Archive for April, 2012
Today was the day for a visit to the LA City Fire Department. Originally I was trying to hook up with Brian Humphrey, one of the PIO’s I had met up with many years ago but this was not possible. I had however met one of the Air Operations Battalion Chiefs in Reno and he said come on out.
It is an interesting setup at the Van Nuys Airport. It is a little bigger than Parafield Airport but not as busy with regard to landings and takeoffs but the LA City Fire Department has 2 heavy airport tenders and crews based here in addition to their Air Operations.
LA City is slowly replacing their aging Bell fleet with an Italian made AgustaWestland aircraft. As this is the first department to use these in a fire setup, it has been a interesting and sometimes frustrating process due to the differences in expectations between the 2 parties.
It was time again to tackle the LA Freeways again – rather than do the downtown route, it was recommended to go east and then bypass the City area but this didnt make all that much difference.
Another big day today with the last 300 of the ET highway to be found. A first stop into Alamo to fill up and some breakfast and we were on the trail again. Conditions today were perfect with a slight breeze, sunshine and not too hot. We passed through some more terrain that could have been the Flinders Ranges.
We met up with some Mexican cachers and the speed they were running you would think they were being chased by the Border Patrol. We finally finished off the ET highway mid afternoon and I had to leave the team and head back to LA. it had been good to team up with Bob and Kay again and add a new team member with Sissy. Will we tackle some more next year – who knows.
I was feeling very tired but I still had 600 kilometres to travel to get back to LA. Hopefully the traffic will be better than coming up. A couple of stops along the way to revive including the famous Las Vegas sign which is of course a virtual geocache. Travelling was good being able to sit on 70mph all the way into LA arriving at a respectable time but it was still dark. It was time to unpack the car, shower and hit the hay again
This morning was another early start but today there was some white stuff on the ground (it had snowed overnight) and the temperature was hovering around zero, so we some spent the morning caching around the town of Tonopah to allow the temperature to rise as we didn’t want to be out in the desert with these temperatures with a wind.
We finally headed out into the desert around 9:30 and it didn’t take long to warm up even with the snow flurries that were around us.
We didn’t stick to the order of caches and in fact did the final cache this morning so that we didn’t have to back track. Doesn’t have the same impact knowing we still had around 500 to find. Took some photos – reached some milestones – mine was 7000 finds
We continued following the trail ending up around lunchtime at Nevada’s oldest cache – XKD-380. It was in some spectacular rock country and we even had some snow falling as we found it.
Some of the country around here could be mistaken for the Flinders Ranges if it wasn’t for the snow on the peaks.
We finally developed a system which had the running shared by three of us, taking it in turns as I was starting to tire again. This meant between myself, Bob and Sissy we ran for every third cache while Kay did the logging. This even increased our pace to around 60 per hour.
Once again we continued til dusk then headed into Tonopah for some sustenance before heading back to our lodgings at Rachel arriving around 11:00. It didn’t take much rocking when the head hit the pillow and it seemed the alarm was ringing again to get up.