Sunday Morning Hiking Series #123
Why is this listed as a trailhead meet-up instead of a hike?
The Sunday Morning Hiking Series (SMHS) began on June 7, 2009 and has continued with a hike every month since then. There is a bookmark list at the right which contains all of the SMHS events. Geocaching is a dynamic activity in more ways than one. Cachers are constantly coming up with new ways to place caches and host events. Occasionally creativity pushes the limits too far and new rules are made. There has never been a problem on an SMHS hike; anyone who showed up was welcome to log the event even if they only went a small part of the distance hiked by the whole group, like across the parking lot. Apparently that was not the case elsewhere in the world. As a result "moving" events like a hike are no longer allowed to be listed. Therefore, the SMHS will continue as a series of trailhead meet-ups. We will gather for a half hour, 7:45-8:15 am, at the trailhead to chit-chat and have a breakfast beverage and donut. That's the event. Anyone who is there for any portion of that time may log an "attended" on the event. At 8:15 am anyone who would like to continue socializing after the event may put on their pack and join me on the trail leading from the trailhead meeting place. I hope this change may end up bringing out a few more cachers who were timid about attending the SMHS in the past because they felt they could not complete the hike.
Seventh Day Adventurists
Many folks have asked about the religious affiliation of Seventh Day Adventurists. There is none, it's a pun. We like to hike. On Sundays. Get it? This little bit of punniness is due to either MarshallOD or DirtDevils:). They keep blaming each other so we'll never know who said it first. It just stuck. That's what happens when you spend to much time on mountain tops in the thin air.
No, I didn't make a mistake. The post-event hike will be in Parley's Park. Because of the dog park in Tanner Park, the parking situation is already bad enough. There will be a little more room to park and enjoy our donuts at these coordinates. After the event, we will use the pedestrian bridge to drop into the park. It's likely to be chilly so bundle up so you don't shiver too much while eating your donut. When you arrive at the parking area of the posted coordinates, look for HKGSEAL license plates and geocaching flag. That's where the party will be.
In terms of steepness this will be an easier hike. There are most definitely hills, but not mountains. A large chunk of our route will be paved. we'll also hit wood chips, gravel, and dirt. Depending on the weather because this is a high traffic area, parts of the trail could be icy. You may want to bring micro-spikes or yak-tracks.
In terms of distance, if you want to find every cache in the park, it could be pretty darn long. Since I haven't done the entire path that would take all at once, I'll estimate over 5 miles. It's up to you how far you want to go.
Many of the caches are puzzles so it also depends on how many you solve as to how many you end up finding or are even willing to look for. Everyone caches their own way, but when I lead a hike that has puzzles along it, I really want to encourage everyone to do their own work as the cache owners intended before claiming a find. If you are new to puzzle caches, don't let that put you off. Come along on the hike. I bet there will be a lot of talk on how to solve puzzles as we go. You can get the puzzles solved after the hike then claim the finds.
If you plan to hike after the event, please come equipped with plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and other equipment (i.e. hat, hiking poles, pack, etc.) There tends to be a range of fitness levels that show up for the hikes. As the emphasis is on being social, don't worry if a steep leaves you puffing. I'll be right there clinging to a tree and puffing with you.
Come out and join the Seventh Day Adventurists for talk of trails past, plans for future adventures, and breakfast!!