OCTOBER 22, 2016 – ASILOMAR STATE BEACH (& adjacent)

October 21, 2016

Yet another bicycle breakdown ruined my plans to bike cache along the super scenic Monterey Peninsula coastline. Instead, as in past years, I ended up park & grab caching instead. My first stop was at a cache I DNF’d 2 years in a row. This time on an otherwise almost deserted coast, a muggle was firmly planted at GZ. He showed no signs of leaving. I had to move on.
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And the tide was too high again, as it is every time I stop for the cache hidden in the rocks. Someday I’m going to walk across. (I say that every year.)
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I passed caches found on previous visits and the Asilomar State Beach sign.
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Tucked under a nearby walkway I found a cache stuffed inside a rubber rat.
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The cache below was an easy find hidden inside a wooden post.
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I returned the cache and walked a few feet to the tidepools. Here’s an anemone.
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And this Striped Shore Crab would make a great cache guardian.
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Normally, I turn around and drive back to Cannery Row. This time I turned inland and found a cache at this previously unnoticed lighthouse.
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It was strange to see a 31 star pre-civil war flag flying over the grounds. But it was appropriate for the historic location.
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A short walk to the adjoining cemetery and golf course resulted in multiple finds. But I didn’t search for this vegetation hide because monarch butterflies were feeding there.
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I drove 3 blocks back to the coastline and, with specific instructions from recent finder GSMX2, found the now muggle-free stairway cache. My final cache of the trip was Queenie’s Footprint (GC69346). I left a Don_J memorial wooden nickel.
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OCTOBER 15, 2016 – Extreme Vegetation Hides (Micros in the Woods)

October 15, 2016

I hadn’t truly hiked since May nor cached since July. So I finally dragged myself outdoors back to Jack’s Peak County Park on the Monterey Peninsula. My plan was to hike the gloomy and deserted (at least when I’m there) trails to find 8 caches I’d either missed or had been placed since my last visit in 2014. As usual, mine was the only vehicle in the parking lot.
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The hike started easily enough on well maintained trails.
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And the first cache was a bison tube bored into a rock. Hiking in the cool dry (not humid this time!) weather was a welcome relief from the months of non-stop heat back home in So Cal. But I didn’t know that there’d be no more finds for me that day.

GZ for the next cache was here:
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The one after that was here:
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Not finding 2 “micros in the woods” wasn’t totally unexpected. Continuing uphill I was glad that there wasn’t a cache at the base of this dead tree that’s just waiting to topple over:
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Maybe the caches on the other side of the ridge would be easier to find…
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Nope!!
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Nope!!
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Nope!!
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And nope.
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In years past it was fun to find ammo cans and lock-&-locks in the park. With each visit the remaining caches became smaller and smaller. Until this time they were ALL micros except for 1 small. But forest hiking was a nice change of pace.

Then I drove 5 minutes back to my Cannery Row hotel, got on my bicycle for shoreline caching and wrecked it when it locked up in the middle of an intersection.