Geocaching Basecamp

boulter's Geoblog

Mar 26, 2006

Van Gogh Tree

By: Team Nazgul Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

12:04 pm - Ha! I get it! I think I found the other one down the trail a bit... Thanks!

Brush Trail View

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

1:52 pm - This was a welcome spot to rest during the "Mile of Mud". The hillside was one big puddle and it wasn't much fun sloging through it. At least the cache was dry. Thanks!

Heron Trail View

By: bullit and Marky Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

10:36 am - I borrowed a Bluetooth GPS module today and tried it out for the first time with Cachenav. It put me within 2 feet of the cache. I'd say that's pretty good!
On the way up MotorBug remarked at the "phoney" deer that the park had put up. Phoney? Maybe not. They started moving.

Thanks for the fun.

Snell Barn

By: bullit and Marky Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

2:36 pm - It's always good to bring a person who's taller than you geocaching. In this case it was MotorBug. He grabbed the cache in no time. Thanks!

The Scale House

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

Found the cache with MotorBug. Thanks for the fun.

Brush Trail Bay Tree

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

2:06 pm - I'm pretty sure this sets a record for me in the category of decons in trees found in one day. Cool old tree. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Finally A Flat!

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

12:51 pm - The acorns in trees were quite cool. To this point we still hadn't seen anybody else on the trail. Thanks.

Hilltop...Almost

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

12:17 pm - This area looked quite similar to the last cache we found. We found it without any problems. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Take A Break!

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

11:41 am - This one sure took us a while to find. We started with one side of the trail, then found it on the side. Lots of places to look. Thanks.

. . . doch all!

By: nostrada (adopted by Marky & Joani) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

11:04 am - I can't quite remember what I said to MotorBug on the way here, but he responded by splattering mud all over me. Then he claimed it was an accident. Yeah, whatever. [;)]
From up top, there was an interesting contrast between the urban development of silicon valley on one site and the barely touched valley on the other. It's neat to see that all at once. TNLNSL. Thanks!

. . . O kommet . . .

By: nostrada (adopted by Marky & Joani) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

12:40 pm - I thought to myself while I was here that I had to look up what the heck the titles of these caches meant. Now I get it. Ha! Thanks.

Ihr Kinderlein, . . .

By: nostrada Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

2:22 pm - So this is where you're supposed to start? We replaced the cache a bit higher than we found it. Thanks!

Stary Night

By: EricsBrat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

3:05 pm - We did "just a bit" of bushwhacking up here, through the PO a barbed-wire fence and back up to a perfectly easy trail. I found the cache while I caught my breath. TNLNSL.
PS. I think it's "Starry"

Dutch Flat Trail

By: kablooey Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

1:01 pm - There's a nice view of Mt. Hammy from here. It's a bummer that the snow is gone now. We tried to come a few weeks ago for a snowball fight, but they had closed the road. Found the cache and TNLNSL. Thanks!

. . . kommet, . . .

By: nostrada Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Micro

1:07 pm - MotorBug and I both guessed which leg of the tower we thought the cache would be on - we were both wrong. The magnet came unglued, but we managed to refasten it well without the magnet. We finally saw two other sets of people here - the first 4 other souls of the day. Thanks!

Hurtin' Tree

By: Team Nazgul Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

11:55 am - I found the cache here while MotorBug was attempting to communicate with the cows. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Grant Overlook: 2,400 feet

By: Team Nazgul Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

11:25 am - MotorBug and I had fond memories of this place from when we did the Lord of the Rings series. We took a commemorative picture of whatever gadgets we could pull out. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Mar 19, 2006

Plant Invasion

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:36 pm - Plant invasion for sure - plants have even invaded the sign. It was pretty much dark at this time so I was glad to find it quickly. Thanks!

Nature Galore!

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:10 pm - There was quite a bit of nature out here this evening, including bunnies, birds and squirrels. Nature was also quite smelly - or was that the treatment plant next door? Anyway, we had no problem finding the the cache. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Palo Alto Baylands - Top of the Hill

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

6:26 pm - The first thing we noticed when searching for this one was a strange rock in a hole. Then we noticed the rock was furry. It was actually a rabbit, not more than 3 feet away who appeared to think that if he couldn't see us, we couldn't see him. It took a while to find the cache, but we eventually came up with it. Thanks.

