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Sunday, June 28, 2009

City Park Geocaching in Quito, Ecuador



THIS BLOG ENTRY HAS SPOILERS. My second daughter and her husband have come to Ecuador for two weeks. The main reason is our third daughter's High School graduation from the Alliance Academy International in Quito. While Mom and daughter went grocery shopping I took off with Jeremy to find the only cache in Quito I haven't found. It has been waiting to be found for about six weeks. I usually get out and look for a new cache in Quito pretty soon after it shows up on the website. I didn't get to this one because of some eye surgery recovery and some travel. Then the owner called me to say that his wife checked on the cache and thought it had been muggled. Today he called and confirmed that it was there. Off we went. As we got closer to the cache the sky darkened. It was a forboding of the whipping that Argentina took from Ecuador in the soccer game today. We used to live in Argentina and still have family there so we were pulling for Argentina. We were disappointed later in the day by the 2-0 loss. Our graduate was at the Atahualpa stadium to see the game. She was born in Buenos Aires and lived in Argentina until she was six years old. She's been raised on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador for the last 12 years. In the end she pulled for Argentina. As we got close to the GC the dark sky begin to dump rain and sleet on us. It went by quickly and by the time we had parked the car we had overcast skies but no rain. We tracked to within feet of the GC but found that we were on the wrong side of a fence. We had to go all the way around the block to enter the park and then climb up to the site of the cache. The park is full of volleyball and tennis courts. The cache is Western Highway Overlook (GC1QEZK). It overlooks the Occidental Highway, which circumnavigates the city from the west side of Quito. There are some great views of the city from along the three-lane highway. The cache was hidden in a traditional manner. I liked the rhymes that made up the clue. We found the cache, signed the log (yes, FTF again) and head back home before the rain began again. It was a great day. I got to wrap it up by going with Jeremy to see Terminator 4: Salvation.
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