29 09 2011

I took a stroll through movie history to pick up a couple of new caches in Corriganville, a strikingly scenic park nestled in the southeastern corner of Simi Valley, just west of the Santa Susana Pass. During the 40s and 50s, when the area was owned by the actor “Crash” Corrigan, hundreds of movies and TV westerns were filmed here. It’s easy to get a sense of deja vú while taking the 2 mile hike along the creek on what is now the Interpretive Trail. Multiple signs show how the area looked during some of the filming, as well as give information on the surrounding geology and plant life.

Cinema Valley #1 Corriganville
Not a Rolling Stone This one featured a creative use of indigenous camo.

This looks like an original gate:

A railroad track runs through it:

The track is on the mound up on the right:

This is such a classic shot:

The area was originally settled by REAL “Indians”, the Chumash:

A different example of old and new together:

The square holes are where they would put cameras to shoot underwater scenes:


Silvertown in its heyday:

… and now:

Finally, a look at a contemporary use of the area:

Corriganville (click for more information on the park)

Dos Vientos

22 09 2011

This week’s adventure in to nature was a short hike in the Dos Vientos area of Newbury Park, followed by a choice selection of really high class camo jobs. One was an infuriatingly perfect reproduction of a sprinkler system, one was a beautifully crafted Cryptex (I’ll let you search for that one – you will be intrigued!), and one was an appropriately themed can in a local gym!

Danny's Cache
Beyond Doc
Gimme an L…!
Popeye's Secret
The leash police dismisseth us
Future Park Site
The Calculus Crusher!
Not Another LPC!
The Reserve
Amazing Too – Classic Agoura Charger sneakiness!
Future Park Site
Cheep Hide
A Little South Of Insanity
Elliot Meow Meow

The trail featured some rather obvious (I thought) directional signage:

… some unusual drainage area features:

…. the ubiquitous giant fennel:

… and a lovely view of my car from the top of the hill:

Oh, yes – and a dream house!

Wow. That’s near where I paused to get our relaxation video of the week:

I didn’t get photos of the ingenious hides above, but both f0t0m0m and I were stunned to pull in to a parking lot to see this one, just as you see it here:

Amazingly, it’s been there since May. Go figure.

We capped off the day with an event, our regular monthly local gathering, and it was great, as usual, to catch up with the good friends I’ve made from geocaching!
SFV Geocachers Meet & Greet #20

Malibu Cool

15 09 2011

As I scouted around for places to cache this week, I noticed that it would be a full 20 degrees cooler in Malibu than in Northridge. This is not unusual, yet I always find it amazing, since that’s less than a half an hour away. I noticed a few new caches in the park on the bluffs just south of Pepperdine University, and these turned out to be plenty for a easy, breezy morning of a little hiking, some nicely camo’d workmanship on the caches, refreshing scenery, and even a celebrity sighting. Coogie’s Beach Cafe not only serves truly top-notch menu items, but attracts the famous locals. This time, f0t0m0m and I had lunch at there and sat a couple tables over from Dave Thomas of SCTV fame.

Malibu Bluffs Trail – Park Entrance

Malibu Bluffs Trail – PCH Entrance

Malibu Bluffs Trail – Malibu Rd. Entrance

Malibu Bluffs Lookout

Malibu Bluffs Triple X Bridge

Ahhh… the relaxing sound of the surf:

An Afternoon on Point Reyes

8 09 2011

This western edge of Marin county has a long history of dairy and beef ranching, which continues today in conjunction with its status as a national park.

It’s also home to one of the state’s Tule Elk Reserves.

My late afternoon sojourn out there turned out to be all about the fog as it rolled in for the evening.

I started out with a quick cache near my bed and breakfast:
What a Dump!

… then headed out to the lighthouse where I studied the exposed formations for an Earthcache:
Point Reyes Conglomerate

On the way, I drove through the historic ranches:

This one has a striking position overlooking the ocean:

Not having much moss where I live, I always love to see it in large quantities, like here:

Access to the lighthouse was closed for the day already, so I’ll need to make sure to get here during open hours next time. It’s about 600 steps down… then back up!

The light wasn’t operational, but the fog horn was!

At the north end of the point is an abandoned dairy, now populated by informational signs on its history. It looks ghostly in the fog.

The Tule elk are in season, and the bulls make this screaming noise to gather their mates. This sounds extraordinarily creepy in the fog, like banshees or something. The effect really had me spooked, especially when I was strolling around the old (haunted?) dairy.

The nearby herds of cows were comforting in contrast. They are not scary at all. Whew.

CA Road Trip

1 09 2011

One of my all-time favorite things is to drive up and down California. This time, I cruised up the 99 and on up I-5 to visit various friends and family members, then cut over through Oregon to the coast at Crescent City. On my way south, after some more visiting, I hugged the coastline, eschewing the 101 for Highway 1 and the Coastline Highway. Spectacular and other such adjectives don’t do this state justice.

I cherry-picked caches along the way, and my first discovery was this antique Caterpillar, displayed in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Tulare!
Thirty Something

Further up, near Red Bluff, I stopped and enjoyed this classic Golden State view.
-A Bit Snakey-

The next big leg of my journey was through the redwoods in the northwest corner of the state.

Have A Nice Day Music Cache

The highway follows the very windy (as in curvy, not gusting) Eel River.

These aren’t cows, which I also saw along the roads. Check out the rack on that elk buck!

The quintessential coast view: