On the way home from work today, I decided to do the new caches in the Tujunga Wash. With only a couple of days left of Daylight Saving Time, today is probably the last chance I have to do some geo-hiking after work.
This is the second series of caches to be placed in the Wash. fotomom placed a fine series of caches here at the end of 2004. I found all of them during several outings. The most memorable trip was the time that I attempted to jump the stream on the south side of the Wash. I looked for a place that was narrow enough to leap across. I found a place with a log on the opposite side that I could reach with a good jump. When my foot hit the log, the log just collapsed under my foot. No problem. I just to a step backward into the creek. It was only a foot deep. Then another step backward. This time, the foot-deep creek became the 5-feet-deep stream. I was in water up to my armpits. Than was the end of that day’s geo-adventure!
Since most of fotomom’s caches have been archived, OLdweeb led a group of geocachers on October 11th and placed 10 new caches in the area.
Today, I started with the first cache (Orcas Park / Tujunga Wash trailhead) at 4:15. The straight loop is supposed to be about 3.5 miles long. With all the zigging and zagging, I ended up hiking 4.0 miles. Of the 10 new caches, I got 8, with 2 DNFs. I called for help at both of them, but still came up empty.
Since it is a river bottom, most of the trails are sandy. So hiking the loop is like doing a 5K at the beach in the dry sand. The other fun challenge of the area are the yucca and the cactus. I did OK until I brushed against a yucca and got poked. At least I thought I was just poked. After a few minutes, my leg really started hurting. After a few minutes, I had to stop. I dropped my pants and found a yucca spine struck in my leg. The barbs on the spine were working it deeper into my leg.
With the two DNFs adding extra time to the walk, I didn’t finish until after dark. It was a nice way to finish Daylight Saving Time. I’ll need to watch the 2 DNF caches to see if others find them. Perhaps they aren’t there. If they are found, I’ll need to go back to finish off the series.