Reward (1-10):3 Description:Some good old fashion creek hiking.
Where?:Ventura, CA Directions:From Ventura take the 33 toward Ojai. Exit at Casitas Vista Road and the park will be right there.
**MY 49 DAY SUMMARY: 176.75 Miles +26,625 Feet**
After cold but clear weather on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was met with all day rain. After taking the day to install a tv and two light fixtures, I figured it was time to hike somewhere before dark. Before I reached Foster Park, I attempted School Canyon Road. Hmm, I don't think I was supposed to be there. Passing an empty guard gate was the first sign and then numerous additional signs with pictures of security camera's gave me an unsettling mood. I continued driving slowly without music, as usual, but it was dead silent. I came upon oil wells and then a huge station and then more windy hills and I just kept going! I drove higher and further and nothing but oil and sounds of oil rushing down the pipes I'm driving next to. The area was completely dead. It was a Sunday evening in the rain. My intent was to go beyond all the oil and then hike beyond that but finally, I said no. I took some pictures and got the hell out of there. I imagine that this place is buzzing with workers during the week. It was a beautiful landscape with awesome views of the ocean, but it was not meant for me, it is not meant for the public. Word of advice, STAY OUT. --I'll post some pictures on Facebook.
Hmm, what to do next? I drove up the road and then down Canada Larga to the end. Nothing but awesome fields and cows. I remembered this place because when I first moved to Cali, my then girlfriend, now wife Jessi, drove me down here. I thought there was a place to hike but clearly, this was all private property. Basically, this is the next valley over from the oil mountain. Again, pictures will be on facebook.
Finally, I found a public spot, Foster Park. Not much time left, so I ran up and came back down. The river was full so creek hiking was difficult, but I did scope out the entire immediate area. In the future, I will be back to hike more of the creek with my kids. In addition, the road continues on the other side to Lake Casitas. All in Ventura County; it's beautiful!