5/14/13 Tonopah Geocaching
5/14/13 Finally, it was getting warm enough in Vegas that Corny was ready to leave. We drove to Tonopah on a windy day and were both tired when we got there. We ended up at an RV “park” surrounded by junkyards and broken down trailers full of vermin. The homeowner across the street had six full-grown (vocal) german shepherds. Poco wasn’t the least bit afraid of them, but Dolly hid behind me.
We just stayed there one night, visited the grocery store and drove 20 miles east to a very nice rest area just five miles to the nearest geocaches. We had awesome sirloins on the grill the first night. We had a view of the highway disappearing into the mountains, an operating windmill, and tons of cottontail and jackrabbits. (But our rockers wouldn’t rock in the pea-gravel).
We loved it there and stayed six nights, until I ran out of gas for the Yaris with about 280 caches to go. Plus we only had a day or so of water left. Corny stayed in the RV with the dogs while I geocached solo (takes twice as long). The first day I got 289 caches, then took a day off to recover. Next day I got 327 (my record), then 81, then 140 when I explored an old mining area.
Here are my successive Geocaching.com logs:
5/16 What a beautiful drive! I only passed five vehicles all day - one was another GXer, one stopped to check that I was okay. It kept getting prettier and prettier. I ended my day with the 12/00 cache - it was late when I got there, and the climb just wiped me out. Thanx for the famous caches! and re: the oldest cache in NV: Found this after 6pm when most old people are already tired - after over 280 caches! I managed to climb up without killing myself. Found a nice pathtag and left a few nice goodies. It had me reminiscing about the old days of caching, before “paperless”. Thanx for keeping this oldie running! (someone later eMailed me that she had seen this log and ended up reading my entire lengthy profile page about the best times i’ve had while caching)
5/18 RV camping at the Rest Area about 20 miles east of Tonopah. Day 2: Beauty upon beauty for scenery! Only passed one other car. I saw a couple pronghorn sheep, many wild horses, horny toads, long-tail lizards, and a special rattler at #1701 (sorry, the pix has a lot of grass in front of the snake). By far, the most entertainment today came from the cows. I had to replace many of the caches between about 1000-1050 - there were a lot of “disturbed” caches. Rocks had been kicked around and caches were either missing or kicked a couple feet to a couple yards away from GZ. There were no tracks around except young calf hoof prints. All caches left in good shape, until the next ornery cow comes along…Thanx for the placements! and: Found more than a cache here! I climbed up the little hill. Standing at the edge of the bushes, about six feet east I heard a buzzing. I found the cache about six feet to the south, did my stuff and grabbed the camera out of the car. By then the snake had stopped buzzing and I could count his rattles - about six - although he was still in striking position but his tongue wasn’t flicking like crazy. He was kind enough to let me get a few pictures, although there wasn’t much I could do about the greenery in front of the little shrub he was resting under. I wasn’t scared by this guy because he gave plenty of warning; that doesn’t mean every snake will. Take care!
5/19 Had such a pretty drive today, I kept passing the caches. I had to back up umpteen times. I even made a couple short videos to share with my partner back at the RV. Didn’t go out till afternoon - big day yesterday, and we’re camped only 5 miles away. Beauty run. TFTCs
This was by far the toughest drive with the little Yaris. Also found the most disturbed/missing caches. I ran out of replacements and had to use zippy bags with a log. The missing caches were along the dirt road as well as along the two-track. I was also surprised to already see my signature on so many logs - these film cans sure do move along the highway! I only saw three other cars all day and spent a good hour at the end just exploring and kicking rusty cans around the old mine site. I enjoyed my day very much, but the gas light started blinking as I pulled into the driveway, so its back to Tonopah for a few days’ rest & resupply. TFTCs everyone!
When we came back to town, we stayed at the little hook-up area in the parking lot behind the Station casino - nothing fancy. Walk to an expensive grocery store and a reasonable Family Dollar store, though. The only fast food in town is a Burger King and a Subway. I fixed Awesome Frickin’ Chicken the second day and we walked over to the free Central NV Museum - a whole lot of rusty old mining stuff and shacks out in the yard, and lots of old pictures and very nice displays inside. I’m so jealous of the people who found all kinds of arrowheads around here.
Oh, and I found out the pretty rock I found near Rachel, NV while doing the “alien head” geoart is called NV Wonderstone. Life is Godd.