WCP24, my sister’s Geocaching Name, and I giggled about my breakfast sandwich incident on-and-off for a solid 20 minutes down the road …
We spent a grip too much time in Truckee, CA for my preferred timetable. We jumped back on the road, and stopped for nothing. We were burning daylight, which we realized.
Without any delays, we arrived to the GZ (Ground Zero) with little issue. We understood fairly quickly why this geocache has been in service for 20 years … it’s out in the middle of nowhere.
Two roads intersected like a T-stop, and each road had two-lanes.
With our experience in Geocaching, we naturally assumed we would make the find easily, and quickly. After 10-15 minutes of searching, and finding everything but the geocache … we were discouraged.
However, we dedicated a considerable amount of resources in time, money and energy to give up now! I usually continue to rely on my natural instinct. WCP24 will scale back to the Activity Log for a morsel of information that can change the entire search.
She’ll read aloud the logs that have significant data or scrutinize a posted photo to glean more clues. She read the hint out loud for about the 10th time. I scoffed at myself for being so foolish.
I marched up to what I knew in my heart was the location, then before WCP24 could figure out what was happening … I had the logbook in my hands. She smiled, “Good job, Lamp!”
I hopped down after replacing the geocache in it’s hiding spot. I asked, “Now what? Lunch?”
We jumped into the rental to record our marquee find. One down, two to go! Although, it was a grip anti-climatic, we decided to cache our way into Yuba City proper for victory burgers.
The Chick In Chick-Fil-A
My sister, WCP24, and I have traveled the world to experience feral animal populations in metropolitan areas such as feral cats around resorts. That experience, however, did not prepare us for the following.
WCP24’s all-time favorite fast food chain is Chick-Fil-A. Since she was supportive enough to take time off work, spend money on this trip, and help me every step of the way, I was more than willing to begrudge her many a meal of her choice.
So we roll up to the lengthy drive-in line. We both notice a hen, a chick, and rooster meandering the parking lot! We mumbled, who let the coop door open?
Suddenly, another rooster arrived, and advanced to the hen. She started her video capture, as well as our color commentary. We literally thought there would be a fight for the hen and the chick.
Our drive thru line moved along, so we had to advance our position and no longer to watch the rooster battle. As I gazed out the passenger window, I saw something I’ve waited my ENTIRE LIFE: the chickens crossed the road.
Eventually, we ordered and received our food of shame. We parked to enjoy it, while researching this odd phenomoen because we mentioned it to 3 Chick-Fil-A employees who casually dismiss it with the words, “Oh, the chickens? Yeah, they’re everywhere.”
Ironically, a Google Search of the feral chicken population while noshing on chicken sandwiches was quick, or rather, yielded fast results. See what I did there? Please don’t unfollow me.
On any given day, you are almost guaranteed to see rooster or hens running amok in the parking lot of IHOP. The birds have left their mark on the doorstep of the county visitors center and made nests along Franklin Road. Some say the city has a chicken problem, but the origin of the chickens is not clear.
Sutter Museum curator Jessica Hougen can tell you a lot about Yuba City History. Unfortunately, historical record left out the chickens.
“Oh, the chickens are a staple in Yuba City and everyone asks about them, but we can’t confirm exactly where they came from,” Hougen said.
There are many theories on the birth place of the chickens. Some believe they were escapees from a farmer coop. Others believe the chickens are remnants of an old sale yard.
“A lot of people heard they came from a livestock auction yard that was in [the] neighborhood for a long time,” Hougen said.
Back in the 1970’s, the livestock yard is where chickens were sold. Today, Yuba City gets its chickens from a variety of poultry-themed restaurants. An unofficial count on Google Maps reveals at least a dozen different chicken eateries.
Some may question if the feral chicken population is connected to the restaurants, but Hougen doubts that.
“Uh, I don’t know… that’s funny, but I don’t think so,” Hougen joked. “These chickens are not [the] type most of you eat these days.”
Instead of trying to solve the chicken mystery, Yuba city has embraced them. They even painted chicken murals around town. Love them or hate them they are a part of Yuba City.ABC10, Sacramento, California
Instead of bombing back to the hotel in Reno, NV, right away, we decided like we always do: Geocache the collateral area until it’s time to go ‘home’. It was a 2.5 hour drive back to a hotel that the only activity we could do is eat and sleep.
We found as many as possible knowing this. In the cover of sunset and darkness we didn’t have anything other incidents, including chicken runs.
To be continued …