Sunday, June 09, 2013

Vacation part 2

Yesterday I left off with finds near Jordan Valley. After we went out to Three Forks we made a trip out to Leslie Gulch. Some of the best scenery in Oregon out there.

Just one find out there as well despite a few being available.

Dianne's Cache on Trip to Leslie Gulch

After that we went to Farewell Bend State Park. As I recovered from my sun burn I didn't worry about geocaches. Though I did look for one in Huntington that was missing.

Leaving there my sister and I took off for John Day. We visited some old family friends and then went to lunch at the Dayville Cafe. The Cafe is run by some friends of mine who moved from Grants Pass. I worked with Deanne for many years at the bank so if you go out there say hi for me.

After lunch we went out to the Painted Hills. This is part of the John Day Fossil Beds. It is a pretty amazing place to see.

My last geocache came later that night when I finally went out to the Redmond area to get the Final for Counting Counties in Oregon. I completed the challenge in 2007 so I might hold the record for the longest time between completion and find.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Three Corners and back

I took a few days off for some big geocaching adventure. The first day I spent at Hart Mt Antelope refuge. No geocaches there, but I did get major sunburn when hiking up the hill near Poker Jim Ridge. It was cool and sunny and I never really thought about sun screen. I'm still recovering.

The next day my Dad and I trekked out to McDermitt, NV from here we would make our way out to Three Corners. This is the corner confluence of Oregon, Idaho and border of Nevada. I've been thinking about this cache for years. Its been on my bucket list and probably talked about in this blog a time or two. Many long nights I've studied aerial photos and maps dreaming of the day.

I tried not to let my major sunburn ruin things for me. It is a long ride starting on the McDermitt Indian Reservation and going through the Quinn River Canyon. This part of the trip is really very nice. Tons of wild flowers on the hills this time of year. The road crosses the river a few times but right now its not an issue. As you get out of the canyon the terrain becomes flat expanses of sage brush. The road is heavily rutted and you need a high clearance 4x4. Reaching the corner though was quite an experience.

We also took a trip up to a location called Anderson Crossing, This is a spot you can go down the canyon and cross the Little Owyhee River. I also learned that Owyhee is an old spelling of Hawaii and the area was named after 3 Hawaiian trappers, Who would have known? Finds on this trip include

Coming back we went to Jordan Valley, OR the next day and took a trip out to an area called 3 Forks where a couple forks of the Owyhee River come together. Only found one cache down there

There is also a nearby hotspring. The road to that one is an adventure. Here you can see it across the river. It was occupied so we didn't try to go over there.

Found 2 other caches on the highway and in Jordan Valley

Rock Creek Seeding

More on the trip tomorrow...