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Were only going to be in the area the 28th, 29th and 30th.  No time for hiking or biking this trip.  Just a good taste of the area would be great.  :o

Greta Garbo's Phone is a fun, quick one that will get you to La Jolla. While there, you might try The Cave Store and Green Eggs and Ham and Cross With Honor. That will get you around La Jolla a bit. If you want a great tour of UCSD, try The Stuart Collection and/or Boo's Door.

 

Along these same lines in the Point Loma area, you might enjoy Rosecroft Gardens, Grandparent's Cache, Lucinda, and Homeland Defense #1 (pardon the shameless plugs on my own caches)

 

Have Fun!! ;):D:)

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There's also an excellent puzzle cache called "The Artist's Secret" inside the park as well that is worth the effort to solve the puzzle.

The Artist's Secret appears to have been muggled according to recent DNFs.

 

Duncan, can you check on this one since you work down in that area?

 

--TT--

Glad to report that "The Artist's Secret" cache is still there. Mr. V is doing a great job with guard duty. Watch for muggles here, high traffic, you know.

 

D!

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Thanks for all the good information about the area. B)

Don't forget the Coronado area. Just about anything there will take you to some beautiful urban sightseeing spots. Either take the bridge or the ferry and start at the Ferry Landing Cache. Just search "nearest to" from that cache and you will be able to work your way down the penninsula to the Hotel Del Coronado. The Hotel Del is quite an historic landmark in San Diego. For a tour of downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp district, you might like World's First Fitness Cache.

 

Have fun!! :DB):D

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Had anyone seen this post regarding the Girl Scout Encampment in San Diego this February? One of the Lost Girls will be attending the encampment as a camper.

 

I know that when they discussed geocaching at a recent troop meeting, the girls were all very intrigued. Any help that anyone can provide would go miles towards helping young girls learn about the basic science behind GPS technology and would expose them to the game of geocaching. I've got a scheduling conflict that wont allow me to help out.

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Anyone up for a little caching around Ocotillo Wells? We'll take off today around 2:00 and come back whenever. Probably park about a mile east of GCJ3EP on 78. Look for a Tioga mini motorhome with bike racks front and rear with the plate ELFINRV. We'll monitor channel 22-1.

 

BikeDog

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North County cacher spotted, was it you?

 

On Thursday 1-13 around 3 or 3:30 on N/B I-15 I saw a blue Suburban with both the GEO and GPS oval decals. It also had a CTR decal, maybe for Valley Center?

 

I kept following in and out of traffic, honking and waving my arms but she just didn't see me. Wow, some driver sure go fast. When she pulled into the police department lot, the officer was waving hello to me. What nice people thay are! Too bad I couldn't find a space and had to leave.

 

:huh:

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I would like your opinions about Trespassing Signs. Since hiding DI-NES-IH, I've noticed several posts regarding Trespassing Signs B) . Well, I've also noticed that many places that I like to go walk the K9 have these blasted signs :D . The area around DI-NES-IH has been one of my local stomping grounds for over a decade. Local dogs walking their people are the only encounters that I have had in the area, and those are few and far between. Those several posts have gotten to me :D . The Trespassing Signs don't bother me, but the posts do. I am open to move the cache to another location that I know is clear of those blippity bleep B)Trespassing Signs B) . Your feedback would be helpful as I hope to make this cache a comfortable hunt for everyone searching.

 

Thanks!! B)

cropcircl

 

signs, signs everywhere are signs. blockin out the scenery, breakin my mind. do this, don't do that CAN'T YOU READ THE SIGNS!!!

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Anyone up for a little caching around Ocotillo Wells?  We'll take off today around 2:00 and come back whenever.  Probably park about a mile east of GCJ3EP on 78.  Look for a Tioga mini motorhome with bike racks front and rear with the plate ELFINRV.  We'll monitor channel 22-1.

 

BikeDog

Bikedog- I'll be heading out to the desert nearby Ocotillo. There's a big off-road event at Superstition Mtn all weekend. I may head over to that neck of the woods on Saturday.

 

dhsundance

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I would like your opinions about Trespassing Signs.

