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Number One Son
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Located south of Lake Hodges on a hill overlooking the lake with a killer view!
Primary parking at N 33° 03.088, W 117° 04.597
Closer parking at N 33° 02.394, W 117° 05.294
Number One Son is the first offspring of the BREEDER cache. See the BREEDER geocache site for a description of the whole BREEDER/CACHE LARVA process.
The cache has now grown into its final adult form and is ready for visitors. It is a dusky green 30 caliber ammo can measuring 11"x7.25"x4".
SteveL was the first one to place this cache. He placed it at N 33° 2.938, W 117° 5.258 Coincidentaly gcalland1 placed his cache called "Steven's Cache" about 60 - 70 feet away later on that same day. Feeling that the young cache larva would be inhibited in its Metamorphosis, Bikedog offered to move it up the road a-ways so that it could have a little breathing room. He was assisted in this by Howling Wolf & Tired Bones. I must say that Number Ones Sons final resting place is very nice. After retrieving the cache there are many nice rocks on which you can sit on and take in the view as your making out your cache log.
One way hiking odometer distance from the primary parking to the cache is 3.22 miles. I'm in rather poor shape, getting better though, and it took me one hour and forty minutes to hike to the cache. Coming back took an additional 30 minutes cuz me and Gromit often paused in the shade.
Other people have described the hike differently than me. Here is a quote "The hike was about 6.9 miles and fairly easy, despite what the profile looks like. It's exaggerated." This quote coming from fellow geocacher Stork's most excellent webpage showing a description of Number One Son as one third of his South Lake Hodges Trifecta. The other two caches being Steven's Cache and Lake Hodges Picnic. Click here for a topographic map of Stork's route.
I'm sure that you can cut down on this distance by choosing a closer parking spot to start the hike from. I'll have to verify this later but it seemed that there was a trail coming down from the houses around the same general vicinity as the waterfall. I'll look into it and add it to the parking locations.
If you have some extra time you might check out the waterfall located at N 33° 02.691, W 117° 05.267 I was totally surprised that this existed only 10 miles from my house. I wonder how many people even know its there?
A big thanks to SteveL, Bikedog, Howling Wolf & Tired Bones for their help.
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P.S. Bikedog's definition of Metamorphosis: A change in the form and often habits of a geocache during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.
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- #0 - Everett?Young man on rock
- #2 - ?two guys obviously enjoying the picture taking process. Grins are very evident. Picture taken at twilight.
- #7 Two guys looking cool with their shades.
- #9 - World Famous Mark71markHere's another guy who knows how to take his own picture. Did he pick out his hat to match the background?
- #13 - It might be cache larva placer SteveLWith the Helmet and shades I'm not sure.
- #14 - Super Stork!I don't know if everybody knows of Stork's plan to rule the world but I'd stay on his good side. He's promised me a position in the administration when he takes power.
- #15 - Gromit freshly groomed and yours trulyCount along with me how many things are wrong with this picture. 1) not level. 2) edge of picture runs down my face. 3) goofy gaping smile on my face. 4) my eyes are half closed. I could go on...
- #20 - Mom and progenythis little tyke finishes off their cache hunt with some cool refreshment.
- #21 - Dad with plush carrier
- #22 - Cache Larva trophy in hand
- #23 - Geocaching is fun for the whole familyPictures like these make me glad I put the camera in the cache. Just knowing I gave this trio (and the picture taker) an excuse to get outdoors and enjoy life is very satisfying.
- #24 - Vagabond can't take a bad pictureIt appears that Vagabond wasn't wearing his superhero cape on this morning.
- #25 - SteveL takes the first pictureI just realized that the photos are numbered in reverse sequence. Darn Wahlgrens!
- #3 - Bikedog & palsBikedog is on the left, Jacko's in the middle and Howling Wolf is on the right.
- #6 - Simon, aka GPSStrider, husband of Jane8276 Oh! the old underhanded self portrait technique. Nicely done!
- #8 - GodzyllaWhat a beautiful smile!
- #10 -Would you like some refreshing Aqua?Lisa who sometimes goes by Zcat2.
- #12 - is that you Jnglkat?If you look past his right ear you can see the location of the notoriously hard to get to OLD GLORY cache.
- #17 - ah, looking down at a fellow cacherHe was just a little green ball of clay... GUMBY!
- #18 - Sherrie, the Pokey portion of the diehard teamas of this moment they have 242 caches found. I'll catch up in approximately 3 years if they retire tomorrow.
- #19 - Gcalland1At one time the NUMBER ONE SON cache was just a few feet away from gcalland1's STEVENS cache. It's still funny to me that two people independently went out on the same day and placed caches so close together.
- #4 - PJH and Son
- #16 - biker trio, picture by bikedog?Jacko on left, Tired Bones in the middle, and Howling Wolf on the right
- #00 - sonnyh
- #5 - XavierI don't think he knows one of his bud's snapped this picture.
- #1a - skeeter1 is oneSkeeter1 admits to being in the photo but didn't let me know which one he is.
- gromit unzipping out of coyote costumeparsa suggested that gromit get a coyote suit so that he could go for walks in places where dogs are not allowed. Here is a possibility.
Last Updated: on 12/29/2017 8:50:06 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:50 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum