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Dec 31, 2007

Toad in the Hole

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

I was 37 degrees when I headed out this morning, but I was cozy with the stocking cap and fancy gloves I got for Christmas. I had stopped by the LT-01 trailhead before, but this was my first hike from there. I poked around in the wrong hole first, but soon found the one with the cache. Thanks!

New PMT #4

By: ChipnDonna Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

The hint was crucial for me here since I didn't see an obvious hiding spot. The first person I saw this morning was a trail runner that passed by here as I was reading the description and hint. After finding the cache, I read the sign over a couple times to make sure I wasn't going to be considered a trespasser on Palo Alto's private playground, then proceeded into Foothill Park.

Wild Horse Valley View

By: ChipnDonna Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

I came from LT-01, and decided to turn around here. I wanted to get home by noon, so I took the fire road from here straight up the hill. I didn't have a map, but the fire road seemed to go where I wanted to go, and it worked out well. I left Bytemobile turtle #400.

New PMT #2

By: ChipnDonna Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

My GPSr had enough signal to get me to the right area, but it was wandering and I was wandering until I read the hint. Thanks!

LT Trail

By: ChipnDonna Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

This was my original turn-around point to head back to LT-01 and it was at the edge of the paper map I printed out. However I noticed that there was another cache that was less than 0.7 miles from here (as the crow flies!) so I decided to head on down the trail.

New PMT #1

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

The new trail could have been a bit muddy today, but it was frozen solid this morning. I set out from LT-01 for my first hike on the new PMT. Thanks!

Bay to Ridge Trail #1

By: ChipnDonna Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Small

I think I was #8 on the log, so some folks are finding this by accident, or just not logging online. The cache was jammed in pretty hard so it took me a while to extract it. I didn't have a map of the Foothill park trails, so the signage here was a little confusing. It looked like I could return the way I came in 3 hours, or take the other fork and it would take 1 hour. I saw that there was another cache just 0.44 miles away (as the crow flies!) so I headed on down the trail.

New PMT #3

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

That is an oak that has been around awhile and has a lot of character. I decided to pull out the camera and shoot a picture.

Fairie Ring

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

The weather was cool this morning, but the views were incredible. I didn't see a Fairie, but spotted the hiding spot for the cache as I walked up.

Dec 24, 2007

I Pack a Chainsaw: The Big Deep

By: Wu-dan Cupoda Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 4.0 Container: Micro

My two sons were home for Christmas, so I planned this cache and a couple others for a little adventure. I brought along a rope, but no other climbing gear, and was very glad I had the rope. Getting to the cache was quite an adventure, chainsaw and all. We almost gave up on finding the cache, but my son found it in a last ditch effort. We took a little detour up the rabbit hole, but I was convinced that all those bushes without any leaves were poison oak, so back down the rabbit hole we went. All in all, a cool time. Thanks!

Thru Two Tunnels

By: 50sumtin Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

Both sons were home for Christmas, so I planned a little geocaching adventure for us. We had a couple sets of wader boots but they weren't that much of an advantage. I think both sons had water on their jeans and in the boots before we were into the first tunnel. I went with shorts and water shoes. Thanks for setting this up. Great fun!

Dec 23, 2007

Jack Jump Over

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

I printed this out before heading up for a little 49er tailgating today. I figured it out just about 20 minutes before we were going to head into the game, and the cache turned out to be just a short hike from our car. Thanks for the puzzle!

Candlestick Point

By: WalruZ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I was doing a little tailgating with my two sons before the 49ers game today. This proved to be a nice little hike from our car in an area I hadn't visited before. Thanks!

Dec 22, 2007

West Toe

By: WalruZ (with thanks to Kindergarten Teacher) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

I had no problem picking up the trail after looking for Bay Area Multiple Hills. It was a bit frosty up here this morning, but by now I wished that I had left my heavy jacket in the car. I left Bytemobile turtle #399 and the Cinderella travel bug. Thanks!

Sunday Trail Walk

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

I got up here early this morning. The temperature was 37 when I left home, but was up to a toasty 43 when I started hiking. I saw a little ice/frost on the trail as I started out. No problem spotting the cache. Thanks!

San Bruno Mountain

By: Oleg, Marianna, Dennis Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

It is always nice to find a cache with a three digit waypoint and a great view. It was frosty when I started out this morning, but I was wishing that I had left my heavy jacket in the car by now. I left Bytemobile turtle #398, left Pete's Dollar travel bug, and took Cinderella travel bug.

Saturday in the park

By: geotap and skwerlie Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

I had a look for this before I started my hike this morning and came up empty. As I was coming back, I thought of a logical area that I had not fully checked, and found the cache in the first place I looked. Thanks!

Dec 14, 2007

Vee Tree

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

My GPSr had me going up and down the trail here, and I wasn't immediately drawn to a particular tree by the cache title. I finally wandered around, searched, and found the cache.

Another End of Alpine Road

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was my starting point for a bike ride this morning (actually I parked in a lot up on Skyline). I had never been on this trail/road before. The cache density caught my eye as I looked for a hike or a ride yesterday. No problem spotting the cache. Thanks!

