2000 4/3-4/5 2015

2000. 2000 what? Has it been 2000 days since we first went truck camping? Maybe it was the 2000th new place we camped at this weekend? The answer is 2000 geocache finds. We started geocaching on February 16 2013 and have really loved the hobby. We do a lot of geocaching everywhere we go. Not as much as some die hard geocachers but enough to keep us happy and enjoy the hobby. There are other geocachers that have far far more geocache finds than us but we were pretty happy to reach that milestone on this weekends trip.

We went to the membership campground we belong to, Ponderosa Falls Resort in Cheney Washington. I was wanting to go to a more remote area but Joanne wanted to go there, I did not put up much of a fight as I like the place too. We arrived at 5 P.M. and got our things set up. The weather was pretty good, highs in mid 50’s and lows right at freezing. No rain so that was good. There was a bit of a breeze so we did set up one of our pop up tents and one wall to block the wind while we sat outside.

our spot on this trip

our spot on this trip

all four of our dogs hanging out.

all four of our dogs hanging out.

The night went by peacefully and it was very relaxing. On Saturday morning we got into our van and set out to find a few geocaches. We had to find 13 more geocaches to reach our 2000 milestone. That would be easy enough and we chose to do some more remote caches than closer into town. So we worked our way west of Cheney Washington and traveled all kinds of back roads we have never been on. We really think the basin area is pretty, especially in the spring time. One of our stops for a cache took us on a 2.5 mile short round trip hike. That was a fun one to do, the trail is a rails to trail kind of thing. The trail is the Columbia Plateau Trail.

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

off we go for a short hike

off we go for a short hike

one of the views along our hike

one of the views along our hike

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

After our little hike we set off on more remote roads to find caches. One of them lead us to a historical marker way out in the middle of, well…nowhere. We love finding these kind of spots and geocaching takes us there.

joanne next to the history marker

joanne next to the history marker

closeup of the history story

closeup of the history story

We were really close to reaching our milestone now. So off we went to find the next cache and celebrate our 2000 cache find!

cache find #2000!

cache find #2000!

We told ourselves what a great job it was to get to 2000 finds. It was a fun moment. We walked back to the van and we set out for more caches so we can reach 3000 finds now!

back roads in the basin area of washington.

back roads in the basin area of washington.

In celebration of finding our 2000 geocache we placed a cache for others to find. I had been checking out a spot I wanted to visit and see if placing a cache there would be good. We took a little walk and found a perfect spot that offered views of a lake. We wrote down the coordinates and took note of what I wanted to say in the geocache page for it. Later that night I would send in the information for the new cache and it was published 5 hours later. So now other cachers can go out and find it.

walking back from placing a new cache

walking back from placing a new cache

We returned to the resort and set out to relax. We spent a little time in the pool and hot tub then went back to the camper. We said it was nice to just sit around. Then Joanne said, “doesn’t Mexican food sound good”. So we jumped into the van and drove the short drive into Cheney. I had researched a restaurant that had great reviews. El Rodeo is where we ate and yes the food was very good. I recommend it for sure.

a little swimming

a little swimmmmm margaritas.

mmmm margaritas.

a quick view of the main street in chaney

a quick view of the main street in cheney

After dinner we returned once again to the resort. This time we would go no where else. So it was time to kick back, have a beer and relax.

relaxing

relaxing

relax time for the dogs too

relax time for the dogs too

Happy Easter! It was Sunday morning and it was Easter. Now just because we are not at home don’t think that an Easter Egg hunt would not happen. Joanne and I went out and hid 24 eggs for Cody to find. We had plenty of spots to get them hid. In the end we had to give Cody hints and clues so he could find them all. In fact I had to walk around a bit to remember where I hid the last egg.

yep, there is one

yep, there is one

another one right there cody

another one right there cody

Another fun short trip out with the camper. Our next trip will be in a couple weeks from now. We will go to Prosser Washington for the Spring Barrel Wine Tour Rally. We have been looking forward to that for a long time. I am sure we will find a geocache or two while in that area too.

 

2000 4/3-4/5 2015

6 thoughts on “2000 4/3-4/5 2015

  1. Nice Blog as usual Rich. We loaded the camper yesterday & are getting itchy feet. We are trying to get away a couple of days early & spend some time in Northeast Oregon.

  2. Glad to see you still out and about. We went to the Texas TC Rally a few weeks ago and I am heading up to the NASCAR race at KC next weekend. My good friend from St. Louis will be joining me.

    • im very jealous. i would love to go to a race sometime. its a long drive to the nearest nascar track for me though. we are nascar fans for sure. have a great time in kansas.

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