June 12, 2011 – So for my 4000th Cache we went over to Susanville and did the Valentine Heart Series. We started a 11 and ended at 5:30, a 10 mile hike. It was a great hike and BIG BEAR was with me, cheering me on, he is my best friend, my biggest fan and he is my Sweetheart too! We hiked in to the middle of the Heart Series to get the Valentine and I made that my 4000th cache… it was awesome!!! We celebrated with P-Nut M&M’s !!
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January 2011 – Very cool video of all the cachers that have done the Route 66 trail
BIG BEAR. and I, loaded up the Garmin Nuvi‘s and grabbed our GeoGear and left Redding at 6 pm Friday Night headed South to go do the Route 66 Series. We stopped at Sacramento Airport and picked up a Kia Minivan, its much easier to cache in. Then headed to Manteca to pick up SeanStafford.
We drove all night, got to 001-Route 66 at 6 am Saturday morning and started Caching! It was still dark, but we had flashlights and headlights and plenty of Energizer rechargeable batteries, it took some looking but as it got lighter we located them fairly quickly. The coordinates were all right on and we only replaced 1 or 2 caches that were missing. We replaced a couple of containers that had been chewed on or just needed replacing.
So we got our rhythm down and knew what we were looking for, each of us took a 100 Cache find turn, as it got warmer we cut this in half. It was a beautiful weekend and the temperature was just right, we stayed hydrated with Powerade |and Vitamin Water, and we were keeping a good pace.
It was dark around 5 pm and so we once again got the flashlights out and started hunting in the dark, it was tougher but we got it done. The terrain for this series is nothing like the ET Trail, the terrain on most of the series is a 2, and they take a little while to find, but by 6 p.m. we were logging 800-Route 66! 12 Hours to do the Series, and Sean is a human Tornado, he is nothing but fun to cache with. There were a few more caches in front of us and we tried to continue but it was unanimous… we were done and headed off to the AVI Resort in Laughlin, NV for dinner and a nice hot shower! We were caked in dirt and so was the GeoVan!
Grand total of Caches for the day was 811, another record day of Geocaching for all of us. Weekend Total around 875, when I finish logging them all I will update this to reflect the exact count.
What a blast… Where else can you combine a Road Trip, Treasure Hunting, Computer Tech, Adventure, Memories to last a lifetime? A BIG thank you to Team Stevecat (aka Ginny & Steve) for the Route 66 Series, we loved it!
After a good dinner, hot shower and a good night of sleep we were on our way again at 6 the next morning. Headed towards Barstow to do the Yer-Mo (Yermo) road series. Very nicely done trail just Northeast of Barstow, we started with Yer End and finished the trail in an hour. Thank you to JohnMac56 for a great little road series.
Now to fill up with gas again, and start the trek home.
Just as we headed towards the Tehachipi Pass we saw a the start of a rainbow, it grew into a full rainbow rather quickly and it followed us, then shrank down and was gone. It was a beautiful weekend for a road trip, great weather and the views from sun up to sun down were spectacular. And that is why we Geocache!
BIG BEAR ran a pocket query to look for some Virtual Caches in Bakersfield and came up with several we could do. So we made our way to Bakersfield, did some really fun virtual’s and then went to the Rice Bowl for lunch, this restaurant came highly recommended by BIG BEAR, and it didn’t disappoint, we all had the Chinese Chicken Salad, very good!
The Sunshine Express – we stopped for this Virtual and there was a great little Gift Shop with a Starbucks located inside, so I seized a much needed cup of Starbucks Coffee, and some fun with the California Raisin… lol!
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