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Patriotic flag over Palm Springs
Sometime around 10/4/2001 a very nice American flag was placed atop Smoketree mountain south of Palm Springs. I first noticed the flag from my front yard. Flag is about 1.5 miles from my house and i can occasionally see people on the peak through binoculars. The peak is a regular hike of mine with great views of Palm Springs and the surrounding desert. I'm not sure the exact date the flag was placed. Whomever placed the flag did an outstanding job. It was very pretty.
The original flag disappeared around 11/19/2001 which is a shame. I think it was malicious since i found the original flagpole thrown down off the peak minus the flag. Someone else has put up a much smaller plastic flag as a replacement but it's not quite the same. On 11/23/2001 i hid a cache near the peak the flag is on. The coordinates now reflect this new cache. The new cache is about 50 yards south of the peak in a large Altoids tin hidden in some boulders. Continuing with the patriotic theme the tin contains various flags, flag stickers and buttons. If you visit the cache it would be nice if you tried to keep to the patriotic theme in leaving items.
The most popular trail for this peak is the Garstin trail off of Bogart Trail at about 33N 46.555, 116W 31.848. Another good way up is via my nearby Araby Hope cache. See GC9FD for details.
I have photos of this cache on my geocaching page... http://www.stargazing.com/geocaching/
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