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16 April 2008 @ 10:06 am
Geocaching 4.12.08  
The Super Cool Losers had an "early" morning last Saturday when we went to attempt 3 tunnel caches in Santa Cruz.

As usual, we got out of town later than planned, BUT we did plan for it this time. We planned on leaving at 8am but didn't leave till 8:45. It's ok though, we didn't HAVE to be on the road till 9, so we did good.

We attempted 3 caches just north of Santa Cruz along the coast. All three you had to access from the beach through tunnels that were anywhere from .1-.25 miles long and very dark. They were also filled with water from our ankles to our knees. So we were prepared with water shoes.

We saw 2 snakes that day! Our first sighting was along a trail to the beach.

The first tunnel opening from the top.

It was essential to do this tunnel cache at low tide since it was so close to the wave line. We got there at 10:30 and the lowest point of tide was supposed to be at 11:30. Good timing!

Most of it was pretty shallow but the water was freezing!

This first cache was called Thru Two Tunnels. We got a sunny break between the tunnels to warm up before getting back in the cold water!

Me and Mannard

Rushing cold water!

After all that work getting to the cache, we DNFed! We had a feeling we would since the last 2 people DNFed. It's ok though, it just means we get to do it again. We had fun getting through the tunnels.

No KinQue! Hehe

Our next tunnel cache was The Mines of Moria. This one was A LOT harder. It was pitch dark in the tunnel and the last .1 mile of the tunnel was very surprising and slightly frightening.

The "tunnel" from the last .1 mile! That's KinQue's headlamp in there.

KinQue lookin for the cache

While looking for The Mines of Moria, we ran into some other cachers! We waited for them to make their way through the tunnel before looking for the cache. We made the grab then made our way back through the tunnel.

The last tunnel cache of the day was Shelobs Lair.

This tunnel was probably the easiest to navigate through since most of it was paved. But it was really really dark.

At one point there was water draining into the tunnel and we had to scoot along the wall to not get wet!

But we made it out ok


Walking back through the tunnel, we found our second snake of the day! It was swimming through the tunnel water!

It was SO HOT in Santa Cruz! I kept bugging KinQue in the back seat to hand me my water tube, so he hooked it to the back of my seat Waynes World style! EXCELLENT!

Other than the 3 tunnel caches, we picked up some drive by caches and a letter box. I love trying to see how close I can get to the drive up caches. I think I did pretty well on this one!

By the time we got to the Letterbox on the UCSC campus we were pretty tired!

When we found the Letterbox Don't Take The Stamp, we found a little cove in the rock where people had set up a bunch of toys! It was really cute. Mannard added the little silver doggie.

It was a great day and it was wonderful to get out in the sunshine!

teach me to be fabulous.....christ_chexx_4u on April 16th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
tunnel caching?? that sounds like so much fun, where do you live??

HAHA and clearly the best part of that video was "don't die...we'll have to stop caching!"
Candy Connoisseurno_sprinkles on April 16th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
We all live just south of San Francisco, near Stanford University. The tunnels are all along the coast near Santa Cruz which is only an hour from home.

"don't die...we'll have to stop caching!" Haha, I was hoping someone would catch that =P
teach me to be fabulous.....christ_chexx_4u on April 16th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
ok, reason number seven million why i clearly need to be living in california. :(

lol ive been known to constantly yell at my caching partners to suck it up so that we dont have to stop. because clearly, logging a find ranks way above personal health and safety.
Candy Connoisseurno_sprinkles on April 16th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
"logging a find ranks way above personal health and safety"

Haha, don't I know this. KinQue and I attempted a cache that Mannard was not going to go for (super high terrain and not super safe)... I ended up falling off a cliff and breaking my knee. I didn't cache for 2 months =(
teach me to be fabulous.....christ_chexx_4u on April 16th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
ooooh, ouch! ive got a nice scar on my left shin from sliding rocks, and some great memories of being lost in the woods, after sunset, coyotes howling. oh, good times. much fun as urban caching can be sometimes, theres nothing like tramping through the forest.
Fuzzy Mannard: Cookie Loves Gaysmannard on April 17th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Haha. I personally like:

David: So do we keep going or is it close?
Dylan: Thru two tunnels!
David: Oh.

Edited at 2008-04-17 01:42 am (UTC)
Better than a Record Playertacodiscos on April 21st, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
Oh man, this looks so cool! What an awesome experience!