An Ultimate Geocaching Weekend

24 04 2008

On Saturday, I hiked 7 miles through spectacular scenery in the Santa Monica mountains through creekbeds, hip-high grasslands, and over a 1600-foot summit with views of the ocean. Our merry band of 10 found over 20 caches, including 2 earthcaches.

On Sunday, I rode around with the Ventura Kids and f0t0m0m to over 100 caches, including two events. One was on the Huntington Beach Pier, a flash mob with everyone wearing tie-dye.

It doesn’t get much better than all that.

I did take one photo on the hike before my camera stopped working:

The plants in the foreground have a very “Dr. Seuss” look to them, with thickish tall stalks and puffy foliage under bunches of tall flowers. In the background, you see some rock outcroppings, many of which have visible layers of fossils, and on in to La Jolla Canyon.

GeoCraig was along, and he really takes much better photos than I do. CLICK HERE to see them all, but here are a few of them:

Friends

Fossil

Field

Flowers

Again, CLICK HERE to see them all!

EagleRockRob also took a whole bunch of nice photos – CLICK HERE to view them.

Also on the hike were OLdweeb, RobbDogg, Capdude, Capsbug, DonJag (our fearless leader), Deeznutz, and his wife.

The day with the VKs was not one for photographing really, as it was mostly in urbans settings and most of the caches were pretty standard, except for two. Both of these involved some skilled construction techniques, and we are now all fans of Mesquer!

Got a Dime, Make a Call
It Is What It Is

Then the VKs showed their amazing teamwork skill here:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
As we approached a long, chest-high, dense hedge along the edge of a park, f0t0m0m and I hung back, anticipating several minutes at least of due diligence. Steve and Sandy strolled along the edge with Steve counting down the feet: “15, 10, 5, 3… zero!” at which point Sandy reached in the bushes and drew out the cache!! I wish it happened like that more often….

Yes, it does take a long time to long over 90 finds, and when I’m out with them, it takes longer… Steve has tendency to make, um, smart remarks in his logs, so I have to check what he writes to make sure I don’t have to defend myself. LOL.
Case in point (check out his log):
CJ’s

My week was rounded out with a few caches in Santa Monica, after some singing work down there:
Cumberland
LOT B “KINDA”
YAHOO A PARK
S.B. RIGHT OF SM
The Gnome Liberation Front Safe House – on the owner’s front porch!

In closing, I present a photo of too many people wearing really colorful clothing:

Until next week… happy caching!

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2 responses

26 04 2008
jrog101

You really get to see it all don’t you. I would really enjoy the fossils. ONe of these days I’ll be expecting to see a post from you stating that you were logging the final find of a Multi cache which enabled you to log a mystery cache that was at a virtual cache that you made into an earth cache at the end of your event cache that was all captured in the nearby web cam cache all while standing on a USGS benchmark next to a terracache. It could happen!

Geocaching With Team Hick@Heart

27 04 2008
tonkaboy

Great weekend! I love the photos. Beautiful!
I hope you don’t mind, but I used your picture in my last post on our blog. I put a link to your blog right on there. Hope that’s OK. If not, let me know.

The Northwoods Geocats

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