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Weekend: Another Rallye, First Geocaching [Apr. 6th, 2003|08:59 pm]
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Went to another Rallye (what's a Rallye?) with 3catsjackson and kit_ping. Much fun! This was our third rallye. It centered around the Castro St area of downtown Mountain View. Seems to be the area favored by The Rallye Club chapter hosting it.

We're beginngers still, that's for sure. We missed a bunch of gimmicks (tricks in the directions that are the real puzzle of the event), netting a score of 780/1000 points. Not too bad. And, most importantly, it was still loads of fun!

The three of us have decided that we would all love to design and host a rallye on the island of Alameda. We also know that we'll need a lot more experience before we can do it...

With the same housemember group, nicknamed Chez Lunatiques, we went out geocaching! This was the first time for all of us. Jackson's had a GPS unit for a year or so now and has been itching to try it; it didn't take a lot to talk Kit and I into enthusiastically joining in.

We went after some easy caches in Alameda to ease into it. An easy start, then a trip to the Alameda ex-naval base (I spotted it! Yea me!), and a tiny cleverly-hidden one right nearby number two.

Emboldened with success, we decided to head after a more difficult one in nearby Emeryville. The descriptions sounded interesting. We managed to find all of the waypoints and clues without much trouble but never did locate the cache... From the clues, we narrowed it down to about a 10'x10' area, but for the life of us couldn't find it. (Yea, it's a micro-cache, so it's small... But this is a pretty bare urban area, too.)

So, on the day, 75%. A good start... And a new pursuit/addiction to absorb more of my time! Whee. :)

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2003-04-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
That sounds like fun. I used to do Geocaches. I still have the GPS I used, and old Magellan 300GPS. Cost like $80 brand new at Fry's. I'm no good at puzzles, so I doubt I'd do any good with those Rallyes, but they sound like fun. I'd probably be a good driver for it.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-04-07 10:30 am (UTC)
You probably could be. The driver role is a bit challenging too, as you have to remember to drive (semi-)legally while people are arguing about directions all around you. You also have to go slow enough to spot coursemarkers without annoying other drivers too much.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2003-04-07 10:30 am (UTC)
*grins* One of my blue sky dreams is to do The Amazing Race -- the superset of rallye and caching, plus working with a time limit and a bunch of other people trying to outdo you.

*ruefully watches his free time through June start to book up, -hard-* Well. There's always a spot for armchair spectators, at least. Keep the reports coming!

(And by the by, I'm assuming you're catching the King of Iron Chefs tourney...)

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[User Picture]From: wabbitcalif
2003-04-07 10:57 am (UTC)


Hey, another hobby we have in common! We've found several ourselves and even have one stashed out at the park that the Folsom Power Plant lives at. *grins* People LOVE finding that one, we've had about 35-40 different people find ours so far.

We MUST get together and try a few - you and Ursus (ursuscal) can compare GPS units - he's got one of the latest ones, as well as an older one.
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