I have the same issue with High Fruit. There is a sign that says (among other things) No Trespassing at the trailhead, but all I can think is that it means to stay on the trail. Everyone uses the trail to ride bikes, walk dogs, run, etc....

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I would like your opinions about Trespassing Signs.

I have the same issue with High Fruit. There is a sign that says (among other things) No Trespassing at the trailhead, but all I can think is that it means to stay on the trail. Everyone uses the trail to ride bikes, walk dogs, run, etc....

Really? I didn't notice that, I thought everything in Scripps Ranch was open... I didn't know there was a no tresspassing sign in the whole community

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I would like your opinions about Trespassing Signs ...

Thanks!! ;)

cropcircl

 

signs, signs everywhere are signs. blockin out the scenery, breakin my mind. do this, don't do that CAN'T YOU READ THE SIGNS!!!

Some areas, such as this one, are ambiguous about private property. Bitty Spider's First Cache is another.

As I posted in the log, coming in from the north, you will see a No-Trespassing sign that appears to cover the area with the cache. But, coming in from the south, you will see a fireroad/trail with no signs at all.

 

So, if challenged by anyone, including the police, you can easily point out the lack of No-Tresspassing signs where you came in. No jury will convict. Just make sure you can't see a Tresspassing sign from where you end up.

In these ambiguous situations, it's up to the individual cacher to make a decision for himself/herself. Myself, I'm going for it everytime.

 

Here's a tip that hasn't failed me yet: if asked what you are doing, don't say you're geocaching, say you are on a scavenger hunt. Almost everyone has done those and will tend to relate to you better. If you say geocaching, you're likely to get a stare and raise even more suspicion.

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Well...a week late but finally a Golden Bear does something right at Qualcomm.

 

Doug Brien....Cal class of '94.  My boy is money!!!!

(How 'bout them SUUUUUPER-Chargers?)

 

--TT--

Cal '96

Hey TT what happened to "Money" boy tonight?

 

"The loss will go down as one of the most excruciating in the Jets' star-crossed history. Brien's twin misses were doubly stunning disappointments for a gutty team on the verge of its biggest upset since Broadway Joe's guaranteed win over the Colts in the January 1969 Super Bowl. " -By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports, January 15, 2005

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I would like your opinions about Trespassing Signs. Since hiding DI-NES-IH, I've noticed several posts regarding Trespassing Signs :blink: . Well, I've also noticed that many places that I like to go walk the K9 have these blasted signs :lol: . The area around DI-NES-IH has been one of my local stomping grounds for over a decade. Local dogs walking their people are the only encounters that I have had in the area, and those are few and far between. Those several posts have gotten to me :lol: . The Trespassing Signs don't bother me, but the posts do. I am open to move the cache to another location that I know is clear of those blippity bleep :DTrespassing Signs :lol: . Your feedback would be helpful as I hope to make this cache a comfortable hunt for everyone searching.

 

Thanks!! :huh:

cropcircl

 

signs, signs everywhere are signs. blockin out the scenery, breakin my mind. do this, don't do that CAN'T YOU READ THE SIGNS!!!

The area around your cache does have pretty clear No trespassing signs, and as I noted in the log, I had a woman hide in order to watch me at the cache site. The area is one of three being looked at as a location for a new Escondido high school. (The most logical in my opinion. Can you image one west of the intersection of Del Dios Hwy and Via Rancho Pkwy? What a traffic mess!)

 

There's a very, very cool trail I discovered going down from Mountain Meadows to the Lawrence Welk area. Unfortunately, there's a No Trespassing sign from the Valley Center Water District right at the trail head. You can tell that everyone hikes, runs, and bikes it, but I can't put a cache there. *&%@$%$@

 

Parsa

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Hello, got a little (maybe big) FYI for the San Diego cachers out there. I co-worker of mine (SDPD for those who didn't know) got sent to Presidio Park the other day to take a vandalism report from a city ranger. After getting the info for his report, which was a tagging incident, the ranger asked him if he had ever heard of geocaching. My buddy, who has made posts in log books as "Officer Friendly" explained that he has heard of it. She voiced concern about some damage to the vegitation in the area and feels that geocachers may be to blame. I guess she had contacted a geocacher on the hunt the week before. Anyway, she told my buddy that she is going to try and pull up the coords and remove the caches in the area. I'm going to try n contact this ranger and have a chat within the next couple of days. I saved her butt from being kicked by a wacko transient, so I figure she owes me one. A GPS in the hands of a rouge ranger could have a huge impact on MANY of the San Diego caches. Many of these rangers work several parks within the county so, let's keep our fingers crossed.

