Feb 162011

Hike to Juniper Dunes Geocache

What a fun day! My two oldest grandsons and I met up with more than 30 others to caravan out to Juniper Dunes to hunt down 4 geocaches, one of them hidden 10 years ago this April. The event was organized jointly by the Richland and Pasco Parks and Rec departments.

Our primary objective was ‘Juniper Dunes‘, the first geocache hidden in south-eastern Washington. On the first page of the cache log book, the cache owner wrote this:

We came from Utah for a visit and discovered before coming that there were no “caches” hidden in this part of Washington. We hope many of you will join in the fun game of “geocaching.”

This cache was hidden on April 11, 2001 but will not be posted on the internet until we return home to Utah sometime this weekend.

Juniper Dunes Geocache

The original items in this cache are

  • bottle of sunblock
  • neele nose pliers
  • 2 bungee cords
  • fluorescent bandaids
  • flashlight
  • nail brush

We have enjoyed our visit to Washington. It’s beautiful here. It hasn’t been the best of weather but that’s expected for this time of the year. We live in a small rural town in Utah named “Stockton”. The population is approximately 600 people. If you should find this “cache” we would very much enjoy hearing from you as I don’t foresee us ever returning to Washington.

The remoteness of this cache is evident in that after 10 years fewer than 130 people have logged the cache and half of those have been since May 2007 when the ‘Washington History Challenge Cache‘ was published, challenging people to find caches hidden before geocaching.com’s first birthday. When the challenge cache was published there was a flurry of folks from western Washington visiting the cache so they could claim bragging rights.

More photos of our Juniper Dunes Geocache Expedition are on Flickr.

  3 Responses to “Juniper Dunes – A Geocache Expedition”

  1. So jealous. Wish I could have gone with you guys.

  2. Great article, Gary!

  3. Gary There is a web site that shows all the caches in are area….The last time we did this there were over 30 to find.Easy to hard

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