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.

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