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Decrepit
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm starting to plan my trip in October and will be heading to Colorado Springs and then off to Albuquerque via Cheyenne, WY. Does anyone know of some "don't miss" caches along the way?

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beadelake crew
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:59 am Reply with quote Back to top

Depending on which way you go. This is a good one to stretch your legs and do some TB swapping. Very easy in a nice location


http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=7db658be-5980-4b0b-8a48-afa5854e6c1c

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Decrepit
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

I agree, it was a nice area. I found that one in October 2007 on a freezing cold, really windy day. One of the caches I won't forget as I missed a doggie landmine by about 1/2 inch, and as I was getting back into the van, I got a phone call that my niece was in the hospital.

It's surprising how much you remember about certain finds, isn't it?

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One Paddle Short
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:03 am Reply with quote Back to top

This would probably be out of your way, and it would require you to travel Hwy 550 (featured on TV just the other night on "World's Most Dangerous Highways), but it is probably our favorite cache of all time. Look it over carefully though, because it has very few finds in October- it may be too late in the year to get to this one. It seems the findable window is pretty much June, July, August, and September.

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Decrepit
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

WOW! Ok, I definately want to do this one! Only problem is, there is no way my father could even get close in his wheelchair. Other problem is I don't know if I'll have the all clear from the orthopedic surgeon, cardiologist and the neurosurgeon by then. I guess I'll just have to put it on my "to do" list for when I get the ok to do what ever I want again.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

The highway itself scared the *rap out of me. Imagine miles and miles of twisting highway with vertical wall on one side and just a few feet of shoulder and no guardrails on the other (because it makes plowing snow in the winter too difficult and there really isn't enough surface to put in supports) and 500 foot plus drop offs. There is a marker at the Northern end in memorial of all the plow drivers who have ended up going over the edge. Highway 550 is also known as "The Million Dollar Highway".

Folks drive up to this cache with jeeps but I can't imagine it. The terrain is so steep and the road is nothing more than loose and large stone. The walk at altitude is very hard on Wisconsin folks. And, even in June we had to cross melting snow on very steep terrain across the trail/road. But, if you can get up there the view is worth a million dollars.

We also did the nearby cache which doesn't take you nearly as high and goes past wild hot springs. By wild I mean they're just there on the side of the mountain and you'd never find them if it wasn't for the cache.
 
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wiiwantcache
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:45 am Reply with quote Back to top

I just got back from a vacation in New Mexico where I did a few caches in the Albuquerque area and up by Taos. I took the tramway up to the top of Sandia Creast in Albuquerque and did a cache at over 10,000 feet. It was called Ode to Frank Zappa. It was close to the edge of the mountain. Great views. There are are ton of caches in the area. I with I had more time for caching when I was there. If you are driving thru Sante Fe check out the "Travel Bug" virtual cache there. It is a travel store/coffe shop that is a cache and they have many TB's.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
 
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Curly Girls
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Joined: 2007-05-05
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just got back last weekend from a trip to Denver (hardly there) and did a major road trip while out West logging caches in 7 states. We were in Colorado Springs and also went to Cheyenne, WY. If you take a look at my profile for June 13-20th, you will see the caches we did. I focused on historical virtuals, Earthcaches and anything else that looked fun and we had time for while in the area.

Good luck it was awesome out there! People are friendly too! Ran into a number of cachers on the road.

If you have any other questions about places to stay or eat, I can recommend too, just contact me.
 
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marc_54140
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Douglass County, south of Denver, had a set of some 14 virtuals. At historical locations.
 
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jim1830
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I was in Denver a couple weeks ago, and did the cache the beadelake crew did - that is a good one. One other one I enjoyed, a nice quick one near Cheyenne is Wyoming Wind, GC502A, a virtual. I spent most of my time just to the east of Denver, so most of the ones I planned to do around Cheyenne I ran out of time. I second the notion that the people are really, really friendly - I think 99% of the people I would see on the road waved to me. At one stop a sheriff stopped where I was pulled over and asked if I needed any help - when I said I was geocaching, his whole face lit up in a smile and he wished me luck and said he runs into more and more cachers every day. Enjoy your trip!
 
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