Posted by: geonarcissa | March 24, 2010

ErikaJean and Phoenix: Afternoon

After our morning at South Mountain, ErikaJean and I went for brunch at a friend’s house, then set out for Tonto National Forest to find Arizona’s oldest geocache. It’s about 1.5 miles from the road to the cache, but there are several other caches hidden along the way.

The first one is a travel bug hotel. One of the travel bugs had a mission to get to Arnprior, Ontario (just up the Ottawa Valley from here) so I had to laugh when ErikaJean found it and asked me if that was close to where I lived. I retrieved the travel bug and it’s with me in Ottawa now.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

A cache under a Palo Verde tree.

Here I am, signing the log. Notice the awesome hat that ErikaJean lent me – instead of “Tucson” it says “Tuscan.” Fail. 🙂

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

Me, signing a log book.

It was a good thing we waited until the later part of the afternoon to go out there; the first half of the walk was a bit hot and strenuous, but it got cooler on the way back. We took lots of pictures along the way. Unfortunately, the rabbit, quail, and many lizards we saw were too fast for our cameras.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

A little cactus.

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Tiny desert flowers.

The rocky terrain and prickly vegetation are conducive to rocky hides like this one.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

A conspicuous hiding spot.

The saguaros were very cool. Each one is different, and they get so big!

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

Looking up from the wash, two saguaros.

There’s been a lot of rain in Phoenix recently (for them), and there were wildflowers everywhere.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

More desert flowers.

I believe this is the first real Tupperware geocache I’ve ever found. I noticed that Arizona geocachers could get away with containers that would never survive the elements here. The travel bug hotel was a beat-up briefcase, and a few of the caches we found were metal tins.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

Real tupperware!

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

A tiny desert creature.

I posted pictures of this huge saguaro the day I got back from Phoenix. Here’s another shot of it from a different perspective.

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A different view of the saguaro with thirty-one arms.

There were so many different varieties of cacti. The saguaros dominate the landscape because of their size and prevalence, but there were many others. This one was interesting.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

This cactus drops sections that can get stuck to your shoes or clothes if you're not careful.

After a lot of walking and a few rest stops, we made it to GC57 – Arizona’s oldest geocache! The view of the nearby mountains was amazing. ErikaJean’s awesome camera caught the scene better, but here’s a taste.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

A view close to Arizona's oldest geocache.

Here’s the cache, in its hiding spot under a Palo Verde. We sat on the ground near the cache, went through the contents, and read some of the old logs. Amazing to think that this geocache has been here for almost ten years! It was definitely worth the walk, and made even more special because I found it with ErikaJean. Geocaching bloggers of the world, unite!

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

Arizona's oldest geocache - GC57! Under a Palo Verde.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

The original owner's log from almost 10 years ago.

Phoenix: March 21, 2010

Our logs from March 21, 2010. Happy 10th anniversary, geocaching!

Our adventure didn’t end there! We went on to find a couple more geocaches along a different trail, including another very old cache (GCED). Then we stopped for supper, and had one more stop to make before our long day of geocaching was over.

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Responses

  1. “Geocaching bloggers of the world, unite!” Heck yeah!

    I really like all your flower pictures! and the picture of our logs!

    by the way, I’ve been on the look out for big erasers to make a stamp 😉

  2. Thank you soooo much for taking me on our trip…. beautiful pictures – looks like you had an amazing time! Now I want to go to Tucson… or is it Tuscon… 🙂

    • It’s Tucson, but the hat says Tuscan, which is at least two levels of fail. 😀


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