Saturday, October 11, 2008

Long Time No Cache
Awhile ago at our first ever caching event, a 'Flash Mob', we decided that after the event we would go caching with Titelines. Ok, for two ladies who are just a bit older than me and smoke...they sure can climb the side of a hill fast! I was not able to keep up with these two and can understand why they have as many finds as they do and why they have some of those finds in the 5,5 range. They rock at those types of caches.
Ah yes, we had also ventured out with L'il Spoiled Brat as she was with Titelines. The children took to her very quickly, and I am sure if we are ever in need of a babysitter, the kids will not complain if we bring her over.
I can truly say that I really enjoyed our time, especially when I got to see the car with the wooden wheels. I had heard about it on the news and it was wonderful to actually see it and to get to take pictures of it.
Here is a link that explains more about it... Dream Chaser

We had an eventful day, though I can't remember how many caches we though I do remember some of them were a very long hike and some were a very long climb. I can't wait till we go again!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stoyma Mountain 4x4 Trip

Stoyma Mountain 4x4 Trip

This was a wonderful and exciting adventure. This was my first 4x4 trip up a very bouncy and bumpy mountain. We got lost a couple of times, but in the end we managed to make it to Cabin Lake. What a view!!!!

We decided to pitch our tent under the evergreens to keep the rain and snow to a minimum. It didn't rain, but it did snow and it even dropped down to -2. I have never camped out in snowy weather and below zero degrees. The fire was warm and wonderful and even the roasted marshmallows were great. Some of the other cachers had found some lava rocks and put them close to the fire, if not in and then wrapped them in towels to put in their tents to keep them warm. TESKELLY and I didn't do that, but our tent was small enough to keep the body heat in, and with Geo-pet Milly under the covers with us, we were comfy cozy.

The hike up the mountain the next day was one I will never forget. I had to stop a few times on the hills to catch my breath, or try to catch it, but I trudged forward. Just as we reached the field of heather, it started to hail, but as we reached the plane crash site (cache site) the hail stopped and then sun came out shining.

We finished signing the log and the Tulameen Turtles and their friends ventured up to the top of the crash site. TESKELLY and I decided to venture back down the hill, as I wanted to take some photos. No sooner had I been at the bottom of the hill for about 5 minutes, it started to hail again, and hard. It was then the Turtles and their friends had started to come down the hill. So we trudged thru the heather back to the trail and tried to seek some shelter from the overhanging trees. Soon the hail turned to snow, and then it stopped all together. By the time we got to the campsite, the sun was shining but the air was still cool.

TESKELLY and I had to leave early as we had to pick up our little ones, so we un-pitched the tent, packed up, said our goodbyes and off we went for our 3.5 hour bumpity trip down the mountain. That is when t he rain began, and so it was...rain, sun, snow and hail. I have now seen it all.

How I Became a GeoCacher
Just thought that I would let ya'll know how I actually came to be a geocacher. Being married to TESKELLY helped, I would have to say that. He started caching a month before me, and being tired of being left at home, I decided to tag along one caching day, by being the designated non-caching driver.
After doing about 5 caches, I told TESKELLY to hand me his GPS and I would try the next one. With a little help at the end (what doesn't look right, he says), I found the cache. Since then, I was hooked! So hooked that to date I am at 545 caches. Yes I would say that most of them are in the 1-2.5 terrain but I am getting hooked on those 3-5 ones now. Especially the 4x4 trails. Who would have thought that bumping and bouncing over a bunch of logs and rocks and gulleys would be so much fun.

I look forward to all the caches I have yet to find and the caches I have yet to place. It is a wonderful adventure each time we go out and there are so many places we haven't seen that we are brought to. It has brought our family closer together, and above all else that is the most important to us.