The Beauty and Mystery of Geocaching

13 03 2010

One of the most compelling things about geocaching for me is just getting out into the scenery. I got to get out in to some different scenery this week, too, traveling about 30 miles north of Pleasanton, CA, to Brentwood, Antioch, Kingston, and Bethel Island with local cachers, David T, Fisherwoman, and DuckyLee. Here’s just a pictorial taste of the area:

On a clear day, you can see forever!

Farmer Brentwood

Magic Carpet (Princess #2)

Downtown Brentwood

Oakley Heritage Tree

GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES !!

Welcome to the Delta

Mariner Cove

We didn’t find this one, even with a lifeline!
Legion of Honor

Later in the week, I hiked with f0t0m0m through Ahmanson Ranch, which encompasses a large valley just west of where I live. It’s a lush spring in Southern California after the wet winter we’ve had.

Another Ahmanson Bush

Lightning got this tree!
Hanging Out on the Trail

Finally, does anyone know what this critter is? I’ve never seen anything like it before! He popped up out of a hole and observed us.

That’s the mystery of the week.

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12 responses

13 03 2010
oldweeb

You could have logged that my Hanging Out on the Trail cache was almost clobbered by a gigantic tree!! Anyway, I think that the mystery animal is a Long Tailed Weasel. Congrats on the sighting and the picture too.

13 03 2010
Bruce Winningham

Elin,

I do believe it is a ferret. Where did you see this guy? Most likely one that escaped or was dumped.

Bruce

13 03 2010
LAEd

After careful consideration I think its a Ferret probably a pet that escaped.

13 03 2010
cigam_mai

It sure looks like a ferret. I recognize him from a movie… “Ferret Bueller’s Day Off”

13 03 2010
Erikajean

Black-footed Ferret. It’s an endangered animal in North America.

Nice green pics!

13 03 2010
oldweeb

Black-footed ferrets are similar but have distinctly different facial coloration. But then again, I’ve never seen either in real life.

13 03 2010
Elin Carlson

I’ve contacted a ferret rescue group to see if they know folks that recover these guys… poor thing!

13 03 2010
Elin Carlson

The ferret person says it’s a weasel…. so it’s a wild thing. Very pretty markings!

13 03 2010
15 03 2010
Thudpucker

Pop goes the weasel.

15 03 2010
Techylady

Yep, a long tailed weasel… Pictures match from internet…
http://olduvaigeorge.com/page/3/

19 03 2010
Erikajean

Wow, it’s amazing how they look so alike!

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