CacheCrazy.Com: Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 2)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 2)

By: George aka ggggeo2

We now continue our journey from Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 1). We woke up bright, early, and chilly on Saturday morning while camping at Parker Dam State Park. It was about 20 degrees cooler than back home. We were prepared, but it was still took a little getting used to. It warmed up later in the day, but got cold again at night. Geo-Ben got out the breakfast food, and Team Firenze and I started cooking the bacon, sausage, and pancakes. (Yeah, I know, we should have had ham or something too, but we only had two breakfast meats.)

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ggggeo2 making pancakes

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The breakfast table

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Geo-Ben thought he saw a bear or rattlesnake or aliens or something…nothing was on the film

After breakfast, we packed up and headed south to S.B. Elliot State Park. We had contacted some local geocachers before our trip to help set up a geocaching meet and greet event (Visitors from the East) while we were out here. Local cachers KNAPAHOLIC and kimchee&smartykatt stepped up and helped us organize this event. We had a pretty good turnout for a Saturday morning in the middle of nowhere, and got to meet some great cachers from Western Pennsylvania.

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Visitors from the East event attendees

After the event, we headed over to the first stage of a nearby multi, CCGT2012- State Parks (the second stage is back at Parker Dam State Park.) Next, we took a hike to Trotting Along. In typical geocaching fashion, we missed the trail in and ended up bushwhacking in. This is rattlesnake country, so we made lots of noise, used sweeping motions with hiking sticks in the tall grass before us, and had the kids in the middle.

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Geo-Ben and ggggeo2 blazing trails with Geo Wot Wot, GeoConductor, and RealIronman in tow

After several stream crossings and related games of "toss the microcachers" and wading through waist-high grass for a tenth of mile, we finally made it to Ground Zero. The dads made the find since it looked like a great spot for a snake, and handed the ammo can off to the kids to check out. We dropped off some trackables, traded swag, and replaced the cache before heading back. We found the trail on the way back, but it was debatable whether or not it was better than our self-made trail in.

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Team Firenze supervising the cache examination

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Team Firenze leads the way back

Eventually, we made it back to the parking (this was after Geo-Ben and I had convinced RealIronman, Team Firenze's son, that we had lost Mrs. Firenze's car somewhere and would have to walk back.) RealIronman was pleased to find his mom's car still waiting there for us, and we consequently piled in and headed back to Parker Dam for lunch. On the way, we stopped for a few caches, included earth cache PANTHER ROCKS. We explored the area, took some pictures, and answered some earth cachey questions.

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Geo Wot Wot and GeoConductor at PANTER ROCKS

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Geo-Ben considers rock types

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Geo Wot Wot, GeoConductor and RealIronman do some rock climbing

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ggggeo2, Geo-Ben and company explore a cave

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We explore the top of PANTHER ROCKS

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The face in the rock, wearing Geo-Ben's hat

After we got all the answers we needed and had sufficiently explored the area, we were on our way again. One or two more stops on the way back, we stopped at an old cemetery for another cache. It took some effort as the cache had migrated, but eventually we found it. While I was helping the kids check out the cache and trade swag, Geo-Ben and Team Firenze were apparently having photographic fun:

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No grave matter, this was a serious undertaking

We finally made it back to the campsite and had a lunch of grilled cheese and soup, then Team Firenze and I went to find a nearby cache that we were hoping to bring the boys back later for a night hike. We made the find, but the later part didn't work out as intended (more on that in Part 3.) Geo-Ben entertained the kids during that time, but soon we came back and were off again on the next adventure.

All this before lunch! Stay tuned for Part 3 where we had more great hiking and exploring, found a live totem pole, and encountered a real, live rattlesnake! See you then!

3 comments:

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Man, this is a great series! The pictures are great and you my friend are quite a writer as well! I for one can't wait until next weekend!
Well done George!

George said...

Thanks, Kevin! Great friends and great caching can make all the difference :)

Paul DiNella said...

Wow, was that really all before lunch. Good times and good write up. Kevin, wait until the part where I get superpowers. It's coming up. - Team Firenze

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