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  1. Here's our Hikes for 2006 bookmark list. Most are in Oregon, particularly Cental Oregon and the Cascades. Boy, we'd better pick up the pace!
  2. Hi, Pastor DIC! If you and your grand niece would like to take a little foresty hike, there is Eeyore Cache - For the Kids and Batman Cache - For the Kids in the north end of Forest Park. They are both very close to the trail-- no bushwhacking. --laurak
  3. Thank you so much for the advice, Sparklehorse! I'm putting this on our "Hikes for 2006" bookmark list. Doug and I are most afraid of heights/dropoffs on narrow trails along cliffs. We just might be able to pull this off, especially if we were part of a supportive group. I'm especially wary (careful?) since falling off a trail switchback (while caching) breaking my left ankle on 8/13/05, but am slowly working my way back. We're not, however, afraid of bushwacking! Wonder if the person who took the metal catwalk was one of those people who takes metal railings off bridges to support their meth habit. If they did, hopefully they had to carry it a very long way; I pray for them. We'll plan for a nice weekend day this spring/summer and post as far as possible ahead of time for others to join. We'd sure love to meet you. The view from Camp Krummholz has been one of THE very best in our caching career. We'll never forget it. --laurak of dasein
  4. Wow, thanks for pointing this out, Sparklehorse! We're afraid of heights and dropoffs though. You think we'd be ok? BTW, welcome back!
  5. Hubby and I have been wanting to hike to Loowit Falls. We've assumed that area has been closed all this time, but have never checked on it. Anyone know? What's the best place to find out what trails/areas are open/closed?
  6. Placement of a cache in this area has oft been brought up, especially by those who live in Central Oregon. Alas, the area is within the Three Sisters Wilderness, off-limits for a physical cache. If one could be placed in that area, believe me, it would have been long ago.
  7. If you don't mind, I'll post this over at pdxgeocaching.com too. I know that several PDX locals attended the event, and maybe I can help your message reach more of them. --laurak of dasein
  8. I'm a 240# woman, and I LOVE to hike! When we first started caching, I hated to see a cache farther than 1/4 mile from the car. Now I'll say "it's only 2 miles? Let's go!" I really only got started seriously hiking though about 1 1/2 ago. I started out small and am working my way "up." Every hike I go on, every bit of elevation gain achieved, allows me to do even more next time! Now I actually LOOK for caches with significant elevation gain. Few things give me such feeling of accomplishment. While caching, I've surprised myself by doing a lot of stuff that I didn't know I could do. It's really broadened my horizons! Unfortunately, 2 1/2 weeks ago I broke my ankle when I went sprawling off a steep trail. I'm lucky that I fell into soft dirt, and not one of those rocky sections. I'm going nuts not being able to hike, and am finding that most terrain 1 caches are NOT accessible by either wheelchair or crutches! This too will pass. This is sure making me appreciate being able to walk! I'm just afraid by the time I'm able to get back out there in earnest, the days will be short and rainy. Oops, I've gone a bit off topic, ought to stop now... --laurak
  9. Doug and I LOVE 4-wheelin'! There are MANY in Oregon. I'm trying my best to think of some now (not necessarily the toughest 4x-ing, but fun!): Gunsight Butte. One of our favorites so far! In Central Oregon: Camp Krummholz. It's a drive-by with 4WD/clearance. Some good 4x roads around there really challenged our vehicle. There are a number of 4x caches in "The Badlands" east of Bend. Several are on/off of roads 5, 6, and 7, which are only open to motorized used 5/1 to 11/30: Badlands Dogs Day Out Road 8 east of Bend is currently open year-round. This cache can be accessed from there: Walkabout Kinda partial to this one: Rembering Renfrew I'm afraid that's it for now, due mostly to the late hour. --laurak of dasein
  10. Welcome, Kristin, David and Pam! If you like caching without a GPS, you'll LOVE it with one! Oh, the magnificent places it will take you! Since you live so close to Portland, be sure to check out the forums at pdxgeocaching.com. Lots of the local group "hang out" there. --laurak of dasein
  11. In my opinion, the cache is NOT buried since one doesn't have to dig to find it. Hey, it's under a rock, and there's LOTS of those caches out there (the rock is just much bigger)! Be sure to note on the cache page that no digging is needed to find the cache. So Sparrowhawk, now that we know the secret to this cache, we'll be looking for its approval. Thanks for the explicit hints! --laurak
  12. Prettynwitty, Jordie's face is *almost* ferret-like! Doug and I have three ferrets: Draper (9.5), Klaus (7), and Manfred (4.5). How many do you have? Names and ages? We occasionally pick up a safe toy for the ferrets at caches. I think they most enjoy just sniffing our shoes after caching though! --laurak
  13. Check out the picture on this cachepage. Nice that they were trying to be honest, but we've found MUCH lamer caches than this!
