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Geocaching part 10

I spent a weekend in Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, near LA. All things considered, I had a good time.

I tried to get into the adults-only swimming pool, but I got carded. So after going to my room to get my license, I went back to the pool and floated about. From the pool, we saw a pod of dolphins playing at the beach, jumping out of the water in arcs.

We went bouldering, and I got a massive ego boost by doing most of the beginner routes. I met a group of passionate foodies. They introduced me to interesting dishes, like baby pigeon and caviar egg toast.

Caviar egg toast in the Waldorf Astoria Jean-Georges
Caviar egg toast in the Waldorf Astoria Jean-Georges

We did a nearby hike at Pelican Cove Park, walking by desert shrubs, an abandoned motor, carcasses of seabirds. I didn’t notice at first, but the shore was teeming with small crabs. The crabs would scurry under rocks when they felt my footsteps. Flocks of herons flew overhead. As we neared the cove, the tides trapped the ocean water, and large swarms of gnats flew around the rotting kelp. At the cove, the overhanging cliff was worn down by erosion and looked like a burnt sienna layer cake.

Pelican Cove Park
Pelican Cove Park

And I found a geocache! The desert biota was so foreign, with its flowering cacti and other succulents, brown lizards.

Geocache under a picnic table on the Terranea trail
Geocache under a picnic table on the Terranea trail

Back in Washington, I found some more geocaches. There was a cache hidden within a piece of wood.

Geocache in a piece of wood
Geocache in a piece of wood
Bison geocache inside the piece of wood
Bison geocache inside the piece of wood

Another cache was nestled in a tree.

Geocache in Westside Park
Geocache in Westside Park

I found a couple caches in South Lake Union. There was a cache hidden on a pedestrian overpass.

Geocache on a bridge
Geocache on a bridge
Film canister with a magnet attached
Film canister with a magnet attached

A cache was hidden in a guardrail.

Geocache tin hidden in a guardrail
Geocache tin hidden in a guardrail

I found a few geocaches around Seattle Center. One was in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole.

Magnetic geocache in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole
Magnetic geocache in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole

A geocache was at the top floor of a parking garage, under a lamppost skirt.

Geocache in a parking garage
Geocache in a parking garage

There was a cache in the bushes right by the Pacific Science Center.

Pacific Science Center geocache
Pacific Science Center geocache

I found a few caches in the Washington Park Arboretum. One cache was under a boardwalk.

Geocache from under a bridge
Geocache from under a bridge

Another was next to a tree that had been struck by lightning.

Geocache under branches
Geocache under branches

Another geocache was near a bog, under a log.

Geocache under a log
Geocache under a log

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