 

I'll keep you updated with my progress. Any suggestions are welcome...

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Thanks for using your pull. Frankly, I wouldn't mind having your name in case some San Diego officer thinks I'm a terrorist or something. I'm always concerned that an officer will get a "suspicious individual" call while I'm out searching around. I still have a half dozen "newer" caches down in the park to get. Maybe I'll head out there this week....

 

Parsa

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Hello, got a little (maybe big) FYI for the San Diego cachers out there.  I co-worker of mine (SDPD for those who didn't know) got sent to Presidio Park the other day to take a vandalism report from a city ranger.  After getting the info for his report, which was a tagging incident, the ranger asked him if he had ever heard of geocaching.  My buddy, who has made posts in log books as "Officer Friendly" explained that he has heard of it.  She voiced concern about some damage to the vegitation in the area and feels that geocachers may be to blame.  I guess she had contacted a geocacher on the hunt the week before.  Anyway, she told my buddy that she is going to try and pull up the coords and remove the caches in the area.  I'm going to try n contact this ranger and have a chat within the next couple of days.  I saved her butt from being kicked by a wacko transient, so I figure she owes me one.  A GPS in the hands of a rouge ranger could have a huge impact on MANY of the San Diego caches.  Many of these rangers work several parks within the county so, let's keep our fingers crossed.

 

I'll keep you updated with my progress.  Any suggestions are welcome...

I welcome any dialog with park personnel or rangers. If there is no formal policy against caching, then it is or should be allowed. The concept of forbidden till allowed irritates me to no end.

 

The SDRP didn't have a policy against or at least a published policy against caching. At some point they removed caches and they examined all the ins and outs. The examination was a good thing. Ultimately they have a pretty non-restrictive policy that allows recreational use while protecting park resources.

 

The informal policy of ONE ranger could be horrible. I'm sure the formal policy of the park and the city will ultimately be accommodating. Again, I welcome the dialog.

 

 

ClimberX, care to share your views?

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I assumed we meant Balboa Park. Whups.

 

Does anyone know how the Presidio Park is maintained or structured? Is it through the City of San Diego, just like Balboa Park or is the State of California involved in it?

It is maintained through the City of San Diego, in fact many of the rangers that work Balboa, also work in Presidio. I'm hoping that the ranger in question will reason with me, before going out on a rampage. My concern is a trickle down effect to all of the City Ranger patrolled areas.

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This is probably against my better judgement, but if you want a little chuckle, take a peek at my log entry for Meadow Walk.

Funny story! I know you felt Chuy. I had a similar thing happen to me one time while BowHunting a while back. I had to walk fairly close to a heard of about 200 head of cattle to get to my treestand. Anyhow, I walked by them with no problems but then they started following me. The last thing you want when you are hunting is to have 200 cows nearby. Anyhow, I had to alter my course so they would not end up under my stand. I did a huge loop wasting a lot of time. But the dumb things kept following me. Anyhow, I ran and finally ditched them and made it to my stand without them trailing me. About 30 minutes later there were 200 cows chomping on grass about 50 yards from my stand. :unsure: I think the deer must have paid the cows to do that! :D

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With the use of a few lifelines lately, I was wondering if anyone wanted to meet up and exchange those pints we all owe each other? Not necessarily to do an event cache (unless anyone can be bothered to set one up), but just for a few beers and socialising. I was thinking of the Shakespeare pub (on India Street just off Washington), which has a great pub quiz at 7pm on the last Sunday of every month (the 30th this month). I've been to one of them before, and it gets VERY busy, but would be a good place to wind down after a day's caching. Anyone up for it?

