New Trail, New Caches – Shore Acres State Park

Recently, I noticed a newly constructed hiking trail out at Shore Acres State Park. This can mean only one thing to an addicted geocacher such as myself…..more geocaches!

I spent a couple of days putting six geocache containers together and placed them as shown in the map below.

New hiking trail at Shore Acres State Park - East Loop Trail. Length is two miles.

New hiking trail at Shore Acres State Park – East Loop Trail. Length is two miles.

Hiking forest trails is just about my favorite thing to do (besides ice cream at Face Rock Creamery in Bandon) and I hope these new caches will lure others out to enjoy this new trail.

Picking Off Outliers

Early January has mostly been about outliers. Outliers being caches located in more remote areas and usually some distance from other caches. They are what remains after finding caches in denser groupings.

Bring Your Lunch Geocache

Bring Your Lunch Geocache

Seven caches in Coos county and western Douglas county were my primary targets:

 

About this same time I purchased my new hiking pack – Maxpedition’s Falcon II. Loving it so far!

Reflections on 2013 – Part II (People)

One of the most oft-stated benefits of geocaching is making new friends. I can truly say that you who are a part of my regular geocaching adventures have become welcome friends. If not for geocaching we may never have met – a sad thought!

Group at Trail head

Group at Trail head

Group geocache outings are usually the most memorable excursions of each year. From 2013, the standouts are hikes at Upper Table Rock, Humbug Mtn., and Golden and Silver Falls – kayaking events at Eel And Cleawox lakes – a geo-tour in Florence – and many impromptu group hunts after our weekly geo-breakfast.

group

Speaking of our weekly gatherings, as I write this post we are approaching the sixth anniversary of our weekly geo-coffee! The group size has ebbed and flowed over time but early in 2013 it seemed to bust out! Lately, it seems to have shrunk a little but I attribute much of the long term unity of the south coast cachers to the camaraderie built over these six years of regular visiting.

Steve & Nancy long ago coined a phrase we use a great deal around here – You Meet The Nicest People Geocaching!

Amen to that!

Looking forward to more group fun in 2014 – bring it on!