Geocaching - Features - Los Angeles magazine


What, you don’t geocache? For those who do, the city is one big treasure hunt. GPS-enabled smart phone apps like Geocache canvas the land to seek out vessels stashed by fellow travelers. It’s a way to explore L.A. and learn a little history at the same time. Buckle up!

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    Part I: Crosstown Traffic

    The app lists a cache within a mile of me, on the wide meridian at Fair Oaks and Hunting- ton in South Pasadena. The clue: “terragreen.” A few minutes of searching and I spot a small green container under an oak. Inside is a paper log to sign and this trinket, mine for the taking if I put in one myself…

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    Part II: Tokyo Pop

    Munching a mochi from Fugetsu-Do in Little Tokyo (see left), I fire up the app. There’s a cache less than 600 feet away. Ten minutes later I’m reaching behind a pay phone to dis- cover a black Altoids tin with this bottle opener. The cop walking by pretends not to notice...

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    Part III: Bridge Building

    Driving to work, I hunt a cache at the Buena Vista Via- duct in Lincoln Heights. The bridge is fetching, but the app clue —“seven- feet”—seems meaningless. Then I look up and see a teeny metal tube that’s been tucked behind the steel fence. Eureka. No trinkets this time, only a scroll...

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    Part IV: Feeling Prickly

    This time around I’m in Bishop Canyon in Elysian Park, looking at DodgerStadiumand downtown. With my phone as divining rod, I follow a broad trail, then have to cut along a narrow one dotted with cac- tus. Regrets vanish when I find it: a Goofy figurine stowed in a Wyler’s Lemonade canister under a dried cactus paddle.


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  1. liz posted on 02/28/2013 06:54 PM
    while the concept and the technology are interesting......the actual 'discovery' is pretty
    banal. wandering around with your phone looking for some junk someone stuck someplace...why?
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