The first cache was next to a windmill surrounded by beautiful flowers, and Jen made her very first find. The next was a virtual, an easy find in a series of WPA murals; I later realized I had now found all three of these.
The third cache was considerably harder, with all of us scrambling around in rocks and bushes for quite some time before Ziggy finally tracked it down. The fourth cache was also a tough one, with me getting the honors for the eventual find. We took a well-deserved snack break at the nearby java shop (as suggested by the cache itself) after that one.
We then had a nice walk along the beach, stopping for awhile to marvel at a mesmerizing display of kite flying (short QuickTime video clips: one and two). We returned to the car and drove to the final cache of the day, a virtual with great views.
Great to get fresh air and friendship on a day that made me feel wonderful to be alive.