OCTOBER 15, 2016 – Extreme Vegetation Hides (Micros in the Woods)

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.

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