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aussies, caches & del taco

Last Tuesday, April 24, we headed over to Barstow (an hour and a half drive) to attend a geocaching meet & greet and go to the original Del Taco in Yermo. Also on my to-do list was visiting another Del Taco in Lenwood, just south of Barstow, that is owned by the man who started Del Taco.

The original Del Taco is now Tita’s Burger Den. The original Del Taco sign is intact and I don’t think anything else has changed, either, except the menu.

~ Lookit, Stevie! The original Del Taco! ~

Forty years ago I discovered Del Taco while living in Anaheim, California. The only thing was, the closest Del Taco at that time was in Costa Mesa… 20-30 minutes away. But that never stopped me from grabbing my little brother (that would be Stevie), who was 7 at the time, and heading on over there for a Del Beef Burrito whenever a craving hit.

A few years later we moved to Hawthorne. Now it was a two hour drive.  Of course, that didn’t deter me and Steve from cruising down to Costa Mesa once in a while. It wasn’t long until we had a Del Taco nearby, but it just wasn’t the same.

The original Del Taco owner, after selling the Del Taco chain, decided to open his own Del Taco in Lenwood (above). I was hoping to meet the owner, but he only comes in on weekends. <insert boo-boo face>

After visiting the two Del Tacos, we grabbed a couple of caches, stopped at two post offices and visited a nice NYFD memorial in Barstow before heading over to the meet and greet.

Now, meet our hosts at the Aussie’s on Route 66 (GC3CBTV) meet & greet:

Thanks to Warren, Ralph & Paul (Sol de Lune, Albida33 and Mtrax), geocachers from Australia, we went to to an area we hadn’t been before, met lots of cachers we’d never met and visited with one that came to our event last January. We had a great time.

p.s. We also got a date stamp at the Barstow post office. Yermo closed at 4:30 so that one will have to wait for our next trip to Barstow Las Vegas. If we hadn’t chatted with two nice young men at the Burger Den (the owner’s son and an Army pilot) for so long, we might have gotten to the Yermo post office before it closed.

Titanic remembered through geocaching

Yesterday a blogging friend, Al from Thoughts of Houdini, posted about this year being the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and that jogged my memory about a virtual cache we found in Hawaii a few years ago, GC584A – That Sinking Feeling.

Lucy Parrish was a survivor of the Titanic disaster. When she died in 1930 she was buried in Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu. See that white square in the upper corner of her headstone? Someone named Michael B. Romero placed that on her headstone. I’ve googled him several times to find out who he is and why he did that, but have never found anything. Geocaching quite often takes us places we would have never known existed (this beautiful cemetery being one of them) and shows us things we would have never known about (such as this memorial plaque for Lucy Parrish… or even her grave). Click on the photo below for a larger, clearer image of the plaque.

Mike, being a history buff, was very excited by this find and he stills mentions it from time to time. I’m not much for history, but even I was excited about it.

A few months ago I discovered a beautiful Titanic geocoin that I knew HAD to be in our collection, and it’s always a hit at geocaching meet & greet events. Here’s our gorgeous geocoin, made by geocacher mo pirate in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster:

If any geocachers see this post and want to discover this beautiful geocoin, please do. I left the number visible on purpose because it has its own logo, like the photo on the right.

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our first caching event

January 14 was a beautiful day. Not only was the day bright, sunny and mild, but our first geocaching meet & greet event, NEW YORK! LONDON! PARIS! …mojave? (GC37377), went off without a hitch.

Altogether, 44 people showed up at the Old Desert Cafe in Mojave to get together with old caching friends, meet new geocachers, talk about geocaching, tell stories of geocaches found, eat good food, win raffle prizes and find seven new caches placed for the event.

I think everyone had a great time and we were very happy with such a good turnout for our first event.

a geocoin’s day at dodger stadium

Almost a week ago a geocoin, steben6’s World Champion San Francisco Giants Major League Geocoin, was placed in one of our caches, Take Your Base(s). As soon as I saw it I knew we had to retrieve it and help it fulfill its desire to travel to major league ball parks all around the U.S.

So… we set aside this past Tuesday as “SF Geocoin Goes to Dodger Stadium” day. Little did we know how wonderful it would turn out.

When you arrive at Dodger Stadium you can’t see the stadium. What you see is a sign welcoming you to Dodger Stadium and a bunch of little toll booths that you have to go through to get to the parking areas. We figured the sign was the best we could do, so we pulled over to the side of the entrance, hopped out of the car and took some photos.

Just past one of the little toll booths was another sign that said Welcome to Dodger Stadium, so we decided maybe, if we asked the guard up there at the little guard shack very nicely, he would let us pull in and take a photo of the geocoin with that sign. BUT! About that time another Dodger Stadium guard pulled up next to us and (very pleasantly) asked us what we were doing. Just try and explain to someone that you’re taking photos of a geocoin with the parking lot sign  because the geocoin wants to visit ball parks all over the U.S.


Enter the quick explanation of what a geocoin is, followed by an equally quick explanation of geocaching. Again…

Huh? (He didn’t really say “huh?,” it was more like the expression on his face.)

“Ok. Here, would you like to hold the geocoin?” This geocoin is a particularly handsome little guy and I think the guard was impressed with it. When he read the info that the owners had included he said he’d have to look up geocoin and geocaching. Perhaps we’ll have another geocacher amongst us in the near future?

