Monday, August 01, 2011
Geocaching Adventures: Ebey Bluffs
The bluffs overlook Pugent Sound, the Olympic Mountains, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and on a clear day, Victoria BC. The bluffs are also home to several geocaches.
To get to the caches on the bluff one has to walk a very narrow path that snakes along the edge of the bluffs. In places the bluffs are 200-300 ft high. It is definitely not a trail for the timid, or the acrophobic. I actually know a cacher who is acrophobic who did the cache at the top of the bluffs - it took her a while, and she's sworn to never do it again, but she did it. After hiking this trail I can see why it would cause some concern. At spots there is only a few feet of grass between you and certain death.
It is a 2.5 mile round trip hike to the Ebey Bluffs cache, and two others along the way. Once I grabbed those I hiked an additional 1.4 miles along the beach at the base of the cliff to grab the Hula Cache, where one is supposed to post pictures of the finder doing a hula dance. I did a little hula, but I didn't have anyone to take my picture so I can't prove it. I did confuse a flock of sea gulls tho.
After the bluffs I drove the 4 hours to Portland and checked into my hotel. When I did I found out that there was a power trail (a long series of caches placed as close together as the guidelines allow - in this case 32 caches were placed) that was recently released along a walking trail by the river running beside the airport. I needed to kill some time and wanted to go for a walk, so I finished my day by doing 11 caches along the trail. Along the way I was treated to a nice view of Mount Hood.
The flight path for PDX goes right along the river so I also snapped some pics of some planes close up in the air:
To finish off this blog, I leave you with this photo I took of my footprints on the Ebey Bluffs trail. It seemed the most appropriate way to sum up the unofficial theme of this trip: Life is a journey, not a destination.
Farewell from the Pacific Northwest. See you on the trails in North Carolina!