treasure hunts: vintage and modern: or where teamgloria learns about #geocaching


a Most miraculous saturday – in three parts really – up at 0530 hours to pick up george and visit the Flower Mart and then learning about treasure hunts (scroll down – but make some tea and a snack first – it gets a Bit Involved) before driving all the way to Pasadena to see Ginger and Rosa that evening.

slightly backwards way to discuss the Day – but evening first – the Film – This was an Astonishing art film – lit like a Dutch Master at the Rijks Museum by the deeply thoughtful and erotic and beauteous-image-and-idea-creator Sally Potter (who can possibly forget Orlando?) starring the Luminous Elle Fanning (all eyes and pain and fervent passion about Doing Something about the End of the World with a Very Good British Accent) and introducing Alice (whom we have already adored since seeing Beautiful Creatures – more here) – oh and the sheer stupidity of children-having-children and thus stunted lives and the necessary requirements of having a group of hothouse flowers to help you bloom – do see it – it’s gorgeous – and such a European arthouse film that the ending is…….well, just not there. Most Curious.


and then, naturally, there was a stolen hour (or so) in a bookshop (vintage Granta magazines with film diaries by Hanif Kureshi and some mid-90s ADs).


so Real Treasures found in Pasadena indeed.

talking of Treasures…….

here’s the earlier part of the Afternoon:

a few pictures first, we think.


a rather bordello (not that we’ve Knowingly been in one, of course) chandelier. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a lovely message of hope. #exhale (sometimes – well – mostly – we Rush and forget that time takes time and all in good time and Those sorts of useful sayings when one has Sipped too much coffee and so forth).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe View from Barnsdall (which, if one is English, sounds like a small village in Suffolk, but is an Estate built by the terribly Clever Mr. F. Lloyd Wright in 1919 who was immortalized in a Lovely Song by Mr. Simon and Mr. Garfunkel). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

so here’s the back story:

we met up with our artist friend Dub (codename, naturally: real name not divulged here) and after we drank the dark embrace of caffeine for that mid-afternoon blip, we took a walk and saw angels’ wings and many once loved and well-used Locks and a view of the Hollywood Hills and then Dub said:

there’s a geocaching site near here.



we Perked Up Instantly – New Information!

what’s that? we said, curiously, looking around for clues already (after we had asked Dub to “move the purple ribbon aside” – the sort of stage direction that one Gets when out on a Photographing Expedition with teamgloria ;-)

and he explained…….it’s a many-sites-on-many-continents and in hidden dales and secret places treasure hunt where people leave glorious notes-and-trinkets.

a Treasure Hunt!

but an Awfully Modern one – with encrypted clues and using the GPS function on one’s digital device and everything.


like this one here: (note the lyrical poetic nature of the finding and seeking and revealing description).

Walk yourself down the steps to the pond with turtles, fish and red dragonflys. This is a small cache with just a log! Worth it, trust me.

This Cache is hidden among the Historic Greystone Mansion and Park in Beverly hills. From 1965-1982 the mansion was home to the AFI conservatory campus. A number of films have shot here including Elephant Man, There Will Be Blood and Spiderman. The park is beautiful and a hidden gem amongst the Los Angeles skyline. A great place to see if you have never been.
and LOOK! hidden codes and encrypting…………

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vs lbh CBAQre lbh zvtug whfg frr gjb qnapvat gerrf, naq gb gur yrsg gurer vf n cbfg jvgu n fvta gung hfrq gb or.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

There’s also new Vocab (#weadorevocab) and rules and guidelines and on-pain-of-death (or not really but it feels like that) swearing allegiance to the beautiful nature of the hidden and the marvel(l)ous.

of course one is either (as Nancy Mitford said) People Like Us or Not and here, too, we have those-who-know and Muggles (yes, it’s not hard to guess the provenance of That term).

Muggle = A non-geocacher. Based on “Muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which is a non-magical person. Usually this term is used after a non geocacher looks puzzled after befriending a geocacher searching for a cache, or when a non-geocacher accidentally finds a cache. Geomuggles are mostly harmless.

but really what this is (in our interpretation – and obviously just How We See Things – in a delicious way) is a curious finding-of-like-minded-people in a shy (non-contact) and deeply smart (clues, encryption, mystery) and a Love of storytelling and where-things-end-up and why and who, along the way, has touched us (in spirit and tickled our intellect).

it reminded us of the scavenger hunts played by the Bright Young Things in the 1920s (you Must have seen That coming) where people would Dash all over London with clues and things-to-find and have a generally rather Glamorous time.


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isn’t it wonderful that the interweb has taken this treasure hunt to such heights creating a Splendid and global φαινόμενoν*?

*no, darling, not a clue – that’s Greek – we always find it so hard to spell in english ;-)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthere are Treasures everywhere, it seems.

how glorious.

11 thoughts on “treasure hunts: vintage and modern: or where teamgloria learns about #geocaching

  1. Just crazy how everything intersects and converges! Just got my copy of Daphne Fielding’s memoirs in the mail – Daphne was born in 1904, was the Marchioness of Bath for a while and also one of the Bright Young Things. Evelyn Waugh said the book was marred by discretion and good taste, but so far it’s still delightful.
    Glad you got your roses, hope your headache passes, I’m at dreary work, Monday rolls on, XXXXX G

  2. too many treasures to grasp them all in one read. whoa, whoa, whoa :)

    I think geocaching is amazing and wonder why have not brands discovered it yet? they keep overusing the old qr codes here as if it was the last word in “web 2.o”… I love geocaching, but had no time for it, sadly. last treasure hunt happened… 3 years ago? but berlin has a few amazingly well written and hidden ones.

    a word of warning to fully enjoy the experience though: it’s safest to wear protective gloves and to be cautious while discovering. you never know if a treasure has been corrupted by a malevolent person.

  3. Oh what a grand day! Treasures in Pasadena, of there are many! I know that for sure. Thanks for the film tip. Again in Pasadena, Caltech, bastion of intriguing smarty pants geeky types there is some stellar geocaching. So come back TeamGloria!

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