For the third year in a row we were doing a geocaching road trip in the Spring. This year we spent 3½ weeks driving from Las Vegas to Seattle and also got the opportunity to spend a few days in Canada.
The trip will end tomorrow, so today was our last full day. Our main goal today was a hike around Hayward Lake. That turned out to be more difficult than expected! We already ran into the first obstacle before arriving at the lake. The road was closed 1½ km from the parking coordinates of the Hayward Lake series. We made a detour to another good starting point (close to cache no. 27 of the series), and here we discovered the next major problem: According to a sign the Ruskin Dam was closed! Obviously that would make a round trip impossible. We were not ready to give up our plan and figured it might be possible to pass the dam on a Sunday so we started our hike. On the west shore of the lake we met two Canadian geocachers and asked them if they thought it would be possible to pass the dam. They didn't think so... That was bad news. We really didn't want to go all the way back to the car without finding caches! We decided to continue to the dam hoping for a solution. When we arrived, our hopes fell to zero! The dam was behind gates and there was a security guard on duty! We went to talk to the guard, who confirmed that passage would not be possible. That must have made us look so miserable that the guard changed his mind. He offered to escort us to the other side of the dam! What an extraordinary service! That really saved our day! However, our trouble did not end there! A little while later we arrived at the floating bridge, which was not floating! Due to the construction work the water level in the lake had been reduced, which had made it necessary to take the bridge out of service. Instead of water we were looking at a landscape of mud! How should we cross that? We decided to look for a place, where the path through the mud would be as short as possible (and where we would be able to cross the small stream in the middle of the mud). After fighting our way through the "jungle" we finally found a good place and after balancing on some fallen trees over the stream we got to the other side! Our last problem of the day was time. Obviously the round trip had been much more time consuming than expected, and our car was parked at a parking lot which would be closed by 7 p.m. That meant that we would have to hurry! Our lack of time got even more pronounced when we discovered a very interesting cache, which would normally be under water, but which was now reachable due to the low water level. To get to the cache required a whole lot of jumping over water and balancing on tree trunks as well as walking through mud. We succeeded and could continue towards the parking lot. We arrived at the car at 6.59 and quickly moved it outside the gate. Five minutes later the ranger arrived and closed the gate! Wow, that was close!
After a small break we continued to the last project of the day: The "Language of Numbers" puzzles, which we solved a few days ago. Finding that series was a nice way of completing a very memorable day!
This cache was located at 16:56.
Thanks for the cache and greetings from Denmark!