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Malibu Parks – March 27, 2011

March 1st, 2014 by

Man. March in western NY is way freaking colder than in California. Not that I miss it or anything. Wait now… Anyway. Packed the first box today…I mean, moving in like 6-10 weeks, so, sure. Why not. The owner of our current rental has been getting it painted for the last week, so it’s looking all new and fresh. Anyway, time to delve into the past, for a good day out in the Santa Monica Mountains.

We had a day! I’m not sure how I picked these places (…I’m not even 100% sure I picked them in advance), but either way, Nathan and Greg and I headed out to some of the various parks in an around Malibu (fine, closer to Agoura Hills…), as most of the Angeles were still closed off after the Station Fire. We hit up Paramount Ranch (which is actually part of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA), and Malibu Creek State Park. Afterwards we got some food and beer, and all in all had a pretty fine. day.

Note – there are to be no martinis, do you hear me? None.

To the fields!

October 12, 2008 Geocaching

February 13th, 2011 by

Well, I’ve enjoyed geocaching a bit ever since I got my GPS a few years back, but it’s generally been something I’ve done as an add-on to hiking, or finding the occasional urban cache. But one day this gentleman Tobias sent out mail to the Caltech Alpine Club asking if anyone wanted to go out for an actual day of geocaching, and I went. Erin came as well, and we went around to several places that I probably would not have stopped to look at otherwise.

Not so much of a problem today.


Grizzly Flat, Angeles NF, December 23, 2006

June 13th, 2007 by

For the holidays (pick your favorite, but it was probably Hannukkah for my family), I got a new GPS toy! (the garmin etrex venture Cx, very shiny). So I had to go out and play with it. I’d gone geocaching once with a couple of friends, which it looks like I never wrote up, but I thought it would be fun to go play. Admittedly, I mostly wanted to use the GPS for mapping, but it seemed a reasonable thing to go do.

As it was two days before Christmas, everyone and their mother was gone, so I decided to play it fairly safe and do a really short, really close little hike. After looking through my Trails of the Angeles (now getting well worn!), I decided that Grizzly Flat would be ideal. It’s more or less the first trailhead up Route 2, so only about 8 miles from the freeway, and is less than 5 miles total, and checking at geocaching.com informed me that there were 3 caches on the route, so off I went. So, I walked ~5 mi total (both parts) and a few hundred feet of gain and loss, but nothing crazy.

pack it out, indeed.

My bit of walking around