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Earthcaches are one of the first type of caches I note when traveling. Although the purpose of an earthcache is to teach visitors about earth science, they are often found in amazing places. So please post some of your favorite photos taken while earthcaching

 

Tufa Towers

 

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Avalanche on Wall Street

 

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Or my own Great Gallery

 

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I was able to find a good number of excellent earthcaches during a trip to Iceland last year. The weather was often rather gloomy, which doesn't always make for the best photography, but here are some of the nice spots we visited.

 

Landmannalaugar - Fjallabak Reserve:

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Latrabjarg :

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Hverfjall - Mývatn:

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HLJÓÐAKLETTAR (ICELAND):

Eating huckleberries (which didn't appear to have been being picked by anyone else!) with Kirkjan in the background

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I can't recall too many times I have visited a spot that is both an earthcache and a roadside attraction (roadside America). But Frog Rock is both a rock and froggy. I wonder how many of the infamous old geocaching challenge about kissing a frog were completed here.

 

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An EC I visited last week in a cool little historical park: Minerals Along the River

 

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Hmmm, it looked a bit different when I was there! :D

 

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Interesting to see the difference! I'll have to swing on by at a different time of year and see all the water.

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We were supposed to have done a petroglyph tour at China Lake Naval Air Base, but when the navy wanted to blow things up at the base we had to make other plans. So we decided to go up the eastern Sierras on our way home. It was completely unplanned, but during breakfast at the Alabama Hills cafe in Lone Pine, we decided to take a quick look at the hills. Sure enough, there was earthcache focused on Arches and Tafoni.. As soon as we were on our way, it became apparent that we would have to return. A hour or two was not nearly enough.

 

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We were supposed to have done a petroglyph tour at China Lake Naval Air Base, but when the navy wanted to blow things up at the base we had to make other plans. So we decided to go up the eastern Sierras on our way home.

 

 

The eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite places in the world. I'd live to take about a week driving from Lone Pine north on 395, finding caches along the way and flyfishing many of the lakes and streams in between 395 and the Sierra crest.

 

 

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We had come to Mono lake on the eastern side of the California Sierras hoping to kayak and camp out to an island to do an earthcache there, but the rangers told us we would be taking our lives in our hands with the way that expected wind would hit the water. What is a person to do? Find another earthcache, of course. So we ended up inside Volcanic Fissures that were like small slot canyons. Only fissures.

 

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Two from my as-yet-unfound earthcache at Double Rock in Yosemite. The Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne is as deep as that other Grand Canyon:

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AT Maui Blowhole. I don't know why this one got archived.

 

In the Archive Note:

 

Archived due to cache owner not complying with guideline regarding photographs, after two months of waiting.

 

Since you were obviously at the location, you could submit a replacement Listing.

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We made a spur of the moment decision to visit Wupatki NM during a recent trip to Arizona. There were several earthcaches there that were very good -- who would have thought that there would be a blowhole blowing hard in the middle of the high desert? It was a great way to learn about how the geology contributed to people's adaptation on the land, with several ruins reminding me of some of the castles we have visited elsewhere.

 

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Our goal was the petroglyphs of Renegade Canyon in the Cosos (near Ridgecrest, California), but what could we do until the next morning. Visit Fossil Falls.

 

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Those rock formations look really neat. Must have bee fun exploring around them.

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We visited a really neat EC last month, Painted Hills Unit in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

I love this forum. It helps me build my wish list. The colors there are amazing.

 

I need to get some photos up here. But first I need to go back through my photos and get some better ones added to cache galleries.

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Pluto's Cave , a lava tube near Shasta. Once we got past the graffiti, and went further into the cave, the darkness and the stillness combined with cathedral-like walls.

 

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Natural Bridges (near Angels Camp, California) was a stunning place, where a stream has cut through marble, forming a short tunnel that is long on beauty. We took the advice of others and got there early, before the crowds, carrying floating tubes down the trail so that we could slowly meander up and down the tunnel rather than swim through it. The experience would not have been the same if we had arrived later, with the area filled with people and noise.

 

For simplicity - and because I was not sure what to expect with the water - I just brought the phone. When we return I will bring a better camera (with a dry bag).

 

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I stopped by one of our first earthcaches for some owner maintenance. Yes, the waterfall is still there. It was a good opportunity to take a nicer photo of the falls.

 

My first visit:

 

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New and improved:

 

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I stopped by one of our first earthcaches for some owner maintenance.

 

Share the link with us, please.

Sure thing! It's Falling Spring Falls.

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