OCTOBER 31, 2014 – Fort Ord Dunes State Park

On my last full day on the Monterey Peninsula I cached Fort Ord Dunes State Park. I drove to Secret Trailhead (GC1HVY6) and unloaded my bike. I stopped in the trailhead underpass tunnel to read the graffiti. It was very different from what I see back home.
The tunnel led to a great bike path. I don’t think it looked this good in 2009.
After riding to a few caches I noticed that my brand new tire with extra heavy duty tube was going flat. I put the bike back into my Forester and re-entered the park. This time I walked on a paved path that led straight toward 3 caches. The path was definitely not there last time.
The first cache Barbed-Wire Zoo (GC3CVQF) was just outside this ancient target storage building at pavement’s end.
The next 2 caches were up a dune along a use trail.
The ice plant ground cover was colorful and the caches were easy finds. I stayed a few minutes to watch the surf.
On the return trip, at the bike path I went North and found a cache near this building before hiking to parking.
On the ride out the road passed old abandoned army barracks.
My dad passed through here going to and from the Korean War in the early 1950’s.
The area was fenced off except for along a public easement to another dune parking lot farther North.
I stopped there, found 1 cache and couldn’t reach another one because a grouchy senior couple was sitting at GZ. Then for the next 2 hours I found random caches outside the park. The next day I went home with a total of 52 finds for the trip. Next? Finding exactly 890 more caches to reach 1,200 for the year.


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