Thanks for all the caches! This is a tribute to all Cache Owners and friendly geocachers (and nice mugglers too….) we did meet on our journey in the USA. You all made it a great experience making us yearn for the next journey to the big country in the west!
Top 4 Sweden on USA tour 2015 – 26th of March to 14th of April, in California and Nevada. The planning of this grand tour started over one year ago. We were building upon our experience of the last visit to this part of the USA two years ago. This time we had a better understanding of how to work on the trails and how to make the organization better.
From the beginning the old team of Ingabo, Joy.se, Hallén and TMR68 made the planning, but TMR68 could not go on this tour during 2015 so instead torado from the eastern part of Sweden was recruited to our team, he is number 3 on the Swedish “top list” so our team name “Top 4 Sweden” was borne.
The first plans included at visit to Idaho, but after a large number of new caches were published in and around Yerington, we decided to extend our stay there and aim mostly on Nevada and leave Idaho to a future geocaching journey.
A short presentation of the team, from the left on the picture above:
Hallén, number 4 on the Swedish top list, living in the second largest city in Sweden – Gothenburg, and has been geocaching since 2004.
Ingabo is from a small community, Gråbo, outside the second largest city in Sweden. He is number 1 in Sweden, has been caching since 2004, and I have joined him on many adventures in Sweden and abroad.
Joy.se is from the extreme south in Sweden, Höör, and has been caching since 2003.
Torado is from the eastern part of Sweden, close to Motala and has been caching since 2007, in that aspect the youngest member of the team.
The main objective was to visit the large power trails in Nevada to find as many caches as possible during our journey. Since the last visit in Yerington the number of caches and trails had expanded and we did look forward to plenty of new finds. We were not disappointed! In average some 330 cache was found every day.
The “work” was divided in the car, one driver, one was running and collecting geocaches, one had responsibility of the stamp and one was resting. Every hour we change to a new assignment. This was an effective way to work, making the long days of geocaching varied.
After Yerington we travelled south to the trails close to Las Vegas, among others Eldorado and Pole dancing.
The excursions to different geo-arts were a welcomed opportunity to do some hiking. The largest of the geo-arts was the “Eagle” and its 650 caches. We divided it up on 3 days of hiking. The first two days was hot and the hike was harder than expected in the sand, we had expected the ground to be hard, but it was like walking in snow! After many hours and several days of work we finally made it to the last of the eagle-caches – a great experience!
We also went out hiking to find the following geo-arts:
During the hike to find the X-Men series I did stand eye to eye with a coyote – a great and unexpected adventure!
The old west
Besides geocaching my passion is history. So the times then we made it close to the remains of the history of the old west it was something special. The remains of fort Churchill, Pine Grove mine, Belmont and Goldfield were all interesting to see, so different from most places back home in Sweden. But, we have more than one abandoned site in parts of Sweden to.