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Exceptional Geocaches

Exceptional Geocaches – [ Full Album ]

This post/album serves as a waypoint to mark some of the exceptional and amazing geocaches that I’ve discovered, but may not have enough photos of to justify a dedicated album.

Beware, there are the possibility of spoilers, however, I don’t post the final location or solution to any puzzle caches (where would be the fun in that?)

This album is updated periodically as I discover more caches worthy of mention.  Enjoy!

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Seattle and Portland Favorites 2015

Seattle and Portland Favorites 2015 – [ Full Album ]

(Multiple IDs) — This past week, I had the opportunity to visit Seattle, WA for a conference.  What to do with a couple of extra days before the conference?  Hit up a few local geocaches of course!

Over the course of my 3 day whirlwind tour, I hit a number of the heritage caches in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as a number of the high favorite (Goblindust) caches in the western Seattle, WA area.

All in all, it was an amazing and exhausting trip.  I hit a number of amazing caches and saw so many great things.  For anyone who has never been, I highly recommend the trip.  And for me, I’m trying to figure out when I can go back!

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Seattle and Portland Favorites 2014

Seattle and Portland Favorites 2014 – [ Full Album ]

(Multiple IDs) — This past week, I had the opportunity to visit Seattle, WA for a conference.  What to do with a couple of extra days before the conference?  Hit up a few local geocaches of course!

Over the course of my 3 day whirlwind tour, I hit a number of the heritage caches in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as a number of the high favorite caches in the Seattle, WA area, including:  goblindust caches, the Totally Tubular caches, and HQ and the HQ Geotrail.

All in all, it was an amazing and exhausting trip.  I hit a number of amazing caches and saw so many great things.  For anyone who has never been, I highly recommend the trip.  And for me, I’m trying to figure out when I can go back!

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Jackson County Heritage Trail 2014

Jackson County Heritage Trail 2014 – [ Full Album ]

(Multiple IDs) — On June 28, 2014, Jackson County, GA launched the Jackson County Heritage Trail — a series of 30 caches throughout historic portions of Jackson County.  Each cache in the series was chosen to be located at an interesting location and was built by well-known creative cache builders in the area.

Each container in each cache was hand pained by the art society to match the theme of its location.  All in all, over 300 people attended the launch event and close to 100 completed the series in the first day.  Completion of the series nets a nice passport covered with stamps as well as a very nice collectible coin.

All in all, the trail is an amazing experience filled with incredible caches and well worth taking a day to explore!

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Bird Brain Series

Bird Brain Series of Gainesville, GA – [ Full Album ]

(Multiple IDs) – Thanks to great CO’s like Bobemkat and TexasPete302, Gainesville, GA has become a hotspot for very impressive and well-engineered caches.  A common sight in the woods surrounding Gainesville is a birdhouse with some mysterious method of opening.  Each one is unique, fun, and an amazing experience!

The Bird Brain series is a series of (currently 12) bird houses, each with varying degrees of challenge to open.  They may require some action to be performed with the container itself or some sort of tool (such as a straw, water, or air) to be used.  The attached item is a highlight of many (but not all) of the great caches in this series.

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City of Granite

City of Granite – Highlands, NC – [ Full Album ]

GC326B – City of Granite is a small cache nestled in a cave among many large granite boulders in Highlands, NC.  Getting to the cache involves driving on quiet mountain roads, climbing to the “city” and then traversing a maze of large boulders and narrow cracks before finally finding the cave containing the cache.  A great adventure not requiring any specific caving gear (though a flashlight and other obvious protective clothing helps!)

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Bear Bag It

Bear Bag It – Gainesville, GA – [ Full Album ]

GC3N5FN – Mundy Mill is a mega-subdivision in Gainesville which fell on hard times and was never fully constructed.  Large portions of the area were built and then left to wither behind road closed signs.  The area has become a mecca for amazing geocaches.

Of particular note is “Bear Bag It” which requires some serious effort to conquer!

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Lyon Farm – Arabia

Lyon Farm – Arabia Mountain, GA – [ Full Album ]

GC12EVW – The farm was settled in the 1820’s by a Revolutionary War soldier on land ceded by the Creek Nation.  Shockingly, the property was actually occupied by the Lyon family up until 2006.

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North Georgia Gold Mine

North Georgia / Findley? Gold Mine – [ Full Album ]

GC24NCP – This North Georgia, possibly Findley Mill / Gold Mine, would’ve been build in the late 1800’s as a stamp gold mill to crush gold ore from the above Chute.  Originally, the mine was powered by a steam engine which still remains to this day.

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Marble Mine, GA

Marble Mine, GA – [ Full Album ]

GCWX3D – Marble Mine is a small mine off Pinhoti trail in Sloppy Floyd State Park.  The mine is not very large, but features a waterfall and very clear blue pool.

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Pigeon Mountain, GA

TAG Railroad – Pigeon Mountain, GA – [ Full Album ]

GC2VECJ – The Pigeon Mountain Tunnel is one of very very few railroad tunnels in GA.  It was completed in 1891 (its construction completed this new rail line) and eventually officially abandoned in the early 1980’s.

Another one of the most amazing locations I’ve encountered in Georgia, thanks to Geocaching.

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Arabia Mountain, GA

Arabia Mountain, GA – [ Full Album ]

GCH48C – Arabia Mountain was once a major quarry, much like Stone Mountain.  Today it provides a number of walking trails and is much less trafficked than Stone Mountain.  Hidden off to one side of a trail is the old quarry mining office for the area.

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Sweetwater Creek, GA

Sweetwater Creek, GA – [ Full Album ]

GC379A – Sweetwater Creek is a Georgia State Park with a number of trails which contains the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, which was destroyed during the Civil War.

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Macon, GA Cemetery

Macon, GA Cemetery – [ Full Album ]

GCY6YT – Tucked away off an empty lot, behind an abandoned gas station and what was once an old school house is a very old cemetery.  The heavy spanish moss in the trees and gravestones interwoven with trees gives a very eerie, yet peaceful feel to the place.

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Dawson Forest, GA

Dawson Forest, GA Nuclear Lab – [ Full Album ]

GC131B – Tucked away in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawsonville, GA is the old Lockheed Martin / USAF Nuclear testing facility.  Per the stories, the site was originally used to test the viability of a nuclear powered aircraft in the 1950’s. After that development completed, the site was used to study the effects of radiation on the surrounding area.

A number of geocaches were hidden in the area which brought me to this fantastic place which I had never even heard of before this.

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Geocaching Misc

Geocaching Miscellaneous – [ Full Album ]

Assorted miscellaneous pictures of great geocaching locations that didn’t get their own dedicated albums for one reason or another.

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