Shakespeare Bridge

February 28, 2008

Driving today between doing some cache maintenance and trying (unsuccessfully) to get GC198HF PALERMO, I drove across the Shakespeare Bridge. I first came here to do GC937D What’s the Point Virtual. I wasn’t sure if the virtual was still active, or, if the virtual is active, if a traditional cache could be placed near it. I decided to take the chance and placed a micro at this interesting bridge.

After lunch, I figured out that the virtual is active and very close to the cache that I placed. I wrote Marko Ramius and asked him about the rules–could I place a regular cache within the .1 mile radius of a virtual. He promptly responded that it wouldn’t be a problem and I submitted the cache for approval.

The bridge is a movie star, having appeared in at least The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Dead Again (1991).

So come on by my newest cache, Shakespeare Bridge GC19R2W. Parking might be a little challenging, but it’s an interesting sight and a chance to pick up 2 caches at about the same time.

PS–I wasn’t alone with a DNF on GC198HF PALERMO.  There is a string of DNFs.  It’s probably MIA.

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Glendale Caches

February 18, 2008

I had a little extra time while going home from work today, so I stopped and hiked up the hill for a new trio of caches in Glendale–Tin Roof, Stick Out, and Two View. I came up from the west. It was about 1 mile from the trailhead to the last cache–Stick Out.

I missed the cutoff for the first cache–Two View–so, instead of going back, I decided to pick it up on the way back. It was an enjoyable late afternoon walk.


Chumash Park, Simi Valley

February 16, 2008

One of the closest caches to my home is Graveyard Outlook. I waited for a nice Saturday to look for it. Today was the day. Here are some of the view from the area around the cache. Come on by, while the hills are still nice and green.

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Los Angeles River Bridge Caches–Not So Fast

February 14, 2008

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council declared 11 bridges historic-cultural monuments. To honor their new status, I’ve done a new cache series: The Los Angeles River Bridge Caches.

Here are the bridges where I placed the caches:

Riverside-Figueroa Street Bridge 1939
Buena Vista Viaduct 1911
Spring Street Bridge 1928
Main Street Bridge 1910
First Street Bridge 1929
Fourth Street Bridge 1930

Sixth Street Bridge 1932
Seventh Street Bridge 1927
Olympic Blvd Bridge 1925
Washington Blvd Bridge 1931

These bridges were constructed between 1910 and 1939. Before 1910, the Los Angeles River was spanned by steel bridges that were considered “ugly.” The construction of the new bridges was part of a city beautification program. The bridges were built in the beaux-arts and Art Deco styles.

Unfortunately, none of the caches was approved. This is the note that each cache received:

Hello, I am a volunteer for Geocaching.com and I have just reviewed your new Los Angeles River Bridge series of caches. I am inactivating your caches while we address a problem with them.The problem is that all these cache appears to be on bridge spanning aqueducts and other public water supply sources, and several of them are on bridges that span railroad tracks. Geocaching.com guidelines prohibit, ” Caches near, on or under public structures deemed potential or possible targets for terrorist attacks. These may include but are not limited to highway bridges, dams, government buildings, elementary and secondary schools, and airports.”

Caches may be quickly archived if we see the following (which is not inclusive):

Caches hidden in close proximity to active railroad tracks. In general we use a distance of 150 ft but your local area’s trespassing laws may be different. All local laws apply.

You will find the guidelines here: (visit link)

Of course, the staff at GC.com has the final say on matters such as this, so I encourage you to seek approval by sending an e-mail to appeals@geocaching.com. If you send an e-mail, please don’t forget to include the GCxxxx code for each of the caches.

Thank you for your understanding and for your contributions to geocaching.

Marko Ramius
Geocaching.com Volunteer Cache Reviewer

I appealed the reviewer’s decision and this is what I received from the appeals process:

I am sorry but the reviewer was correct. Caches are not allowed in these areas. Please remove the caches as soon as possible.

I’ve tried appealing the appeal, but it didn’t go anywhere.

First and foremost please be advised there is no precedent for placing caches. This means that the past listing of a similar cache in and of itself is not a valid justification for the listing of a new cache. If a cache has been posted and violates any guidelines listed below, you are encouraged to report it. However, if the cache was placed prior to the date when a guideline was issued or updated the cache is likely to be “grandfathered” and allowed to stand as is.

I am sorry but an exception can not be granted for this series.

It was a nice adventure placing these caches. And a lot of work. Too bad the adventure won’t be shared by the geocaching community in Los Angeles.

Please know that you are all safe from being hit by a train while on the bridge, that the pristine water source–the Los Angeles River–won’t be threatened by these caches, and, most importantly, no terrorists will be aided in blowing up these bridges by the placement of these caches.


The Beginning

February 14, 2008

The first GPS satellite was launched on February 14, 1989. Eventually, 24 satellites would make up the GPS constellation that allows GPS receivers to determine its position on earth.

Selective availability, or the introduction of errors of up to 100 meters, was turned off on May 1, 2000, allowing civilian users of GPS to be able to accurately pinpoint their position. On May 3, 2000, Dave Ulmer placed a black bucket near Beaver Creek, Oregon and posted the coordinates (N 45 17.460 W 122 24.800) online at sci.geo.satellite-nav. Within 3 days, 2 people found the cache and posted their find online. Geocaching was born.


Shirley and Jack

February 4, 2008
Jack and Shirley

I was out running a few errands Saturday when I got a call from Jack, aka garagedude. He and Shirley (aka shirconn) were at Xmas Grinched, the closest cache to my house. I helped them out, finished taking care of my errands, then met them at another cache. The three of us came up empty on it (Las Llajas Trail Head Cache), mainly because it isn’t there. The owner, Granpa7, keeps giving the non-finders credit for the “finds,” so everyone thinks that the cache is active when it really isn’t there.

After a short visit, we drove down the hill a bit and visited The Oak in Yosemite , my cache. That’s where I took their photo. I didn’t know where it was because the wind has blown it down several times since I placed it. After a quick search, Jack found the cache and I put it back in the original hiding spot.

After The Oak in Yosemite , Jack and Shirley when on to find quite a few other caches, including one that I DNFed earlier in the day. So I got out cached by my friends.

Nice to see you again, Shirley and Jack. Keep up the good work. I expect you to pass me in finds any day now.