Our first goal before trying to make the pass on Paulina Peak was to try and find "Surveyors Ice Cave". This was the first time that I used my computer to locate something, create a way point, then transfer that waypoint to the GPS, then, without an actual route programed in, try to find that location. Pretty fun.. I can see what the fuss about Geocaching is all about now.. I also discovered that there are some limitations to the little GPS on the handlebars.. Imagine a destination so far away, that when you have it and you on the screen, all the roads dissapear from the display. When you zoom in enough to see all the roads in the area, you can't really see where they lead. At least not without fumbling around with the thing at every intersection in thick gloves. If you go back and look at the map, you can see the results. I was trying to aim for aproaching the cave from the south, but all the roads dead ended just short of the cave. We ended up bearing WAY more to the west than I'd indended, and missed a short section of road that would have taken us straight there. Of course, "straight there" wasn't exactly the goal to begin with, so no big deal, I guess..
Getting back to the cave part, vs. how we fumbled our way there, this is a 210 foot tunnel that leads back into the mountain. Supposedly. It was full of ice with about 6 inces of cold water on top of that. We made it down into an intro cavern about 10-12 feet across, and a small channel leading to another cavern that looked quite large. Problem was, you'd have to lay down in 6" of ice water to skinny through. Not today, thanks. It's bad enough that my boots are now full of ice water.. ;-)
We had a nice lunch break here...
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