Stroller Friendly #4: That's not my diaper!

By: Geo Baby Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:15 pm - We were on a roll during an evening stroll. I don't recall ever being on this section of the trail. I found the cache ok. Thanks.

Baylands Trail Junction

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

6:04 pm - It was apparently closin' time and a ranger drove by to stop and the dam and do something. We grabbed the cache, TNLNSL, and walked on. Thanks!

The 528 foot hole

By: bullit Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

5:57 pm - We decided to take a brisk walk close to sunset and managed to pick up half a dozen caches. Not bad! This was our first, then we turned around for the rest. Thanks.

Byxbee Park

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:31 pm - It was getting dark and the park was closed now, so I had to find this quickly. Found in the second area I looked. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2006

Along the Gordon Mill Trail

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

10:53 am - We all had our different guesses about where the cache was for this one with the GPS reception not helping at all. MotorBug finally found it. That hint will get less accurate over time! TNLNSL. Thanks!

Steam Donkey Junction

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

10:43 am - Last weekend it was so rainy and miserable we turned around even before we got to this cache. Today it was a beautiful clear day. I have to hand it to callipidder for braving that weather.
We found the cache and noticed that bytemobile had found it sometime earlier in the day. That's not a good sign - he tends to leave things behind on the trail. There are worse places for a return visit I suppose. TNLNSL. Thanks!

The Cure For Micro Viruses

By: ed777 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

11:30 am - For once, I got to call out "Whoop! Whoop!" to MotorBug when I found the cache. Take that! TNLNSL. Thanks!

Virus Bravo Three

By: ed777 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

11:24 am - Wow, the rain really came down here. We saw some impressive landslides on the way here. Lots of cleanup work to do. Found the cache ok. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Speed Bump Tree

By: ed777 Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Not chosen

2:01 pm - Hah! Great container. Cruel description. Glad I found it quickly. Thanks.

Old Growth Redwood

By: geekster & ghoff3 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

12:54 pm - It's interesting to know that these hills used to be covered with these giant trees. That was quite a hill coming up here from All that Jazz! Wanting to just get it over with, I powered my way up. I suppose that all that downhill we enjoyed earlier comes at a price. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Manzanita Trail Overlook

By: Shores Scout, geekster & Eagle81 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

1:54 pm - We ran into wirebndr and bytemobile on the way to this cache. I was relieved to hear that they hadn't placed any caches today. [:D]
There's quite a maze of trails up here. I found the cache while the rest of us enjoyed the view. Thanks!

The Mountain Men

By: geekster Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

11:42 am - That's a fine selection of mountain man stuff here in this cache. Reception was spotty, but we (by 'we' I mean MotorBug) found it eventually. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Fallen Giants

By: mjp303 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

1:31 pm - Wham!!! That must have been quite a sound when these big boys fell. Checked a few spots while I ignored MotorBug's direction and then found it in a nice hole. Thanks!

The Motherlode

By: geekster & tavahi Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

2:51 pm - I wasn't searching for long when I heard MotorBug's trademark whistling. That's nice, but it doesn't mean I'm going to retrieve it for him! After MOTORBUG grabbed the cache, we signed it and headed on. Thanks!

This Old Stump

By: geekster Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

3:36 pm - MotorBug and I were looking determinedly in some spots when suddenly Anne, without a GPSr, called out "Are you looking for this?" Hey, we all get lucky sometimes, right? SMILIE
My hands were certainly cold by this point and writing was slow. TNLNSL. Thanks!

The Clearing

By: geekster Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

3:58 pm - I found this relatively quickly, so I did "the whistle dance" while we waited for MotorBug to find it. This was a new container to me. TNLNSL. Thanks!

The Tafoni

By: geekster Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

3:09 pm - This didn't look like much as we approached and I wondered what the fuss was about. Then we got close and oh - wow! I really liked the tree formations. We found the cache and explored a bit before heading on back. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Skeggs Point

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:43 pm - With the owner at my side, this cache was a shoo-in. It wasn't where he last left it, but not too far away. Thanks for the cache and company!

