Iowa's oldest geocache [GC162], my 1,300th find

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Iowa's oldest geocache [GC162], my 1,300th find

Postby BackpacknJack » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:42 pm

Iowa‘s oldest still active geocache [GC162] for my #1,300th milestone find adventure:
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A copy of my log;
October 31 by backpacknjack (1344 found)
#1,300
A total of 878 Miles of driving - some of it around and around the park trying to find a way in plus visiting with the local hunters I found trying to get some ideal if I could find a way to get to it, getting those 8 finds to bring me up to the 1,299 mark, 1 3/4hrs of hiking up and down “BackBones” ridges because the creek is flooded and most of the gates are closed so you have to hike in and work your way around to it, about 30min of searching and signing and taking pictures and as they say “This one is in the bag”. Nothing to it!
My GPS had it as 3.97miles of bushwacking (picture posted) but along a few of the ridges I turned it off to save batteries just incase.
T/ “Furril Squeeder” L/“Knights in Shining Pickles” + Dipped a few bugs along with my BPNJ’S Oldest Caches Coin [ TBXFFT ]
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This 6 day fall color filled trip of 2,055 miles covering 3 States - Missouri - Iowa - Minnesota, was filled with great State and City parks and Nature Reserves and Natural Areas and Wild Life Management and Conservation Areas and walking paths through and around towns and cities plus I found the oldest geocache in Iowa [GC162] and made over $3,000 combined at the casinos, Isle of Capri in Waterloo and Terrible’s in Osceola. The fall colors were great on the way up until northern MO. But on the way back the trees were mostly bare until south of Fayetteville. It was another great outdoor adventure searching for Iowa‘s oldest geocache “Maltese Goldfinch (Re-resurrected)” [GC162] and the combined walks (about 9-10miles) and hikes (about 7-8 miles) helped work off a few of the great meals I found along the way. Iowa seems to have more parks and walking paths then any other place I have visited so I’m sure glad I was able to go back for a longer visit this time and to see a lot more of the country side and explore the back roads.
EDIT: After the site upgrade I discovered portions of this were in blue. Well blue on blue sure is hard to read so an edit was in order.
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I hope all your outdoor adventures were great also!
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Postby walkingshadow » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:07 am

Hey PBJ, I am glad you had a great trip. Did you cache any near Ottumwa, Ia? That is my home town and when I visit my mom I try to do some caching. Not a cultural meca but they have alot of parks.

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Postby BackpacknJack » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:14 pm

walkingshadow wrote:Hey PBJ, I am glad you had a great trip. Did you cache any near Ottumwa, Ia? That is my home town and when I visit my mom I try to do some caching. Not a cultural meca but they have alot of parks.
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No, I was going to stop by and have a Grape Nehi with Radar :) but decided to head north instead and check out Minnesota while I had the chance. Minnesota was full of parks also, according to one cache page Austin alone had 30, and it is only about 1/3 the size of Conway.
It is the silly little moments that seem to stick in my mind the most, like the time CowboyFloyd and I drove top-down along old Route #66 drinking a Root Beer and the time I sat in the Long Branch Saloon at the base of Boot Hill in Dodge City and had a Sarsaparilla so maybe when I head up to search for Indiana's oldest I will have the time to swing by Ottumwa and have that Grape Nehi. (and check out the caches of course. Seems I can't go anywhere anymore without checking out the areas caches.)
PS Never thought about it before but from the above accounts of my various geocaching adventures it seems I have a drinking habit. :shock:
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