Yesterday, the Tadpole had a cross country meet at the Mt. Sac Invitational Cross Country meet, one of the premier running events in the country. I decided that I could cache in the area with my friend 3blackcats and then head over to Mt. Sac to watch him run. Unfortunately, he woke up not feeling well and so didn't run, so most of my day was spent caching.
We found a number of interesting caches in the area and had a pretty strenuous hike right after lunch. We were trying to find one cache, but couldn't find a way in, so headed to the next cache and missed a small cutoff trail that would have led us right to the cache. We didn't realize that was happening until we'd gotten all the way to the top of the hill. The trail kept switchbacking on us, taking us tantalizingly close, them drawing us away so we thought we were on the right track. It wasn't until we got almost to the top that we realized that we were finally walking away from the cache.
A quick check of the GPSr showed that we were 21 feet away from another cache which we found. We were also very close to a couple of water tanks, which I took pictures of figuring I could waymark the water tanks in the water towers and tanks category. There was another cache just beyond the tanks, so we ended up going over to that one as well. There were some nice house up on that ridge with views of two different valleys. Talk about multi-million dollar views.
On the way down, we ended up finding a way into the original cache we'd started out to find. So, in retrospect, it wasn't a bad idea to go after that one cache. We ended up getting two extra bonus caches because we couldn't get to the first cache right away, plus I was able to waymark those two water towers. It was a pretty good day.
Pictures were taken at or near the following geocaches:
El Gordo - by UNCLEJON91
You Can Start Here - by UNCLEJON91