Wow! This is one fabulous caching experience, and exemplies so much of what I love about this sport/hobby/obsession! I had a little adventure at each of the 12 waypoints, but more on that in just moment. First, I must do - - the FTF Dance!!
The entire experience took me about 2 1/2 hours and I loved every minute.
Site #1 - I found a place to park right on Effie, but if there are none, you could stop there briefly to get the info you need, then try your luck down Allesandro or Berekeley. It was a kick to see the building in the old photos right in front of me, and my imagination did the rest.
Site #2 - It was a little bit of a walk down to the street light to cross over, but Glendale Blvd. is SUCH a busy street with cars zipping along in both directions, that jay-walking would be incredibly dangerous. This is an excellent cache to bring the kids on, but keep them away from the curbs and the traffic. There is a Jack-in-the-Box right here for a quick snack or bathroom stop, if need be.
Site #3 - One of the buildings is hard to identify with the photo, but it will be obvious when the time comes! It was fun to imagine the Keystone Kops roaring around that corner.
Site #4 - When the owner noticed my interest in The Old House, he came out to talk. We discussed the general history of the area, and he mentioned a nice additional tidbit: the bungalows on either side of his house were originaly used as dressing rooms, while the stars stayed in the big house. He insisted I come in for a look at the interior, too! His wife was cooking dinner, so I only stayed for a brief moment, but saw that the original moldings are still intact, as well as a gorgeous wood staircase. Bonus!
Site #5 - I, as a single woman, felt safe in the pedstrian tunnel. I did this cache right after singing an audition, and was still in a dress for the walking tour. I thought this would be a good test for how I felt from a safety point of view. Other than a few unavoidable catcalls, all I met were friendly neighbor-types, and was fine with being in the area alone. I would not recommend doing this late at night, however, as this is not a great neighborhood. The only down-side to this cache was seeing how run-down the area is and how little of the history is left.
Site #6 - I took a seat in a conveniently placed comfy chair in front of a small general store to read notes and answer a couple of the questions. Again, I met with friendly folk who were curious about my sojourn, and I told them that I was taking an historic walking tour that was recently posted online. I felt obliged to spend a dollar at the store and bought some Cracker Jack to snack on. The top/front of this building is really lovely.
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