On Sunday morning we again got the ½ price breakfast buried deep in the menu of the casino’s coffeeshop. Then we jumped into Elin’s Prius to find the Spike Series (GC1QEFD). There were 12 Spike caches in a straight line with 7 other caches in between. Almost immediately on the unpaved road we saw a HUGE ant. It paused to look at us and then wandered off at a leisurely pace. Maybe there’s a factual basis for Them!. Somewhere along this series I dropped my cellphone. If someone finds it, in any condition, please e-mail me.
The caches were all park & walks off into the flat desert, except for one The Forgotten Cache (GCN6RC) which was on top of this hill. The view from above showed us a narrow tunnel under the 15 fwy. The Prius made it through with about 2’ of clearance on each side.
Once through the tunnel, Elin drove us up and down a very steep hill, a memorable adventure in a passenger car. We stopped at a bunker cache that I’d found in 2005. It’s a good thing that the cache is NOT inside.
In early afternoon we went back to the hotel and Elin left us because of a job commitment the next day. At 4:00pm Jeff & me regrouped and headed back to Jean (10 miles N) to find the 26 cache Well series. These were scattered around another unpaved utility road. Sometimes we parked on the side and walked 10 to 300 feet to a cache. Nine on the south end of the series needed real offroading. Usually we followed faint tire tracks, probably left by previous cachers, to get within walking distance. At other times it was driving trackless, dodging bushes, rocks and holes. There were some scary sounding crunches from the undercarriage. On our way out we passed an SUV with cachers from Sacramento and Maryland. Through opened windows we let them know that all 26 caches were present. We found 3 more caches on a rougher adjacent road for a total of 29 in just under 3 hours. At sundown we had dinner at the Mad Greek in Primm.
On Monday morning, we had the same breakfast in the same place. The waitress called me a monkey. She sneered, “Monkey see, monkey do,” for ordering the same meal as Jeff, the same meal that we’d all ordered every day. She was more interested in talking with her coworkers than serving food. Anyway, after leaving a miniscule tip we went to find the 9 cache Tortoise series. To get there we drove North out of Whiskey Pete’s parking lot, parallel to the 15 fwy. We found several caches along the way too.
Though cattle guards were numerous (and sometimes contained caches), we didn’t see a single cow during the entire trip. Two days earlier we’d found one attached to an electrified fence. Very strangely, Elin & Jeff got shocked at every touch, I felt nothing, even gripping the fencepost tightly with my entire hand. And we all had similarly soled shoes. So I’m going to pseudo-scientifically postulate that my constant overeating makes me extra insulated and non-conductive.
Without power lines here , the scenery was better. This is the tortoise road. It was the roughest one this weekend for my Element because the centerline bushes were often tall enough to scrape the bottom. And the randomly scattered medium sized rocks didn’t help either.
There was a tortoise, beyond rigor mortis, next to at least 3 of the caches.
We were very careful to NOT walk into these.
I tried launching one of the large tortoise caches like I’ve seen in the movies but nothing happened.
Is there a registry where the demise of tortoise # L8478 can be reported?
We found ‘em all and rushed back to check out of the hotel. I just missed running over the 1 and only live tortoise we saw. Why DID the tortoise cross the road?
Once back in California we found 12 more caches near various offramps for a total of 33 for the day and, for me, 183 for the ½ + 2 + ½ day trip. I also achieved my personal best of 83 finds (w/a group) in 1 day on Saturday.
I learned for certain that I’ll never be a power cacher. The 3 of us averaged 33 finds an hour for about 2-1/2 hours on Saturday. That was the most fun I’ve had in a long time but the thought of caching at that speed for the entire Trail of the Gods or the upcoming 1,000 cache Extraterrestrial Highway series makes me nauseous. So I’m going back to tortoise speed caching.