Temperatures at home were up to 110 and above, where to go to beat the heat? The beach! Beautiful weather and playing in the sand was a blast. There wasn’t anyone on the beach, so I pretty much had the beach to myself, who doesn’t love that?
I did some Geocaching in the area, but mostly it was just great to be on the beach, and enjoy the cooler weather. One of the Geocaches that I routed to took me to the Samoa Speedway: Welcome to Samoa Drag Strip, so I stayed and enjoyed some of the races. Because my arrival was later in the afternoon I got in free!
Around Lunch time I headed down for some crab at the: Seascape Restaurant Trinidad.
All in all it was a fun day and much cooler than my hometown… how do you beat the heat?
If your asking me, I do not… 😉
but there is a Geocacher or two in our area that has the lowdown, or should I say the rundown on the Scientists and he recently published a series of caches with names as titles and gave a brief description of each one. I enjoy when a cacher puts this much time and effort into a cache or a series of caches. I usually pickup a piece of knowledge that I might not have known, or as in this case I added a few names of scientists that I never knew about. I spent yesterday with my Geocaching buddy Cantseem on the hunt for the Scientist Series.
We had rain clouds all around us, not a drop on us, that is until we finished the last cache, jumped in the GeoMobile and started heading home 😉
The highlight of the day was when we found our way into another Lookout Tower Cache, one of my favorite type of caches to do! The views are always amazing and this one didn’t disappoint:
GC1X37W *Almost On Top* by Olcowboy-N-Eyesofice2Us.
So honored that my best friends and fellow geocachers SeanStafford&GCWidow invited me along to capture their 10,000 cache!! Sean wanted to hike the Black Butte, with this Geocache as his goal:
I am posting the honoree pictures first, as this was our goal for the hike. Sean and Melissa’s #10,000 Geocache! I was honored to be present!! Scroll down for pictures of the beautiful hike to this goal.
Today is the day! We set our GPS‘s towards Black Butte and head out. The weather looks great, we have water, snacks and Sean is hard to hold back at this point. Sean and Melissa had attempted this geocache on a previous trip up Black Butte, however they encountered some muggles (non-geocachers) on the path down to the cache. For whatever reason they would not move, not having much room to maneuver up there, and not having another way to the cache they had to abandon the goal. This was not going to happen today, Sean was going to get his cache, and nothing was going to stop him!! We parked at the trailhead, which was also a challenge to Sean and Melissa on their first attempt. They never found the road into the trailhead, so they ended up hiking another mile just to get to the trail head. This day is already off to a great start!!
Here we go… change the shoes, grab the water and we are off. Melissa is in the lead, she was soon out of sight! Sean and I are stopping to take pictures and making sure we are well hydrated. The views are immediately gratifying. Its a gradual hike up, the elevation gain is 1850 ft.
For more information here on the trail: http://mountshastatrailassociation.org/trails/west-of-mt-shasta/black-butte/)
This has been on my radar for a long time, for some reason it just looked like it was going to be a hard one to locate. Looking at the maps and the access in to the area, so Cantseem and I set our sights on this one, it has long been on his radar too! I go to pick him up and doubt is written all over his face… hmmmm he is wanting to change up our plans. Nope! We are going, it’s what we planned so lets G-O!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Gotta say that it was probably one of the best days of Geocaching that I have ever done! It was beautiful!! The access in was no problem, however it would be in the winter with snow on the ground. So glad we stuck with our plan, now I have a smiley 🙂 there!! We were able to grab 2 others in the area too:
The CO does an awesome job of maintaining these caches up here! I liked this trip so much that I am putting together a Jeep run with my Geocaching family back up to the area, I want to get the other 2 caches in the area too!! So stay tuned, its gonna be a day of off roading, Jeeping and Geocaching in a couple of weeks, before the snow flys!!
Sign up here if you want to come along: GC4KYN6 Off-Road Geocaching Adventure (Event Cache) in California, United States created by Tru2Cntry.
If your a Geocacher, then it’s a Power Trail!! East of Sacramento are more than 3 Power Trails that have 160 caches combined. Easy? hmmm no…. these are Mystery Caches, all 160 of them. You have to solve the puzzle, or answer the questions to be able to get the coordinates to these caches. It usually involves hours of research online to get the answers to solve the puzzle. The Cache Owners did an incredible job of research to put these series together. All of them are quality caches and it’s very rewarding to say that you have 160 Mystery Caches solved and logged!! So sit back and pull up a Puzzle cache or two, after you have solved it enjoy the journey to the cache, log it and look for the next one, or in this case the next Series.
We started out at 3:00 am from Redding, CA heading toward the first Mystery cache on the SKH Series. Arrived at 6:30, Uh-Oh…. whats this? No road? No problem we have a Jeep!!! Headed through the construction zone towards the first cache, got it!!! All was ok until we me up with a Cement Barrier…. again, so glad we have the Jeep!! We squeezed through the barrier and a telephone pole and now we find the road!! Wouldn’t recommend driving on the first part, a bike or a walk might be a better way, well unless you have a small vehicle that you can take off roading!
First cache on the SKH Series: GC3B3DA SKH – Desperation by Voodoo Crew
When we started the College Bowl run there was another barrier, it seems there is a lot of dumping going on in the area, very sad to see. Saw some Bald Eagles in the area and a couple of Hawks too! It was really a pretty area if you can look past the trash dump. This place needs a CITO, and I would love to join in on cleaning it up.
First cache on the College Bowl: GC39HC3 The Rose Bowl by Voodoo Crew
We moved along at a fairly good pace, about 2 a minute average, then moved along to the Superbowl series. I grabbed my 6000th caches on the Superbowl Series, pretty cool. It was great weather and wasn’t too hot, we started early enough that we didn’t hit the heat until about 3 pm when we were on the last part of the Academy Awards Series.
First Cache in the Superbowl Series: GC3A1WB Super Bowl XI (Raiders vs. Vikings) Voodoo Crew
First Cache in the Academy Award Series: GC3C770 The 1st Annual Academy Awards (1929) by Voodoo Crew
A big thank you to the Cache Owners!! All the caches were in good shape, and there was parking available if you came in from the right direction, nothing to dangerous. Your on a road, and traffic goes fast so you need to be careful, but hey we are used to that since Power Caches became popular. We found all but about 2 of the Geocaches on all of the combined Series.
After finishing the Mystery Cache Power Trails we headed over and did the Family Guy letterboxes and a Virtual.
Not a bad day – My accomplishments for the day: 178 caches total for the day, 4 cache types: Virtual, Traditional, Mystery and Letterbox, and I found my 6000th cache!! Calling it a day and turning off the GPS‘r … oh wait… isn’t that a cache close by…. maybe one more???