After a whirlwind tour of Brazil for the past three weeks (all arranged by some Brazilian friends in Sao Paulo), we had a one day window of opportunity to attempt this cache! Several problems stood in our way. One was talking someone into driving us there and back in one day (270 kms one way). Shirley & Claudio came to our rescue and volunteered to take us out. Brazilians are awesome!
Next was the rain. We prayed for a break in the daily downpours. Monday was all we had! We woke up to cloudly skys, but no rain, so off we went. We tried to beat the Sao Paulo morning rush hour - we didn´t! After an hour of frustrating gridlock, we finally blew out of town. (Who seriously has five lanes of traffic merge into two for a tunnel!)
Noon found us in the park. While our friends headed to the restaurant for lunch, we, being too excited to eat, headed out to find the cache. It took us two hours from leaving the administration office to walk to the cache site (I am using the term "walk" loosely), find the cache, wrestle our way out of the jungle and find our friends. Not bad for two old Canadians without the use of a guide. The vines and palm thorns were a challange for sure. Palm thorns have it over rose thorns in spades. In fact, I think I got a free ear piercing in the process. Churchman found two ticks and I escaped with one!
We were soaked from head to toe, but so happy that none of the discomforts mattered! The hardest part of finding this cache was getting in and out of Sao Paulo.
We forgot to bring out cable for the camera, so pictures will follow within a week. We took two coins and two TBs that had been in the cache for a year and a half and left one TB and some Canadian gear. We accidently put Feb. 16, 2008 on our log entry. It should be Feb. 16, 2009. Sorry for the oops!
It is going to be hard to wipe the smile off of my face for the next while.
[This entry was edited by DarnSocks on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 4:56:59 PM.]