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.