Virus Bravo Ten

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

I took a short detour from my bike ride down and up Alpine Rd. to grab this cache. It's a nice area, and it was worthwhile coming over. Thanks!

Romancing the Stone

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I saw "Romancing the Stone", but it has been so long that I don't remember much. The cache was cute and nicely hidden. Thanks!

Bouquet #3

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Wow, the bouquet of the cache contents was quite strong. I picked this up on the ride down. I probably should have waited so I could have a break on the ride back up. I took the NightKnight sigitem and left Bytemobile turtle #397. Thanks!

Ode to Bullit

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This was a quick stop on the ride down. I have found 86 Bullit caches, so I consider myself a connoisseur. Thanks!

Tree of Heaven

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I skipped this on the ride down, so it made a nice stop on the way back up. Thanks!

Solitude

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

This was one of the few stretches of trail where I someone this morning. Someone and his two dogs. Found the cache quickly with the hint. Thanks!

Fight Back

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

I found this one before stopping to read the description or look for a hint. I decided to take the travel bug since it had been here a while and was kind of filling the cache.

The End of Alpine Road

By: crawburr Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was my turn-around point for my bike ride down from Page Mill Rd. I skipped a couple caches on the way down so I would have breaks on the way back up. No problems finding the cache. Thanks!

Trailside Post

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I stopped in exactly the right spot, but looked for the wrong thing. I looked around a little bit, then read the hint, and the cache magically appeared. Thanks!

Follow the Tags

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I didn't spot any tag near the start of the trail, so I headed down, looking for tags. I spotted the cache before I found any tags, then saw one tag on my way out. Well, that was a little different anyway. Thanks!

Trailside Trunk

By: The Un-cachers Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

I looked around a little bit, then resorted to the hint, and found the cache immediately. The coordinates were very close for me. Thanks!

Dec 8, 2007

Near the Top

By: batch218 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

The traffic was quite heavy on the trail this morning, which I don't understand. This is not my favorite trail, although I've been on it a few times. I needed the hint to spot the cache. Thanks!

Bay Area

By: javawriter Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

I wandered a little bit here, but eventually zeroed in on the nicely hidden cache. Thanks!

Somewhere within an Ammo Box

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Not chosen

I found a little spot on the log to sign, but I don't think anyone else can legibly sign, since it is pretty well covered with signatures. Thanks!

Bob wire

By: javawriter Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

A flock of wild turkeys was crossing the road near here, so I took a couple pictures, then read the description and hint and spotted the cache.

Baby-liter bottle 1: jogger portal

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

This was my second stop this morning. When I started caching here about three years ago, people used to claim in their logs that they had now found all the caches in the park. I think that sort of claim is quickly out-of-date here. Thanks!

Winded

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

I headed farther away from the trail than I needed to, but that enabled me to spot the cache from a distance. Thanks!

Somewhere: Virus Bravo Eight

By: catomcat Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

My GPSr was wandering, so I ended up wandering up and down the trail a bit. I spotted the hiding spot fairly early on, but failed to investigate enough until the second pass. Lots of folks heading up and down the trail this morning.

Baby 2-liter bottle 2: bay shade

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

I zeroed in on this one quickly, and found it before reading the description or hint. The cache still has its natural cover.

Baby 2-liter bottle (2): high road, low road

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

This was my first visit to Rancho San Antonio in many months. It was about 38 degrees at 8 am, but that didn't discourage the hikers and joggers who had nearly filled the parking log. Thanks!

Muggle Junction

By: javawriter Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This cache is well named. There was hardly a break in the stream of traffic on the trail while I was there. Luckily, I had found Bob Wire earlier, so I knew where this one would be. Thanks!

Different approaches

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

I read the description a couple times, followed the directions, reached in, and couldn't find it. [edit: Based on private communications with javawriter, I did not look in the right spot, so it's probably still there.]

Unnatural

By: javawriter Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I don't think I've ever known an Edna. I missed the unnatural object on the first pass, but spotted it after a short search. Thanks!

Dec 1, 2007

Elevation 2464

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

After I finished up my Castle Rock hikes, I headed home via Black Rd. and made a stop here. I wasn't here long, but a dozen cars probably went by in the meanwhile. Lots of Christmas tree traffic by here today. Thanks!

County Line - Santa Clara

By: TnL Crew and In Honor of 50sumtin Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This cache was my first order of business this morning. The trail was pleasant, but the air was quite brisk. No problem finding the cache, after I made a detour back to my vehicle to retrieve the coordinates. I wonder how close this is to the county line, since the boundary seems to follow Skyline Blvd. quite closely.

X-6: Sanborn Reborn (Nazgul Secret Trailhead #10)

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

After a couple hikes at Castle Rock, I headed down Black Rd for a couple more caches. Lots of Christmas tree traffic today! The color of the cache container blended so well with its surroundings that it was hard to spot, but the hint zeros in the area quite well. Thanks!

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