...to find or not to find...

25 Feb 2008
3:00 PM

Point Lobos

On our free afternoon at Asilomar, Karen and drove down to Point Lobos State Park. We chose to park on highway 1 and walk in. It was sunny, but a bit breezy. There were 4 caches I figured we could pick up on our hike. It was not to be. The first one we checked, the trail was closed because of high surf. We found the second one. The last two were extremely cammod with logs indicating a high percentage of DNFs and long search times. We didn’t find them, although we didn’t spend much than about 10 minutes looking.

18 Feb 2008
10:09 PM

Cayucos/Morro Bay and San Ardo

This weekend Karen and I went to Cayucos, first to be with her brothers in a beautiful beach house, and then for another night with Dan and Janet at Mom’s place.

The beach house was a large 4 bedroom that Jim got the use of because he had done some plumbing repair for the owner (Mom B’s neighbor and an old family friend). It’s a beautiful place right on the bluff overlooking a long sandy beach. Duane and Jim left on Sunday, so we moved over to Mom S’s place where Dan and Janet were staying until Monday.

IMG_5136 Sunday we picked up a couple of caches in Morro Bay (on Black Mountain above the golf course) and then did a moderate hike up the hill at Cerro Alto campground just off highway 41. Then we went offroad on TV tower road at the top of Cuesta Grade (highway 101) for a number of caches. This is a really rough road, full of potholes. It used to be paved but has not been maintained. We ended the day watching a beautiful sunset and then driving out in the dark.

On Sunday morning we went separate ways—Karen and I went to Cambria and then drove up Santa Rosa canyon, picking up 3 caches. Then we met Dan and Janet at San Ardo for another off road excursion and a few more caches. This was fun—different terrain, reasonably graded road, just a bit too narrow in places (pinstriping).

9 Feb 2008
9:27 PM

Limekiln and Priest Rock Trail Death March

13 miles, 26 caches, 3,000+ ft elevation gain, 12 cachers in the group, qualifies as a GBA Death March, ’nuff said.

But here’s the details. Dan, Karen, and I drove over to San Jose this morning to join a fair sized group of cachers for a long hike in Sierra Azul. We met at the Limekiln trailhead by Lexington Reservoir and headed up the trail just before 8am.

Yesterday I felt completely energy-less, so I was unsure if I’d be able to complete this strenuous hike. There were times on the upper portions of the mountain that my arms and legs felt pretty leaden, but not enough to turn back.

When we reached the spur at the top, I chose to sit and rest. Dan and a few others did the difficult bushwhack out to the cache. It will still be there for me if I ever come up the trail from Woods Road to get more of the caches in this park.

I thought I had the Calculatus Eliminatus puzzle worked out, but my solution was the wrong one. I worked it out after I got home—it was a little more complicated than I thought.

I did have a good solution to Priests Rock puzzle.

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