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Oregon City Covered Bridge


After visiting Phantom Falls today, we turned the Jeeps toward home.  Just down the road maybe .25 of a mile is a sign saying covered bridge!  Who passes up a sign like that?  We sure don’t, so we took a right turn and about .5 down the little country road we came upon this little covered bridge!  Being crazy Jeep people that we are, we parked all 3 Jeeps for a photo op.

I checked to see if there were any Geocaches in the area, to our surprise there were none!

I siezed the opportunity and placed one here, and after doing some research I found out that this is the youngest covered bridge in the state, built 1983.

My Geocache: GC6CBV1 Covered Bridge (Traditional Cache)created by Cali~Bear.

“Oregon City Covered Bridge, built in 1984, can claim it as the newest covered bridge in California. The bridge is near the Oregon City, CA, State Historical Landmark #807.”

Oregon City Covered Bridge, Oroville, CA – Covered Bridges on Waymarking.com.

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Phantom Falls – February 28, 2016


Its all a luck of the draw to be able to visit Phantom Falls. Conditions have to be right, so we decided that this was a good time to try our luck.  Hiked just over 1.5 miles, maybe a little more because we were Geocaching too, and there it was!!  Beautiful, and the wildflowers that were blooming also added to the gorgeous terrain here.  Its a moderate hike through lava rock and a high water table resulting in some muddy areas that almost suck your shoe off, but the day we arrived was just right for a hike down to the Falls.

Link with maps and weather to Phantom Falls: Phantom Falls hike
YouTube link to a great video of the Falls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMeQqPt43f0

There are a total of 5 falls in the area, we saw 3 and picked up 7 Geocaches.

These are a few of the Caches we logged:
GC5P2KF Katy’s cache (Traditional Cache)
GC1BZ9C Table Mountain basalt (Earthcache)
GC5P4Y7 Table Mountain Wildflowers (Multi-cache)

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Off Road Fun in McCloud


Spent Saturday up on the LPPT – translation: Lemurian Playground Power Trail!  A series of Geocaching Power Trails that intertwine all around the McCloud and Mt Shasta area logging roads.  The Link: GC4H8J1 LPPT–Starts Here!

I had some favorite caches that I came across too:

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Checking for Geocaches on the way home and saw that there might be a chance to grab an FTF (First to Find) so I mapped it on the GPS and headed towards Hedge Creek Falls!!  And YES! I scored the FTF!!

GC5Z0KM Hedge Creek Falls

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Celebrating the 4th of July


Fireworks on the Beach

Fireworks on the Beach

It’s a 3 day weekend and temperatures are hitting between 105 and 115 in Redding!  I know the coast is much cooler – Eureka is in the 70’s and 80’s much cooler than here in my hometown.  The problem is it’s the 3 day weekend and Eureka and the entire coast is very popular in the summer as well as when the temperatures go up around here. Put a request out for anyone that wanted to join me and Maricela texted me and said she was in!  YAYY!  Packed up the Jeep and left knowing I had a few friends that live over there and I also had some friends camping there too!

Received a warm welcome from Liz who has a little place over there and so Maricela and I unpacked the Jeep, popped open the tent and made our way to all the fun things to do up and down the coast!

Day 1:  Arrived at Eureka and heading south to set up camp, we grabbed Geocaches here and there when there was a place to park and was a quick on and off the road cache.  If was great just getting over to the cooler weather!

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Day 2: Ahhh it was nice to sleep in and it was really nice to sleep in the cooler weather!   Headed into town for breakfast and supplies for the 4th of July fireworks.  Grabbed the usual, chairs, ice, water snacks and headed into Ferndale for the 4th of July parade and festival!

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While we were enjoying the festival some friends called us up and asked if we wanted to go on the boat ride in Eureka! Rounded everyone up and headed up to Humboldt Bay and did a great little boat ride around the bay. Great way to see the Bay!

Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise Motor Vessel MADAKET

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After the boat ride we walked over and had dinner at the Lost Coast Brewery and came back to enjoy the Festival while we waited for the Fireworks

Lost Coast Brewery | Welcome | Enjoy your visit!

4th of July Festival | Eureka Main Street

 

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Here they are the FIREWORKS!!  HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

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Day 3:  No hurry today, we packed up everything first thing in the morning and headed up the coast.  First stop Founders Grove on the Avenue of the Giants Redwood Forest – WOW are these huge trees!! So beautiful and majestic!!  Great place to explore the forest!

