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May 30, 2012

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I was out this morning doing some geocaching in Santa Monica while my wife was having some dental work done.  Seems like Santa Monica has a thing against geocaching on Wednesdays–almost all the caches I went after were on streets with No Parking on Wednesday mornings.  That made available parking very scarce.
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I did get 4 caches, however, and took and posted a photo of something near each cache via the iPhone geocaching app.
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This afternoon, as I was verifying that all my logs went through, my total find number caught my eye–the digits are in sequence—7654.

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Nothing special with that.  But I did think it was kind of fun.

 


A Day on the Backbone Trail

May 23, 2012

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I’ve been thinking about doing some Backbone Trail hiking for a while, but OLdweeb‘s recent efforts to go BBT cache collecting inspired me to get out of the house and on the trail.

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I started the day at the trailhead near Hondo Trailhead and then hiked east to get Lucky 13 and No P O.  I then returned to the trailhead and headed west for four more caches.

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I found BACKBONE OAK, NOT, U Rock!, and YIPPEE WHIPPLEI and DNFed Powder Horn Ranch.  Unfortunately, I may have gotten into the poison oak while looking for Powder Horn Ranch.  That’s not the kind of Find I like to make.

 

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I made a U-turn at U Rock!.  The plan was to hike up the hill to U Rock!, then return to my truck, drive up the road to the top of the trail and then hike down the trail for a few more caches.

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While hiking back down the hill, I passed two women hiking up the hill.  More on that later.

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One of the good parts of hiking this trail today were the number of flowering plants.  It hasn’t looked this good in a long time.  And the poison oak was also looking very healthy.  Hopefully, the TecNu did its trick today.

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I drove up the hill to the trailhead located a few feet from Guardian Toad – Cecil, got the cache, then started hiking down into the canyon.  Of course, every step down the hill meant a step up the hill later in the day.  And later in the day usually means hotter in the day.  Today, it was.

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About 10 or 15 minutes down the trail, I met up with the 2 women that I passed on the lower part of the trail.  I said, “Good Morning!,” and they said, “Hey, didn’t we pass you already today?  How did you get here?”  I explained my hiking plan and said my good-byes.  They laughed a bit, probably wondering why I would be hiking in and out on both ends of the trail.

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The Hondo Canyon trail is usually lined with heavy vegetation, but occasionally there are some nice views of the area.

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On the way down, I found HONDO GRASS, the site of an old marijuana farm, and Over Logging.  Farther down the trail, I got a DNF on Mossy Rocks.  That was my turn around point.  I really hate it when the farthest cache on the turns out to be a DNF.  Bill (BWidget) also DNFed about a month ago.  I really checked out the site for the cache.  I found a couple of good hiding places, but no cache.  I’m pretty sure that it’s MIA.

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On the way out, I got Hondo Bay.  I needed some help from Bill on this one, as well as HONDO GRASS.  It’s always nice to have a friend to phone.  Thanks, Bill.

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I had planned to do another short hike or two in the afternoon, but the 780-foot climb out of the canyon during the heat of the day took its tole on me.  I decided to call it a day and leave the other caches for another adventure.  I did drive down the road and quickly found Gateway to Topanga Ridge Motorway.

 

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Total mileage for the 2 hikes was 6.7 miles, with a good amount of ups and downs.  The trail tracks are shown below.

I really enjoyed getting out on the trail this morning.  The trails were well-maintained and the birds, lizards, and the flowers were great hiking companions.

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