So honored that my best friends and fellow geocachers SeanStafford&GCWidow invited me along to capture their 10,000 cache!! Sean wanted to hike the Black Butte, with this Geocache as his goal:
I am posting the honoree pictures first, as this was our goal for the hike. Sean and Melissa’s #10,000 Geocache! I was honored to be present!! Scroll down for pictures of the beautiful hike to this goal.
Today is the day! We set our GPS‘s towards Black Butte and head out. The weather looks great, we have water, snacks and Sean is hard to hold back at this point. Sean and Melissa had attempted this geocache on a previous trip up Black Butte, however they encountered some muggles (non-geocachers) on the path down to the cache. For whatever reason they would not move, not having much room to maneuver up there, and not having another way to the cache they had to abandon the goal. This was not going to happen today, Sean was going to get his cache, and nothing was going to stop him!! We parked at the trailhead, which was also a challenge to Sean and Melissa on their first attempt. They never found the road into the trailhead, so they ended up hiking another mile just to get to the trail head. This day is already off to a great start!!
Here we go… change the shoes, grab the water and we are off. Melissa is in the lead, she was soon out of sight! Sean and I are stopping to take pictures and making sure we are well hydrated. The views are immediately gratifying. Its a gradual hike up, the elevation gain is 1850 ft.
For more information here on the trail: http://mountshastatrailassociation.org/trails/west-of-mt-shasta/black-butte/)
The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown
On the radar for more than one goal today was the Whiskeytown Falls. There is an Earthcache there, actually there are 2 right in the area of the falls. All total there are 4 Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown National Parks area. Since you can’t place a physical cache in any National Park area, an Earthcache is an ideal cache to place to bring Geocachers to the area. All of the Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown area take you to the Waterfalls in the park. I can now check these two off of my Waterfalls list and plan my next adventure to see the other Waterfalls in the Whiskeytown National Park area!
Before I plan my next trip out to the other waterfalls, I just have to tell you about this waterfall. I am copying some of the info here from Waterfalls of Whiskeytown – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website. It has all the details you want on the parks trails and waterfalls and they also have maps to get you there.
From the Whiskeytown Website:
For over 40 years this 220-foot waterfall was only a secret to the few that knew it existed. For a variety of reasons, some people decided not to share the falls’ existence with others. Today, people from all over the world have heard about the hidden secret.
I met up Saturday morning with a group of ladies from my church. They had posted the Event for our Ladies group on Facebook. Since I don’t get much of a chance to visit or do activities with them because Saturdays are usually my day to go out Hiking and Geocaching, I was thrilled to see an activity that I could do with them. We got started around 9:00 am and I think we arrived at the falls around 11:30. This is not a hike for the faint of heart, it was 90% uphill!! Some of the ladies were up the hill in no time, not me, it took me a lot longer. I stopped to catch my breath about every 100 feet or so. It was a 3.4 miles round trip hike, and going down was just as difficult as going up. The hike was well worth it though, it was beautiful. We arrived just about the time the sun was highlighting the falls. Beautiful!! We had a worship time with Tami who packed her little guitar up the trail with her.
I collected the information that I needed for the Earthcache: GC2JAE4 Whiskeytown Falls (Earthcache) by TeamNulti2003
I had fun with the ladies who were helping me figure out the answers I needed to log the Earthcache, I learned a lot about Waterfalls that I didn’t previously know. I have to tell you that I am not all that good with Earthcaches, they are not my favorite cache type, I don’t know why though because I always learn something new. This was a fun Earthcache to do. When we got back to our picnic area there was another Waterfall and anther Earthcache there too!!
Time to head back now and have our Picnic Lunch and find the other Earthcache!
- Intro to Geocaching (turtlestravel.com)
This has been on my radar for a long time, for some reason it just looked like it was going to be a hard one to locate. Looking at the maps and the access in to the area, so Cantseem and I set our sights on this one, it has long been on his radar too! I go to pick him up and doubt is written all over his face… hmmmm he is wanting to change up our plans. Nope! We are going, it’s what we planned so lets G-O!!
Gotta say that it was probably one of the best days of Geocaching that I have ever done! It was beautiful!! The access in was no problem, however it would be in the winter with snow on the ground. So glad we stuck with our plan, now I have a smiley :) there!! We were able to grab 2 others in the area too:
The CO does an awesome job of maintaining these caches up here! I liked this trip so much that I am putting together a Jeep run with my Geocaching family back up to the area, I want to get the other 2 caches in the area too!! So stay tuned, its gonna be a day of off roading, Jeeping and Geocaching in a couple of weeks, before the snow flys!!
