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Looking out over the valley from GZ on one of the caches (with quite a few farm workers in the field)

Looking out over the valley from GZ on one of the caches (with quite a few farm workers in the field)

We’ve been doing other things for most of the vacation so thought we’d have another day caching as there are so many caches to find around here.

Where's the F in hill? ;-)

Where's the F in hill? ;-)

I’d been looking at the 126 on 126 series before we left the UK as it was in a more rural area and there were tons of caches to potentially look for. It’s about a 45 minute drive north of where we are staying in another valley and is essentially 126 caches set along Highway 126. The caches themselves are set on quiet adjoining roads as the 126 itself is way too busy to cache comfortably along.

Signing the logbook at a cache earlier in the day

Signing the logbook at a cache earlier in the day

On the way we stopped off at an unexpected Earthcache we spotted on TomTom as we passed. This turned out to be great fun and a really interesting spot with lots of unusual geology. Link: Grimes Canyon Burnt Shale.

Huge cactii near to one of the caches

Huge cactii near to one of the caches

Once on the 126 on 126 series itself, we got off to a quick start at #39 in the series. The numbering of the caches seems to be a bit random so we just took the route that looked best to us on the GPSr. The whole area was really scenic, with lemon, lime and orange groves along with quite a few palm tree and what looked like cactus farms.

Which cache do we go for next? So many to choose from!

Which cache do we go for next? So many to choose from!

The caches were great fun with a HUGE variety of hides and containers. Quite a few of the caches involved climbing down into gulleys or stretching high up for the cache. You never knew what to expect next :-).

Love the graphics on this sign - a "really" rural farmer ;-)

Love the graphics on this sign - a "really" rural farmer ;-)

Along the way, we did various other stand alone caches, including two virtuals in beautiful and historic Fillmore. We stopped here for a look around the lovely old town and some much needed drinks.

One of the virtual caches in Fillmore - a lovely wooden statue of a Chumash native American.

One of the virtual caches in Fillmore - a lovely wooden statue of a Chumash native American.

Towards the end of the day we ended up in Santa Paula and opted to cache our way round town, doing quite a few non-series caches as we went along. Apart from a string of about 5 DNF’s in the foothills, nothing was too difficult here.

Signing the logbook at one of the caches towards the end of the day

Signing the logbook at one of the caches towards the end of the day

We ended up the day with 131 finds and a really fun time was had by all. We really enjoyed the massive variety of cache hides and the challenges actually getting to some of them.

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After completing the ET Highway series in Nevada over the last few days, we fancied something a bit different today.

We realised we were pretty close to the corner where Nevada, Arizona and Utah all met, so decided to go off and see if we could find a cache in each of these three States and then add a cache in California later in the day.

Here are the photos of “Isaac with the cache” from each of them. It might be a few days before we get chance to log the caches as we have a backlog of about 1200+ caches to log.

Arizona: Heart Break Hotel

Arizona: Heart Break Hotel

Arizona: Heart Break Hotel

Utah: Benchmark: HO0385 ” B 366 “

Utah: Benchmark: HO0385 " B 366"

Utah: Benchmark: HO0385 " B 366"

Nevada: Off the Reservation

Nevada: Off the Reservation

Nevada: Off the Reservation

California: Desert Country

California: Desert Country

California: Desert Country

We also did a few other caches while on our travels, including a virtual on the strip in Las Vegas.

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I was not going to blog on holiday but just had to post the following story that happened to us yesterday (taken from our log on GCH97A):
Oh how we laughed on this one.

We were on our way from Vegas to LA and our minivan was having big problems going up the huge incline to the top of the pass. First I noticed the temperature gauge was showing a little hot, then the engine started rough running, then the temperature gauge swung to max and a few warning lights came on.

We pulled over to read the rental car manual to see what the lights on the dash meant. It looked like an electrical problem and said we would be ok to continue but that performance of the vehicle might be downgraded.

Off we set, but the car was being really slow and started marking a clanking sound. After a very short time the engine cut out totally and we had to stop at the side of the road and call Dollar for assistance. They said they would send a tow truck and replacement van out from Vegas but that it would be a 2 hour wait.

Hmmm… 2 hours in the desert at 113 degrees with no air-con. This is going to be fun. At least there is a nice breeze to make things seem not quite as hot as they were and we’d had the sense to bring tons of cold drinks for the journey.

Out of boredom I turned on my GPSr and could not believe it when I saw a cache 0.4 miles away. I did a double take when I saw the name of the cache – how very appropriate (the cache was called “Blown Engine Cache”).

Off I set along the side of the road, up off the Freeway and along to the cache. I spotted the potential hide as I walked up and sure enough there the lovely big ammo box was.

As I was putting the cache back, my Oregon 550t swung unexpectedly on it’s lanyard and made contact with one of the cache hiding rocks. I heard the horrible crack sound and knew the screen had gone. Sure enough it had. Luckily I know Garmin are really good at replacing them, but it will cost me about $120 for the privilege.

Could the day get any worse – stranded in the desert and a broken GPS. At least we found the cache though.

Just short of two hours after we stopped, a tow truck arrived with a replacement van and we were soon back on our way.

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