Having made friends (in my mind, at least) with the very nice guard, we asked him if perhaps we could get a photo with the sign just past the toll booths. He told us (bless his heart!) to stop at the guard shack and tell the guard we wanted to go to the gift shop. Cool. We get to go to the gift shop. Who knew we could do that? He led the way, stopped ahead of us and told the guard where we were going and we were on our way. Just follow the blue line.

Well, we followed the blue line through one very large parking lot, then another until we finally came to a sign pointing the way to the gift shop. And that’s where we saw this:

and this:

Wow! A beautiful Dodgers mural at the entrance to the actual stadium… and the gift shop.  But wait! It got better!

Mike was like a kid in a candy shop. I have to admit, it was exciting to be there (pretty much all by ourselves, no less) and I’m sure the geocoin will never forget his visit to Dodger Stadium. I know we won’t.

geocaching in the desert

A couple of days ago, Mike and I headed out for some geocaching. We both enjoy the sport, but haven’t been out for quite a while. The day started out windless and cool, but quickly turned warm and windy. Very windy. We checked on our caches, dropped off some travel bugs, picked up a few that had been left in our caches and ended up stopping earlier than we had intended. I don’t do windy very well. Mike doesn’t mind so much. In fact, I stayed in the car while he braved the wind and dust to drop travel bugs in the last three caches we hit.

Here’s where we cached:

This was one area, but most of our caches are in identical areas. The bad thing about caching in the desert is getting covered in these:

Ouch. That’s a sharp, sticky little bugger that causes massive pain when it gets in your shoes and (somehow) INSIDE your pants legs. At least we didn’t run into any snakes (been there, done that).

Here’s one of the travel bugs we dropped into a cache:

His name is Quack and I don’t think he was very happy about being left in the desert. At least he’s in a comfy ammo can, so it won’t be too bad for him… and it probably won’t be very long before someone comes along and picks him up. Maybe they’ll move him somewhere with water. He’d like that.

Another cache was honored with a model of the SR-71 Blackbird. We used to see these awesome planes around our valley before they were retired.

Also in the photo is our mileage geocoin, Compass Rose (on my beautiful Brighton nautical keychain), and our GPSr, the Garmin Oregon 300.

The last photo is of Mike recording our activities this trip. We have to write everything down or we’ll forget where we put which travel bug.

That’s it for this trip.

Happy caching!

acton and a geocache

Mike and I took a little ride to Acton to check on our On The Road To Shambala cache and to drop off a new travel bug, Komodo Dragon. The recent Station Fire had come close enough to cause evacuation of Shambala, so we wanted to see what the area looked like and see if the fire had gotten near our cache. Not even close. Everything was fine.

This is the cache site. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone!

acton - cache site

There’s a cache in there somewhere…

mr ws at shambala cache

And here’s the cache with Komodo Dragon ready to start his travels from cache to cache. Happy journey, KD!

komodo dragon tb in shambala cache

Now for a few photos of the more rural part of Acton…

coming into acton

acton area

acton train

travel bug rescue

Geocachers in general are wonderful people… and one went above and beyond wonderful recently.

Plane FunLast month, when the Station Fire was as its wildest, one of our travel bugs, Plane Fun, was rescued by a fellow geocacher, saving it from almost certain destruction. Here’s the log entry for Plane Fun:

“Location: California, United States
joetrain1 retrieved Plane Fun (Travel Bug Dog Tag) from Up On Sister Elsie’s Antenna Farm at 8/30/2009
Log Date: 8/30/2009
Work brought me up to the top of Mt. Lukens this afternoon to check on the radio towers. We left the top around 12:30pm and the cache was safe and not touched. I grabbed the TB, just in case and placed the cache back in its home, a little deeper than I found it. The firemen with me later confirmed that the mountain top did burn later in the day. I will be returning in the morning so I will check on it again. Well I hope that I will be able to return depending upon what the Station fire does overnight.”

After I wrote to joetrain1 to thank him for rescuing our travel bug, this is what he wrote back:

“I was fortunate that I was able to reach the top on Mt. Lukens and knew where the cache was hidden having found it in the past. The TB was clipped to the outside of the container and I knew it would not survive the heat. I often check on this cache when work requires me to go up the hill, mainly to see if there are any TB’s that may be stranded. Not too many people make it up the hill and sometimes a TB can stay up there for months before the next person finds the cache.”

Thank you again, Joe, for rescuing our travel bug.

hawaii here we come!

We’re off to Hawaii in a couple of hours. Three full days of geocaching, date geocache in hawaiistamping, eating, shopping and maybe even some sleeping. Oh yeah, throw in a couple of those pretty tropical drinks, too. Ahhhh, paradise!

Along the way we’ll be visiting places where I (Kathy) lived in bygone years. The two houses I remember are in Kailua and Honolulu (Navy housing). I fancy drinks in hawaiidon’t know where our quonset hut or the little cottage in Pearl City were located. They’re probably not there anymore anyway. We’ll also cruise by Kailua Intermediate School and Radford High. Maybe even Pearl City Elementary. There are lots of good memories at all of those places. It’ll be a great trip.

saimin - yum our kailua house