Sunday, June 12, 2011

DAY 210: Summerland Lookout!

DAY 210: Summerland Lookout!
Date: Sunday June 12, 2011
Miles: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 75 Feet
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy Beach Hike, until...
Reward: Amazing Bluffs!
Description: Hike the Beach, cross the rocks where the tide meets the bluffs and then follow the train track back...
Where: Summerland, CA
Directions:From the 101 Freeway in Ventura, head north towards Santa Barbara.  Exit #91 Evans Rd in Summerland.  Turn left at the stop sign, turn left on Evans Rd and then cross the train tracks into the park:

 This is an old, dinky, dirty park; unexpected but a cool pet wash :)

 Hike down to the beach...

 There was an evil stench of tar/oil in the air; Sammi didn't seem to mind

 Tiny water fall; June Gloom in the sky and the beach

 I told the kids, we'll be heading to where the bluffs meet the water

 The walls of the bluffs are simply awesome

 The advisable trail to the top, but...

 Let's peak around the corner

 Wave dodging

 We made it!

 We'll go up here...

 Pretty, but private property so I won't show it...

 We went to the left near the castle house and jumped the fence

 Loon Point was across the street

 This trail loops back to the beach; we followed the tracks


Back to the parking lot; we missed the in between trail; next time...


Day 208 Friday June 10: Sulphur Mountain Road, Casitas Springs
9.0 miles +1500 feet
I hiked here many months ago while being interviewed for the VC Star.  Today, I came out alone and jogged the familiar path.  The hill is a gradual incline so I had no problem jogging up most of it.  I passed black tar leaking out of the earth and onto the road.  Yet, the smell of sulphur did not dominate the air.  I believe from the Santa Paula Side it may, but I didn't get that far.  I hiked in about half way and then jogged back.  I stretched at least an additional mile past where I wound up last time.  Cows are still present...

Day 209: Saturday June 11: Pirate Park, Oxnard
2.0 miles +25 feet
Outside of Oxnard Shores by the Mandalay Bay area, this is a cool park for kids.  After walking the dogs around the outer circle and then playing soccer with the nephews in the large field, it was time to hit the playground.  This is a kids dream; jungle gyms designed like pirate boats.  Then for the adults, head down Wooley to Victoria and dine at Pirates Grub and Grog.

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