el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico
platypus

For a while now we've been working on the Penasquitos Canyon Hall of Fame, a list of 135 caches in or near Penasquitos Canyon. If we find them all, we'll get our name on a list, and maybe even get a little certificate if we attend next year's awards dinner. There are several Hall of Fame lists for San Diego, but Penasquitos Canyon is (a) fairly close to home (b) a fairly short list and (c) not so strenuous as to be completely impossible for us to complete. We're about halfway done; it'll be a while before we complete it, but we've done some of the toughest caches already and I think we'll make it to the end eventually.

Last Sunday we took a six-mile hike along the floor of the canyon, to the waterfall and back.

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The first cache was called "Hey, What's That Doing Here." Upon finding the cache, we had to say the same thing.



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Cool bark.

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Doesn't look like there's a waterfall anywhere near here...

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Cache the size of a peanut butter jar, says the description. But where is it?

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There!

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How to open a bottle.

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Hey, there's the waterfall!

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It's just a little waterfall, splashing over a few rocks. But I was surprised to see there was still water here at all in August.

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Quite refreshing after walking a few miles. (My knees were scraped up from crawling out of that culvert the previous day.)

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On we went, to find two caches down a narrow gully.

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Wild-growing... um... whatever that is.

We only found one of those two caches, but we had to give up and move on. We had a lot of ground to cover.

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Someone had been arranging rocks near a cache site. Couldn't find the cache; perhaps the rock-arrangers came across it.

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Now that's a descriptive sign.

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Cache called "Death Hill." Not that deadly, but I did come up on the wrong side of a gulley, so I had to climb up past the cache and come at it from above.

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Back across the creek (which we first crossed at the waterfall) and to the car. Long day, but rewarding: we found 18 caches and cleared out a nice stretch of canyon.
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