Sign up here if you want to come along: GC4KYN6 Off-Road Geocaching Adventure (Event Cache) in California, United States created by Tru2Cntry.
July and August has been very busy with Fishing trips and Geocaching adventures. From sunup to sundown we have been out the door at what we call “zero stupid thirty” and on the trail or on the river, hunting down Geocaches, Salmon, Munzees, whatever is the challenge at the time.
In July Munzee had their 2nd Anniversary so they were publishing birthday cakes, the challenge was they were only active for 12 hours and once they were gone they were gone, but once you “captured” one it was 100 points!!
August brought the 31 day challenge for Geocaching, your reward is a new souvenir for everyday that you find and log a cache. Find one a day for the month of August. In the middle of the month was International Caching day that hosted its own souvenir.
August also brings the return of the Salmon up there on the Sacramento River. I have some great friends (who happen to be Geocachers too) that took me Salmon fishing!! When we weren’t fishing we stopped along the banks of the Sacramento and either grabbed a cache or placed some!!
It has been a fun summer, so go on, grab a cache or 31 of them and I will see you on the trail!
Thanks Shasta247 for your blog post spotlighting our adventures – Check it out:
GC3RCC7 Shampoodles Climbs A Mountain by Shampoodles
Several days later Shampoodles calls me up and wants to know if I want to come play Bunco on the lake with here Bunco group…. so back up on the lake for some more fun with Shampoodles and her Bunco group on a gorgeous summer evening.
If your a Geocacher, then it’s a Power Trail!! East of Sacramento are more than 3 Power Trails that have 160 caches combined. Easy? hmmm no…. these are Mystery Caches, all 160 of them. You have to solve the puzzle, or answer the questions to be able to get the coordinates to these caches. It usually involves hours of research online to get the answers to solve the puzzle. The Cache Owners did an incredible job of research to put these series together. All of them are quality caches and it’s very rewarding to say that you have 160 Mystery Caches solved and logged!! So sit back and pull up a Puzzle cache or two, after you have solved it enjoy the journey to the cache, log it and look for the next one, or in this case the next Series.
We started out at 3:00 am from Redding, CA heading toward the first Mystery cache on the SKH Series. Arrived at 6:30, Uh-Oh…. whats this? No road? No problem we have a Jeep!!! Headed through the construction zone towards the first cache, got it!!! All was ok until we me up with a Cement Barrier…. again, so glad we have the Jeep!! We squeezed through the barrier and a telephone pole and now we find the road!! Wouldn’t recommend driving on the first part, a bike or a walk might be a better way, well unless you have a small vehicle that you can take off roading!
First cache on the SKH Series: GC3B3DA SKH – Desperation by Voodoo Crew
When we started the College Bowl run there was another barrier, it seems there is a lot of dumping going on in the area, very sad to see. Saw some Bald Eagles in the area and a couple of Hawks too! It was really a pretty area if you can look past the trash dump. This place needs a CITO, and I would love to join in on cleaning it up.
First cache on the College Bowl: GC39HC3 The Rose Bowl by Voodoo Crew
We moved along at a fairly good pace, about 2 a minute average, then moved along to the Superbowl series. I grabbed my 6000th caches on the Superbowl Series, pretty cool. It was great weather and wasn’t too hot, we started early enough that we didn’t hit the heat until about 3 pm when we were on the last part of the Academy Awards Series.
First Cache in the Superbowl Series: GC3A1WB Super Bowl XI (Raiders vs. Vikings) Voodoo Crew
First Cache in the Academy Award Series: GC3C770 The 1st Annual Academy Awards (1929) by Voodoo Crew
A big thank you to the Cache Owners!! All the caches were in good shape, and there was parking available if you came in from the right direction, nothing to dangerous. Your on a road, and traffic goes fast so you need to be careful, but hey we are used to that since Power Caches became popular. We found all but about 2 of the Geocaches on all of the combined Series.
After finishing the Mystery Cache Power Trails we headed over and did the Family Guy letterboxes and a Virtual.
Not a bad day – My accomplishments for the day: 178 caches total for the day, 4 cache types: Virtual, Traditional, Mystery and Letterbox, and I found my 6000th cache!! Calling it a day and turning off the GPS‘r … oh wait… isn’t that a cache close by…. maybe one more???
I don’t always review my stats, but every now and then it’s fun to see what I have accomplished in that area. Today I ran my stats in the “My Geocaching Profile” stats program and was surprised to see that I had completed the “Alpha-Numeric Cache Name Challenge” I didn’t even know there was such a thing! So its fun to review and see what I challenge I can complete next!! What Challenge have you completed lately?
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