03/08/2003 at 4:05 am #1720939
Just got back from a week in Reno for a business conference. Naturally, I planned on doing some geocaching when able. Got there last Sunday and immediately after checking in the hotel, went north of Reno. Mistake number one, don’t rent a Chrysler Concorde, put four big guys in it and expect to do anything off road!
I had a couple line up that I was heading to. The first was by abandoned silver mine. It was nearly a drive up but not in the Concorde. While the terrain rating was two, walking up the mountain on a road of loose dirt and fist-sized rocks wasn’t a good way to indoctrinate my friends to geocaching. Heading up the road, over the mountains and into California, the next cache was the same, lots of dirt, rocks and sage bushes or whatever that scrubby stuff is.
Time to get back to the casino for a reception so just took in the beautiful scenery. Great place to visit but thank God for Wisconsin!!! The next chance I had to get out was Thursday. Found three near by which were in Reno’s version of city parks. Again, lots of dirt and rocks. With a little irrigation, they get grass to grow for ball diamonds. Oh, and they also have geese there too. Did one easy one and saw that the next was close by as the buzzard flies but a few miles away around the roads, fences and mountains. Before I left home, I had scoped out this area on USAphotomaps. Saw a huge ”N” on the side of a mountain and wondered what that was about. When I got to the cache site, there was that same huge ”N” up in the mountain. Strange. Found this one pretty easy but again, the hike was loose dirt, stones and sage. This cache was big enough for me to drop off a parasite cache from BSpeng from Illinois and also picked up a travel bug trying to get from California to New York. It just took a huge leap via the Friendly Skies today.
So, if you ever head to Nevada to try to claim some of the money that I left behind, plan on loading up your PDA and GPS with some local caches. Just remember to rent a 4X4 or my preference would be a dirt bike.
[This message has been edited by sbukosky (edited 03-08-2003).]03/08/2003 at 4:13 am #1745254
Good to hear!
I am going to be flying into Reno in July and am staying over on Lake Tahoe. I will have to check out some of the caches. If you get a chance, please email me with the ones you did.
Really looking forward to checking out some of the ones in the Sierra Nevadas.
[This message has been edited by wzbt03 (edited 03-07-2003).]03/08/2003 at 5:04 am #1745255
You are correct the terrain is certainly different for caching here in Nevada. Unlike Wisconsin where it is often a good bet that the cache hides under some type of tree branch, you can almost bet the cache in Nevada is hidden under some rocks! I am still waiting for a visit from some of my Wisconsin geocaching friends here in Las Vegas. Chris (previously 1/2 of Team Rusch, now my username is Damonbaxter).03/08/2003 at 3:39 pm #1745256
sbukoskyMember03/08/2003 at 4:05 pm #1745257
I for one, can’t wait to get out to Vegas next week. Loose dirt and rock will be a welcome change from deep mud and (finally) snow. Have 20+ caches mapped out already… We’ll have to see how many I can get to. I’ll have at least 4 full days for caching, sight-seeing, photography, and maybe, if I remember to, a little gambling (although I usually leave that to my wife because she always wins, and I always lose!)
No matter what, it should be fun.
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