Back in December I put my geocoins up for sale and I had the opportunity to corrispond with geocachers from around the world. In the process I made contact with DK-Titan. Some cachers that live in Denmark. They were interested in the coin.
Well we made the sale and becan to corrispond. They were interested in visiting and going to Potter's Ponds. Potters is one of the oldest caches from Aug 2000. It is one of the three caches that exist from Aug 2000. So those people that are trying to complete the Jasmer challenge have a limited selection that month. (a cache from each month of geocaching)
In 2011, the trail to Potters was closed until well into June. The first ones braved the snow and the mud to make it there June 21. Normally the road is open by June 1st. So I did not hold out hope. So I kept in touch with them.
Eventually over time I kept in touch, and I found out the road was opening early. Just in time for their visit. I asked what they would be driving, and it was going to be a small car. After looking at the picture last year and the road of mud. So I offered to drive them up in my truck.
I decided to meet them closer to the afternoon. So if the roads were muddy it would have time to dry out. The day before had seen a lot of rain, so that gave us a little time.
I spent the morning checking oil, water etc in the truck so we can make the trip. Then who should drive up to find the cache at my house is DK_Titan. We said our hello's and they headed on their way and we went off to find a few more while I got ready.
The drive down to the cache takes about an hour. They wanted to grab and and all Earthcaches and Virtuals that are in the area. They only have a few (one if I heard right). So we planned the drive and hunt to look for them.
The drive was pretty uneventful. It was a nice drive and we stopped to see a number of sights on the way. We happened to stop at one that was at a scenic overlook. http://coord.info/GCJAWC I did not give any thought to the fact that it was older. It was from 2004, and though I do not give it any thought here, caches that old are pretty rare in Denmark.
We left the town of Fairview and began the climb. In just a few miles you go from 6,000 to over 9,800. We grabbed a few caches along the way. I even put one out at the highest spot on the road. It actually surprised me that there was not one there already. So now at 9800 feet near the road there is a new cache. 9800 feet of mountain with DK_Titan
So then we started descending there hills. There were a few more caches, and a few earthcaches to grab on the way. The few times that I had been up here I was with kids and a wife that did not want to spend a lot of time looking. So I was able to complete some of the caches with them.
We made it to the camp site and made our way to the nearest point to hike from. We crossed the creek and made our way over. New to the hike this year was a large dead tree has fallen across the creek. That made it so you did not have to hop rock from rock, or wade on the way over. So we balanced over and made our way over to the hill.
The cache is not far up the hill and I followed behind them. When we got to the location I let them look for it. I knew where it was, but I it is always anti-climactic for someone to just point you to the cache. I sat and took a few pictures while they were hunting for the caches, signing the logs, and then our way back.
The long trip home
I decided that on the trip home we would not come back the same way. I think that is universal among geocachers. If you can help it you try other ways to find a cache. So we headed to the south and down the canyon.
It was a great drive, but rather than come to the West, where I wanted to go, we headed east. The road to the west was still closed, and would have had us exiting near Ephraim. Instead we headed to the East and worked our way to Orangeville, and Castle Dell. We were hoping to grab some Virtuals. Unfortunately I had forgotten that those were inside museums that we did not want to pay for, and take the time. So we headed North to the Price area.
Well once we hit there and headed home we found 8-9 Virtuals and Earthcaches. In all it was a fun day and a fun trip. I had a lot of fun and i was glad that I had the experience with them.