A Dreaded Double DNF!

27 03 2009

I went to Edmonton, Canada last week, and only had time to look for TWO caches, and, yes, I failed to find either of them! Maximum frustration! I spent over an hour on them… and my only lifeline was not available… AAAUGGH!!! I slipped around on the ice under one stairwell only to find out later that it’s not around the stairwell. I wandered up and down three levels of a parking lot only to discover later that I should have followed through on one of my ideas. What a dork I was not to actually PULL on the things… so I went to Canada and came back with NO finds. 2 for 2… how totally embarrassing….

OK, enough of my whining. Let’s get some dialogue going here. What’s the furthest you’ve gone only to DNF? What’s your most frustrating DNF? Let it all out in the comments. I feel your pain.

I did get some great photos of where I was caching though. I was at the West Edmonton Mall, the largest in North America (!) and the 5th largest in the world. It’s ridiculously large. The two caches were on either end, too, over a half a mile apart.

Here are some links to information about it:
Mall website

This is where we had breakfast:

Part of this fancy food court:

Ahh… coffee….


Europa Boulevard:

You can go bungee jumping (no thanks!):

You can go swimming…

…or hang out on the beach…

…even when it looks like this outside (it was the first day of “spring” btw):

There’s a giant pirate ship!

It’s complete with pirates!

I actually did go shopping:

The caches were not to be found:

… but it’s all about the adventure, right?


Until next week… happy DNFing! er… caching! 😉

Big Numbers in Lancaster

19 03 2009

There are three new sets of caches out in Lancaster, and I could not resist grabbing most of them in a couple of days of easy power caching. Last week, I found the CLUE caches, 54 caches laid out to spell the word and each with a clue to solve the mystery of Who Done It? and to find the final cache nearby. Of course, certain locals added a NO to the area to the west of the CLUE, and I found most of those, as well. Here are one of each series, and from there you can link to the rest, if you like:
Miss White with the Trophy
NO fortune telling

It was windless and cool, a perfect day in the desert. I headed out with f0t0m0m, who’d found most of them before, and just relaxed in the quiet of the isolated area. The wildflowers were just starting to bloom, and I’ll have to be sure to get out there in April for the height of that season. The colors out there in spring are nothing short of spectacular. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the day. My camera’s battery was dead, so I used f0t0m0m’s… but he escaped to China before I remembered to ask him to forward them to me. Some people will do anything to… oh… not really. Just kidding… he and his family really are in China, though. I’ve asked him to post a guest blog when they are back!

A couple of months ago, I did get a bunch of photos west of the Lancaster area while finding over 110 caches in f0t0m0m’s Tarot card series.
Tarot – The World

I made this run on a lovely, breezy, chilly day with RobbDogg, TeamPerks (who hit 5000!), Capdude, and Albackore:


We saw a complete rainbow at sunrise! (pardon the wind in the audio)

Andy of Team Perks got this shot of the sunrise:

I took my Prius for a drive on the Pacific Crest Trail:

RobbDogg exerted himself so much retrieving this cache…. :

…. that he had to lie down and rest:

Scenic caching:

More scenery!

I loved seeing this old street sign, and the atmosphere made it look even more spooky:

Thanks to the hiders for placing gobs of caches out in Lancaster… again…. what a great place to have right around the corner for desert adventures!
Wishing you much scenic caching this spring!

This Geocaching Blog is All About ME… NOT!!

12 03 2009

This week I get to tell you about an unusual and bold achievement by two other local cachers, UncleJon91 (aka Uncle Jon) and not tom (aka Jerry). The two of them found 7, count ’em, SEVEN different types of caches in one day, March 8, 2009, all in downtown Los Angeles!

Glendale Narrows by TerryDad2 (GC1772F)

Books and a Cup o’ Joe by marsfun (GCN1C1)

Hi 5, Lo 5 for Mozart by rammd (GCZ1ZR)

The City of the Angels by Saros (GC3975)

Awed Couples by Eagle Rock Rob (GCMX8A)

Letterbox Hybrid:
Cat and Dog by OLdweeb (GC1EBM7)

and a bunch of Traditionals, including this one:
Engine Company No 28–Filling in the Gaps by GeoCraig (GC1JWQG)

Here they are at the puzzle cache location:

Way to go, guys!

