Los Angeles County Quadrangle Challenge

April 27, 2008

Yesterday, Wendy and I drove through the northern half of Los Angeles County, collecting quad and caches for my Los Angeles County Quadrangle Challenge cache. We drove 333 miles, in 12 and a half hours and found 39 caches and 26 quads. It was a great trip.  39 caches in one day is a personal best for me.

I had 1 DNF–fotomom’s Piru Creek cache. It is the only easily accessible cache in the Cobblestone Mountain quad. It’s an ammo can, hidden under a bush, but I had no luck with it at all. I’ll need to go back for it.

Here is a list of the caches that we found:

Cache Quad
Bubba
Welcome to Rowher Flats Green Valley
Wee Wee, I Have Seen The “S” Car Go Sleepy Valley
Penny Lane Littlerock
Cairn’s Cache
The Esses Juniper Hills
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
The Treasure Trove (LDR Farm Operation) Valyermo
Tia’s Cache Mescal Creek
El Mirage Quadrangle El Mirage
Outside Wrightwood Mount San Antonio
What the….
Go No Further
The Llano Del Rio Geocache Lovejoy Buttes
Saddleback Butte View Hi Vista
Ten Fours Adobe Mountain
A Cache for Jack Rabbit Hill Jackrabbit Hill
Thomas’ Cache Rogers Lake
Kandy’s Cache Alpine Butte
Baby Blocks Redman
Blocks
Seven in Seven # 6 Rosamond Lake
Get Well Carol Lancaster East
HDC Aid Station Del Sur
More Power To You
B3677 Lake Hughes
Neenach Formation – Other Half of Pinnacles (Earthcache)
Old Ridge Route – Old Homestead La Liebre Ranch
Old Ridge Route – Can You Hear Me Now?
Old Ridge Route – Sandberg Inn Liebre Mountain
Whispering Pine
Nauseating Twists and Turns
Old Ridge Route – Backroad, Benchmark & Water
Quail Lake Lebec
Osito Canyon Whitaker Peak
Hi Karate! Val Verde
Ma Bell – Castaic Warm Springs Mountain
Lazy-Z-Ranch

[Note on April 28, 2008: I made a mistake on Saturday and didn’t find a cache in the Newhall quad. Luckily, the missed quad was a close one and not located in the wastelands of the northeast corner of the county. After work, I drove to Santa Clarita and found a few caches in the Newhall quad. Dead End Oak is the qualifying cache.

I am also almost certain that the Piru Creek cache is MIA. I got an annotated photo from Journeymnn showing where he found the cache. It is in a place that I checked out several times. If it is really gone, I’m going to need to either ask for permission to replace it or go on a much longer hike to get the PiruMid View cache so I can get credit for the Cobblestone Mountain quad.]

Here are a few photos from the trip:

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Corriganville

April 24, 2008

I had to go to Corriganville this afternoon to prepare for a Scoutmaster training session, so I decided to get the 3 caches in the area that I still need to bag.  It was quite a climb to Rin Tin Tin – Hunter Fav’s.  Somewhere along the way, I tweeked my right ankle, so it’s a little swollen and sore.

Here are the caches that I found:

Rin Tin Tin – Hunter Fav’s
Scooby Doo, Where are You?
Corriganville

Notice all the poison oak in the foreground.  This area is “Sherwood Forest” in the old Robin Hood movies.

The native grasses are going to town now.

I got the last cache right as the sun was setting.


La Jolla Valley and Mugu Peak–Point Mugu State Park

April 19, 2008

Today’s Hiking Group

EMC of Northridge, CA, Don_J, robb_dogg, OLdweeb, capdude, deeznutz® and Stacy, capsbug, Eagle Rock Rob, GeoCraig

I had a great hike today in Point Mugu State Park with 9 other geocachers. It was a 7-mile semi-loop. The day was cool and a little breezy–perfect conditions for today’s hike. We met at the parking area at the end of the hike, then drove east to the trailhead.

Here is my list of today’s cachers. I have cached in the area before, so I already had some of the caches that the others found today.

Welcome
Welcome to La Jolla Canyon
La Jolla Wash
Below the Falls
La Jolla Rocks
Surprise! Happy Birthday Lifesajrny!
Why Before The Y?
Just Another -La Jolla Cache
TroopMugu
Take a Break
See The Beach
Tr…Oops I placed another one.
Support Our Troop-er!
Sea Bees [can do view]
La Jolla Falls Fossils (Earthcache)
Point Mugu Turbidites (Earthcache)

Here are some of the photos from the hike.

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Now a few photos taken by Eagle Rock Rob:


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Find #3600 in Hometown Simi Valley

April 11, 2008

View from Rusty Lid

After dinner today, we decided to pick up some of the new caches that were placed for last week’s caching party. We were 10 for 10 until to got too dark to continue. Here are the caches that we did tonight.

Rusty Lid
Stache Cache
Sandelwood
Economically Depressed
Behind the Zone
Coventry, send the gate!
The Green Machine
Guess Brand
Bridges of Madison County
Peter’s Cache

It was nice caching in my own backyard. And Peter’s Cache is almost in my backyard. I think it is less than 300 feet away from my backyard.

These 100 have been an enjoyable run. Some urban caches, some good hiking caches, a few in San Diego, and a nice loop of finds in Santa Barbara County.

Poppies and Lupine near the Poppy’s and Lupin cache


Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County

April 6, 2008

We had a great trip through the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara County. The 20-mile loop around and up Figueroa Mountain has more than 20 caches and some great views. Our timing was perfect. The wildflowers were blooming. We got a combination of lupine and poppies. The 20-mile trip took exactly 4 hours. We played tag with a group of bicyclists from Orange County. We would drive by them, then stop for a cache and they would ride by us. This continued all day and many of the bikers did the ride fast than we did the drive.

Here is a list of the caches that we found on the loop. We had 3 DNFs. If you don’t stop for as many photos as I did, you can probably do the trip quicker. But this is a great geocaching trip. Take your time with it.

No Gas
Horse View
Alisos & Happy Canyon
Spanish Moss
Pine Tree
Cracks & Crevices
Cachuma Saddle
Logging Finds on Figueroa Mountain Road
Peace and Quiet
Tranquility
Poppy’s and Lupin
Ranger Rick
Hilltop
Old Tree
Little House on the Prairie
Neverland
Willie and Fred
Adventure Pass

Now some photos of the trip.

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The M Trail

April 2, 2008

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Michael, aka journeymnn, on the occasion of his #1000 cache. After doing all the work required for the Los Angeles County Quad Challenge, he wanted to do the final cache as his 1000th. He tried to do #1000 on Monday, but the cache was missing. Instead of finding a cache, he placed one–M–that’s M for 1000, M for Michael, M for Mystery. I replaced the cache yesterday and was on hand when Michael got number 1000 and a couple minutes later, #1001. Here is a photo of Michael and his 2-year-old son, J. Cacher, looking for the cache.

Yesterday was Michael’s turn to find my caches (3 of them), so today was my turn to find M.

Here are some photos that I took along the way.

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Mustard Along the Trail

 

Entering the Poison Oak Forest

Approaching the Cache