For Kira, we headed out to CO for the week. Enjoying some adventures along the way, backpacking and climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park, then turning around and heading home, with a few more adventures.
What a nice trip.
Here we are with 9 finds under our belt and a fast growing following within the house hold. Before I know it everyone’s gonna be hunting around with little computers in their hands and I’m gonna loose out. It’s time I take the next step. Hiding one of these little buggers.
It’s not hard, there are rules, kind of… really there are only a couple and they’re really straight forward. But, alas I forgot to read them all carefully. AND we placed our too close to another cache, though I do say our’s is a much better cache. In fact, YOU be the judge. Below are two spoiler photos. You tell me which one is cooler.. I won’t tell you which one is mine.
Okay. Now that you’ve got that all figured out, here are the facts you need:
(this cache will likely never be published because of it’s proximity to another cache, so consider it a Secret Cache!)
Find it on your own with the coordinates:
N 38° 53.009 W 104° 50.034
and now, we’ve gone. Gone from Colorado Springs and on our way to Tucson. From there to Orange County. With our final destination by the end of next week, Berkeley, California, where we’ll finally drop our bags for a stay of more than a few months.
Thanks to Colorado for the hospitality, the beautiful weather, the reasonably unique people, and of course the great family that will keep me coming back.
Pueblo, Colorado, USA
We drove down to Pueblo for a short stay with Holly before we left town and decided instead of her trying to entertain us, we’d take her out and explore the campus and Pueblo. This turned out to be a perfect venue for a short visit and a lunch break in the park with a mass of migrating birds was a plus too.
GC1W34: CSU Tour #4 – Mosquito Falls
GC16GVD: CSU Tour #5 – Up Next
GC14BKF: Back to School
GC16GV6: CSU Tour #1 New Field
GC1M42D: Almost Bullseye
GC16GV8: CSU Tour #3 – Need a Ride?
GC16PD7: Dead Wood
After some exploration yesterday we really took hold of this new game/hobby. So today we got serious, loaded up the GPS with new locations, and not only found eight more easy caches (because we’re still learning) but planted our very own here in town! We put together a cool looking, twine wrapped, film-canister with some small sheets of paper in it, planted it deep in an urban park in Colorado Springs (just to not spoil it in writing, there are photos of it below), and registered it online at www.geocaching.com under GC22Y57, “Steps to Sinton.”
And of course the GPS Route:
WARNING! PHOTOS CONTAIN SPOILERS TO LOCATIONS OF CACHES!!!
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Bridge Town – that’s about halfway through the day, along the river walk and on our way to the RIVERSIDE cache in Colorado Springs, CO.
Caches Found (day 1):
GC19453: X – Show You Mine
GC19454: X – Show Me Yours
GC1VKWM: A Heavy Cache
GC1DKMH: Urban Trails – Sinton Trail
GC195K6: -4 Cheerful Gorilla
GC22QYM: Cache-A-Day: Jan. 8
GC22QYK: Cache-A-Day: Jan. 7
Caches Found (day 2):
GC1JP0X: Tomah Park
GC14GK9: An Angel Watches Over Me
GC19AB1: See Spot Tweet
GCGW4E: Adventurer #2
GC1jnam – FOUND IT!
Our first geocaching experience goes, well, well!
I visited www.geocaching.com, downloaded some spots (little treasure chests on my garmin) and jumped into the car. I don’t have any street maps on my machine so it was all by cardinal directions, yeah, bad ass. But once we were out of the car we pointed our Garmin GPSmap 60CSx and away we went. It took Kira right to the spot. Unfortunatly, we didn’t know that you weren’t allowed to burry things, so we spent some time poking about with a stick in the mucky, snow covered grass, but eventually we just looked up and BAM! there it was. GC1jnam.
It wasn’t Tuesday. I think it was a Saturday. It was straightforward. I connected my brand new GPS to my computer, downloaded a few way points, and put the GPS in my pocket. About three hours later, after we’d done our errands for the day, I pulled out the shiny new dodad and looked for a maker near by. Then I said, “hey, let’s go look for a little geocache… thingie… err something.” and she said, “Okay.” We pulled the car over and jumped our. We were at a park. I take a look at my numbers, it says 300 ft. and we start walking.
Next thing I know we’re at a spot and we’re looking for a something or anther. Now typically you’d expect a “Bam! I found it.” but the trouble is I didn’t read the rules before I left. So in keeping with all good treasure hunters, I found a stick and started poking around, looking for soft soil, someplace that looked like it had been tampered with.
A good half hour passed and we hadn’t found anything. We restarted our search a half dozen times and couldn’t figure it out. Eventually, we gave up, again. Started to walk away, then we took one more peek… and there it was BAM! easy. Obvious. Tiny. Interesting.
… and so it began. Our Geocaching career.
GC1JNAM: Fremont Park Cache
Celebrating our 2009 New Years in Breckenridge, Colorado. Here we are.
New Years in Breckenridge, Colorado