oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015

What should we do this weekend? That is a dumb question, of course we should go camping. So that is what we did. We set out after work on Friday and found a camp spot in the National Forest along the Middle Fork of Calispell Creek. That is just 25 miles north of home but you have drive around the spot and come in from the north. So it makes it about an hour drive from home. We found a spot and received word that some geocache friends would join us for camping this weekend. I had put out the word to fellow geocachers that we would be camping and over the weekend that I would be climbing two mountains that had a seldom found geocache on top. So if anyone wanted to join us, feel free to join us. It was also working towards my goal to climb all of the mountains in Pend Oreille County as well as Stevens County in Washington. Will I ever finish the goal? Maybe not but it is my goal.

our spot

our spot. we drove the little truck too in case i was the only one driving to the trail heads.

nice big fire pit already there

nice big fire pit already there

time to sit and relax

time to sit and relax

Soon  after we got all set up our friends Lisa and JD showed up to camp with us. They were (gasp) tent camping and got their things all set up. Then it was dinner and socializing around the campfire until the wee hours. The next morning I walked around and took a few pictures of the beautiful day to come.

views from camp

views from camp

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

the creek next to us

the creek next to us

After we had breakfast our friends, Cody and I left to go climb a mountain and find a geocache. Joanne stayed behind at camp and dog watched, cleaned the camper some and relaxed the day away. She said it was a great day for her. The mountain we would hike up today does not have a name but it is a mountain just the same. From the trail head it would end up being a 6.8 mile round trip hike. Not a bad hike at all. There was lots of great views along the way to take in. We even had views to the valley where we are camping. With binoculars we could even see our camp spot.

views of the day

views of the day

the valley we are camping in

the valley we are camping in

closer view of where we are camped at

closer view of where we are camped at

hiking near the top of the mountain

hiking near the top of the mountain

We made it to the top of the mountain and soon we had located the geocache. We were only the 2nd people to find this cache since it was placed on 3/19/13. For you fellow cachers the cache is GC480V5.

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

We made our way back to the trail head with a brief stop for a lunch while looking out at the mountain views. We returned to camp and had a nice evening ending a great day.

The next morning we would be climbing Boyer Mountain. Cody would stay with Joanne at camp today. We had more friends arrive at camp to do today’s hike.  Tim and Kathleen would join us today. We drove the same road to the trail head as yesterdays hike. We stopped along the way so Tim could find a cache we found on yesterdays drive up.

tim at a cache spot

tim at a cache spot

On our drive up we came across a moose. There were lots of sign of moose and elk in this area. We did see sign of bear yesterday too.

moose on the loose.

moose on the loose.

We got to the trail head and it was time to hike another mountain. Today’s hike would only be 4.4 miles round trip but there would be a bit more elevation gain today. The views along the way were once again fantastic.  Once on top, wow! What fabulous views from the top of Boyer Mountain. We found a benchmark near the geocache location. Again, for you fellow cachers the code is GC1T919. We found the geocache and all signed the log. We then walked along the top of the mountain to where there use to be a lookout tower and another geocache to find. I could have spent a long time just taking in the sights. This mountain top is high on my mountain top list for favorites.

benchmark found

benchmark found

near the cache site

near the cache site

mountain top views

mountain top views

i love the views

i love the views

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

me at the top

me at the top

After some time spent at the top we all hiked back to the trail head and our vehicles. It was back to camp and to get things packed up and head home. What a great weekend it was. Great weather, views and friends to enjoy on this outing. I look forward to the next hike to another mountain top. We have other trips we will be doing so it may be a while before the next mountain climb. The mountains will be calling me to return and I will.

oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015