MARCH 9, 2009 – vegetation hides

March 9, 2009

March 16: Due to a temporary eye problem I need to reduce my computer time. Given that I still have to go to work during the week and find/log caches on the weekends, Dweeb’s Diatribe has to suffer. Updates will be sporadic for the next few months until my eye gets better. I’m still around though. See you on the trail!!

March 9, 2009: I was going to write about my cache run in San Dimas. There were many creative and unique hides, especially by Terra Girl and UNCLEJON91. As amazing as they were, pictures or detailed descriptions would spoil the fun and probably REALLY P.O. Aimee and Jon. I once saw a dead bird in Riverside with a Terra Girl sticker on it so I wouldn\’t want her to be mad at ME.

Anyway, I have just enough pictures to go with a short rant about filthy vegetation hides!! The ones below happened to be in or near San Dimas. Unfortunately there are many just like them, everywhere.

Here’s a comparatively mild one. At least you can see where you’re stepping. The usual doggie doos were absent. The only thing I stepped around was a quart of used motor oil dumped next to the yellow truck. The trash was INSIDE the bushes here. Coords jumped all over. The hint said “four feet from the end of bush.” In an area with the ends of 12\’ wide hedges on 3 sides, that could’ve been a dozen places within 20 feet.
Why do I hate filthy vegetation hides? Let me count the ways…

1. You tear up landscaping looking for the cache.
2. thorns, brambles and stickers
3. sticky sap
4. clouds of dust and/or pollen
5. ants, aphids, snails and spiders/webs
6. disgusting trash and/or homeless gear
7. They break up your momentum during cache runs.
8. They discourage newbies…or worse yet, they encourage newbies to hide similar caches.

I encountered several ivy hides including one with used diapers at GZ! The one below had no trash. It still enraged me because it was along a backyard chain link fence with an even more enraged pomeranian on the other side. As far as I know, it wasn’t twopoms. But that’s a different rant.

The cache is in there someplace:
Here’s the pom.
Later I approached another cache where I almost kept driving. In the end the cache turned out to be NEAR, NOT IN the vegetation. But I think we’ve all seen similar areas that required bush diving for the cache.
After a few hours and lots of fun finds, I drove home to input my (non-cut & paste) logs.
There’s a 32\’ high tree cache in North Hollywood but it’s not in a palm.

HARBOR FREIGHT in West Hills (and maybe at their other locations) has these big pseudo-bison tubes for $1.99 each. The green one is a standard bison shown for scale. Have fun.


MARCH 2, 2009 – El Segundo to North Redondo

March 2, 2009

Lately I’ve noticed an ever increasing number of green boxes popping up South of the SFV. So for the 3rd Saturday in a row I skipped hiking and went searching for urban caches near the coast. This time I started in El Segundo and cached my way to Redondo Beach.

El Segundo is a small 5-1/2 square mile city. The accessible part is squeezed between LAX to the North, a huge refinery to the South, and a sewage treatment plant to the West which blocks beach access. The best approach is from the East.
There are 4 caches within easy walking distance from this sign. One of them is at an observation point, LAX Plane Spotting (GCHX09). It overlooks LAX which is across the street.

Another cache a mile away El Segundo High (GCM6HR) is guarded by this monstrosity.
022809_towerThe cache is also within sight of the Police Dept.

Continuing on to I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (GC1E96R) I approached the, unscenic to the extreme, Southern boundary.
022809_unscenicFrom here I drove East / inland.

Across the street from MOSAIC (GC17RRP), I detected a hidden muggle.
He was the 1st of 4 feral cats that I saw during my caching day. None of them ran away. Maybe I’m becoming a cat person by association. Some people I see regularly own 6, 9 and 11 cats respectively.

1.1 miles further south: a promising trailhead at Veterans Parkway:
Unfortunately a homeless man occupied the exact spot where my GPSr pointed. Beyond the underpass, there’s room for many more caches in the 2 miles to the ocean. If they’re placed, I’ll go back to find them.

At the end of the day I looked for The Crafty Queen (GC1H0J0) in Redondo Beach.
I checked all the places that matched the hint that I could reach without climbing anything. I still didn’t find the cache. Oh well. There’s always next weekend.