I almost thought this would be a DNF. I had forgotten my printout of the log page, but had the coords in my PDA. I parked at the picnic area as I had remembered that. My GPS was pointing me to the other side of the road though. I didn’t see a way to get to the spot directly so I ended up walking down a dirt road a dozen or so yards up the road. I came across a large field and it looked like the cache was in the middle of it. As I was walking along the field (which turned into a swamp in some areas) I found paths in the tall grass where someone (or something) had been before. I chalked this up to other geocachers and was more convinced I was on the right path. Well, the field ended up against a wall of bushes and I was still 80′ away. I did a quick scout of the area in case the cache might be on this side of the wall, but didn’t find anything, so through the wall I went. On the other side was a full-blown swamp with fallen trees everywhere. You can get across most of the swamp by these trees so I equated this with the “Hamster Cage” name. After about 20 minutes of searching I found nothing. Re-checked the coords. and they were right on. I was on top of it. When I was about to give up I switched my GPS over to UTM and saw that those coords. didn’t match up with my GPS. In fact, the UTM coords. said the cache was right by my car, where I started. Back through the bush wall and across the field and down the dirt road back to the picnic area I went. And sure enough the cache was right by my car. I took a matchbox car and left a KFC game piece.
Well third time is not a charm, but I did manage to get to the vista this time. I did manage to get within 100 feet or so of the cache, but where my GPS said I was and the hints provided didn’t match up. I had been hiking for about two hours at that point so I didn’t care. Reaching the top was enough.
View from the Airport Vista
View from the Pico Vista
A frog, or toad.
Sunghee and I decided to try this on after we dropped of CJ and I wanted to do something outside while it was still nice. We had GPS coordinates for the entrance of the trail, but didnâ€™t see the sign for the trail anywhere so we continued a bit until we got to the â€œapprox. 2 milesâ€? mark from the start of Old Post Road and there we saw a trail with a sign holder (but no sign). â€œThis must be itâ€? we thought and headed off down the trail. Well, the closest we got to the cache was 0.9 miles as we were going down Bald Mountain instead of up it. We did wander past a few nice camping spots though and found a river. Then we somehow managed to lose the trail and get lost. I repeat, we got lost with a GPS. After bushwhacking up hill for about 20 minutes we found the trail again and headed back to the car to try another day.
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The “X” in the lower left is where we were trying to go. The red squiggly in the upper right is the path we tried to use.
On the way back to the car we decided to go out for some food. Where to go though? We just came out of the woods from a hour long hike and we didnâ€™t really want to go back home to clean up and change so lots of options were crossed out. Plus it was 8pm on a Sunday night. Not a lot open. Sunghee hates Applebeeâ€™s, and weâ€™re both kind of sick of Dennyâ€™s. Ponderosa was a option, but when I go a buffet I just grab all the stuff I like so I tend to get sick of those pretty quickly. Example, if you eat the Chicken Fried Chicken at Applebeeâ€™s no matter how much you did like it at first, you will start to tire of it. Then you can switch to the Bourbon Street Steak and all is good. But at the buffet everything is right there in front of you and you want to sample a bit of it all so it all becomes one big meal of meatloaf, chicken wings, mac & cheese and vanilla pudding. Anyways, we decided to go to the 99 with half of their menu has garlic something on it which Sunghee approves of.
So weâ€™re at the 99 and the hostess seats us in a room with a â€œfamilyâ€? in a booth diagonal from us. The â€œfatherâ€?, early 30â€™s, 6â€™2â€? or so, athletic build, is sitting with his back to us, the â€œmotherâ€?, early 30â€™s, 5â€™3â€? or so, blonde hair, 150lbs or so, has a chair pulled up to the end of the booth with a baby in a high chair on her left, and the â€œfatherâ€? is to the left of the baby on the bench. To the right of the â€œmotherâ€? is a 4-5 year old girl and to her right is a 6-7 year old boy. Sunghee and I were pondering the menu choices when the girl started squealing in a annoyed manner. This got my attention and I lifted my head in time to see the â€œfatherâ€? lean across the table and punch the boy in the head so hard that he slammed back into the booth. The â€œfatherâ€? start trying to get out of the booth almost pushing the highchair laden baby over in the process. Heâ€™s trying to get the boy out of the booth and yelling â€œI told you not to do that! You always have to ruin dinner donâ€™t you!? Come on, lets go to the bar.â€? The kid just has this horrified look on his face and is in shock. The â€œmotherâ€? just keeps looking straight ahead and saying â€œsit down please, sit downâ€? in a very quiet tone. Finally he does and starts apologizingâ€¦ to the â€œmotherâ€?. â€œHeâ€™s always the one to ruin dinner, you know that.â€? At this point I found a waitress and requested another table. Kids are kids, I can deal with them fooling around in a restaurant. I donâ€™t like it, but I tolerate it. Itâ€™s not going to ruin my night. Watching a grown man punch a 7 year old boy does ruin my dinner, and evening, and probably week for that matter. Thanks a lot Mr. Asshole.