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.
Original Stash Tribute Plaque
World's first geocache, then known as "GPS Stash", was published by Dave Ulmer on 03 May 2000:
On Jun 07, I flew to Portland, Oregon and started my 7-day vacation.
Oregon is where the sport of geocaching got started, and my primary goal in Oregon is to find some of the world's oldest geocaches.
Saturday Jun 08, the weather was less than perfect compared to next few days.
However, I couldn't control my excitement and decided to nab the important geocaches first.
Planning for GC12
GC12, formerly known as GPS Stash #8, was hidden on 12 May 2000, nineteen years ago.
It is Oregon's oldest active geocache, and as I later learned, the second oldest active geocache in the world.
When I was doing my initial trip planning, Google Maps says I could drive right to it.
Upon closer inspection, oh well, I would have to drive over a "road block".
I had a 7-day vacation in northwestern Oregon in June 2019.
This is the biggest solo road trip I've ever had so far.
Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines messed up my flight, and then I received a $200 voucher.
The voucher entitles me to a free flight to west coast.
Alaska flies to five cities on the west coast:
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
- San Diego, California