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Sunday April 17, 2005
09:12 PM

Geocaching

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Early this afternoon we decided to go check out the trail which we didn't exactly find back in October. We found it this time. It's called Burgess Mountain trail, and it's just a short (1/4 mile, probably) uphill hike from a forestry road to the top of "Burgess Mountain", where you can see a geodetic benchmark and a lot of rocky outcropping.

The afternoon and hike (we had first gone a lot further in the opposite direction along a firebreak) were really nice, and the top of the hill was a great spot to just sit and listen to the nothing on a spring day. But that's just not a mountain. "Big hill", sure. "Higher than local mean elevation isolated upthrusting of granite", why not. "Mountain", no. According to geocaching.com the elevation there is 822 feet and I'm pretty sure it's no more than 70-100 feet above the access road to it. Which leads to...

There had recently been a controlled burn in the area, so all the scrub was gone. In a way it kinda sucked, because the sky and the spring-greening trees were beautiful, but the carbon and dead things groundcover was pretty ugly. One of the upsides was that you could easilly see all the weird rock outcroppings which are indigenous to the area, including this one weird one near the survey marker, which looked like someone had done something to it. Turned out someone had stuck a 30mm ammo can into a crevice and stacked smaller rocks atop it. I'd found a geocache, completely bby accident! It was pretty cool. I didn't take anything or leave anythinig, but I did read the logbook inside and add a note myself. I think I'd like to do it some more, but without a GPS unit, I'm pretty sure most caches will be next to impossible to find. Tracking geodetic benchmarks might be better, as they all have old text descriptions.

Wrote zero lines of code today. Nice.

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