Archive for June, 2007

Well summers here and the time is right for dancing in the streets

Well we haven’t been dancing but we have been caching. I have a couple more FTF’s since the last post. We snagged Ro(x)anne Cache (GC13HBD), Tower in Sight (GC13K3V), and Top of the Rocks (GC13M3K). These were all on separate days and relatively easy caches to grab. We always like the feeling you get from opening that log and being the first one to sign it.

We were also able to acquire another 2007 Arizona Ranger Team Geocoin, now we have two, numbers 009 and 022. These are wonderful coins and not for travel. These are never located in easy to get to caches and require a little bushwhacking to get to, but always well worth it. If you ever check out Deepsouthwest Geocaching Project you will see that the Arizona Ranger Team is rather prolific AZ cachers and have grabbed the hardest caches in the state for the most part. No LPC caches for these kind of stats. I am only the top dog in Coconino Region but probably won’t be there for long with the Arizona Ranger Team around.

Well since I have been off of work for the summer I have been playing around with Google Earth and finding that the layers options are pretty powerful tools. I have only been playing with the free version, I can only imagine what the full version ($400 for one year) gets you. Like I mentioned the layers features are pretty incredible. There are layers for both Geocaching and Waymarking. After you have downloaded the appropriate kml file you just turn them on and they work pretty flawlessly.These layers will show you the caches or waymarks that are in the area you are looking at. Another company that does kml files for Google Earth is GPS Visualizer overlay “plugin” for Google Earth. The good thing about these overlays is that you can view really detailed views as well as topographical maps. These topographical maps look to be the exact same ones that I payed nearly $100 to get in National Geographic TOPO Map (Arizona Windows) just 2 years ago. The other thing about Google Earth is the fact that if you are a Premium Member of Geocaching you are able to download routes from Google Earth right into Geocaching. com and create pocket queries.

The other big news for us this week is a local event happening in July. The event is Pow Wow in the Pines #2 (GC12DB0) and is sponsored by Northern Arizona Geocachers and dreamed up by flgAZ. He is a local cacher that has very high quality geocaches and multicaches that are laid out very well. If you are ever in the Flagstaff, AZ area I highly recommend them. Anyways we said we would be there and are going to mostly help out as opposed to cache. We can grab the caches for the event after everyone goes home. I figure we might just put out a few tricky caches near the event area to give the visiting geocachers something to look for.

In other news we have decided to go to our first Mega-Event. We decided that since GeoWoodstock VI is on our side of the country for the first time that we would make a week of it and attend. I figure that we can save up some money, rent a minivan and cache our way to and from the event. I really want to acquire a few more Earthcaches in other states so that I can apply to become an Earthcache Master. I really enjoy Earthcaching and the only thing that is holding me back from becoming an Earthcache Master is the fact that I have only found Earthcaches in AZ. If I can find Earthcaches in 4 more states I can apply for Platinum and get a patch for the ole caching backpack.

Well that pretty much covers what we have been doing in the geocaching world. Hope all your geocaching are finds and your hides are never muggled.

Onward and Upward

In the last three weeks we have gotten out a little bit more. We have been lucky enough to score two more first to finds and a few other memorable caches.

On the weekend of 5/20/2007 we made our last trip down to Sedona, AZ I believe for the year. While we were down there it was already hot for us that live up on the rim. I think by the end of the day it was close to 95 degrees, which is a sweaty day. We will be back down that way around September or October.

We did happen to grab Gone Postal, which was the first cache of this type we had ever run into. I had read about these before but never until this time seen one. It gives me ideas for a local park up here in Flagstaff, AZ. We also grabbed Dos Desperadoes Sycamore Pass Set which had an amazingly big Prickly Pear cactus nearby. This cactus was huge and probably at least a hundred years old.

After lunch we went and replaced a cache of ours that is in a beautiful spot overlooking a great picture taking possibility. The cache is called Creekside and up to this point it had been there two years. We placed it the weekend that we went down and placed Easter Eggs for the Littlest_Hkr one year.

When we got back home our first Earthcache was sent back to us for adoption. I had worked on it for about a month and it was finally approved. It is called Old Caves Crater, and if you are ever in the area there are a few caching opportunities in the area with a very nice trail system.

On the Memorial Day weekend we did not do any caching until Monday of that weekend. The forests up here are full of people and we decided to avoid most of the traffic. On Monday we thought we would reclaim the forest, as most campers were leaving. We headed back to the edge of the rim near the very small berg of Clints Well, AZ. This place is just a pull off on the highway 87. We headed to Forest Road 300, The General Crook Trail as it is affectionately known. We were able to grab 9 caches that day, as we haven’t’ cached much in the area.

The most memorable of the caches for us were Squirreled Away as it was our 600th cache. This cache also had a very unique container. We also found another neat container in Dickerson Flat. I had seen these types of signs on hillsides before but never lying on the ground. Very unique to say the least. I know it is hard to see in the picture but it reads PHX for Phoenix, AZ. It also had the mileage to the city as well, 75 miles.

The best cache for us that day was Big BLUE Sky which was a little dicey for us to get to in the Potbellied Pig. It was a very remote feeling area and we really enjoyed the ride. The first big cache view of the day was TeXAZ Cache @ Myrtle Point which we had tried to get to before. This time we found the right forest road and made it to a beautiful view.

This last weekend we stayed local and grabbed a few that we hadn’t gotten for some reason or another. Two were pretty remote, but once you go to the cache area mankind was just below. Both of these caches overlooked Oak Creek Canyon. The first cache was Harding Point. After driving for about an hour and a half off the highway you get on roads that get smaller and smaller. One wrong turn we took just kept getting fainter and fainter until it ended deep in the forest. We finally did grab the correct turn combinations and made it to this cache. It was forest primeval for sure. I got a little spooked about the walk out if the Potbellied Pig didn’t start. When you did pop out of the forest you were greeted by a drop of about 1500 ft and the Switchbacks of Oak Creek canyon. It was very surreal.

The second memorable cache of the weekend was the Hidden Canyon View cache. We drove to within 1.2 miles of the cache but ended up walking close to 2 miles in to the actual location. When we popped out on the edge we were over the parking area for the West Fork of Oak Creek. You could see the parking lot and hear Harley’s zooming up and down 89a. The gnats at the end were just outrageous and we only stayed for a little bit and then headed out. We were glad to get back to the car and head back to town.

That is a little update for now.

Hope your caching adventures are as fun as ours.