Sunday, June 6, 2010
Cache maintenance from one country to another
Last year the area reviewer let me place a cache in the Andes Mountains of Peru. I live in Ecuador but because I travel through the area periodically, it was approved. I placed several in some really scenic places like the Conacocha Lake near the pass leading over the Black Mountains and upwards of 13,000 feet above sea level, at Lake Llaganuco along the road from Yungay that goes through a pass through the White Mountains. It appears that the one at Conacocha Lake has gone missing. Sumajhuarmi and I traveled to the Department of Ancash on our way from Huaraz, where we'd spent a week in meetings, to the town of Chiquian to visit some friends for a day. Along the way we stopped off to check on the cache. It's a beautiful location as the photos reveal. The statue of Saint Francis of Asisi with the lake in the background and the White Mountain range behind it is always a great place to stop to stretch your legs and take in some of God's beauty. Did we find the cache alive and well or did we have to replace it? You got it. It had been muggled so we came prepared to replace it with a new cache. We traveled on to Chiquian and had a great visit with our friends. The next day we came back by the cache site with our friend, who had alerted us that the cache must have gone missing. It was gratifying to watch as he made quick business of finding the cache. This cache is located at about 13,000 feet above sea level. On a clear day like we had you can see the White Mountain Range all the way south to Peru's tallest mountain, Huascaran.