MASH Site Geocaching

26 12 2008

I hiked out Malibu Creek this month to where they shot the MASH TV series. There are only a couple of rusted vehicles left, but you get a sense of deja vú there.

On the Ground near a Big Fat Log
On The Way to the Visitor Center
On the way to the Swamp ..or.. Halfway to M*A*S*H
MALDAM
Split Rock Mesa
MASH Cache
Of Bulldogs and Englishmen
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek Water Gap
Rocks of Malibu Creek SP – Conejo Volcanics

The weather was ideal for the hike, and so were my companions: Spoondoggie, his dad, and his dad’s girlfriend. His dad is new to geocaching, but his son and I got him addicted on this hike, and they’ve been out finding more. Heh.

The trail is a little rocky in places, but it’s not a hard or long hike. I’d been out here about 15 years ago, and recalled it being really difficult, so all this hiking I’ve been doing must be making a difference!

Here are a few photos and a video:
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Don’t these hills look familiar??
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Soooo…. on December 29, I resume my Twitter novel with Chapter 4! I believe it is the first quasi-interactive multi-media novel on Twitter.
Follow me and enjoy!
http://www.twitter.com/emcofnorthridge
Send me an e-mail if you’d like links to the first three chapters to catch up and get an idea what the heck this is.

Cache on!

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Geocaching Oddities

18 12 2008

I’ve seen some really… odd…. things while out geocaching. It’s one of the best reasons to get out there!

Horses in Beautiful Downtown Burbank
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A not-so-scenic bridge over the not-so-scenic L.A. River
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A cache in a bug, as opposed to a bug in a cache
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… but will he bring the mail IN?
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assuming the position for cache retrieval here (lying on grass, though)
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Foon and his posse recently had an odd encounter with the law. Here’s his story and a link to the cache in question!

Cop:  Didn’t you see that you parked right under the “no parking” sign?
Beau:  Yeah, but we’re geocachers hot on the trail of a cache!
Cop:  Oh!  Well, in that case.. [tosses the ticket book in the car, and retrieves the GPSr]

… and he helped them find the cache!

Here’s a log with the whole story! log page

a moose museum (I kid you not!)
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THE yellow submarine?
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a TB with some of Uncle Elwyn in it
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SERIOUSLY
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lady driver – look out!
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encroaching fog
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an unusual crop
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Hitchcockian – be afraid!

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!





Geocaching with my iPhone

11 12 2008

I went and found two caches using only the iPhone apps. My report is given entirely in these short videos!
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Until next week… happy geeky techy iPhony caching!





A Simple Hike, an Historic Nike

4 12 2008

I took a 6-mile RT hike recently along a fire road south of one of the local Nike bases. The Nike project, developed during WWII and the Cold War, was intended to be a first line of defense against air strikes. The base is now a monument and historical site.

Wikipedia has more info.

I come up here every so often, as there are several hikes I can take and I can see the entire San Fernando Valley from up there. Being able to see so much of such a large city give me a sense of ownership somehow: it’s all mine to enjoy!

The hike I took affords sweeping vistas of the surrounding canyons and hills, and the fire road has minimal elevation gains/losses, so the hike is long, but easy. I found these caches along the way:

Ryan’s Cache
Ground Hogs Day
What’s in a name?
Room to Grow

Some of the view:
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A nice place to live, if you can:
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The signs herald the entrance to the Santa Monica Mountains Wilderness Area… sort of:
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I experimented with my camera focus to get this shot of the sun in the clouds:
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When I pointed the camera a little differently, it shows this instead:
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The Nike Base:
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Here’s another sun shot:
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Now if I can just figure out how to get a good one of the moon….

By the way, there are two podcasts well worth listening to. Sonny and Sandy, with almost 200 shows produced, are still fresh and entertaining: Podcacher
The other one is more of a real call-in show: Geocaching Podcast Catch them in action on Tuesday nights. Spread the word about these significant contributors to the geocaching community!

Until next week!