(Link to dinner event cache.)
Hermiston! Lewis and Clark noted Hat Rock as one of their first local landmarks. The hub of Umatilla County, its Chemical Depot played a key role in World War II. Its motto is "The Future of Eastern Oregon." And it's got a lot of caches.
Fill up the tank, toss down some breakfast at way-too-early o'clock, and start on the route. Sunrise on Saturday, March 22, is at 6:30 a.m., and we're starting near the end: GC1J2VC,Watch Hermiston Grow: Un-named Strip Mall. From there, move at your own pace and get as many as you can.
Dinner's at 7:30 p.m. at Panda Inn, 675 N 1st St, Hermiston. (N 45° 50.740, W 119° 17.440) . See its event page for details. A headcount ahead of time is always helpful; please log your "will attends" on the event page.
Note that several caches on the route map may be marked with a "do not enter" icon (). Those cache owners have justifiably asked for their cache to not be on the route. The cache is, in the owner's opinion, in a sensitive area, whether it's environmentally sensitive, socially sensitive, or physically fragile. Just don't get it. It's not like there's a shortage of caches in the area.
1) Follow all traffic laws, and drive safely. This is not a race; there are no winners. The only loser will be someone who gets hurt.
2) Respect private property, even if the cache owner didn't. Post your DNFs proudly.
3) One logbook entry for "HCM" is fine for most small and micros. Don't go filling up the logbook just because you want to mark your territory. 100 people's names and dates will fill up most one-sheets. Be kind and bring extra paper to add to caches with full logbooks.
4) As with all cache machines, if you find the cache, you'll be the one who has to re-hide it. Hide it as well as you found it. Handing it off to someone else and pointing down saying "it goes there" isn't good enough. Don't be a jerk. The extra 45 seconds isn't going to ruin your day.
If you’ve already found a couple of these caches, that’s fine - give us a chance to find the cache, and then we may turn to you for a hint. Suggestions and ''Count me ins'' are welcome on the event page.
The Hermiston Cache Machine FAQ:
When is it? When is the start time?
Saturday, March 22, 2014. Start time is 6:30 a.m. at GC1J2VC, Watch Hermiston Grow: Un-named Strip Mall.
Will it be one large group, will we be split into teams, or what?
We'll start as one large group, but after a dozen caches or so, the large groups will likely fragment, and on a long day like this, you'll probably be on your own by the time most people are waking up.
Is anything going on before, during, or after?
- Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. will be a pre-event dinner at the Chuckwagon Café, 81027 N. Highway 395, Hermiston, N 45° 53.000, W 119° 17.770.
- Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m., dinner will be at Panda Inn, 657 N 1st St, Hermiston, N 45° 50.740 W 119° 17.440. Please let me know how many of you are coming by logging a "will attend" on the event page.
- Sunday, March 23, is up to you. There's a lot more caches in the area.
A cache on your map shows the wrong place to park.
Hey, that road doesn't exist!
What's with making us ford a river?
The tide's gonna be too high to get this cache!
Thanks for catching that! Let me know, and I'll fix the route. I've never been to this area, so I'm counting on advice like yours.
If dinner's at 7:30 p.m., why does the route run way past then? Is this a two-day event?
The extra time is a buffer, in case you're so good that you'd run out of caches before you run out of daylight. I don't expect anyone would be able to hit all of them between sunrise and sunset. Of course, if you wanted to hit them after dinner, or on Sunday, I'm sure you'll be able to find folks to join you.
It sounds fun, but I've already found some of them.
Then come laugh at us, or guess when we'll be at the caches you haven't hit yet.
You don't have X cache on the route. Why aren't we getting that one?
I try to avoid most multicaches, most puzzle caches, caches that appear to be overly time consuming, and caches that the owner has asked us to avoid. Also, with so many caches to find, I've passed some urban caches in order to get to cooler spots later in the route.
You have X cache on the route, but it's disabled/archived/a two mile hike.
Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route (if archived) or will check with the owner (if disabled).
X cache is in an environmentally sensitive area.
By all means, let me know. I don't want to send 75 people there to stomp all over it.
I disagree with the whole idea of cache machines. I don't want you finding my cache.
Sorry to hear that. It's too bad you've got a neat place to show us that we won't be able to see. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route and add it to the "do not hunt" list
What's this gonna cost me?
Nothing for the caching. Or, at least, nothing more than it would cost than if you did the trip solo (e.g., paying for your own gas, hotel, and dinner). I'm not collecting any money for this.
Lunch? Breaks? Bathrooms?
There's no breaks in cache machines! Just hold it. :-P Or find something on the way.
Rain? Snow? Landslides? Flooding?
Probably, yes. Do what you safely can, and skip ahead when reality or your capabilities don't match the plan. Be prepared and flexible.
What do the map symbols mean?
Turquoise lines show my suggested route, but if there's a brown trail or grey road that I've drawn in, ignore the turquoise. And there's these symbols:
This post has been edited by Cascade Reviewer: 19 February 2014 - 03:03 PM
Reason for edit: Updated dinner location info