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4,000 caches

I found my 4,000th cache today.  Being recently returned from Colorado, which had turned into an unexpectedly prolific caching trip, I found myself sitting at 3,995 caches found.  A quick few grabs had me perched at 3,999 and ready to take on a milestone worthy cache.

I try to go for old,  epic,  noteworthy, caches when it is milestone time.  This weekend it also had to be relatively close to home because Sidekick and I were still recuperating from vacation. And so I picked Paths of the Dead (Boots) GCMWGM, which was placed February 26, 2005, which coincidentally is the day Purple Monkey Dishwasher & I started caching.  Talk about symmetry.

It was an 8 mile round trip and while the trail was not taxing,  having been away from the muggy heat fest that is home, it took a little more out of us than it usually would have.

chris on July 16th 2016 in Geocaching

Hike your arse off to Sky Pond July 9

Chad woke me up super early to drive into Rocky Mountain National Park so we could get a parking spot – it’s harder than you think – to get the bus to the trailhead to hike to Sky Pond. I managed to rein in my crankiness because I really, really wanted to do some hiking here. 

It was spectacular! Amazing. A beautiful day for a beautiful hike in a wonderful National Park. No need for more narrative than that. 

Check out the pics HERE, you won’t be disappointed. 

 

 

chris on July 9th 2016 in Geocaching, Travel

Florissant Fossil Beds, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods – July 8

First order of buisness after breaking camp today was to get to Terryall, the oldest cache in Colorado. As luck would have it, our route there happened to go through the Florissant Fossil Beds, so I was able to get another NPS stamp for my National Park Passport! Hooray! We only had time for a quick stop to look around since we had a long day of driving ahead of us. Still, it was absolutely worth the stop to walk around and see the fossilized ENORMOUS tree stumps! Thumbs up for dumb luck!  

Back on the road to our main objective, Terryall. We knew about the road construction, but had no idea how bad it would be, so I was holding my breath. Road construction turned out to be the road was completely obliterated while crews made a new roadbed and all the trimmings. We were the 3rd car in line at the waiting spot. So Chad asked the lady at the stop point if we could walk up. She said, are you geocaching? Ah, clearly we weren’t the first cachers to hoof it! So we pulled the car over a bit and set out at 9:24 am. By 9:52 I was signing the log. On our way back one of the construction guys asked if we’d found it! We were back to our car at 10:18 and our line of cars hadn’t moved. So great decision to hike it!

Next stop: Pike’s Peak, where we did some caching, looked around, I got a wicked case of altitude headache which I pretended did not exist and followed the slowest driver on the face of the earth back down the mountain. SLOW. 

From there we made a stop at Garden of the Gods which is amazing, but WAY crowded and we couldn’t really do much hiking. We did manage to find a parking spot and do a little walk, but even there is was so crowded we figured good enough, we’d seen it and rain was threatening. 

It was a fun, long, tiring day. Would do again, but without the headache. 

Clickity HERE to check out our photos!

 

chris on July 8th 2016 in Geocaching, Travel

Black Canyon of the Gunnison – July 6

National Parks are amazing! I’ve been to a few over the years. Until we started planning this trip, however, I’d never heard of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. How spectacular could it be, I wondered, if I’d never heard of it. 

Answer: Beyond my wildest imaginings. This park is flat out unbelievable. It’s so much to take in. We spent a great deal of time staring into or across the canyon and trying to figure out what we were seeing. There were so many layers and the river was so far down that a goodly bit of the time we could only hear it, not see it. 

We scoped out a good camping spot and headed out to the Park Ranger talk. Boy was that a good call because the Ranger then led us to the telescopes the local astronomy club had set up for us to use. And since Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a Dark Sky Park, there was so much to see above us. The Milky Way was awesome, in the real sense of the word. And what we glimpsed through the telescopes gave me chills. 

If you have the opportunity to get her, take it. If you don’t have it, make the opportunity. You will not be disappointed. 

Click HERE for some pics that just can not do this park justice! But click anyway!

 

chris on July 6th 2016 in Geocaching, Travel