Triple Madrone View

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

2:33 pm - Nice view from up here too. We found the cache, took a bit of a rest, and started our backtrack. TNLNSL. Thanks!

All That Jazz

By: Chronic Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

12:16 pm - We were determined to find this one, so we searched for a good 20 minutes before MotorBug spotted it. When he did, we couldn't believe that walked right by it several times. It helps to know that you're not looking for an ammo box.
I TNLNSL and took a little break for a snack before the big hill. Thanks!

Mar 12, 2006

Suncrest Boulder

By: airshadowshow Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

2:35 pm - Kinda felt like I was in someone's driveway, so we found this one quickly, TNLNSL and headed on. Thanks.

Alice's Restaurant

By: L-grl (with GeoWomyn_SF_CA) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

11:20 am - After an aborted hike in the rain, MotorBug and us sat down here for some soup. Good soup! I grabbed the cache, brought it back to the table. Thanks!

Railway Bridge

By: GeoBrowns Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:57 pm - I was totally pissed off when I found this one. So pissed off, I threw the cache to the ground. Why? Because when I DNF'd this 3 times before, I swear I looked in this exact spot. Today it was the first place I looked. Gaaaahh! It's over now, happy thoughts...

Methuselah

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:00 am - We tried to take a hike across the street, but it was way too rainy outside. We found this one as consolation. I couldn't see the cache, so MotorBug grabbed it, and got a nasty sliver in the process. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Mar 5, 2006

Grand Cayman Heroes

By: littleyellow Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

3:30 pm - We buzzed by this spot while we were getting ready to get back on the ship. Emailed the answers. Thanks for the caches on Cayman!

Mar 4, 2006

The Cliffs of Dover? Not quite..... But still.....

By: MountainMacs Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

2:10 pm - We had a nice walk out to the cache this afternoon. There's clearly still a lot of hurricane damage here. We took in the views and TNLNSL. Thanks!

Stonewall... or the Cache is not the Thing

By: MountainMacs Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

11:55 am - We had a tough day on Grand Cayman. This turned out to be one of the easier ones. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Andy's Cache

By: doc dean's wife Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

2:45 pm - We didn't realize that this cache would take us to Grand Cayman's only National Park. That was cool. It was surprising that you could drive offroad in the National Park - that's the last thing they want you to do in most U.S. Parks. We spotted some big lizards around and spotted the cache too. I rescued the Ariel travel bug while I was there.
We enjoyed the soft sandy beach. We kept running into dead ends on the way out, but finally made it. Thanks for the visit to this nice spot.

East End Lighthouse

By: Doc-Dean Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

12:36 pm - Hey, where's the house? And the light? At least there were a bunch of informative plaques. Found the cache OK and TNLNSL. Thanks!

Franklin the swimmer

By: littleyellow Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

3:31 pm - We had a quick stop here at their new location. The coordinates probably need to be updated. Thanks for pointing this place out!

TO HELL AND BACK

By: NCFLYERS - The Double J's of Fortuna, CA Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

2:12 pm - The post office was closed today, which made it a quick stop. The tour book said this place was overrated. It was interesting, but there's really not much to do once you get there. Anyway, thanks for the interesting location.

Mar 2, 2006

Christopher Columbus's 4th and Final Voyage

By: -Team Family Affair Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

3:45 pm - Good ol' Chris Columbus. He sure did get around.
We had just returned from a zip line tour. We had bought tickets to jump right on a another tour, but the first tour got back too late. That gave us time to kill and walk around Puerto Limon. It was quite different from the other ports we had visited on our cruise.

We enjoyed the walk and got th
e picture we needed. Thanks!

Mar 1, 2006

The 8th Wonder of the World- The Panama Canal

By: -Team Family Affair Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

7:39 am - Wow, this was pretty cool. It's amazing the canal was ever built. We had to get up early to watch our ship pass through, but it was worth it. We got our picture just at the right spot. Thanks!

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