March 06, 2005

Terrain Challenge 3

1:54 pm - Today was the day to find some caches I was sick of looking at and this was the the second one I found.

I wanted to do this one a few weeks ago, but it was pouring rain up here.

I had looked at some maps at home, so I knew which way to go. I decided to explore Alpine Road anyway and tried to find another way in. I couldn't find any, so I used the suggested parking.

I had a great hike down, listening to music and enjoying the day.

The stream crossing was a bit tricky, but I made it across. After that the trail got pretty scarce and full of poison oak. I continued on anyway and soon I approached the cache and a gate. I hadn't seen a soul on the way down, but stragely there was a guy just standing there at the cache. At first I thought it might be popeye2 or at least another geocacher. Who would come all the way down here?

The guy turned out to be an entomologist, health inspector and hardcore hiker named Kevin. I asked him if he knew about geocaching and he had heard about it. I then went over and found the cache while we chatted. The cache was in OK shape; the container was kinda crushed but the insides were dry. I was #3 on the log and I TNLNSL.

Kevin and I headed back up together and we talked about all the parks we've been to. The hike back up felt quick with some good conversation. I think he'd have a lot of fun caching, so I hope he checks it out.

Thanks for a nice hike on a beautiful day! Posted by jeff at March 6, 2005 01:54 PM