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.
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.
And I found a geocache! The desert biota was so foreign, with its flowering cacti and other succulents, brown lizards.
Back in Washington, I found some more geocaches. There was a cache hidden within a piece of wood.
Another cache was nestled in a tree.
I found a couple caches in South Lake Union. There was a cache hidden on a pedestrian overpass.
A cache was hidden in a guardrail.
I found a few geocaches around Seattle Center. One was in the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole.
A geocache was at the top floor of a parking garage, under a lamppost skirt.
There was a cache in the bushes right by the Pacific Science Center.
I found a few caches in the Washington Park Arboretum. One cache was under a boardwalk.
Another was next to a tree that had been struck by lightning.
Another geocache was near a bog, under a log.