Here’s Jerry’s first-hand report:

Hi Elin,

I’m not a writer but I’ll give it a shot about UNCLE JON and my day of caching. We just run a query and go and sometimes it may make a milestone but today turned out real different.

We started out in San Dimas grabbing a new (1)Traditional cache GC1NDZ7. We then worked our way around about until we get to down town LA. We grabbed a (2)Virtual GCBFEC. 2 caches later we are grabbing a (3)Letterbox GC1EBM7. The next cache is a (4)Puzzle GCMX8A. After we talked to you about Walt Disney cache we DNF, we done the (5)Earthcache GC1772F. We called Rammd for him to give us some coords for a Multi, we don’t normally load Multi’s. We completed Rammd’s (6)Multi GCZ1ZR. Now we are off to do the WebCam at Pasadena Central Library. We know it is going to be locked but it is worth a shot. We think we are going to get 6 types of caches in one day. We get to the Library and call Rammd to be cam operator. He can’t see my GPSr nor my waving hand. He told me to climb over the fence and I said that is not a good idea. Meanwhile Jon is in the library. I go in to find Jon and he has good news, security will be in about 5 minutes to let us in to do the cam thing. Wow, it really did work. We posted our picture for (7)WebCam GCN1C1.

I’m at home posting all of this logging and that is when I realized we done 7 types of caches in one day. I had to go back and edit some logs for correction. We didn’t do a large number of caches but Jon and I are pleased with something special like this. I do read your blog page time to time. It is like going with Hewel Houser sometimes. LOL.


Jerry (not tom)

The two of them are also each known for their prolific and truly superior, well-crafted hides. I go out of my way to visit their territory to find those!

I also want to give kudos to Terra Girl for her recent puzzle hides. They are uniquely creative, and the containers all delightfully match the themes! Check ’em out, as they are worth the entertaining solutions, even if you never come find ’em!

Beware the Eyes
Terra Incognita
Greetings from Earth
The Butterfly Effect

Thanks for inspiring us all to hide better and have even more fun finding!

Say… have any of you set any crazy records or have unique caches in your area to tell us about? Please put them in the comments!

My Live Blog – Posting as I go Geocaching

5 03 2009

I posted as I went today, using Loopt to update Facebook and Twitter. I entertained quite a few people with my photos and entries. All of the photos were taken by iPhone, so could post them immediately, so the quality and detail is not superb, but it’s in the moment. Note: some of the time stamps are guesses, but they are all in order! Here we go….

preparing to go caching and “live blogging” – stay tuned…. 9:37am

Logged in a travel bug to take with me @ home. 9:40am

My usual break of eggs (free range) toast (cracked wheat) & milk (no rbst) @ home. 9:49am

That would be breakfast… @ home. 9:51am

coakford @ emcofnorthridge
Where will you go caching today? 10:00am

Around the San Fernando Valley and Burbank.

Supplies for my urban caching in the San Fernando Valley @ home. 10:03am

The cachemobile & the day after a rain in LA means gorgeous clear skies @ home. 10:10am

@flicka47 heading out now! 10:12am

flicka47@emcofnorthridge Cool, will keep tabs on your progress 10:14am

flicka47@emcofnorthridge Cool ,I drove as a courier in LA for abt 5 yrs,should be able to follow your progress fairly easily. Have fun! 10:15am

Ready to roll, jazz on the radio. No video on iPhone so that will be on the blog later @ home. 10:22am

First stop new cache Pennies From Heaven @ home. 10:24am

Arriving @ GC1N482 it has a clear hint & recent finds @ Los Angeles, CA. 10:38am

Doesn’t mean I can find it right away LOL @ Los Angeles, CA. 10:41am

aHA! Vegetation hide also logged in live on geocaching.com – One! @ Los Angeles, CA 10:49am

It’s near a recycled Circuit City @ Los Angeles, CA. 10:51am

Carpe Diem GC1FXER in Mission Hills right across from where I bought my Prius (just pd it off!) @ Los Angeles, CA. 11:05am

