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Recently Updated Geoblogs


Jan 31, 2006

Numbers Hound # 2

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

After two caches in two weeks (Costa Rica and Nicaragua), I don't mind adding to my finds with an easy one.

Numbers Hound # 1

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

My GPSr took a while to figure out that it was no longer in Costa Rica. Then it got me within a bush or two of the cache, but that left a lot of bushes to beat. Persistence paid off and I finally got the right angle on the cache. I took the Duckey Lee button and left turtle #199.

Jan 23, 2006

Masaya Volcano Cache

By: On the Brenk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

All I needed to do to find this cache was to sign up for a shore excursion from the Windstar. We anchored near the fishing village of San Juan del Sur, where we were met by some big air conditioned buses. Our Nicarguan tour guide claimed that there were only six buses like this in Nicaragua. Most of the buses we met on the road were old US school buses. We headed past Lake Nicaragua to the old colonial city of Granada. We stopped there and walked around the square and through the museum. The kids there were pretty aggressive in selling their little souveniers, nuts, and gum. We bought a little bug woven from a sugar cane leaf while we watched. At the volcano, our guide hauled us up the hill and pointed out one of the taller buildings in Managua, and filled us in on some of the history of the volcano.

Thanks for setting this up!

Jan 19, 2006


By: Josh Bolden and DG Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

We stayed for a couple nights at the Mawamba Lodge, and the National Park was just a mile hike from there. I brought along a replacement cache -- a large pill bottle covered with camo tape. I found a little plastic man here under a coconut husk. I put the man in the cache and re-hid the cache under the husk. The trail was quite muddy, but we made it through in pretty good shape. Listening to the Howler monkeys was awesome. We came back the next day with a tour guide and rubber boots and saw lots of birds and more monkeys. I will upload some pictures when I get home.

Jan 14, 2006

Where's the Dam Cache?

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This is an interesting plant, and I was hoping the hint would tell me what it was. I only saw one other person on this back trail today in the rain showers.

Along the De Anza Trail 10 - Camden Oak

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I found the cache on the ground, but it seems to be getting by just fine that way. Thanks!


By: STP Ron Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

The rain started picking up a little as I headed for the cache, and the one fisherman on this end of the pond retreated under the trees. Thanks!

Cormorant Feeding Line

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:10 am -- I wasn't really trying for a FTF. I planned a route to do some errands and a few caches, and this was my second cache. The cormorants were here and a few die-hard joggers, but the rain thinned out the traffic on the trail.

Get Down to the Water

By: STP Ron Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I liked the hint. I am increasing my plant vocabulary and identification knowledge. The cache was a little hard to spot, buried under some grass. I left Bytemobile turtle #198.

Jan 13, 2006

Sierra Azul Trader

By: Tonton-Ca (adopted by OneAngryPuppy) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

I took a bike ride along Woods Trail today and stopped for this one. I didn't have a travel bug, so I just left signature turtle #191.

Above the Valley

By: ProTechCC & Chucklesda Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 4.0 Container: Regular

This was hidden since my last trip up and down Barlow Rd. I had been planning to come back sometime, and the new caches finally got me out here. I left signature turtle #195.

Montgomery Lane

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

Very cool spot, and lots of interesting debris around. I left signature turtle # 196.

Hot Wheels Cache

By: Pack 281 Den 1 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Large

This is an interesting area that I haven't been to before -- a nice place for a cache. I had a bit of trouble finding it, though. My GPSr said I was about 40 feet away when I found it. I left Bytemobile turtle #197.

Tram Lines

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

I had a tough time spotting this, but I finally got close enough that I couldn't miss it. I swapped a new GBA coin for the CA geocoin and left signature turtle # 192.

Ghost Trees

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

I didn't zero out in exactly the right spot, but the real estate is limited here, and it didn't take long to wander over and find it.

River Runs Through it

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

What Nazgul said. I had other stuff to do today.


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

I took a short bike ride from the gate on Mt. Umunhum Rd. I spotted a little Mystery Ink critter I hadn't seen before and swapped signature turtle #174 for it.

Five Finger Discount

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

I zipped up to this one on my bike, dismounted, and made the grab. Thanks!

Snake Alert

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

Yikes! I didn't have my hiking stick for poking.

Easy Chair

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

I'm glad someone is willing to explore these interesting little trails. I had been up and down Barlow Rd. before, and never thought to have a look out here. Thanks for the tour!

Jan 12, 2006

Holiday Greetings

By: stbk Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I had a little trouble with a digit or two, but it all worked out eventually. Nice puzzle idea. Happy New Year!

Jan 10, 2006

Heritage Park

By: dw Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I stopped by here months ago, but there was a large group gathered around the cache site, and I didn't want to interrupt. Today the place was deserted. The log was damp, but the plastic bag was pretty much intact, so it wasn't clear why it was so wet.

C or N?

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

This is my second DNF. I thought I had a pretty good picture in my mind of how this cache was hidden after chatting with the owner at the "Before Birthday Breakfast", but it wasn't there as pictured.

Jan 9, 2006


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

At noon this end of the trail was packed with walkers, runners, and bike riders, and someone was plunked down at the cache site. I passed it by on the way out, and the coast was clear on the way back for a quick grab.

Charleston Slough

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

I didn't realize until this hike that there is a parking lot at both ends of this trail, and I have been on the other end. This was my turn-around point, though, and I hustled back to the car.

Coffee Anyone

By: Rocket Girl Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I stopped by once before, but I think it was gone. At the Before Birthday Breakfast, Rocket Girl told me that she had replaced it, so I stopped by on my way to work this morning and signed on the first spot in the new log. I would have taken one of the new Rocket Girl tokens, but I already had one from the Breakfast. Thanks!


By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was out here before to pick up the first couple caches in this series. A return trip is not a bad thing. The weather was perfect for a brisk walk.


By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

My lunchtime walks are usually a little short than this, but this was not a bad jaunt. Bring some latex gloves if you don't want muddy hands here.

Jan 7, 2006

Alien Rover

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

I was hiking with a group of cachers after the Before Birthday Breakfast, and headed home before some of the rest. This was just a short detour on my way back, so I stopped by. Thanks!

Tie Exchange

By: EverSeeking Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

I didn't bring a tie either, so I left signature turtle #193. Thanks!

Homage to Trolls

By: CKayaks Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Motorbug and I were the first on scene, and we found it pretty quickly. This allowed us to sit back and needle the rest of group as they searched. After this cache, I headed back, made a short detour for Alien Rover, and headed home. This was my first hike with a group of geocachers, and I had a nice time.

Hike it and Park it.

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I joined up with a small group for a hike after the Before Birthday Breakfast. There is nothing like hiking with the hider for insurance against DNFs.

Three's Company

By: Mystery Ink Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This one stumped our little troupe for a few minutes, then WoW made the find.

Before Birthday Breakfast

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

I enjoyed talking with several folks, and finally headed out for a hike at Almaden Quicksilver.

Jan 6, 2006

Nice Park

By: Team_Unicycle Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This nice park is on my way home from work, so I finally made a point to stop by tonight. Thanks!

Raynor Park Dragons

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

I was on my way to pick up a part at lunchtime and managed to add this stop to my route. It was probably the lowest terrain rated CKayaks cache I have done lately.

Jan 5, 2006

West Pole

By: ALCLGL Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was on a lunchtime jaunt to Double Secret Trailhead, and this was on the way. Thanks!

Double Secret Trailhead

By: workerofwood Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I headed out for a short lunchtime tour for this one. Excellent workmanship!

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