Oregon Vacation (3) Birthplace of Geocaching

Jun 08 morning, I found GC12 and GC17, two oldest geocaches in Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon. I returned to GC17 trailhead at 12:19. It has been five hours from when I left the motel, I have chewed two protein bars, so it's time for lunch. Google Maps says there's no restaurant in the middle of the forest, but there are some near my next destination. I entered the address into HERE WeGo, ate a third protein bar, and started driving.

Here we go again, HERE WeGo commanded me to "turn sharp left toward SE Brian Ranch Rd", a narrow, steep, and unsafe road through the ranches. I ignored this command, and continued on SE Wildcat Mountain Dr. An hour later, I arrived at View Point Restaurant & Lounge, Estacada, OR. I need a burger right now.

view of Clackamas River from View Point Restaurant

Original Stash Tribute Plaque

World's first geocache, then known as "GPS Stash", was published by Dave Ulmer on 03 May 2000:

Well, I did it, created the first stash hunt stash and here are the coordinates:

N 45 17.460 W122 24.800

This location is easily accessible with a car, and does not need any hiking. The original bucket no longer exists, but an Original Stash Tribute Plaque was created at this very spot. The description suggests:

don't forget to place your GPS unit on top of the plaque for a moment or two in order to receive extended battery life and super-accurate satellite reception!

Instead of a GPS unit that I do not own, I placed my head on top of the plaque for a moment or two in order to improve my puzzle solving skills.

my head on Original Stash Tribute Plaque

Apart from the plaque, there is a 5-gallon bucket hanging from a tree as the cache container. I signed the logbook, and traded trackables.

Almost-DNF the Un-Original

The Un-Original, published on 22 Oct 2000, is the fourth oldest active geocache in Oregon. It is "within 10 yards of the Original Stash", as the 528-feet rule was not established back then.

The container size is listed as a Regular. Officially, a Regular is size of a shoe box. Commonly, a Regular could be a lunch box or an ammo can.

I started searching. I looked everywhere that a Regular would fit, but found nothing. It's been half an hour, but I don't want to log a DNF (Did Not Find) on this important geocache.

My app says Georick402, my geocaching partner in Maryland, found this cache in 2017. I sent him a text message, asking for a spoiler photo that he normally collects every time he found a cache. Unfortunately, he's in Michigan and cannot access his photo library. But I got an encouragement:

You're there. Don't log a DNF. FIND that cache.

As I continued searching, Georick402 was reading online logs (that somehow isn't shown on my app). He discovered an important fact: the container is now a film canister, not a Regular. With this knowledge, I found the cache instantly.

It seems that the container for this cache has gone through several iterations:

  1. In 2003, it was an ammo can.
  2. The ammo can lasted until Apr 2011.
  3. In May 2011, it became a red thermos.
  4. The red thermos was still seen in Apr 2014.
  5. In Jul 2014, it became a lunch box.
  6. The lunch box was in place until Jan 2018.
  7. In Jun 2018, it's an ammo can again?
  8. This ammo can was last seen in Sep 2018.
  9. In Oct 2018, the current film canister emerged.

Facebook community thinks it's a throwdown, a poorly done one that does not even match the description. I logged a need maintenance for the container size mismatch, but I got the smiley.

Vacation Continues

My Oregon vacation continues with a GEO event in part 4.

Tags: Oregon geocaching