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With the use of a few lifelines lately, I was wondering if anyone wanted to meet up and exchange those pints we all owe each other? Not necessarily to do an event cache (unless anyone can be bothered to set one up), but just for a few beers and socialising. I was thinking of the Shakespeare pub (on India Street just off Washington), which has a great pub quiz at 7pm on the last Sunday of every month (the 30th this month). I've been to one of them before, and it gets VERY busy, but would be a good place to wind down after a day's caching. Anyone up for it?

I'd be up for a pint or two! Mmmmmmmm.....beer.

 

D!

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With the use of a few lifelines lately, I was wondering if anyone wanted to meet up and exchange those pints we all owe each other? Not necessarily to do an event cache (unless anyone can be bothered to set one up), but just for a few beers and socialising. I was thinking of the Shakespeare pub (on India Street just off Washington), which has a great pub quiz at 7pm on the last Sunday of every month (the 30th this month). I've been to one of them before, and it gets VERY busy, but would be a good place to wind down after a day's caching. Anyone up for it?

You picked a good week because the Superbowl is the following Sunday. I'd be up for a couple if I'm not running my kids somewhere that day.

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With the use of a few lifelines lately, I was wondering if anyone wanted to meet up and exchange those pints we all owe each other? Not necessarily to do an event cache (unless anyone can be bothered to set one up), but just for a few beers and socialising. I was thinking of the Shakespeare pub (on India Street just off Washington), which has a great pub quiz at 7pm on the last Sunday of every month (the 30th this month). I've been to one of them before, and it gets VERY busy, but would be a good place to wind down after a day's caching. Anyone up for it?

Sound cool! I used to be into the pub trivia scene in Raleigh-Durham. Always a good time. Plus beer. Mmmmmmm. Copious pints.

 

TALES FROM THE EAST COAST:

 

For a fun time for all those urban cachers, try caching in New York City sometime! I know we have canyons and all in San Diego, but man...those urban canyons wreak havoc with GPS signals! that and the NYPD sneaking up on you is always a treat.

 

Hey PC Painter: I got that TB to Hoboken like you wanted. There's only a micro in Hoboken, so I moved it to some more upscale real estate in manhattan.

 

Blonds: Found one of you TB's in Manhattan. Will be bringing it back for ya!

 

--TT--

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For a fun time for all those urban cachers, try caching in New York City sometime!  I know we have canyons and all in San Diego, but man...those urban canyons wreak havoc with GPS signals!  that and the NYPD sneaking up on you is always a treat.

Wow, that's a great plate!

 

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We'll be looking for you now! ;)

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For a fun time for all those urban cachers, try caching in New York City sometime!  I know we have canyons and all in San Diego, but man...those urban canyons wreak havoc with GPS signals!  that and the NYPD sneaking up on you is always a treat.

Wow, that's a great plate!

 

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We'll be looking for you now! ;)

That plate is unavailable from CA DMV, but I don't think TT has it - somebody does though!

TNSLLMC (took nothing signed log left my card) is available, but I don't think I could be bothered explaining it to muggles!

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Sound cool! I used to be into the pub trivia scene in Raleigh-Durham. Always a good time. Plus beer. Mmmmmmm. Copious pints.

Sounds like it might get off the ground then. I think you're only allowed 6 on each team, so we might have to split up. Bagsey being on TT's team!

;)

 

I dunno if they sell any local brews, but if you're so inclined I expect you could have a bottle of Bud or whatever. On tap they have Stella Artois and Harp (lagers), Newcastle Brown and Fuller's ESB (bitters) and Guinness (drink of the gods). Also fantastic big fat chips!

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Duncun probably set up those cows for me; he was the previous finder ;) .

 

Hey D!, how was Palm Springs?

 

Well, since you asked....Did 105 caches mostly in a two day span, 56 on Thursday (my new record), 48 on Friday, and one Saturday morning as I made my escape. BorregoBill met me on Thursday and we cached most of Friday. Those caching trails are a lot of fun, don't knock 'em til ya try 'em. Was very lucky and had great weather, actually could've been a bit warmer. I think I could have stayed another two days and have found just as many (and my wife would have my head!).

