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The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown

The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown

The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown

The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown

On the radar for more than one goal today was the Whiskeytown Falls.  There is an Earthcache there, actually there are 2 right in the area of the falls.  All total there are 4 Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown National Parks area.  Since you can’t place a physical cache in any National Park area, an Earthcache is an ideal cache to place to bring Geocachers to the area.  All of the Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown area take you to the Waterfalls in the park.  I can now check these two off of my Waterfalls list and plan my next adventure to see the other Waterfalls in the Whiskeytown National Park area!

Before I plan my next trip out to the other waterfalls, I just have to tell you about this waterfall.  I am copying some of the info here from Waterfalls of Whiskeytown – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website.  It has all the details you want on the parks trails and waterfalls and they also have maps to get you there.

From the Whiskeytown Website:

Whiskeytown Falls
For over 40 years this 220-foot waterfall was only a secret to the few that knew it existed. For a variety of reasons, some people decided not to share the falls’ existence with others. Today, people from all over the world have heard about the hidden secret.

After two summers of work, the National Park Service opened the trail to Whiskeytown Falls. The trail itself has been named in honor of James K. Carr, one of Redding‘s native sons.

I met up Saturday morning with a group of ladies from my church.  They had posted the Event for our Ladies group on Facebook.  Since I don’t get much of a chance to visit or do activities with them because Saturdays are usually my day to go out Hiking and Geocaching, I was thrilled to see an activity that I could do with them.  We got started around 9:00 am and I think we arrived at the falls around 11:30.  This is not a hike for the faint of heart, it was 90% uphill!!  Some of the ladies were up the hill in no time, not me, it took me a lot longer.  I stopped to catch my breath about every 100 feet or so. It was a 3.4 miles round trip hike, and going down was just as difficult as going up.  The hike was well worth it though, it was beautiful.  We arrived just about the time the sun was highlighting the falls.  Beautiful!!  We had a worship time with Tami who packed her little guitar up the trail with her.

I collected the information that I needed for the Earthcache:   GC2JAE4 Whiskeytown Falls (Earthcache) by TeamNulti2003

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I had fun with the ladies who were helping me figure out the answers I needed to log the Earthcache, I learned a lot about Waterfalls that I didn’t previously know.  I have to tell you that I am not all that good with Earthcaches, they are not my favorite cache type, I don’t know why though because I always learn something new.  This was a fun Earthcache to do.  When we got back to our picnic area there was another Waterfall and anther Earthcache there too!!

Time to head back now and have our Picnic Lunch and find the other Earthcache!

GC368QM Don’t Take It For Granite. (Earthcache) by McKenzie~Binns


2010 – NOV 24th – NOV 26th – ET Trail

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ET Trail – November 25-28th

WOW!  What can be said about the ET Trail that hasn’t already been said?  A LOT!! This was an amazing experience. So much that I couldn’t say on a Geocache Log page so I thought I would Blog our experience.

I had heard about the ET Trail from a fellow Geocacher BIG BEAR.

I had listened to others talk about the ET Trail too, but I never thought that I would get the opportunity to go. Ok…. I have a few days around Thanksgiving, and no plans so could that possibly be enough time to put plans together for this run?  Yes it was, we read previous posts which were really helpful and our plans started to materialize.  I was going!!

Big Bear and I (Tru2Cntry or T2C) set out on November 25th to drive  the 610 miles that night, we got to Alamo Nevada just before 3 a.m. Sean had already flown into Las Vegas and rented a car, drove up to Alamo to the Windmill Ridge Restaurant & Lodging (best accommodations around) earlier in the day.  He had rented a room so we knocked on the door and quickly grabbed pillows and blankets and tried to get some sleep, all agreeing to get up at 6 a.m. and get out to the Trail and get started.  It was hard to fall asleep, we had driven in from the North West end of the trail and saw that they were just flying by us as we drove, well… we did stop to check out one of them, we couldn’t help it.  Then back in the van to find Sean and get a few hours of sleep.

Our day started at 5:59, grabbing GPSr, we were out the door and headed down the road!  We did an incredible 700 caches on the ET Trail itself that first day!  It was getting dark so we decided to turn around and head back to Windmill Ridge for the night. Had dinner at the restaurant there and reflected back on that incredible day. Tired but eager to start the next day early again we all headed back to our lodges to get a good nights rest.  It was hard to fall asleep!  Morning arrived and we were back on the road, no time for breakfast, we headed down the road to start back at ET 701.

We hadn’t planned it but we each took an hour at running and it ended up that we each had our own personal best, Sean had the first hour where he did an amazing 101 finds.  I took the 2nd hour and grabbed my 82 just as we were counting down the seconds on the hour.  And Big Bear blew us away with an amazing 124 caches grabbed in the last hour!!  Amazing!!  We all jumped out on the last cache, signed it, signed the pole, took pictures and reflected back on what an amazing experience this was.   Thank you to the COs’ of this incredible run: Clay4&whtwolfden!!

After finishing the ET Trail we headed back to do the Alien Head. We walked it, it was 29 degrees and there was a strong wind, we had to hang on to the logs to keep them from blowing away!  We did the Alien Head in about 2.5 hours. Jumped into the Geovan and headed back to the Ale-Inn for our Ale-Inn Burger to celebrate!!  Met up with a few of the colorful locals there, finished dinner and headed back to the Windmill Ridge Lodge for a hot shower and a good nights sleep.

Got up the next morning, to SNOW!!  It was beautiful, went up and had breakfast and reflected on one of the most amazing weekends and journeys that I know I will never forget!!

So… we definitely broke some records this weekend, how many caches in one day, how many miles to drive for a cache, the numbers went on and on… one of the biggest records we achieved on this trip was that BIG BEAR. reached his 10,000 cache!!  I also got to my 2000th!  Not only did we break records it was a weekend I lost a ring, and we almost lost a GPS out the window!  Whew….  backed up and grabbed it and it was ok, and Big Bear replaced the ring with one that commemorates the ET Trail, with the dates we did the trail and our Teams initials… BB T2C SS, very cool.

After saying Good Bye to Sean, and promising to meet up with him soon to do more Geocaching, and off Big Bear and I went back to Redding, California.

Our Team

Big Bear, Tru2Cntry, SeanStafford

ET Trail # E.T. 1021

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