Geocaches Just Around the Corner

8 10 2009

I’ll get to the caches around the world later, meanwhile, I headed out earlier this week for an afternoon of caches near my house. I’ve had a goal for a long time to clear out a 10 mile radius, but I’ve never gotten that completely done. I do manage to keep about an 8 mile circle clear, though. This baker’s dozen had sprung up fairly recently, including some nicely designed ones by a newer cacher, Minifish.

I took notes and photos as I went, to give you an idea what a “normal” caching experience is like. (ha!)

Take the Cannoli
behind a honeysuckle bush near an indoor target practice range
found in about 2 minutes, 1:30pm, 79º

unusual and deserted place with an abandoned ramp where a loading dock used to be
found in about 3 minutes, 1:40pm, 79º

Skirting the issue.
quiet side street
found in about a minute, including one “wrong” guess, 1:50pm, 79º

Deep Freeze
teeny ammo can stashed in a sign

I met the cache owner at the next cache, as he’d noticed my logs. ( I was posting from my iPhone as I went; I love doing that, because then I have no “homework” when I get home.) He’d gotten a lot of flak about putting cache in a No Trespassing sign… (duh)… and it’s now archived… but because the sign itself disappeared! Go figure. I love these itty bitty ammo cans, though.
found in about 5 minutes, including a call to a life line to save myself the agony of the previous finders, 2:10pm, 77º

studied the logs and the area to find this one similar to an AgouraCharger hide, done with a simple, yet deceptive mechanism
found in about 3 minutes, but then spent a few talking to the cache owner, Minifish, who pulled up just as I discovered the secret of the hide, 2:20pm, 79º
The cache is right behind him!

Caribbean Jerk
curious installation on a quiet side street
found in about 30 seconds, as it was the first thing I touched. Sometimes I’m good at this. 2:35pm, 79º

another quick fix
this was an awkward hunt in a mini-mall parking lot, and I needed a lifeline to get me to look in the right place with the coords all over the place… not such a quick fix for me…
found in about 7 minutes, 2:55pm, 79º

pi eta – iota epsilon – theta
needed another lifeline, although I should have spotted this dang nano. Sometimes I’m not so good at this! The parking lot itself is bleak, but the sunlight dappling the mountains to the north was spectacular
found in about 7 minutes, 3:20pm, 79º (but breezy and feels cooler now)

Very Opinionated
Ahh….. quick and easy magnetic altoids in front of Vons grocery store
found it in about 5 seconds, 3:25pm, 79º

Bad Boys!! Watch gonna do??
Love the flat caches, and it was a bit of a search before I went to that idea.
found it in about 10 minutes, while I fielded a lifeline from Spoondoggie on a cache I haven’t found yet, 3:40pm, 79º
I forgot to take a photo here.

UCKY Commute – Another Dead End
Another quiet side street, and someone has llamas in their yard nearby
found it instantly, 3:45pm, 81º (still feels cooler, as it’s shady and breezy)
Looking back from this cache toward the previous cache just down the street:

UCKY Commute – By The Eucalyptus Tree
Wandered around for a long time under the trees. Eucalyptus are particularly bad for scattering the GPS signals. After finding someone’s stash of bad videos, I called for another lifeline, then found it rather handily.
this took about 20 minutes, including the short hike, 4:15pm, 77º
Urban horse trail:

A Moving Experience
A short walk up one of the canyons in Porter Ranch led me to a container with a funny pun on it, but I won’t give it away.
found instantly after a 5 minute walk, 4:30pm, 77º

time – 3 hours
mileage – 27 miles from my house and back to my house
lifelines – 4, all to Garagedude
DNFs – none, thanks to Garagedude

Have a great caching week!




8 responses

8 10 2009

sounds like a great day! I’m about to go get some caches around the corner myself 😉

8 10 2009


My goal has always been 10 miles too, but i haven’t focused on it that hard either. I got down to 25 or so at one point. Right now i think i’m in the 30 range.

“Sister Cities” is in there and will be tough.. fortunately the Tree-o-cache isnt within 10 miles of home but i do hope to do it one day!

8 10 2009
The Bolas Heathens

Enjoyed reading about some of the caches we did while on vacation in the area in August.

We tried ‘pi eta – iota epsilon – theta’ twice but could not spot it anywhere. I was a bit wary of searching at the top of the wall as it backs on to someone’s yard, but has the only Greek feature I could spot.

8 10 2009
ventura kids

It cracks me up to read your times on each cache…..
7 minutes with a lifeline
5 minutes with a lifeline
10 minutes with a lifeline

You really are quite fast…… at dialing.

8 10 2009
Elin Carlson

Ha! Just because I’ve found a lot of caches doesn’t mean I’m any good at it…

8 10 2009

A green UFO moves across the bottom of the screen in the first 3 seconds of your Urban Oasis video.

9 10 2009
Elin Carlson

Ken, you’re right! What’s with the alien invasion??

13 10 2009

I have a 1 mile radius around my pad. I need a lifeline for pi eta – iota epsilon – theta. Can I call you? When I searched a guy was taking a smoke break nearby that kind of slowed the search.

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