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This was my first geocache I ever placed. I hope it will last as long as I do.
This cache is on the Nebo Loop up Payson Canyon. "Nebo" means "Sentinel of God," Hence the name of this GeoCache. Cache is located less than 1/10 mile from a paved road, so bring all the kids and a picnic lunch.
On May 26, 2005 I stopped by this cache to check on it, and was very disappointed to find it missing. This has been one of my favorite caches, as it was my first, but also because it was so old and the logbook so rich with stories. Fortunately, I did have a cache box, log book, and pencil in my car, so I was able to replace it. I did not have any toys to place in it, so for now I guess it is a logbook only. If you feel inclined to help this cache out and leave some of your swag for others to find, that would be much appreciated. Most importantly, tho, PLEASE re-hide it at least as well as I left it so that maybe it will last another four years...or so.
The elevation at the cache location is approx. 8,264 feet, so unless you are going in the heat of summer, bring a jacket - I have seen snow up here in July. It is easy to get to, which means I had to make it a little more difficult to find. You can decode the hint if you like, but be warned, that will probably totally ruin it for you.
Here is a little history about the area and the road which you have to take to reach the cache:
The road to this cache treats all travelers to some spectacularly beautiful views. It is built through canyons and along ridges, east of Mt. Nebo -- the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range. There are good views of Nebo itself, with its three peaks of almost equal height (the northern one is the highest). There are also vantage points where you can pull off and look at other mountains in the range. Mt. Timpanogos is visible several miles to the north, across Utah Valley. On most days (unless the air pollution is worse than usual) it is easy to see even further -- to the mountains rimming the east side of the Salt Lake Valley, over sixty miles away.
By the mid 1950's, the road was paved most of the way. But it was still very narrow, steep, and winding. And the highest portions were not paved at all. You can make it clear across only during a short time in the middle of the summer. Once on a hot day in July, we assumed that the road would certainly be open -- but at the very top there was a deep snowbank blocking the road. We had to turn around and go back the way we had come, rather than continuing down the other side. I found out later that the road reaches an elevation of well over 9,200 feet at its highest point.
Of all the scenic byways in Utah, indeed in all of the Western U.S., this is one of my favorites. It is paved all the way, although it is not kept open during the colder months. I suppose it would be pretty easy to fly off into a gorge if you were to take one of the curves a little too fast, but it is wide enough that this is almost never a concern.
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