Geocaching Adventures from 8/17/2015

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours Geocaching in Seward Park.  Not far from where I grew up I never explored the hill portions of this park.  This is one of the best settings in Seattle for Geocaching adventures if you are looking for a true wilderness feeling.  There is a mixture of primitive trails and gravel trails that allow you to explore an environment that is natural.  Just a heads up though, on most of the trails there are no bikes allowed.  Sorry, I didn’t check my Fitbit at the start to get my starting steps but I believe I walked around 6,000 steps during my Geocaching adventure.

Here is another picture of a cool tree from my Geocaching adventures.

Another cool tree found on my Geocaching adventures

Druantia’s Cache

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This Geocache was inspired by a Galic Tree Goddess and was a cool way to start my geocaching adventures for the day.  I almost didn’t notice it because it was very well hidden in a part of the tree that you had to crane to look at.  This part of the park is outside of the main wilderness trails so there were signs of the homeless that I didn’t want to put my hands near, I am also short so I am not sure I would have been able to reach it easily anyways.  I am glad I recently purchased a Tekton Pick-Up Tool from Amazon that allows you to pick up metal objects that are up to 8 lbs.  With the magnetic tool, I was able to easily pick up the cache without even bending over too far and put it back once I had signed it.

A Piece of Geocaching Video History

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This Geocache is featured in the official video about hiding Geocaches.  As such I figured this cache would be a lot harder to find.  Instead as I was walking up the trail I was able to easily spot the cache hiding area because it didn’t fit with the things around it.  The container for this cache was cool, but unfortunately it has succumbed to the rain Seattle is so famous for and on my Geocaching adventures I found that this cache was mildly wet but sealed in a plastic bag which prevented the paper from getting soggy.

Have you heard this one? lol

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For the last part of my Geocaching adventures yesterday I found this cache.  The cache owner dedicated this Geocache to his father who passed away.  The description contains the story of his father’s life and in return he asks you to post a story or a joke when logging this cache.  I have yet to decide what story or joke to post with this cache, but it was an interesting hide.  If you are going on Geocaching adventures of your own just be wary that my GPS took me to a different tree.

Overall I had a great time exploring the forest of Seward Park during my Geocaching adventures from 8/17/2015.  I took several wrong turns though due to using a cell phone instead of a regular GPS.  All of the trees degrade the signal.  I have ordered a GPS which should hopefully arrive this weekend.  Before I go I will leave you with a picture of the wood bridge that serves as an entrance to the trail systems from where I started.

Wood Bridge Found on Geocaching Adventures

Geocaching Adventure – CITO #8 – North Seattle Cleanup

Steps Walked On Caching Adventure: Approximately 4,500 steps*
I get this number by subtracting my end step count from my best recollection of the starting step count, in this case, around 500.


 

Yesterday (8/5/2015) I participated in my first Geocaching event and had a wonderful time.  It was a Cache In, Trash Out event, or CITO, which means that a group of Geocachers got together to clean up a neighborhood.  Our target area was North Seattle by the Interurban Trail.

 

Groups went around the neighborhood, up and down the streets and trails.  Some were even brave enough to go to the famed Aurora.  Everyone there was extremely friendly although almost all of them seemed to already know each other.  One of the best parts of the activity was that there were people from around the world and all walks of life there.  I met some Swedes, a mail woman, even a cub scout leader.  I hope to get the chance to go to another activity soon.  Here is another picture of the pile of trash we picked up, this one was taken by the organizer of the activity Frau Potter.

Frau Potter's Picture

Geocaching Adventures from 8/4/2015

Hello and welcome to my first Geocaching Adventures post.  Geocaching is a puzzle for the mind that you can physically engage in and I am hoping to employ it to better my physical fitness.  Today it served its goal, if I hadn’t gone on my Geocaching adventure I wouldn’t have found a new park and I wouldn’t have come close to my step goal, instead I beat it.  I found three caches on my adventures yesterday, all of them were nearby my home base location and they brought me up to 39 finds.  I will do my best to detail the adventures to find the caches without giving away spoilers but just be warned there may be a few spoilers.

Steps Walked On Caching Adventure: Approximately 10,600 steps*
I get this number by subtracting my end step count from my best recollection of the starting step count, in this case, around 3,100.

It’s my birthday and I can cache if I want to!

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To start off my day I went looking for a large cache that I could drop off a trackable in.  The “It’s my birthday and I can cache if I want to!” cache fit the bill and was the closest one in the area that I thought would be big enough.  It was a little bit of a trek from my place given that half the way there was no sidewalk but as I found on my journey today people in my neighborhood don’t really rely on sidewalks that much.  At first when I arrived in the area I wanted to search an area that was nowhere near where my GPS was taking me.  After a little bit of thinking, and looking behind me, I found an area that matched what I was looking for.  From there it wasn’t hard to find the cache.  It was quite large, either the largest or second largest cache I have ever found.

While I was there I dropped off Herman.  Here is a picture from the beginning of Herman’s long adventure with me that started off with a ride along in my patrol car.

Herman

It took me quite a while to get Herman back on his path because I had meant to take him to New Mexico on a trip and he got left in the wrong bag then stayed in that bag for a while.  Now he is back off on his journey to see how far he can go.  I was a little puzzled because people posted after I picked him up of their seeing him…  Maybe I just don’t get how those functions of Geocaching work.  In putting Herman into the box I felt sad, I get connected to stuffed animals and toys.  Plus, how can you argue with that smile and one eye 0).

In Herman’s place I picked up Love Tag.  Love Tag has a cute idea behind it and since I was recently engaged I feel like it is fate that I found it today.  Here is a picture of Love Tag from when I got home.

Love Tag

Mini Micro

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From there I went to find Mini Micro which was a distance from where I thought it would be.  This cache was located in a beautiful park but like all things tree related it was a bit sticky with sap.  If you plan to go after this one I would either bring gloves or something to remove sap from your hands because there is about 0 chances that you won’t get sap on you.  I took a couple of pictures of the park because I was quite surprised by that there was a park in the area.

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Pants Preferred Park: Plural Perch

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I swear I was able to keep my pants on for this adventure but it was hard 😛  This one was quite questionable at first.  I started to walk towards where the cache indicated the trailhead was an I could have sworn a sign at then end of the road read “No Trespassing” but instead as I got closer I read “No Turning around”.  As soon as I found the little path to the side of the large white wall and found the gate I knew I was in.

Gate To Preserve
Sorry it was getting darker as I finally made it out.

Park Entrance Park Map

My adventure through this park was quite amazing.  There were wooden bridges and walkways along with primitive trails, IN THE CITY!  I am going to have to go back there on a walk with my Wolf Pup (fiance).  While I was looking for the first waypoint I was quite saddened as I stumbled upon a doggy grave.  Just the thought of a beloved pet passing away makes me sad and it was obvious that this pet was beloved as they built a beautiful grave.

Doggy Grave

After finding the first waypoint I made my way as rapidly as I could to waypoint two.  I found it but as I was writing in it I noticed I was sitting right next to stinging nettle.  I managed to get the cache without getting stung by nettle.  Before I go I will leave you with one last picture from the park, I can’t wait to return.

One of Many Signs