I had multiple excuses to go to Seattle last week, and two of those were unique geocaches.
Of course, I had to make a pilgrimage to the headquarters of Groundspeak, where I got the 10-cent tour with a new local caching buddy, babj615. The magic screen that everyone talks about is very cool, indeed. It shows a Google Earth location of the most recent log posted each minute, so you can spend a long time staring at it while the logs pop up in various languages and you virtually fly all over the world to read them. There’s a giant cache inside to log and a couple of TBs to discover. Other than that, the office is very quiet, almost disturbingly so, as all of the folks working there communicate primarily just by IMing.
This was after we’d had lunch at the Space Needle….
… and I had the signature Lunar Orbit sundae set on dry ice!
The previous day, I walked through the legendary 2.5 mile old train tunnel to find the only APE cache on this continent and get that unique icon on my list of finds. There were originally several put out to promote a Planet of the Apes film, but only two are left, one in Seattle and one in Brazil ( I think).
Iron Horse – I clambered up a little waterfall to get this one
Micro Tomb Raider – the title and the hint helped, but it still took some due diligence
Mission 9: Tunnel of Light – the APE cache, with its coveted icon
The day was cool and drizzly, with low-hanging clouds in the mountains on the way to the parking area for the Iron Horse Trail that leads to and through the tunnel near Snoqualmie Pass. I had brought two flashlights with me from L.A., but… duhhh… left them in my room, so I bought one nearby and headed valiantly with it into the giant dome-shaped abyss.
It was truly creepy.
I was all alone with the sound of dripping water and my active imagination.
A few feet in, I paused and looked back….. then looked ahead…. the light at the other end seemed really, really tiny….. and there could be monsters… and…. could I do this? In the dark? With a flashlight that now seems really feeble? With the eerie noises and…. and… the lure of that singular icon on the other end drew me in further… and further… and as my eyes adjusted to the dark…. the flashlight became more effective and the tunnel was drier once I got past the entrance…. and I kept walking.
And walking…. now my fear had turned to boredom… and the light at the end was still really small…
And checking out the alcoves.
And finally singing to keep myself entertained… hey! My voice sounded really amazing in there!
2.5 miles, then outside!
I made fairly quick work of the other two caches on the way then came upon the ginormous APE cache. Mission accomplished!
Now…. I just had to walk ALL the way BACK through the tunnel…..
The colors on the mountains were pretty:
Walk with me… into the Creepy Tunnel!
My day was capped off by a visit to Snoqualmie Falls and the cache there.
Cache at Snoqualmie Falls