Opera Box

23 06 2011

This is the 2nd cache on the list in my quest to maintain my puzzle caches, and I also plan to post pages here with help in solving the harder ones.

The Opera Box
The Opera Box puzzle is easy, though, as all the answers can be found with your favorite search engine and most are on the Metropolitan Opera website in their collection of synopses. There is one “trick” question, but it should not pose any significant obstacle.

The hike to the cache can be started at the posted coordinates for lovely hike up Cheesboro Canyon, or start at the north end of Las Virgenes for a shorter hike up the next canyon over. That’s the route I took this time.

The weather was perfect for hiking:

I found my cache in perfect condition right where it’s supposed to be:

It’s not far from the boundary between the Ahmanson open space and the area maintained by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:

The side canyons feature old signs marking gas pipes:

… and the trails are crowded with these guys:

… which is why Wile E. was here looking for lunch!

Here’s a closer look, thanks to my nifty zoom lens:

I don’t see these guys very often, but I know they see me ALL the time!

Off to a Running Start!

7 01 2010

I started my year off with a few local caches:
Sage Ranch Sunset
Steel Here
When The Levee Breaks

My first find of 2010:

It’s in Sage Ranch, and that day, there were crystal clear views for miles:

The next weekend, I headed up to the Santa Cruz area along with f0t0m0m, shell1fish, and geo202 to grab the final cache of the epic Fizzy Challenge!
Well Rounded Cacher (The Fizzy Challenge)

The trail up wound through towering redwoods, then up through more rocky, scrubby terrain:

We don’t see much moss in Southern California, so this stuff dripping off the manzanita was fascinating to me:

The cache is up on the wind-carved summit of Pine Mountain:

Here we are at last! The well rounded cachers:

My sister met up with us in Scotts Valley, and joined us for some of the local urbans at unusual places:
Giselles Cache is at a Fishing Park:

We didn’t see any fish in the creek that day, but for all you “Fish Wranglers” out there, Fish NOW!

Felton Covered Bridge was very familiar to f0t0m0m, who’d spent many summers here as a kid:

I couldn’t not patronize THIS establishment!

I can’t wait to get back to explore more of this part of California – it’s really gorgeous!

This may be the year of the challenge caches for me, as I also qualified for this one on the way up:
One Busy Day Icon Challenge
and still have the Delorme and a whole long string of various challenges in Sacramento to start working on! Then there’s the 24 record run thing. So…. after the hours and hours of planning and strategizing – especially on Steve’s part! – for our 24 hour run in Denver, it’s ironically humorous that the record would be broken by accident! I got the scoop from Picht, of DK08 in Denmark:

Here is the story of the 480 founds:

Elmbaek and I had decided to spend some time caching and wanted to do some of the new powertrail published some days before about 40 km. from where we live.

After about 7½ hours we had finished the whole trail, and thought it would be fun to see if we could increase our daily record (315 caches). And we knew there was another powertrail in Sweden.
Only problem was that none of us had the caches in the GPS, and we hadn’t brought the computer with us
Going home to fill the GPS’es would be driving in the wrong direction, so we went to a geocaching-friend who lived nearby and he let us use his computer go create a new PQ and load it into our GPS. (Thanks Kaskelot)

After that we went to Sweden (by ferry).
We went to eat and buy some water and energy-bars, that we suspected we would need.
Finally we started the powertrail in Sweden.
Upon completion we decided to drive back home (about 2 hours drive), because Elmbaek had to work and i had an appointment with some other geocaching-friends about doing some nightcaches the following night. (It was a great nightcaching-trip, even if i only got 3 hours of sleep)
That’s the reason for not using full 24 hours

As this 480 caches trip wasn’t planned we hadn’t the right clothing (no waterproof shoes, which was a problem with the snow in Sweden), nor did we bring any food nor computer/internet.

We signed each logbook with Picht and Elmbaek, and we were only at one cache a the time. Since both powertrails have good hints on almost each cache it was pretty easy to find most of the caches.
The person next to the cache got out of the car and if the cache wasn’t found in about 20 seconds the other got out to help searching. If the hiding spot wasn’t obvious, both got out from the start.

I have now had time to look at the GPS readings and here are some facts.

Time spent caching (total): 16 hours
Powertrail DK: 7½ hours
Powertrail SE: 8½ hour

Transport: 2½ hours
“Wasted” time (getting extra cache information, eating, waiting at the ferry): 1½ hours

So, this is the story of how a normal caching day evolved to a new record, without any planning.

I must admit that making the 315 record was more “real caching” than this powertrail-caching, and i don’t think this record will stand for long, since the potential is big if you have some powertrails and do a little planning.




Wow, what a fun example of caching craziness!

Finally, a footnote: Marzipan, the kitten I found at a cache last year, is now 8 months old! She’s a big kitty now:


Mew mew!

Supplemental: “805 Magazine” Article

31 12 2009

This is the nice article published recently in a local magazine featuring both me and GeoCraig:

805 Living_Pursuits Dec 09

It’s a .pdf file, so the link will open the document separately on your computer. It’s not large – only 3 pages – but let me know if you have any difficulty accessing it. Enjoy!

Oh, Hai! Geocaching: Weer doin it rite

3 12 2009

Lots of caches, empty dirt roads, spectacular views, fun friends.
North of Ojai – a jeep trail that only permits 10 vehicles per day to drive on it
Ventura Kids, the Devious Max Power, Terra Girl, f0t0m0m, me
95 finds
THIS is geocaching:

That’s pretty much what we “had” to look at all day. Those are the Channel Islands out there:

Most of the caches were really easy to find, even under these potentially daunting circumstances:

The next one is over there somewhere:

We never could figure out what this alien beacon was really for:

It might have something to do with the lovely little pond nearby:

Steve shows us how to really look for caches. He said he could see it from there, down where we were. Hm.

A Devious Hide?

Snow! We did get out and play in it… sort of…

A little video view:

I look forward to more fun days with these guys!