CacheCrazy.Com: Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 4)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 4)

By: George aka ggggeo2
Welcome back to the exciting conclusion of Cache Crazy Camping exCursion! We last left off on Cache Crazy Camping exCursion (Part 3). This was the final day of our camping adventure, so we wanted to make the most of it. We started out with a breakfast of cereal (for easy cleanup) then headed over the parking area for stage 2 of CCGT2012- State Parks (we found stage 1 way back in Cache Crazy Camping exCursion Part 2) and began the hour or so long hike up, up, up the mountain.
Microcachers on the move
It was a pleasant temperature, but this was a tough hike, especially for 5- and 6-year-olds, so we took several water breaks to drink and rest. It was still cool, but starting to warm up. When we later got back to civilization, I uploaded the GPX track:
State Parks Terrain Track
Why yes, that is our track with a 450ft (140m) elevation gain!
Whew, no wonder we were tired by the time we reached the summit! There was a little bench on which we took a break, and soon after reached the area where the cache was supposed to be. We searched all over, deep in the thicket for a good while. We were starting to worry that it would elude us, but we really didn't want to head back without making the find. Finally, Team Firenze called out a joyful "FOUND IT!" and we all dashed over to see. Yeah, we had all passed it several times. And yes, it was an ammo can. The microcachers swapped out swag, and Geo-Ben dropped in a SEPAG (SouthEastern PennsylvaniA Geocachers) pathtag, then we replaced the cache and took a few father-son pictures and a few pictures of the valley and lake at Parker Dam State Park below.
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View from the top – our campsite was on the other side of the lake

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Team Firenze and RealIronman

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ggggeo2 and GeoConductor

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Geo-Ben and Geo Wot Wot
Then, after we were sufficiently rested, it was back down the mountain for us. On the way down, Geo-Ben started singing camping songs from his scouting days. We joined in on the songs we knew, but soon we ran out of songs. But before we know, the 80s nostalgia songs started. All the dads were soon singing the theme songs from Gilligan's Island, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and several other songs. (At least the words we could remember-it mostly worked out like "Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you….blah blah blah blah nyeh nyeh…"
We eventually made it back down the mountain to our geomobile. About 20 feet from the car, RealIronman took a spill-our first injury of the trip. He managed to pull through after some attention from dad, and we were on our way again. We stopped at the ranger station/gift shop on the way back to our campsite and got some souvenirs. I got a hiking medallion for my hiking stick, and we got several other pins, stuffed animals (not the real kind) and several other knick-knacks. We went next store to the education center and checked out all the stuffed animals (real ones) and other exhibits they had. Then, back to the campsite to pack up.
We packed everything up then had a quick lunch of sandwiches and were finally on our way. We had a few more local caching stops before we headed home, though. We hit our THIRD Earthcache for the weekend, Eastern Continental Divide. Team Firenze and Geo-Ben tried to answer the questions but ended up confused and confounded (Earthcache answers have been blurred out.) Side note: some of you may not realize that Earthcaches don't have to follow the same proximity guidelines as other cache types. The sign below is both the site of an Earthcache AND holds a traditional micro cache. Two active caches, legitimately within several feet of each other. Way cool!
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"I think it's this way…" "No, it's definitely THIS way!"
We stopped at a local virtual cache with 700+ finds honoring a fallen geocacher, Grizz. It took a few minutes but we finally found what we were seeking. We spent a somber moment with Grizz, then headed to another nearby cache (virtual answers blurred.)
Rest in peace, buddy!
We headed on into the town of DuBois to find another local favorite that several of our new friends from the geo-event the day before recommended as a must-find cache: Would You Like Fries With That? Hold The Muggle. It was a great cache, we were glad we decided to grab this one. Geo-Ben even found the greatest cacher in the world at this cache! (We didn't have the heart to tell him it was just a mirror labeled "The greatest geocacher in the world.")
We then left town and were on our way home. We stopped at all the east-bound rest stops with caches on I-80 on the way (we couldn't get them on the way there as we were west-bound.) Finally, we got to where we had to go our separate ways and grabbed some grub before splitting up. Team Firenze and RealIronman dropped GeoConductor and me off at our home, then headed off to home. They even managed to snag an FTF on their way home that had just popped up! RealIronman was pretty worn out from the trip and didn't quite hold up all the way home:
RealIronman snuggled up with his souvenir deer. They were just resting their eyes.
At some point during the weekend Team Firenze found a meteor which imbued him with super powers. He is very proud of this but is a little hush-hush on the details, probably because he wanted to keep the super powers for himself. The next day it was life as usual, but we all had a great time on our Cache Crazy Camping exCursion. We travelled hundreds of miles, hiked a few more miles, and ended up netting 40-50 caches for the weekend (some of us had already found some of the caches we hit.) We are already looking forward to our next adventure!


Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Let me be the first to say, WHAT A GREAT SERIES! These last four weekends have been so much fun, I'm worn out just reading about it. That mountain climb, those caches, gaining super human powers, I wish I could have been there. A very successful trip overall and memories that will last a lifetime and stories that may span generations? I mean you just don't have this kind of fun everyday........but wouldn't that be great?
Live it up and love life! Great job and THANK YOU GEORGE!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Great series - very interesting to read.

George said...

Thanks, guys! We all had a great time and I can't wait until our next camping exCursion :)

Dodger said...

Growing up, I'd been to Parker Dam dozens - maybe HUNDREDS - of times. You guys know more about it and saw more of it in one weekend than I ever did. Well done, guys, and thanks for sharing the adventure with us!

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