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Long Live House Redstone Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 10/07/2006
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Everyone who finds caches has hobbies outside of geocaching... or at least we do. One of our hobbies is medieval recreation in the SCA. On the weekend of September 30, 2006 we were at such an event in Granite Falls. While walking around and helping people out I met a "Lord" by the name of Lord Karl Redstone.

Karl, as he insisted I call him, was a simple 50ish year old gentleman who liked the SCA and could always be counted on to help volunteer. He always had a good spirit around him in the short time that I knew him, and was ever helpful. This is something I would later find out was a prevalent theme in his life. When I made a comment about how many friends he seemed to have in the campground, he commented that "anyone who volunteers and furthers the dream is a friend of mine".

The following day was a day of merriment enjoyed by all. There were many activities for children, the ability to learn archery, and for the "grown" adults there was the ability to take place in heavy fighting. It is a fun part of most of the events, and Karl was right there with everyone else, having fun with scenarios using the homemade "armor" and rattan swords constructed to a code. My job... as a marshall I was to ensure safety and make sure that between the armor and weapons, no one would be hurt. When the fighting started, I was to make sure to stop the scenarios if they got out of hand, tempers flared, or spectators wander on to the field. After the last melee, I remember Karl telling another fighter he was tired and was going to go back to his tent. Less than an hour later I was one of the volunteers that was running around to get an ambulance to a site where cell phone coverage was spotty at best.

Karl passed away at the hospital later that night with his wife beside him. Word was quickly spread around the camp and it had a profound effect on the atmosphere. What had started to be parties, were now turned into wakes. Instead of talking about the interesting parts of life in the mudane (kind of like a muggle) world, conversations turned towards memories or Karl and other people that have moved on or passed away. The next morning at the closing court, the cries of "Long Live Karl Redstone, Long Live House Redstone" could be heard clear across the campground.

Even though I did not know him that long, Karl had a profound effect on me. Similar to the geocaching community, very little would get done in the SCA community if not for the countless volunteers who ensure that things that need to be done get done. To me, Karl was the archetypical example of a volunteer... something I now want to get closer to achieving in the coming years.

I would like to think that Karl would like a place like this, so we decided to name this cache in his honor. The trail does not have a marked, but is referred to as Kelly Butte trail, #1031 in a couple of places. This is a hike that KidAce, DangerBoy and myself (Poppa J) did in about 3.5 hours return trip, including a moment of silence after placing the cache. According to the GPS, the elevation at the cache site was 5401ft.

Your destination is near an abandoned fire lookout at the top of Kelly Butte. There is a logbook in the lookout itself, and the lookout has an amazing 320 degree view of the surrounding mountains. It is simply stunning what you can see from here. As you are ascending, you will also see amazing views of Mt Rainier depending on what the weather is like over by Rainier. With an elevation of 5401ft, we were able to get some nice shots of Rainier over the clouds. Stunning.

The trip down the roads is also breathtaking. Off of Highway 410, take NF-70 and set your odometer at 0 right at the corner of NF-70 and 410. WP1 is at 8.0mi and is a left hand turn past a sign with 7030 and an arrow beneath it. WP2 is at 11.9mi and is another left hand turn on to NF-7030. WP3 is at 12.4mi, and you need to go straight rather than right and uphill. WP4 is at 13.1mi and is a right hand turn, keeping on 7030 instead of switching to 7032. PK1 is at 14.4mi and is a good parking spot if you want to stretch your legs with a bit of a walk or if you want to make sure your car doesn't bottom out. The road to PK2 is on your left and is 100% one lane with no turnouts, so if you encounter another car, one of you will have to go backwards back to PK1 or PK2.

As to road conditions, NF-70 is fully paved, and as soon as you turn off of it, the roads are decent gravel up to PK1. There are spots where there are potholes, but there is no spot before PK1 that I would even hesitate on driving our car over. Between PK1 and PK2 is a decent road, but it has some spots where you can bottom out your car if you are not careful. With some care to your driving, you can avoid bottoming our your car. A high clearance vehicle should have no problem on those spots.

From PK2, take time to admire the nice view of Mt Rainer. To the east, there is a little trail that goes about 200ft. At that point there is a rope that should visibly go up the hill, and at the top of that rope, another rope that will get you a bit further up the side. Once you get to the top of the second rope, there is a bit of a scramble before about 1mi worth of switchbacks which eventually work into a nice alpine meadow. There are lots of birds up here, so keep an eye out. When we were placing the cache, it was this border between the switchbacks and the meadow where we saw a hawk fly within 15ft of KidAce on its way down the hill. After 0.8mi of meadows, you will clearly see the lookout tower on the right and a trail to get to it on the left, up a small hill (compared to what you have already climbed). Once up the small hill, its a small walk to the lookout tower and the nearby cache.

For the record, I am proud of DangerBoy. DangerBoy is 4 years old and KidAce is 8 years old, and together we made this trek, DangerBoy's first serious hike. While at times he was nervous and scared, he tried to be safe the entire time and listened to my directions for most of the trip... after all, he is 4! So if I hear anyone complaining about parts of the hike, I will redirect their notes and emails to "DB" who will respond to them.

Cache is an ammo box with some nice goodies. While you take in the nice panorama near the cache, please sign the log book in the lookout tower and make sure to latch the door on your way out. Take a moment to think about someone you care about.

While in the area, consider doing our On the Way to Kelly Butte and On The Way to See The Pyramid caches and the seldom visited Pyramid Peak cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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