BCP 484 - Wind Ridge
When we set out from the Wind Valley Day Use parking area this morning, we had no intention of ascending Wind Ridge. Our plans were much more modest - walk out into Wind Valley to find a lone geocache placed there almost 10 years ago. But as we were crossing the first bridge over Wind Creek, Mrs. GeoK happened to mention the Brass Cap on Wind Ridge and that was enough to convince Mr. GeoK to change plans - mid hike!
To make a long story short enough to fit in a single geocaching log entry, the GeoKids went as far as up the rock band and a bit farther to sit on a big boulder overlooking Wind Valley while Mr. and Mrs. GeoK pushed on the the cap. A profusion of wild flowers kept Mr. GeoK busy with his camera, so Mrs. GeoK approached the cap on her own. Cresting the small rise that brings the summit cairn into view, she spotted the cap guardia - a marmot sentinel. There were several enjoying the sun on the rocks this morning.
Although we didn't plan for it, the views from here were far more rewarding that those we would have "enjoyed" from the cache down in Wind Valley (Mrs. GeoK made the short detour to log that one, so she knows first hand). Thanks for a reason to do our first "big" hike of the season. Great spot!