 

D!

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Speaking of MTRP, I never did do many of the caches in that area before the fires... just a few. Now there's a big concentration there. Does anyone have advice on a route or routes that would feature many of them without killing me off all at once? I know that a few routes have been posted in the past, but I can't recall who did them.

 

The only ones I did that are still active are The Tortoise and Fattboy's First. All the others were cremated.

 

I'm definitely up for multiple cache finds in a non-urban area. I found 14 in San Diego yesterday, and some of them drove me crazy trying to find parking and the best way into the cache area. I'm ready for "ammo box under bush" I think.

 

[Man, as my typing improves, my spelling gets worse. :rolleyes: I have to reread all my posts now for stupid errors.]

 

Parsa

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Speaking of MTRP, I never did do many of the caches in that area before the fires... just a few. Now there's a big concentration there. Does anyone have advice on a route or routes that would feature many of them without killing me off all at once? I know that a few routes have been posted in the past, but I can't recall who did them.

 

I did a 9 mile loop (both Fortuna peaks from the visitor's centre) in October, hard work but very rewarding - there'll be even more caches on the route now, but here's my original report.

 

Duncan suggested a slightly shorter route from the Calle de Vida trailhead, with a nice map, in this post.

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just a few. Now there's a big concentration there. Does anyone have advice on a route or routes that would feature many of them without killing me off all at once? I know that a few routes have been posted in the past, but I can't recall who did them.

 

The only ones I did that are still active are The Tortoise and Fattboy's First. All the others were cremated.

For the maximum numbers, I'd suggest starting at the parking spot off Mission Gorge Rd, just to the west of the visitors centre. Essentially, TRviolin, Dr. Boggis, halstaff, and others, have created a power trail all the way from this parking north to the 52. Start south, and work your way from Stuck on You along the trail to the north, past Don't Fade Away and Hang'Em high, up the stairs to South Fortuna, down the saddle, and up to north Fortuna, and down to 52 Pickup. Should be able to get 11 caches this way. A few side spur trails, and you can pick up 3 or 4 more.

 

As I plot it, there it only space for three or four more caches along this trail (mostly between Saddle Up and North Fortuna) before saturating the entire trail due to the 0.1 mile exclusion rule.

 

The entire Visitor's Centre loop is saturated. You can get 7 caches along it

 

Hurry, and get a cache in there before this Oklahoma Land rush passes you by! :rolleyes:

 

--TT--

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Speaking of MTRP, I never did do many of the caches in that area before the fires... just a few. Now there's a big concentration there. Does anyone have advice on a route or routes that would feature many of them without killing me off all at once? ...

I had a feeling someone someday would be asking for this.

 

I saved my tracks from Dec 16 when I visited 15 caches.

I parked at the end of Clairemont Mesa Bd and hiked close to 10 miles counterclockwise up to Fortuna Mtn and back. You could make it 9 miles if you avoid backtracking as much as I did.

 

If you or anyone else uses MapSource, send me an an email and I will email you the .gdb file.

 

I don't have tracks for the other side of Fortuna, but those caches are relatively easy to access if you park anywhere off the Father Junepero Trial, except for the BMX one and others off Mission Gorge.

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Thanks for all the replies. I'd probably plot in NG Topo. (.tpo or .tpg files) If you have a list of the order in which you did them, I could figure out the trails to take. Maybe someone would like to do some of these with me someday. I noticed that most of the caches only have about a dozen (or less) finds. Warning though... I'm a slow and steady type. I'm carrying too much extra baggage to do any hike like this without lots of stops on the uphill parts. I can hike 9 or 10 miles, but not in a short time period. I may start with that loop of 7. Feel free to saturate it before I get there! :rolleyes:

 

Parsa

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For the maximum numbers, I'd suggest starting at the parking spot off Mission Gorge Rd, just to the west of the visitors centre ...

--TT--

 

TT, I thinks the problem with this route right now is that the creek has expanded ten-fold and you may not be able to cross it. NomadVW waded through it in October when the rains started but it was too deep for this mortal to attempt.

 

I'll try and make time to go down there today and see how wide the river is.

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