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. 

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chris on July 8th 2016 in Geocaching, Travel

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