OCTOBER 28, 2010- Burbank

October 28, 2010

Nearby Burbank is a city where caches are frequently archived and replaced. It’s possible to find them all and then go back a few months later for a bunch of new ones. Sunday was dedicated to exactly that (& 1 annoying old one) with BWidget and EMC. One of our first stops was
Road Apple Way (GC217TJ)
. I’d failed to reach it with EMC a few months ago from the South side of the 101. We got there this time from the North by walking across an equestrian bridge. We found the cache quickly and saw a few namesake road apples.

After the short hike, the remaining caches were all park and grabs. It’s a wonder that the Burbank PD never stopped for these suspicious characters.

Spoondoggie joined us just in time for lunch at Shakeys where we shortened our lives by eating plates full of pizza, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mojo potatoes. After piling on dessert we waddled in a line like penguins back to the car and resumed caching. We soon ended up at Gross Park. Yes, that’s the real name. The very strange playground equipment proved to be irresistible to EMC and spoondoggie. I have videos of them going down the slide. No! Not together. But I’ve forgotten my youtube password.

Toward the end of our day we were met by other cachers and we exchanged signature items. L to R, Mrs. digitalfuzz, Mr. digitalfuzz, spoondoggie, Yosemite Debbie. Yosemite John, unseen, is also in the Jeep.

There’s often a serious lack of scenery during urban cache runs. So instead of more sidewalks, parking lots and lamp posts, here’s a scan of the 11 geocaching wooden nickels that I collected from caches during the last few months, plus my own. I wish that I’d started collecting years ago. Oh well…

If anyone’s got their own geocaching wooden nickel, I’m willing to trade. E-mail me or talk to me at an event. Speaking of which…

I’m now carrying a Garmin “chirp” as an over the air travel bug. If you approach within about 30′ of me with a “chirp” activated Garmin GPS, the travel bug information will appear on your screen. Please note the number and log it on geocaching.com. Come say hello too.


OCTOBER 22, 2010 – Hemet, 116 cache day

October 22, 2010

Until last weekend my most-caches-found-in-1-day counts were 46 alone and 89 with a group. When EMC mentioned the “100 caches in a day” series by Team Stevecat in Hemet I said “Yes!!” Our 3 cacher expedition assembled at EMC’s house and 2 hours and a McDonald’s breakfast later we were finding caches. There was one at the site below. Albackore wanted to incubate a giant frog egg but we convinced him to keep caching instead.

Many of the series caches were literally 1 step away from parking. The easy, mostly roadside caches allowed us to maintain a steady rate of 19 finds per hour.

We had one setback. Albackore led the way to the non-series cache at the sign and then turned around and ran back. “Bees!!” Fortunately, EMC hadn’t locked the doors. Safely inside without a single sting, we drove away as the most determined of the bees dived bombed the windows. We didn’t count this cache as a DNF because we had no chance to search for it.

Another cache was uncomfortably close to an abandoned RV. We stickered the log extra quickly and were on our way.

The longest “hike” of the day was about 100’ up this dirt path for another fast find.

There was no danger of overheating in the cool and cloudy weather. It was nice to cache without sunglasses and sunscreen for once. Occasional fog reduced visibility. We were less likely to attract muggles but zooming cars were scarey when we stopped along narrow roads. Just before lunch we passed a rock strewn area.

EMC and Albackore had a delicious (I’m told) barbecued meal while I laid out in the Prius to recover from carsickness. Here’s Ursula the Bear and her friend outside the market/restaurant.

We found a cache at this 1950’s style sign just as the cloud cover broke up.

Just about every large official sign in the area had a cache next to it. That’s me and the word “moderate” in the same picture.

The best scenery was on the last leg of our trip, at Fobes Ranch on the Pines to Palms Hwy 74. A cache is clearly visible in the picture.

An official trailhead is near here. The area is now on my “must hike” list.

We saw a UFO! A fuzzy object moved across the sky. It was too tightly packed to be a flock of birds and too fast for an insect swarm.

After 2 hours of sunshine, the fog rolled back in quickly. We drove through it and light rain on the way back to the freeway.
In 6 hours of caching, we found all 100 caches of Team Stevecat’s series and 16 others. We had no DNFs and 2 “did not looks,” which were the bee swarm cache and one that was behind 2 “no trespassing” signs. Thanks Team Stevecat for the easy and scenic series. And thanks to the hiders of the 16 non-series caches that we also found.

OCTOBER 14, 2010 – Santa Rosa Valley

October 14, 2010

Every time I cached the Northern part of Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks I saw agricultural fields and big houses down below. But until very recently there were few caches there and no incentive for me to visit. Then a bunch of green boxes appeared on the gc.com map. I still procrastinated because route planning is by far the weakest part of my caching skill set. Then Don_J mentioned that he wanted to cache the Santa Rosa Valley too. Fine, let Don do the routing!! A few days later, we were there.

A big line of green boxes turned out to be residential hides directly in front of multimillion dollar homes. To avoid problems with paranoid residents we skipped these caches and dropped back south to Santa Rosa Road…and…immediately DNF’d the cache near this crosswalk button for the super tall. 😛

This is the view south toward Wildwood Park. Many hiking caches are waiting to be found there on another day, another trip.

Continuing west we looked for a cache in a bottlebrush tree. We moved carefully around all the bees. There’ve been at least 3 recent bee attacks on local cachers. As soon as the buzz of THESE bees changed pitch we abandoned the search.

There were several easy park & grab caches along the scenic road.

Then we turned left onto a single lane road and worked our way South, pulling over and finding more caches. We crossed a bridge (yes – there was a cache on it) and passed a free parking lot & picnic area. We stopped when the road turned private (utility company) and found Let’s Triassic (GC1VC50) at the trailhead there. Back at home now, I see that there are 9 unfound (by me) caches up the steep switchbacked trail. I’m going back soon.

Running short of caches to find, we reexamined a map printout and drove North, back through the residential caches to Presilla Road. There were huge houses there as well but the cache placements were much better, in places that wouldn’t arouse immediate suspicion when visited.

My So Cal bird books say that roadrunners are rare. Even so I see a few every year. This one was a few feet from a very well disguised cache, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling (GC1HWE1).

Here’s a view north into Moorpark.

We found some caches under discs like this. They were magnetized Altoids tins. Predictably, they were wet and slimy even on the insides. Thanks for the easy points though.

We ended our geo-day with Don laying on the top of a 30 foot diameter drainage pipe and blindly reaching under the lip for a cache.

Here’s the view from below just after Don put the container back. If you’re afraid of heights or aren’t extremely surefooted, this is NOT the cache for you!!

We found 30 caches in a ½ day. Thanks Don for routing & navigating and thanks to Majorjarhead for hiding most of the caches that we found.