A Geocaching Trifecta, Of Sorts

5 11 2009

As I write this, I’m riding back with f0t0m0m somewhere on the west side of the Salton Sea after a long day of caching with three goals on our list: one more high terrain cache for the Well-Rounded Cacher challenge cache,
Well Rounded Cacher (The Fizzy Challenge)
10 pages of the Delorme Map challenge cache,
California DeLorme Challenge (Southern & Central)
and a token find in Mexico. We accomplished it all!

The day began at 6am at my house in Northridge, and our first errand was a bit unusual. My 6-month-old kitten had just gone into heat for the first time, and I needed to take the little girl in to have her necessary surgery. We dropped the poor, uncomfortable little thing off, and headed for the 405 freeway southbound.

We’d hoped we were early enough to avoid traffic, but it was a bit sticky already over the Sepulveda pass. After that, it was clear and fast all the way to around Oceanside, where an earlier incident of some sort had a couple of lanes blocked.

slow405

We got to the first cache of the day by about 8am.
JENNY AND PETER AT SQUIRREL POINT

It’s one of the very few on the teeny part of Delorme p. 112 on this side of the state, and is at a view point with a broad vista, but not much remarkable actual scenery. We could see Dana Point to the north and barely make out Catalina Island to the east.
danapoint

The locals would seem to be well-fed. This guy was enjoying a banana peel:
bananabunny

Next was p. 122 just east of San Diego:
Olde Highway 80

..followed by p.123, which included the high-terrain cache as well:
OFF-ROAD FUN : )

We encountered a locked gate, and decided to hoof it out to the cache. It turned out to be a 5 mile hike, but it was a lovely day for it, and I really needed the exercise anyway. We found 5 additional caches as we walked by them:
Bear Valley Loop- Lunch Stop
Rangers n’ Rattlers
Dooley’s Cache
Bear Valley Loop-Beware!
Bear Valley Loop-View of the Tracking Station

… and had a brief chat with a border patrol guy making his rounds.

This put us about 2 hours behind our projected schedule, but the rest of the list was all drive-ups and went pretty quickly. We just did one cache per Delorme page, working our way basically east.

Jail House Rock
Whoa Nellie!
"101-9004-B28
GO WESTMORLAND
On the corner
NOT QUITE "THE CENTER OF THE WORLD"
Journey to the Center of the World

Most of the scenery was your basic desert:
desert

phonepoles

As we drove along I-8, we could see the border fence and Mexico beyond it:
borderfence

The cache at the Center of the World
centeroftheworld

…has a section of stairs from the original Eiffel Tower:
eiffelstairs

At the southeast corner of California, you can park at the border and walk across to the little town of Algodones. There is a cache just 40 feet past the crossing in a little restaurant. It was supposed to be open.. but… alas.. it was not!
Pueblo Viejo

cachedenied

Fortunately, we had an alternate just a tenth of a mile further in to town, so we walked quickly to it. The coords bounced us around the street:
bleakstree

… but we finally got it!
Estacion De Policia Los Algodones
mexicache

There was no control over entering Mexico,
mexicanborder

…but we did need our passports to return about 10 minutes later (ha!). Whew!
usborder

Until next week – happy challenges!

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