September 14, 2003

Coyote Creek Pigeonhole

The only reason I went for this cache was because I turned left when I should have turned right. Being male, I decided to just go with it and not turn around, so I quickly recalibrated my GPS and saw this one come up.

I parked in the first place I saw, which turned out to be kind of far away, but I managed to avoid the $6 parking fee.

This was a nice park. I found my way to the creek and then realized that the cache was on the other side, so I started making my way down the embankment. I found a point which looked pretty narrow, so I made a quick hop across without getting too wet. On the other side though was lots and lots and lots of poison oak. Uh oh. I walked delicately around and over it, but I wasn't sure I made it through safely. I definitely had some scratches on my legs - were they from trees or the poison oak?

Once I crossed that gauntlet, I started looking for the cache. Tried a couple of different options, then decided I needed the hint. I need to start paying more attention to the titles of these caches. Found it soon after and TNLN.

All that climbing around sure left me sweating on this hot day. I decided I wasn't going to use the same route back so I went up to the other side and starting looking for another path. I knew I had to go left, but there didn't look like a path there, so I started to go right where I saw some houses in the distance. As long as I could get to a street, I would be able to find my way back. Shortly after I found a *much* easier way to cross the creek and went back the way I came the rest of the way.

So far, no evidence of poisioning, so a successful cache all around!

Posted by jeff at September 14, 2003 12:56 PM