A week caching in the United States. It all started with when both Sybolt (WoSyHi) and I found a promotion tag for the Geocoinfest in Seattle during the ‘Snag the Tag’game. You could get a geocoin from the GCF by showing the tag at the at the event. We were not able to go to the GCF and started making arrangements with another geocacher who would go to the event.
Then my wife suggested that we had to get the coins ourselves. Well what would you do….. We had our tickets booked within two hours after that being said
Our main goals for this trip where visiting the old caches around Seattle, Portland and Snoqualmie and of course the APE cache.
We departed on 22 October and drove immediately to Portland where we stayed for two days. On the first day we visited GC12, GC16, GC17, Original Stash Tribute Plaque, Un-Original Stash and a few caches in between. The second day we drove to the cache Hembre Ridge. Hembre Ridge took quite some time. After finding Hembre Ridge we went back to Portland to start our way up to Seattle. We love challenge caches so we stopped in the area between Longview and Vancouver to find a whole bunch of them.
On 25 October we spend most of the day driving to Seattle and visiting the Seattle Space Needle, Pike’s Market and the Big Wheel.
26 October was a special day… my birthday.. to celebrate this day we went to Geocaching HQ with a bag full of ‘Duth Stroopwafels’. We stayed there the whole morning talking with Bryan, Annie, Jeff and many other Lackeys. We had a great time at HQ!!! In the afternoon we took the Geotour and searched for the Fizzy Challenges.
On our last caching day in the States we visited the APE cache and Iron Horse in the morning. We walked through the Snoqualie tunnel. It took us a bit more time than we hoped for. In the afternoon we drove straight up the mountain to visit GCD. We were there just in time. On the way down it started to rain. To end the day we attended a great Halloween event in Preston, were we met so many wonderful geocachers.
28 October the end of this wonderful caching week. Early in the morning drove back to the airport. We were fortunate to have a 5,5 hours layover in Toronto (Canada) and there were some caches not far away from the airport….
We arrived back in the Netherlands on the 29 October. Now a bit tired from the journey writing the logs and looking back at this great week.
Well what can I say. If you're in Portland, Oregon this is a must do cache!
The cache was easily found although it has shrunk quite a bit from regulare to micro size
Many thanks to all CO’s for placing and maintaining the caches. All people at Geocaching HQ, Bryan, Annie and Jeff for the warm welcome, nice surprises and personal Geotour at the office. Hope to see you all again in 2020!
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