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After exploring the Founders Grove we headed up Hwy 101 to the Ferdale Bridge: Fernbridge (bridge) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Moving on – we visited the Loleta Cheese Factory, sampled some yummy cheeses!

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Its getting close to lunch time… cheese samples held our hunger at bay until we got up to Woodley Island.  Woodley Island Marina | Humboldt Bay Harbor District , There was a Geocache there that I wanted to get, we had seen the island from the boat tour the day before, and it looked like a great place to explore.  We found the Geocache and visited the Memorials and the Table Bluff Lighthouse and then started out again when we noticed the restaurant!  We were craving some seafood so this was just the place!  We sat out on the patio and had a great lunch!!  Elvis the Seal showed up and entertained us.  Welcome to Cafe Marina in Eureka, California

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We were close enough to the Samoa OHV park that after lunch we took the Jeep down and played in the sand for a minute before heading home.

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Time to head for home… we will be back!

Last stop of the day on the way home, grabbed a great cup of coffee and sat on the patio: Wedding Venue & Retreat Center in Junction City, CA near Trinity River |Strawhouse Resorts

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Thank You S.R.R.


Had the best time ever last weekend with the Shasta Rock Rollers.  This group knows how to rock and roll!!  We met up on Fenders Ferry while they unloaded their off road vehicles and then we took off up the road from there.  Took the right turn into Madrone campground and it was uphill from there. We stayed on the Curl Ridge Trail all the way up to North Fork Mt and had lunch up on the old North Fork Lookout site.

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After lunch we headed down the Garden Jeep Trail –   Steep and overgrown, these 2 seaters made it look like a walk in the park.

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70+ miles later we were back at the parking lot, what a day, that was pure fun… thank you SRR!

Spring has Sprung and so have the Geocaches!

Sean’s New Jeep!


Had a great time today out exploring the mountains of Northern California.  Sean came up to take delivery of his new Jeep and we just had to go off roading and get some dirt on it.  He picked a 4 door Rubicon in the Baja Yellow with all kinds of options on it. The destination was Harrison Gulch Ranger Station up on Knob Peak – see the link for the posted Geocache we placed.

GC5PGXW Harrison Gulch Ranger Station at Knob Hill (Traditional Cache) in California, United States created by Cali~Bear.IMG_5476

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Munzees in Gilroy


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What a fun place to Munee!  Teamed up with YoursTruly, Hans415 and OldZee and headed South to Gilroy.

Munzee held an Event down in Gilroy at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2013  Lots of Munzee’s were deployed so there were a lot of Munzee’s to capture!

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We spent the entire weekend tracking down Mystery’s, Diamonds and Virtuals, what a great weekend.  Met up with Fisherwoman for lunch on the last day and then headed home.  I was hoping to “Level up to 102” while I was there but by the time we started home it wasn’t in the bag.  Looked at my numbers and OldZee and I put our heads together thinking maybe it was doable on the trip home??

Well I – or rather WE did it!!  I leveled up to #102 – Very cool and it ended the Weekend Gilroy trip on an up note for me!!

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Gilroy Munzee Team: Yours Truly, Hans415 and OldZee!

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The above photo is Larry thinking he could fly AND capture a Mystery Munzee in mid flight…. lol

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I did it!!!!!!  This last stop had a Mystery Munzee that gave me the points to push me up to Level 102!!!  Whoo hoo!!!

 

 

 

 

Looking out from the Black Fox Fire Lookout


What a treat this was!!

I knew that this would be a great place to Jeep up to and I wasn’t disappointed.  After Sean (a long time friend and fellow geocacher) and I found all 601 Geocaches on the LPPT (Lemurian Playground) Power Trail we pointed the Jeep towards the direction of the GC3632G Black Fox (Look-out) by xpm-robin and Chinookcapt and made our way up.

The clouds began getting darker and darker, hoping it wouldn’t rain we crept slowly up the mountain.  We were soon looking across at Mt Shasta, Elevation 14,180.  We were not up that high, Black Fox is only 6,504 ft but it felt like we could reach out and touch the clouds they were so close!!  What a fun drive up here.  When we got to the lookout, Joel invited us up.  This lookout is an active fire lookout and Joel showed us around the tiny space he has called home for 20 years!  Imagine that!!

