This multi-cache is made of three micro-caches and the final cache. The objectif of this cache is to make you "jump" from one place to another like a squirrel. Also, I try to draw Your attention to the fauna (During the creation of this cache, I saw a squirrel and two rabbits) and some nice paths with the help of a map I supply in the first micro-cache.
The Monsanto Forest Park is known as being Lisbon's lung. It's a very important park. If you're interpelled by Forest Guards. Don't panic. Introduce yourself and explain what you're doing (show some material that links you with Geocaching. This page should do). Monsanto is a very sensitive area - I've already talked to the Park Administration and they told me they'll inform the Forest Guards about Geocaching. I have explicit authorization from the Park Administration to place this cache.
Some places you'll see in this hunt;
Pedreira do Calcário
The action of the man is well visible in all Monsanto, and this place carries us to the time where it was removed of the Mountain range the calcareous rock and the basalt for Lisbon sidewalks. This type of exploration, allows to study and to understand the geologic events of this region. Be careful in this area.
Moinhos do Mocho
In decade of 40, many of the mills of Monsanto had been recouped - some had been transformed in houses and, in the case of the Moinhos do Mocho, in a sightseeing place.
Luneta dos Quartéis
It is part of the old system of military defense, constructed in 2nd half of 19th century, with the name of Luneta do Capela. It was destined the artillery rank and is, since the forestation of Monsanto, a sightseeing place where we have a pretty one sight on the west region of Monsanto.
There are hundreds of squirrels and they are beginning to take over the forest, having introduced by man. Belonging to the species Sciurus vulgaris, the small rodents are loosing their fear of visitors, and they have already been seen in the middle of some streets around. Being a sweet animal and easily accustomed to human presence, it is probable that visitors to this park will soon take kindly to the tricks of these small animals, with a long tail and of brown or copper coloured fur.
In this site you can read the untold story about squirrels. More information about fauna in this Park can be found in the cache container.
With this cache You'll enter the real forest and not only see it from the roads where most of Us use to drive. One nice thing I noticed, when searching the spots for the caches, is that everybody says ""Olá" (Hello) or "Bom dia" (Good morning) to each others - wether being walking/hiking, biking, running...
The total distance I walked to create this cache was 4.300m and took 2,5 hours to do it. I walked by the roads showed in the maps. All caches are in open sky places, so the signal is ok. Try to use the paths, instead of going straight "like the crow flies". However, the best paths you'll only find them in the way back ...it happens with me all the time...
On Weekends and special hollydays, some roads are closed to the traffic so, you'll have to leave your car/moto in the park suggested and go to the hunt by foot or bike. You can also reach the parking area by public transports. There's a BUS stop named "Cruz das Oliveiras" for Carris buses nr. 11, 23, 24 & 29.
All the circuit is suitable for persons who just want to walk and not climbing difficult paths or do other exercises. However, if you want some excitement, go directly from 2nd to 3rd micro-caches, instead of turning back to the start point and take the road at West of it. Between 3rd micro-cache and the final cache there's a steep ascent in the road. Don't forget to take water with you.
I supply a GPS TrackMaker file with the circuit you'll have to walk for this hunt. If you need, get a copy of it. It's free.
Logbook, stash note, pen, documentation about fauna, and some nice gifts for you to exchange.
Don't forget: "Cache in, trash out" and Leave No Trace
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