natural space then necessary and making it more likely for a muggle to stumble upon. IT doesn't happen much, but occasionally here we get a pile of sticks or rocks with nothing under it to throw you off. I always wonder if the CO did it... or a bored cacher. :-)

  2. It doesn't seem to be a common thing in NZ to have 'false' caches. Fortunately as I think it would drive me nuts!!!! These are some beautiful places you went to - I particularly like the stream with the mossy boulders and the 'bridge to nowhere'!

    GREAT that you are able to have fun caching again!

    BTW - over on my blog I've posted the full picture of the stained glass ' frog' that I made before Christmas. (I know - finally I did post it!!)

  3. Usually on the caches we find with a "false" cache it is set up like a joke.

    I have a specific cache in mind when I write this but I do not want to ruin the cache. But there are decoys surrounding ground zero. Usually it isn't a container. But it will let you know it's not the cache. If they are done well they can be really amusing.

    Other times they are just annoying.