While we were there he had an actual call come in about a fire in his district.  This was the highlight of our weekend caching trip for me, I am sure Sean thought so too!!  Couldn’t top this so we headed back down and called it a day, but it was all great.  Caching our way through 601 caches on the LPPT, discovering all the treasures along the way.

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Second Time’s a Charm


GC1G1VQ Second Time’s a Charm by Desert(B)Rats

4/23/12 5:46 PM Find #5495
Let me just say first that I will never forget tonight!

We came last year in March and couldn’t get to the cache because the waterfall was raging and the water was really high, it wasn’t safe to cross over.  Tonight BIG BEAR says remember my cache: BIG BEAR AND A DICE CHECK that we didn’t have the coords to last year? If you have the coords we can go get it tonight, and it is right down the road from Second Time’s a Charm.  I thought we were on our way up to go visit Rat &Mushroom for their Anniversary and to see their new kitchen. I found the coords to BIG BEAR’s cache and we set our Nuvi on it.  After grabbing BIG BEAR AND A DICE CHECK cache and jumping back into the Jeep,  BIG BEAR starts heading up the road to Second Time’s a Charm.  I had no idea that we were going to go to the waterfall tonight, but I was all for it, I had always wanted to come back and be able to get the cache this and the second attempt was perfect.

We have all the coords, waypoints, parking coords, turn waypoints  in the GPS‘r and we start heading towards the fall, this cache has it all: PO, Ticks, Ants, Bushwacking, and no GPS signals,  but we hear the falls and we are getting closer, so we must be going in the right direction.
BIG BEAR yells “I see the falls!”  And as I come down off the trail (?)  I see them too!  They are flowing almost as much as last year!! LOL. Not to sure I want to cross the raging river but BIG BEAR encourages me all the way, I really didn’t want to bridge the gap from the rock to the log, I have much shorter legs than BIG BEAR, but he helped me make it on to the log and we got across to the side where the cache is. I left the iPhone, the Garmin Nuvi and the GPSr on the other side though so they wouldn’t fall into the water!  So with no coords, no GPSr, no hint BIG BEAR heads toward the cache, good thing BIG BEAR has a good memory he went right up the cliff to the cache!! WHOO HOO!! I stamp the log and get a Smiley this time!!

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Now the adventure begins!!

We start back down the way we came, hanging on the rocks, there is not much ground over there because the waterfall had cut the ground away. I was watching where I stepped very carefully but I made a wrong step and the  ground that I thought was there gave out from under me and down I went, I almost recovered and thought I could catch myself but nope down I went, I hit the pointy part of a big rock on the way down with my rib cage and went in face first. Soaked from head to toe, BIG BEAR comes back and reaches down to pick me up. Got up and out of the water, I have a big scratch on my side, I am sore, but ok. We had back very carefully, now that I am wet everything is slippery!

LOL, got back across ok with no further mishaps and climbed up to the rock where I left my iPhone, Nuvi and the GPSr and start collecting them. This is the same rock a year ago that we shared our first kiss!! I look down and BIG BEAR is not coming up, I asked him if he was going to join me up on the rock he says “No I am safer down here and he starts to pull a box out of his pocket!!!” By now he is on one knee and he says “Will you Marry Me?” I say “Oh Wow! YES!!
We are both shaking, me from the cold, him from nerves, he took out the ring and it took both of us to put it on my finger!!  This is a very very special place for BIG BEAR and Tru2Cntry, I look forward to spending the rest of my life with my best friend,  thank you for bringing us here… we will be back! What a night, what a place and what an adventure, that’s why we love to Geocache

We headed back to the Jeep and on up to Rat & Mushroom’s to dry my clothes and share our good news!!  They had no idea when they opened the door and welcomed us in that they would have to supply me with some clothes and dry my soaking wet ones, but welcome us they did.  We shared our adventure with them over a nice cup of hot coffee and a piece of pie in their beautiful new kitchen.  They have some great dating and engagement stories too!, and they just celebrated their anniversary, fun night with good friends

This gets a Favorite Point for me, and yes Second Time’s a Charm, and has been a sort of theme to our day to day adventures too!
Love from BIG BEAR & Tru2Cntry

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