US Trip 2016 – Leaving the desert

After spending a day on the Extraterrestrial Highway, it was time to  head back towards Las Vegas, and the airport. Sadly this fantastic holiday was coming to an end. But we were determined to make the best of every second we had left!

Tracklog

Getting ready to leave

After checking out, we started by finding the two caches at the parking lot next to the hotel – one traditional and an earthcache. After two more caches in Tonopah, we headed down towards Goldfield.

We got delayed by some road work, but we had more than enough time…

Road work going on

At the second stop in Goldfield, we hit a major milestone for the second time on this trip. The virtual cache in Goldfield was our find number 13 000!

13 000 caches!

We decided to spend some time in Goldfield, checking out the various shops and finding as many of the caches as we could.

At the next cache, a police car stopped right next to us while we were out looking for the cache. I was expecting a question about what we were doing, so what followed surprised us a bit 😛 «You guys geocaching?» «I haven’t found that one yet!»

Arch

He had spotted us at the first cache we found, and understood what we were doing when we stopped here as well. Sorry we didn’t have time to find you cache, next time!

Signs everywhere

We enjoyed driving around Goldfield, and ended up finding 14 caches in total there – 8 more than we had planned.

Us and some strange cars

There was a lot of strange things to look at in Goldfield, and one of them was the «junk car forest». We’ve visited Carhenge and Cadillac Ranch before, so we just had to visit this place!

Us at the car forest Car forest Car forest

After the visit to Goldfield, we headed towards another ghost town – Rhyolite.

But first we had to stop at a couple caches along the way, including a cache at this old plane outside Beatty.

Plissken's Plane Plissken's Plane Plissken's Plane

After another stop in Beatty, it was time to finally revisit Rhyolite. We visited Rhyolite last year as well, and somehow we didn’t have all caches in our GPSr then. So I managed to sit right next to/almost on a cache – without finding it!

That cache was the only reason for returning to Rhyolite this year. And after a visit to the museum (which was closed when we visited last year), we finally found it 😀

Sit here!

4G is not exactly something we see a lot of around here, not even 3G. So when we stopped at a rest area in Armagosa Valley, and finally got connection to the rest of the world again, we had to spend a couple minutes there.

As a bonus, we discovered that the rest area had a cache: GC61CX6 Rock camp fire. And it had no found it logs on my GPSr! And after checking online, we found no found it logs there either!

The cache was gone, and the CO asked if anyone wanted to replace it. So I contacted the CO (through Heltinnens account, on her phone), and shortly after we had made a replacement cache – and claimed the FTF (and first to maintain) 😀 Awesome!

FTF!

We decided to get something to eat across the street, so we ended up spending some time here.

After eating, we found one more cache right outside Armagosa Valley (a funny one!). And then we headed straight to Las Vegas. Well, almost.

We did a detour to find another cache, but when we discovered how far it was from the road, we decided to just skip it. But the view was amazing!

Nice view

We stopped at another cache, and a couple shops, before heading to the hotel.

We had planned a trip to find a couple virtuals, but decided that we needed the time to pack our stuff instead – after living in the car for more than three weeks, we probably needed the time we had… We visited Las Vegas last year anyway 😉

And we were right – we did need the time. Amazing how much stuff we had bought and collected during those three weeks! But we (mostly Heltinnen) managed to get everything into our three suitcases.

After a good night’s sleep, it was sadly time to head to the airport.

All our luggage

We stopped at the virtual cache overlooking the airport, and another traditional along the way. Then it was time to park the rental, after putting 7632 miles on it. Luckily we ended the trip with the same car as we started with this year, no mishaps like last year.

Car delivered

We made sure we had plenty of time, and arrived at the airport long before the first flight. So we could sit down and enjoy some food while waiting.

Eating at LAS

The first leg of the journey home was from Las Vegas to Toronto, with Air Canada. And the second from Toronto to Copenhagen, exactly opposite from when we came here.

Air Canada

From Copenhagen, we took a direct flight to Haugesund. And after many hours in the air, and many hours on airports, we were back home in Norway.

Final leg

A fantastic holiday, was now over. Guess we should start planning the next!

See the summary of the trip here

US Trip 2016 – Any aliens here?

After driving to Alamo yesterday, it was now time to see if we could find a couple caches along the E.T. Highway.

Tracklog

We got up early, and after checking out, the first stop was the gas station in Ash Springs. We bought another gas can, just to be sure – would be kinda boring to get stuck without gas in the middle of nowhere…

Extra gas

Shortly after (after stopping at another cache), we arrived at the famous sign.

Extraterrestrial Highway

A couple caches later, we arrived at the very first E.T. Highway geocache. We were well prepared for a long day in the heat. We had enough gas with us, we had enough water and we had plenty of snacks. We had a stamp to use in the logs, and Heltinnen had a wet towel on her head to keep the heat out.

Let's start!

1 down...

We did the first 150 caches, with only a few DNFs. We also stopped at some other caches, including an earthcache.

Looking back

One of the extra caches was a cache at the spot of the «Black Mailbox». Sadly the mailbox is gone, and so was the cache :/

This is not the original black mailbox...
This is not the original black mailbox…

We stopped at some random E.T. caches from the Black Mailbox to Rachel. We had a longer stop in Rachel, to get some food – not that many places to eat along this road 😛

Rachel

Not only did they have food at Little A’Le’Inn, they also had WiFi! That was nice, after being without cell reception for a long time.

The food was great, the cache that was inside was great and it was fun meeting other geocachers there.

Little A'Le'Inn

We decided to find a couple extra caches in Rachel, and continued with some random E.T. caches along the way (mostly round numbers).

Rachel cache

Straight road

We started full speed on the E.T. trail again at number 590, and continued to number 611. After that we started to end up with more DNF than finds, so we started skipping more and more. Eventually ending up at 693.

Earthcache

We also made sure to stop at some earthcaches along the road.

We continued from 693 to 855. A couple DNF, and a couple extra along the way. But mostly easy finds and no traffic.

Heltinnen looking for the cache

Since we had extra gas with us, we might as well used it, so while stopped at a cache, we refueled.

Refueling

We also stopped at number 900, and number 2000 – so at least we can say that we have the first one and the last one!

Starting to get dark

That way!

We made sure to have some fun with the last one 😀

Having fun Having fun Having fun Having fun

We did one more stop, before it was time to head to the hotel to get some sleep. A successful day with lots of find, enough gas on the tank and almost a new milestone! It’s not often we get to spend an entire day almost without seeing other people.

Our total for the day is 340 finds and 27 DNF. We spent a total of 13 hours and 19 minutes from the first to the last cache.

If we’re ever going to attempt to find more caches in this trail, we’ll be sure to bring lots of spare containers! We thought to do that this year, but we never found a place that could supply us with them in time.