Mt. McCoy and the Reagan Library

5 01 2012

This area in Simi Valley is one of my favorites, for its consistently spectacular views and peaceful surroundings. It was too crowded over the holiday weekend to enjoy a tour of the Reagan Library, but I’m looking forward to getting back to see the new displays. I took advantage of the street parking over there instead to walk across the hills to Mt. McCoy to grab a couple of caches that have been tempting me for a long time.

Politics and Religious Icon Cache
Peace Be With You Too 2

Library entrance

Flags in the wind

View of the library – Air Force One is behind the giant windows

Heading over to Mt. McCoy

New grass is already growing –

Ubiquitous lichen

The cross at the summit is an historic landmark –

Looking east over Simi Valley

Back at the Library, the view looking west over Moorpark and out toward Oxnard

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Cacheless Caching in Sage Ranch

17 11 2011

One of my favorite parks is Sage Ranch. The loop trail is a moderate hike with nice views, and there are rarely many other people there, so it’s very quiet. The park has been more or less saturated with caches, so no new ones have been put in, therefore when f0t0m0m was looking for a place to hike, I jumped at the chance to suggest Sage Ranch. Since I just refound all of the caches there, one could say it was cacheless caching for me.

OK, he did hide a new one, and I beta tested it, and we did a bunch around Simi Valley after lunch, but I like my blog post title anyway.

This is the one I beta tested:
F0T0M0M's Panorama XI

We stopped along the road in for a cache near this dramatic scenery:

More drama, this time in the form of a burnt tree and a boulder entangled shared space:

This is looking into Simi Valley from the upper part of the park:

In another corner, the trail overlooks the old Rocketdyne facility. The history of this place is not insignificant!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocketdyne

A camp ground is nestled down in the center of the park:

and this is our version of “fall colors”:

We did do another example of cacheless caching later that day. This cache is placed high up in a tree, but if one is not able to physically access it, a found log is permitted with a photo at the tree.
The tree cache.
I did give it my best effort.





Tapo Canyon Curiousity

13 10 2011

10/13 Tapo Canyon Curiousity

As I was scouting around for a new place to explore, I noticed that Tapo Canyon is rather sparsely populated with geocaches. I set out to find out why. The answer is the usual: it’s mostly private property in the area. Nevertheless, I did find most of the handful I’d targeted, and took in the clear air and high desert surroundings.

Simi Valley T.B. Hotel.
Hand Jive I acquired the knowledge I needed for this when I taught myself the sign alphabet as a kid.
Swinging Bridge
8919

My first stop was near this shopping center, which features a gorgeous fountain.

It’s a fountain on both sides!

If you ignore all the electrical stuff, you can see how pretty it is out there.

I pulled up here to find the Swinging Bridge cache.

This is a mysterious looking gate.

There’s the bridge! Not many of these around:

The bridge looked a bit worse for wear, so I did not test it.

One doesn’t see signs like this every day:

Maybe these guys should talk to the miners up the road?

The lovely canyon beckons, but the signs say no…. *sigh*

…. unless I want to take up golf….





Corriganville

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:

Action!

Silvertown in its heyday:

… and now:

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

Corriganville (click for more information on the park)





Happy Campers

25 03 2011

At long last, I took a long hike through the Happy Camp area just north west of Simi Valley. I had heard raves about this place ever since I started caching, but before I had a chance to get out there, it was destroyed by one of the local seasonal wildfires. It’s now back in full vegetation, and lives up to its great reviews.

The loop around the park is 12.5 miles, which is about twice as far as I’m normally willing to hike, as it takes me a couple of days at least to recover, but this was mostly flat and on a wide fire road or trail. It was more like a really long walk than a really strenuous workout that some trails can be.

Here’s the cache at the trail head:
Happy Camp Trailhead West

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.





Generic Geocaching in Simi Clarita

25 06 2009

I spent two mornings this week out geocaching, one with f0t0m0m, one with him and Capdude. The first of the days we were in Simi Valley, the second in Santa Clarita. Both days were fun and relaxing, overcast and cool. The finds were mostly standard with a couple of really good camo jobs thrown in. We did not do any hiking per se, but did climb a couple of hills in open space or parks. We had lunch at decent restaurants, but nothing gourmet. We saw lizards, birds, and squirrels, but no unusual wildlife. We were unnoticed by muggles. We were not in a hurry, and our lists had only around a couple dozen for each day. I took a few pictures. We enjoyed the fresh air, the anticipation of each hunt, and the satisfying ritual of the log book. We got outside, and saw something new around every corner.

I’d call it generic geocaching. This does not diminish the experience in any way, however. This is what we really enjoy: just finding geocaches and finding more and more of them.

I know is says “no parking”, but we really only paused here while we found the cache in the corner:
Corner Cache
noparking

Olive trees are great places to hide caches, with all the crevasses they have:
Mulligan’s Micro Madness
olivetreelog

This cache afforded a really lovely panoramic view from a bridge connecting a big shopping complex with the residential neighborhood to the west:
Paseo Ranch
mallbridge
mallview

I’ve found 3 or 4 caches under this little bridge. It’s in a small valley amongst the homes that’s lace with walking paths.
Bridge to the Summit
paseo

Capdude hid a new one by the nature preserve in Lake Balboa Park:
Guardian Toad – Ellen
balboa2

On another day, I did some cache maintenance, replacing damp, moldy log sheets. Some of my readers might see their names here:
Vector Sees Stars!
vectorlog

Until next week, happy plain-wrap caching!