April 25, 2004
Geocaching Adventure #6
I can't believe that we've gone geocaching every weekend this month! Seriously, this is the one of the best activities we've found. We're exploring places that we've never gone to before, and most of the places that we're exploring have amazing views. Today was a great geocaching day!! It was very sunny out and bordering on too warm. We tried 5 caches today, and found all but 1. Another fun part is going over the pictures with our neighbor, Ron. Since he knows the forest like the back of his hand, he fills us in on all of the geography details.
This cache was very nice. The trail was the old lumber railroad so there was very little incline. We hiked about a 1/2 mile before we found the cache. Along the trail, some of the plants had name markers. Also, lots of wildflowers were blooming. We could see the Tuolumne River much of the time. There was a lot of poison oak, but on the side of the trail, so no danger of coming in contact with it.
We really didn't try very hard on this one. There was quite a bit of poison oak under the bridge and Jimmy was wearing shorts so we were handicapped a bit. There were also several families enjoying the river in the warm weather, so being stealth was challenging. I looked for about 5-10 minutes, but decided to give up. I'm sure we'll be back some other time.
No pictures for this one today since we took pictures on our first attempt in March 2003. We're really happy that we found this one since it eluded us last year. We brought a mirror, as suggested by someone who found it last year, and that helped a lot. We looked for about 15 minutes and couldn't believe that we may have had to give up again and log a DNF but finally found the film canister in one last section. There was a lot of traffic, and we were very cautious with any neighbors this time.
We were a little skeptical about looking for a cache in a cemetery. Is it a bit disrespectful? Well, it was very interesting wandering through the garden and looking at the old gravestones and we took caution on watching our step. It ended up being a very beautiful location, serene and peaceful.
After Marble Orchard, we headed to Sonora to do some errands and on our way back to the cabin, we decided to do one last cache. There was a short hike, about 1/4 mile from the gate to the end of the road. We hiked up the embankment, and searched for about 15 minutes before we found the cache. The views from up here were, once again, amazing. At one point, this location was a dump. We're used to dumps being in ugly locations, not a place that would seem to have the 3 most important elements in real estate.
© madretz 2004