Last week I visited Monterey CA and surrounding areas for an OLdweeb speed (slow) caching vacation. The weather was flawless and I enjoyed a full day of hiking in Jack’s Peak County Park overlooking Monterey Bay. Without a map, getting to caches was hit and miss on the extensive and convoluted hiking trail system. I found 15 of the 16 caches that I reached. This was my first experience caching in a dense pine forest. Coords bounced at times but geosense prevailed.
Jack’s Peak County Park: typical ocean view
The next day was spent north in the cities of Sand City, Seaside and Marina. Caching there took me to deserted agricultural roads, sand dune hiking, the outskirts of an abandoned military base (Fort Ord) and some regular urban finds.
GCE55 – SandLots: The cache is in there!
The next morning was spent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the afternoon was devoted to a miles long caching beach walk. I was disappointed that so many of the caches there were disabled or underwater scuba hides. The owner of Puff Ball (GCVYPC) deleted my DNF log because I mentioned that GZ was being used as an outdoor toilet. I guess that she didn’t think that, “most canines don’t use toilet paper,” was funny.GCNR3B – Kashta’s Rock: High tide. I couldn’t reach the cache.
I walked around and picked off a few caches before, between and after the expeditions described above. I had a great 1/2 + 3 + 1/2 days on vacation. I found only 48 caches but they were almost all well maintained, quality hides. NONE were in filthy vegetation as is common in Southern California.“I’m here for vacation, not work. Really!!”