Infinite diversity in geocaching

13 03 2008

This week, I got to experience a wide variety of geocaching from earthcaches to an event to a very challenging hike.

I had time for one quick cache last Thursday:
Little Lizards and Snakes I ended up calling for a lifeline as my GPSr had me out in a field when it’s next to a fence, but I enjoyed the stroll through the grounds of a local college to find it.

On Friday, I spent the day in Ventura with f0t0m0m. We found 45 caches, and these are the day’s highlights:
Salt’n Pepper – my favorite of the day: a salt shaker in a pepper tree!
“The Grass Is Greener… – first runner up: camo’d with plastic grass on the other side of a split rail fence!
Poem Cache – the log must include a poem.
Beach Sand Movement – San Buenaventura – one of two earthcaches, this one involved an extended stroll on the beach to observe the different placements of sand, which was a new way to look at a beach.

The following day, I joined an intrepid band of geohikers to assail a mountain in Agoura called Ladyface. I’d been up there before to find one cache, the oldest in L.A. county, and now there were 7 more caches to find up there. The original route was up the south face, a grueling steep, slippery climb with no discernable trail that took me an hour each way to negotiate. This week’s route was not exactly easier. I’ll tell this story more with photos (taken by Capdude and BWidger).

This was the most challenging part:
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I made it!
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There was more up to go:
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The rewarding view:
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BWidger, me, Capdude, DonJ, and OLdweeb on the summit:
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On the Far Side, a cache further out and down another ridge, following a densely vegetated animal track:
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Taking a break on the way back:
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What goes up, must come down….
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Here’s a little friend we met on the way back to the cars!
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Although we only hiked about 4.5 miles, it took us 6.5 hours. These were the finds for the day:
Ladyface Eastern Approach Trailhead
Tabhair dom do lámh
Sliabh na mBan
One More Eye
Burt’s Eye View
End of the Trail?
The Far Side

The next day, I attended a special event that I cohosted with TerryDad2. Over lunch, he gave an indepth lesson in how to place an Earthcache, and even took some of the attendees on a field trip. I hope to find many new Earthcaches springing up soon. It was his first event, and he organized it very well.
Earthcache Setup Primer

After the event, I had the energy for a handful of newer caches in the area:
MAUI IN CASTAIC
IS ANYONE HORSING AROUND?
18 HOLES AND AN ICE COLD ARNOLD PALMER
Tanks for the Cache! – a gentle 3-mile round trip hike with splendid 360º views at the top.
Southern Splinters – a very clever and sneaky camo job, but fortunately I’d seen similar things before…
Stevenson Cache – located conveniently near a Cold Stone ice cream parlor!

Finally, yesterday I hiked up the Cheeseboro Ridge Trail to find three caches, two new and one old. It was a 6-mile roundtrip excursion with enough cloud cover to keep the temperature very comfortable. I enjoyed views of the surrounding hills of Calabasas and of Ladyface, reflecting on my earlier journey there.
The hike was sandwiched between two quick driveup geocaches.
Do do do de do… I’m caching it!
Heffers Only
“A” is for Arbol
County Line
Ventura Fwy Depot

I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep now!

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2 responses

14 03 2008
jrog101

Wow! What a hike. The view looks impressive. Thanks for the snake reminder.

Geocaching With Team Hick@Heart

15 03 2008
tonkaboy

Fabulous hike, and fabulous photos. A great place to geocache! All of our snakes are still asleep. Nice thing too, up north here, snakes don’t rattle. ; )

The Northwoods Geocats

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