  14. Three Corner Rock is the site of a long-gone lookout. Check out these two old pics of the lookout: Image 1 Image 2 It is a fun drive if you have high clearance and good tires, and a spectacular view of several peaks, and you can even glimpse the Columbia River on a clear day!
  15. To get to Steelhead Masters, you drive right by the "near Warm Springs, Oregon" tunnel (the 1st tunnel on the link you provided). This short drive along the Deschutes is absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day.
  16. dasein

    A Bug Idea

    Suziq, I think your idea is a nice memorial for your mother-in-law. I don't find it gross at all. We all die and disintegrate in one way or another. Doug and I live in the area, and would be very honored to show your loved one some sights. Another idea: we've found a physical cache dedicated to a deceased loved one. There was a photo and information taped inside the lid of the cache, which was placed in a location that the deceased had visited often in her youth. Or, keeping with the travelbug idea, attach a laminated photo and a "description card" to a TB tag. One thing to consider: how would you feel if the ashes TB became "lost" and wound up in someone's garbage can? It will happen sooner or later... --laurak
  17. Thank you for saying that, Randy. People nowadays are germaphobic to the extreme and don't realize that many "germs" are actually GOOD! My family avoids "sanitizers" and "antibacterial" soaps/wipes like the plague (ha ha!). Your skin is COVERED with "zillions" of natural bacteria that are a first line of defense to protect you from the REALLY nasty stuff. Don't kill them off, let your body do its job! --laurak
  18. Renfrew has been found and a new cache placed: Remembering Renfrew The old cache was archived.
  19. We got tired of "city park" caches long ago. To us, the fun is the drive over Forest Service roads, or in the "boonies." The true gems of caching are the places that you would never find by yourself, often someplace that very few people bother to go to. That spectacular hike in The Gorge, or that drive through the country with amazing views of the mountains and hillsides, that gorgeous hidden canyon or waterfall. Those caches keep us hungry for more. We have had SO many grand adventures! We have done hikes and other feats that we would have never tried had it not been for caching. Caching has broadened our horizons: opened our eyes to things we never thought we were capable of, seen the most amazing places and things. We don't hunt micros very often. There are some outstanding ones, but many have been disappointing. If there's a micro in the forest, we'll most likely skip it. We have had the same caches on our closest list for a LONG time. Just 'cause they're close doesn't mean we have to find them. When a new cache pops up nearby and it sounds interesting, we'll find it. If it doesn't interest us, we won't. Caching is not a contest. There's no need to push yourself until you "break." It's all about fun and adventure. It doesn't have to be an every week thing, or even an every month thing. Just do it whenever you feel like it. And if geocaching doesn't interest you any more, that's ok. Interests in life come and go. Just go with the flow, do what feels good; who cares what other people might think! --laurak
  20. I noticed talk of Nudecacher brought up in this thread and don't understand how it relates to the original topic of this thread. I do not know nor have ever met Nudecacher. However, we were all born nude, and continue to be, underneath our clothing. He has nothing to hide and his photos are quite tasteful. I admire your gumption, Nudecacher! 'Nough said! --laurak of dasein
  21. Wahe Ka-Ho-Nee cache has a badge of honor: cache
  22. I was talking with a cacher the other day who had 2 big strips of velcro on top of the baseball cap he was wearing. When I asked what they were for, he said that he velcros a GPS antenna to it. I guess that way you could pretty much hold the GPS any way you wanted to without losing reception? I don't have any more details.
  23. Count Doug and I in for 10 coins. Haven't felt the need to chime in until now because everyone is working together so marvelously. We live in PDX now, but our first 3.5 years of marriage were spent in Bellevue. --laurak
  24. After a physically challenging cache hunt, we like to have macaroni and cheese with a corn dog or weenie-wrap. Then we usually lay down for a nap.
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