14 miles, now that’s a big number!

26 11 2008

I took this long hike with BWidger, GeoCraig, DonJ, Albackore, OLdweeb, tozainamboku, and RobbDogg. Yep, EMC and the 7 Geoguys.

usualsuspects

We parked cars at the beach at the south end of Sycamore Canyon, then drove up to the trailhead for Sandstone Peak and Inspiration Point. The first leg of the hike was about 1.5 miles, all uphill, but on a good trail. We stopped to gawk at the horrible Sylmar fire that took many houses and covered the San Fernando Valley in smoke and soot.

sylmarfire

Here I am at the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains with the new guy, Albackore:
withalbackore

It was a bit windy up there:
windyview

Sometimes the trail looked like this:
trailview1

Sometimes it was an eerie, magical place:
magictrail

Even the trees made this creepy music!

Looking back from whence we came:
redrockview

Our lunch spot:
lunchview2

Hm… I think there’s a cache over there!
cachersthere

Here’s a topo of our epic walk, courtesy GeoCraig:
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Two of the caches on the list
Henry’s Cache
Buddah’s Belly?
checked a couple more off a local challenge cache.
Santa Monica Mtns History Adventure

Finding a cache that’s been there 7 years has a mystique about it. Henry’s through here!
henryneedle
(photo by toz)
OK, we walked around the formation….

BWidger got this shot of me and the previous photographer with the Buddha’s Belly cache.
buddacache

For more fabulous photos and pithy commentary about our hike, please visit the blogs of GeoCraig, OLdweeb, and RobbDogg!

I have so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is that I’m able to hike 14 miles, especially in such wonderfully diverse scenery. I have fantastic friends, both old and new, with whom I can go on my adventures. I have many more places to go and caches to find.

I wish you all a fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving!

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3 responses

26 11 2008
tonka_boy

Wow, a 14-mile hike. Nice going. And great photos. Nothing like that up in this neck of the woods.

27 11 2008
P.J.

Sounds like one heck of a refreshing and fulfilling geocaching adventure. Good post!

22 11 2012
So Much to be Thankful For « Geocaching with EMC of Northridge, CA

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