Saturday, August 31, 2002

Labor Day Weekend Geocaching

Welcome to Priest Lake: This was Cache #1 for our Labor Day weekend day trip to the Priest Lake area. Great cache to start with. First we hiked down to find the cache and enjoyed looking through the post cards and reading the logs. Back at the parking lot we read the kiosk for information on the area and picked up a visitor's guide booklet. Great start to a fun day!

Soldier Creek Stash: This was our second find of the day. We drove around in circles a bit trying to decide on the best way to approach the location, but did end up parking fairly close. We had noticed several dirt-bikers on the road, so when we located the cache we smuggled it back to the van to log it and look through it. Pickin's were gettin' kinda slim in this one, so we left more than we took to kinda help restock it. I think maybe it had been found accidentally a time or two recently and maybe those folks didn't have anything to trade or something. Anyway, we left a batch of goodies for the next finders! The bridge was very interesting-- cool seats-- although we didn't have the nerve to try them!

Cougar Rock Cache: After a couple of easy finds to start the day, this hike was more of a physical challenge to us. As we were hiking up the last part of the road I told RacerDude that I was hoping for a nice view at the top to make it worthwhile. He said he suspected I would get my wish. And, boy, did I! It was well worth hike. We sat on the rocks and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Priest Lake as we caught our breaths and logged the cache.

Shoe Tree Stash: Campers VERY near the tree and we decided to not bother them. We would've had to go right through their campsite to look for the cache, so decided to try again another trip. Very fascinating landmark, though. The kids were full of questions! I only had one... WHY???

Hunt Falls Cache: I'm starting to lose track, but I think this was find #5 for today. We were able to drive fairly close to this one, to give us a break from the previous two moderate hikes. Beautiful falls! Thanks for showing us the way. We would have never found this area on our own.

Hanna Flats Stash: Find #6 of the day. I love these easy hikes through ancient forests! So peaceful and relaxing. The history of the area is fascinating. We stopped to read each marker. Beautiful area. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Bigs Flat Tire Blues Cache: Cute theme for a cache, Don! And a great hiding spot! I can't believe how soft the forest floors are in this area. Just years and years of decaying vegetation building up to make a carpet, I guess. It was pretty cool. We left a bungee (that almost fits the theme, doesn't it? kinda? maybe?) and bunch of car-safety stickers and an old-time radio comedy tape to help you forget your blues! This was find #7 for us for the day.

Huff Lake Cache: Another interesting site. Find #8 for the day. I'm so glad there are caches hidden at so many of the Must See sites around Priest Lake. It makes us go out of our way to find them, and then we are so glad we did. This was a fascinating area. The kids loved the floating dock!

Roosevelt Grove Cache: This was our 9th and final find for the day. Good thing, too, 'cause this hike just about did us in. The nice thing was there were two highlights to the hike-- the breath-taking falls and the awesome ancient trees. THIS is where I want to camp when we get to come up here camping sometime! Thanks again for taking us places we would've never found on our own! It was a great day!

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