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700th cache milestone – Jockeys Ridge.

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I finally got around to my 700th geocache today – an earthcache at Jockeys Ridge. I uploaded some photos from the cache to the cache webpage and a couple of others to my flickr account under the cache name, GC13F27

In order to log this cache I had to climb to the top of a huge sand dune that is roughly the height of a four story building (apparently).  Thankfully it was slightly overcast today, but still hot (the car registered 82 degrees) and I think I suffered from mild heatstroke as I really did not feel well after I got back to the car.  Thanks to Kristen for taking care of me!

There were two reasons I wanted to make this cache my 700th – one was due to it being at Jockey’s Ridge – this is the site of my hang gliding lesson in 2001 which I thoroughly enjoyed (but again got heatstroke – will I ever learn?) and so I uploaded a picture of me gliding as part of the cache log for GC13F27.

The other reason I wanted to do this cache is that it’s an earthcache. From the geocaching website :-

An EarthCache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. EarthCaches include a set of educational notes and the details about where to find the location (latitude and longitude). Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. For more information about EarthCaches, visit http://www.earthcache.org/.

These caches are pretty rare and are also pretty neat. So far I’ve found 4 in three states – OH,NC and NY which means I need to find 2 more AND place an earthcache and then I’ll be a Silver EarthCache Master (ooh-er). I’m not sure how likely that is to happen, as these geological processes are not very common, but we’ll see.

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