What’s there to say about this DNF?
The only thing that brings this DNF even close to any of the others we did was the "not finding the cache" part…
But the hike, we can honestly say that there was only one we did that was this good: at Calcedonia, in our pre-Geocaching life.
We took 1 ¾ hour to get there. We lost the rock-marked path right in the beginning (the paths with the yellow and red stripes are far easier to follow) and followed another one, closer to the water (we found that there are two rock-marked paths, one higher and better, and another closer to the water that some times disappeared, as we soon found out).
After the big hike, we met the most ridiculously named lagoon we know: Lagoa Escura (Dark Lagoon). You’ll understand why in the pictures…
Once near the Ground Zero, the snow was too slippery for us to venture just like that - we could fall into the lagoon, which wouldn't be a pleasent experience... MightyReek tried to dig a path to go a little further in the snow, carefully opening holes in the snow to put his feet one at a time (see pictures), in an attempt to get closer to the Ground Zero. Moving at this pace, we even tried to dig in a place or two to look for the cache, but it turned out to be too difficult a task. As it was getting late and the sun would soon set, we half-turned and followed the rocks back to the car.
As usual, this time we started to follow the correct marked path and it took us only 1 hour to get back…
Thank you very much for this cache and the hike we did. Although the snow kept us from finding the cache, the wheather was perfect for this kind of thing - not too cold not too hot. We’re sorry for probably not coming back soon…
This DNF is, for sure, among our best cache hunts, found or not.
Note: No, we're not crazy! The wheather had been great these last few days, very sunny, and the way to the cache was fairly clean of snow (at least we could find a cache that'd been hidden there). The problem was that the actual hiding spot is protected from the sun most of the time because of the mountains surrounding it, and we couldn't have foreseen it.
Date and time of found: February 7th 2008, 16:30
Out: Great Hike and pictures (a lot more than the ones we've put here)
Tehanu & MightyReek
[This entry was edited by Team Geo-Cricket on Monday, February 18, 2008 at 2:31:20 PM.]