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7 Souvenirs of August

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Didn't find it Touchstone couldn't find Monterey Canyon Cache

Friday, October 20, 2006California

We found ourselves at the beach this afternoon, and seeing that we were within short walking distance to the cache, I decided to "just take a look".

Tide was sufficiently far out that getting to the site was not a big deal. After examining the hiding spot and deciding it was "No big deal", I went back to shore and put on some shoes. Wading back out I tried various methods but finally settled on the brute force approach.

Thrashing my way to the cache, I could feel various layers of my dermis layer getting shafed off. Seeing that retreat looked just as painful as going forward, I perservered on. Having my hand on the top, and even touching the prize at one point, the structure gave a rather alarming wobbel at this point. Several scenarios flashed through my mind, none of which had a pleasant ending. Perched there with one hand on top, I weighed my options. In the end discretion was the better part of valor, and I thought it safer to retreat than to thrash the final few feet to the top, perhaps putting some undue strain on the already seemingly precarious hiding spot.

Next I had to consider the best way to get down. Jumping looked like a rather unpleasent option, both becuase the landing did not look as soft as I would like, and also concern for putting some further strain on the structure. Therefore, left with few good options, I tried to reverse my moves down as gently as possible. This proved even more painful than the ascent, and in the end, with a cry of anguish and pain, I jumped the last few feet to the ground, falling sideways into the uncoming surf, which gave new meaning to the term "putting salt on a wound" on my now flayed arms and thighs.

After ministering to my wounds, and allowing for a suitable recuperation period, I will return with an alternate plan. L: skin and small amount of blood, T: splinters and pain TFTH

infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
 
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