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Watermelon Man II
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Watermelon is, of course, English for Sandia. My interest in geocaching began with a Google search to find out about the Sandia Man Cave, and ABQ-TJ's Sandia Man Cave Route cache (GC9612) was listed. I was intrigued and now am hooked! I wanted to place a cache in the same area, so here it is! Make sure you visit the original on your way to mine.
Take hwy 536 west out of Cedar Crest and then join 165 at the Balsam Glade picnic area. Alternatively, from Albuquerque, you may head north on I-25 and get off at exit 242 to Placitas. Continue all the way through the town until the road turns into a dirt road. From either direction, you'll want to be looking for the waypoint PARK and pull off here. You really should pay the $3 at the Tijeras ranger station for parking anywhere in the Sandias, or buy a yearly pass for $30.
The trail up to the first stage micro is only 1/2 mile long and the elevation change is 100'. Just about anyone can handle this part.
For the second stage, you'll be hiking an additional 450', but some bushwacking will be required. Wear long sleeves and long pants.
Initial items include: -A disposable camera: please take a picture and leave it; let me know when it's ready for processing and I'll post the resulting pictures. -Magnifying glasses, an LED caribiner keyring, a stuffed duck, 2 New Mexico fridge magnets. -An Easter egg that opens to reveal a scene. -A logbook, pencil and sharpener, pen. -A balsawood glider -An unregistered New Mexico Geocoin for FTF. Keep it or register and track it, your choice.
One thing that has changed since my first visit to Sandia Man is the graffiti. This place has been visited for at least 20,000 years, and only very recently have we humans decided to deface the natural beauty with spray paint. If you who visit have any ideas about how to remove this offensive blight, please speak up. Maybe a CITO can be organized to deal with it.
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