FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – Gopher Caching, part 2, Los Angeles

February 13, 2013

EcuaDeb found our last cache in Hollywood, on an art deco lamp post. There was no log so we put a new one inside.
By this time it was afternoon and everyone wanted to eat. We skipped our planned stop at the Pershing Square Station and continued to the Civic Center Station. This was nearby.
We also found Court of Flags – Civic Mall (GC1JVKM) a few steps away. We backtracked to 2nd Street and walked to Little Tokyo. Those who needed it logged virtual cache Challenger Shuttle Memorial (GCBFEC).
We walked another block to Japanese Village Plaza and had lunch at the first place that had colorful menus in their window. Unfortunately for me it was the worst Japanese food that I’ve had in a restaurant. The rice was hard from insufficient water while boiling and the chicken was over cooked. I didn’t hear anyone raving about their food. D checked Yelp and found 2-1/2 stars, in an area full of 3.5, 4, and 4.5 star restaurants. Oh well, we’ll know for next time.

Another block East and we were in the Arts District. We were immediately drawn to the murals. They change all the time. Most had been painted since my last cache maintenance trip to the area. D had his picture taken in front of a big one for his Facebook page.
This unrefined mural (or was it advanced tagging?) had a message that amused and made me wonder. Sissopolis also seemed especially intrigued by it.
Beer drinkers among us couldn’t resist stopping at Angel City Brewery. I’m often nearby but it’s a place that I would never have visited on my own. While some imbibed I looked closely at the impressive industrial décor.
This was on the wall. Whatever it is, it seemed to be functioning.
The last find in the area was my City in Transition #3 (GC1CD17). Yes, it’s another dodo cache.
On weekdays 1st Street is packed. On Sunday, it was near-deserted, shabby and post-apocalyptic looking, like a scene from The Omega Man.
A 2 minute ride on the Gold Line from across the street brought us to Union Station. The cache in the station’s garden was found quickly.
We got back on the Red Line and made a short stop at Pershing Square Station that we’d skipped before lunch. We replaced and logged a missing cache within sight of the Ambassador Hotel and found another hidden by our SFV geofriend CacheKidz!.
We boarded the Red Line for the final time and the trip back to North Hollywood.
Doing our morning trip in reverse we got onto the jam packed Orange Line bus. We had the misfortune to be next to the chatty driver who explained in great detail about job openings at the MTA. She didn’t talk to anyone in particular. Just when eye rolling and smirking were becoming tiring, she switched subjects and asked if anyone knew about whale watching. She repeated her question to each group of boarding passengers. As far as I know, not one person responded. So ended our 9 hour gopher caching trip. Thanks to capdude for coining the term.


FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – Gopher Caching, part 1, Hollywood

February 12, 2013

Busy schedules and uncertain weather stopped a planned weekend of group caching at the Route 66 Shield geoart. Instead, Plan B, a 1 day ‘gopher caching’ trip on the subway was implemented. Seven of us (sissopolis, EcuaDeb, BWidget + Dixie, capdude + capsbug & me) met at the MTA Orange Line Park & Ride lot at Victory & Winnetka. Prepared with ticket machine instructions from Don_J (who couldn’t join us) we had no problems buying TAP cards and day passes. The ½ hour express bus ride to the Red Line subway station on Lankershim in North Hollywood was uneventful. With a surprisingly big crowd for 8:30 am Sunday, we crossed the street to the subway entrance,
and met deeznutz® who’d arrived from the opposite direction. We descended into the subway and onto the Red Line.
Nine minutes later we reached the Hollywood and Highland station and emerged like gophers onto the street.
Capsbug looked inside the famous diner on our 1 block walk to a virtual cache at the big sign.
A DWP power distribution station, built in 1933, was only 200’ away. There was a micro cache, Station 10 (GC3C1N2) directly in front of it.
We walked back toward the station and the TCL Chinese Theater (new name as of Jan 2013) where there was a physical cache and a puzzle cache.
Drizzle didn’t bother us. We blended in well with all the muggles who walked around with cameras and smartphones, searching the concrete for their favorite stars’ signatures, hand & foot impressions. Thanks sissopolis for distributing the puzzle questions, compiling the answers and calculating the final coordinates.
Back underground and then out again at the Vermont & Sunset Station, we walked North on Vermont. We gawked at oddities in store windows and street art. There were dozens of keys and locks embedded in the sidewalk in front of a former locksmith shop.
At Lock Ness Fenster (GC2DNDN) we searched for 20 minutes.
I think we touched every single lock, and STILL DNF’d!
Across the street we hiked up the steps of Olive Hill to the top of Barnsdall Art Park. The view North was especially scenic.
Here’s what we saw.
Where are (“D”) deeznutz® and Dixle? D is in several pictures in Part 2. Somehow Dixie managed to avoid my camera entirely.

…to be continued in part 2…