Instant find – yay! @ Los Angeles, CA. 11:07am

On the way: Mission San Fernando @ Los Angeles, CA. 11:16am

Next cache Well Bred found in the heart of San Fernando @ San Fernando, CA. 11:26am

@coakford need help with King of 31! under the sign or by phones? in Los Angeles, CA 11:48am

Oops never mind – found it! Duh… & my favorite container, too (spoiler photo) @ Los Angeles, CA. 11:57am

[nice, empty freeway]

Daily Prophet bonus cache! @ UPS Store @ Los Angeles, CA. 12:27pm

Platform 9 3/4. 🙂 @ Los Angeles, CA. 12:29pm

I revisited the Daily Prophet since I’d missed the cool themed bonus cache! Just logged GC1JNA4 Burbank Fire St12 @ Burbank, CA. 12:43pm

Just logged quick find @ Burbank Fire St. 14 GC1JNA6 Time for lunch @ Chili John’s nearby! @ Burbank, CA. 1:05pm

Having chili spaghetti in this classic diner @ Burbank, CA- 1:20pm –
Amy Engelhardt likes this.
Kristy Montgomery at 1:26pm March 5
mmmm…..i’m hungry…that sounds good.

cinderellasarah@emcofnorthridge Oops! Typo! What classic diner is it? Looks fantastic and I work in Burbank… 1:30pm

@cinderellasarah Chili John’s! Burbank & Keystone 1:33pm

Lunchtime reading RT @weirdnews: Sea lion wanders to Mexican restaurant http://cli.gs/10Vn7T 1:34pm

Onward! (burp) next is a puzzle multi cache GC1JTP4 Cypher Me This – wish me luck… @ Burbank, CA. 1:49pm
Greg Blocher at 1:56pm March 5

Well, I’m zeroed out @ the corner of an apt. bldg no obvious hide@ WP1 & not comfy searching… Help? @ Burbank, CA. 2:04pm

A recent log left a bit of a hint about succulents. WP1 in hand – whew! @ Burbank, CA. 2:09pm

Hey! I interpreted the puzzle correctly, drove around the corner, & spy it there. Fun! @ Burbank, CA 2:22pm

Nice that a tool is provided! @ Burbank, CA. 2:23pm

flicka47@emcofnorthridge Yeah! Congrats! It has been fun following you around town! 2:31pm

Found a magnetic one in a tree – LOL @ Burbank Firefighter Training Center @ Burbank, CA. 2:41pm

GC1N1JA Burbank Park Pacific is near this monument to aviation history. @ Burbank, CA. 3:01pm

Time for just one or two more caches. Hope this has been fun for y’all! @ Burbank, CA. 3:05pm
Kristy Montgomery at 3:07pm March 5
can we go to the mountains? can we? can we?

Cache #10 is at a hidden park by the 170 freeway in N. Hollywood on a street split by said freeway. @ Los Angeles, CA. 3:25pm

Recount: that was #9 gotta find one more! @ Los Angeles, CA. 3:27pm

Awwwww a Christmas cache! @ Los Angeles, CA. 3:35pm

CacheAdvance@emcofnorthridge Thanks for allowing the vicarious caching today! 3:41pm

shawnmcguirt@emcofnorthridge been enjoying your caching post! 3:45 pm

shawnmcguirt@emcofnorthridge great to see what other cachers are seeing and doing! 3:46pm

Bonus cache! This is an odd dead end street in N Hollywood & where they shoot “The Office” – kewl! @ Los Angeles, CA. 3:51pm

Calling it quits & joining the locals for weekly cachER maintenance. Was this fun? Comments? @ Los Angeles, CA. 3:59pm

Kristy Montgomery at 4:12pm March 5
I for one had a GREAT time from my sickbed-I am exhausted! can we do it again tomorrow? xoxox kiki

I’m looking to find more creative ways to blog about geocaching. Comments and suggestions are welcome! Cache on….

Experimenting with “live blogging”

5 03 2009

I’ll be posting my caching day today as I go! Interact with me live on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll post the stream of tweets here and perhaps some of the comments here later today, too.