We had traveled trough that road a few days ago, on purpose, to make some sort of recon in the area…
And the day had come.
We quickly got there, and the STOP sign no longer bears war marks. But soon enough we realised that it still is a war zone: a guy almost bumped his car against mine and then passed by us with his mouth open like… I don’t know what like…
Despite the warning about the road being bad, we risked it and took the Vw Passat to Park2. When we got there, two more cars were leaving the place, and we thought they could be Geocachers, like us.
I parked the car close to the Cave and we went to its entrance, but the number of mosquitoes at the entrance and the fact that we hadn’t had lunch yet made us abandon the intention of exploring it.
Then we followed the waypoints given in the cache page, which guided us trough a small road. Close to a tubular gate there were three more cars. More Geocachers said Tehanu, though not really thinking it. I thought that was too suspicious and they were probably bandits waiting to assault some innocent Geocacher, but I said nothing to Tehanu, or she would probably get angry with me. Anyway, I had my slingshot I bought the day before in the Medieval Festival and it provided me enough safety.
We kept following the road until we reached a place that had recently been used as motocross track. We kept to our way and followed the points given, entering the brushwood. There we tried to follow the given points until point 5 or something, getting stung by spiky leaves every step of the way, then I spotted some big rocks that would provide us some leverage.
We used them to go up faster and without major problems. When we “got out” of the rocks, there was a clear footpath that led us to the clearing area. Once there, we spotted the box immediately, it’s impossible not seeing it (although to get there you must REALLY have that intention - either you're a geocacher or a mazoquist).
Definitely it was the hardest terrain we had to cross until now, but, at the same time, it was the easiest cache to find out once we got there.
Tehanu loves to read, so it was her task to decide which books we would take. While she had a good look on all of them, I logged in, explored the area looking for weak spots from where we could be attacked, identified the way we would take to go down and ruined my slingshot trying to throw a rock really, really far away… Meanwhile, Tehanu picked out two books that she liked and we put the three we had brought inside the cache.
On our way back we used another path. It looked easier than the one we used to get up there, and it really was. Someone used that way to go down before us, so it was very easy to decide where to go through (there was kind of a path already). If someone wants to try to climb up through there, it starts in N38º52.434 W009º12.238.
The cars that were near ours belonged to a group of people that was organizing some party there after all. We were able to see the tents while we were climbing the mountain…
When we got back, my car was, obviously as we left it…
When we were going away, the same cars that left when we arrived were now coming back… Coincidence? Who knows...
In the end, once we forget about the stinging, it's a great cache, the place is really amazing for its altitude and view all around. We really liked it, despite getting all scratched and sweaty.
We would also like to ask people to bring books in English, because after all Geocaching is for everybody.
Date and Time of Found: September 16th 2007, 14:05
Sherlock Holmes - His last Bow, Arthur Connan Doyle
Afundem o Bismark, C.S. Forester
Another purple covered book we can’t remember the name and that’s in the same bag as the Bismark…
O Tauismo, Anton Kielce
O Fogo e o Vento, Susanna Tamaro
MightyReek & Tehanu
[This entry was edited by Team Geo-Cricket on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 3:59:43 AM.]