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cache type 'D' Is For Desert Phone Booth cache size

by Buxley
(Finds: 9   Score: 37)   (Hidden: 4   Score: 22.5)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 35° 16.998'   W 115° 40.955'
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Nipton ,    California    92364
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 05 May 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N00038
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Unknown

Difficulty:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps gps gps half gps (hard)
Misc:

Comments:
Travelers advisory: Bring water! The most direct route to the cache is from the north, although I recommend a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you pick this route due to loose sand on the road up to a foot deep in spots. Two-wheel drive vehicles shouldn't have too much difficulty coming in from the west although you'll have a longer drive on unpaved roads. More details in the encrypted hints section below. Oh yes: Bring water!

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Fourth in my series of alphabetic caches. Pack your water bottles and explore the site of the world-famous (and now lost) Mojave Desert Phone Booth.

A bit of history about the booth: The Mojave phone booth was originally installed during World War II for the use of miners living in the region. It was periodically updated and kept functioning, despite having its windows shot out at least once, for over fifty years--a lone spot of civilization in the middle of the southern California desert. In the late 1990s, the phone booth was discovered by the world. Web sites sprang up, most notably the Deuce of Club's original site at http://www.deuceofclubs.com/moj/mojave.htm. Even NBC Nightly News ran a story about the phone booth. People around the world started calling (760) 733-9969 and the phone started ringing 24 hours a day. Many expeditions of people went into the heart of the Mojave just to have phone answering parties that lasted well into (and sometimes through) the night. Ultimately, the phone booth became a victim of its own popularity and was removed by either the National Park Service or by the Phone Company in May of 2000. I guess people were having too much fun there or something. =P

The location N 35 17.144 W 115 41.066 is the exact spot where the phone booth once stood and makes a fine place to park when seeking this cache. You'll find the cache in a green ammo box with a log book and the usual collection of fun goodies.

Other caches in this series: 'A' Is For Alum, 'B' Is For Beachhead, 'C' Is For Cave Dwellers, 'E' Is For Expedition, and 'F' Is For Faultline.

Enjoy the trek! I look forward to reading the logs.

Cache on!


Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ? @ ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /



Clues:    decode
  • Driving hints and tips: 
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  • Where to get good Mojave maps 
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Note 26 Feb 2005 by  The Ski Bum   (Finds: 1   Score: 7.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Doc and I Just had to come back and look at the log book to see who really found the Desert Phone Booth cache. Not many! The ol' log book is still plenty empty.... too funny... Love it... I traded some coins for a 2005 pocket calendar (it'll be an antique before anyone finds it.. LOL Thanks for the fun,, we will be back!
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I found it! 09 Aug 2004 by  kablooey   (Finds: 25   Score: 89.5)   (Hidden: 17   Score: 69)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
9:14. This is a cache that changed my life; so I couldn't pass up yet another chance to stop at it. I've been trying to get to this one for nearly three years, as my first cache was the first of the alphabet series, and I had met Buxley soon afterward. Last year, I got stuck out here in the desert trying to get to this cache, and as a result, I ended up trading out my Mustang for a Jeep Liberty. I approached from Cima Rd. this time, and the Jeep was more than up to the task, though the sand was quite thick in some places. Never even needed to shift into 4WD Lo, just did the whole trip in 4WD Hi. The trip did take quite a while, and my traveling companion didn't seem too thrilled to spend over two hours out in the desert visiting a phone booth that isn't even there anymore! But, I guess I didn't really explain the significance of this personal mecca to her very well. I did find a lego guy that somebody had dropped or left; so I took it and left a kablooey SmasheCoin SC130 (which perhaps will never be seen again :). Oddly, the onramp back to the freeway was blocked, but we were able to sneak around.
I found it! 12 Jul 2002 by  The Ski Bum   (Finds: 1   Score: 7.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Well, hmmmmmmmmmmm... Today is Feburary 4th 2005. Thought I would check and see just how many people might have "really" found this cache. Lo and behold I see that way back in 2002 when Doc and I found this cache "for real" I had never logged the find here on Navicache. So like a visitor from the past..... here is my long lost find log. We really must take a trip out and see how many true "finds" there are. ;)
I found it! 12 Jul 2002 by  Dr Webe   (Finds: 2   Score: 10.5)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 13.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I arrived with the Ski Bum and we looked and found parts to the rocket. The parts I found were all black like a Stealth.
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