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Feb 5, 2008

Rhyolitic Breccia and Banded Rhyolite

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I started with the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKJ]Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM East Earthcache[/url] after the trailhead shuttle dropped me off at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. From there, I hiked up the Condor Gulch Trail, along the High Peaks Trail, and down th e Juniper Canyon Trail. After lunch, I continued along the Balconies Trail, through the Balconies Caves, and up the Balconies Cliffs Trail for this Earthcache (my last cache of the day). Then I hiked back down the Balconies Cliffs Trail, and back to camp via the Old Pinnacles Trail and the Bench Tra il. In 9 hours, I hiked about 12.5 miles (including about a mile of unplanned backtracking) and completed all 6 Earthcaches and the virtual cache at Pinnacles National Monument. All in all, it was an wonderful day! I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthc ache moving. TFTC!

Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM West Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I stopped for lunch near the information panels shown in the photo, but then continued along the trail to the posted coordinates. After studying the cache description again and recogizing the location in the photograph, I backtracked to the information panels. (I have included the coordinates I go t for the information panels.) After collecting the necessary information, I continued hiking along the Balconies Trail and through the Balconies Cave to the [ url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPXHT]Talus Cave - Pinnacles NM[/url] Earthcache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Sampling of Rocks in Pinnacles NM Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I worked on this Earthcache while hiking up the Condor Gulch Trail. I stopped for a snack break at the optional fifth waypoint. Getting there was a challenge, but the view was worth it. Then I continued up the trail to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRZ1]Chalone Cr eek Fault - Precursor to the San Andreas[/url] Earthcache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM East Earthcache

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I started with this Earthcache after the trailhead shuttle dropped me off at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. Next, I headed up the Condor Gulch Trail, working on the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKN]Sampling of Rocks in Pinnacles NM Earthcache[/url]. I'll keep my [ur l=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Talus Cave - Pinnacles NM

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I reached this Earthcache after hiking/wading through the Balconies Cave. At the Bear Gulch Visitor Center, the ranger said that the Balconies Caves were closed, but when I got there, they were open. I was hiking through several inches of water water in places, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Ne xt, I headed up the Balconies Cliffs Trail for the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC4B9]'C' Is For Cave Dweller[/url] virtual cache. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

Chalone Creek Fault ? Precursor to the San Andreas

By: TerryDad2 - adopted by Mauison Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Not chosen

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, so I suppose you could say there were a couple hundred people in my group. But AFAIK, I was the only one geocaching, and while I hiked with various coworkers over the course of the day, no one hiked the whole route with me. So I think I was a "group" of one. I stopped for this Earthcache after hiking up the Condor Gulch Trail. Then I took the High Peaks Trail to the Juniper Canyon Trail, and hiked down the Juniper Canyon Trail to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_deta ils.aspx?wp=GCPRKP]Split Volcano - Pinnacles NM West Earthcache[/url]. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this Earthcache moving. TFTC!

'C' Is For Cave Dwellers

By: Buxley Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Virtual

I came to Pinnacles National Monument for an [url=http://www.google.com/]employer[/url]-sponsored camping trip, and picked up this virtual cache towards the end of the day. I hiked through the caves first, in the downstream direction. Then I passed by the coordinates for this virtual cache on the way to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCPRKV]Rhyolitic Breccia and Banded Rhyolite[/url] Earthcache, which was my last cache before heading back to camp. I think it would have been more difficult to hike through the caves in the upstream direction, given that the creek flowing along the path through the cave was several inches deep in places. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this virtual cache moving. TFTC!

Feb 2, 2008

Meet & Greet Groundspeak & Garmin in the Bay Area

By: Signal the Frog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

I dropped by between sessions, and while I couldn't stay for the next Wherigo session, it was fun visiting and hearing others' thoughts after they had played with it a bit.

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