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:
GCJJGZ Black Butte-y (Traditional Cache) in California by MtnMike
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!!
To the top of Black Butte!
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/)
Picturesque Muir’s Peak (Black Butte, 6500 ft.), northern California, U. S. A., by H.C. White Co. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sunset over Black Butte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Black Butte, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)