Friday, August 31, 2012

$100.00 Cash Cache

Here it is!!!  Are you ready???

If you have registered as a Hunter for the Cash Cache Game, use your Cash Cache Hunter Code to Decrypt this message to discover where the $100.00 Cash Cache is hidden:


**Boy, that was easy; huh?!  Have a great Holiday Weekend and have fun searching for the Benjamin!!!  The first person to find the money will also receive 35 Points if they are the first to respond back with the Buzz Word!  Everyone else who finds the Cache will earn 10 points!  This is Huge!!!

Good Luck and Have Fun!!!  Somebody will come up when they discover the Cache!  No worries, I have enough money in my bank account to clear the check :)! 

Hey, it's not too late to participate.  If you haven't registered for the game yet, please CLICK HERE to Register for the Cash Cache Adventure!  This will be one of many games offered!  Why Geocache if you can search for real money?!  Duh :)  Errr, like a Pirate! 

Have a Great Holiday Weekend.  I will be off Hiking in San Juan Capistrano!!!  I have fallen behind by a couple of weeks on my blog but that's because I"m out hiking so darn much :)

Day 643: Somewhere off Kanan Road

Land For Sale!

Day #643 * Hike #765 * New Track #633
Monday August 20, 2012
Somewhere off Kanan Road - Agoura, California
My Tripometer: 1 Hour * 2.75 Miles * +225 Feet

From the 101 Freeway in Agoura, exit on Kanan Road and head South toward the Santa Monica Mountains.  At about 2.0 miles you will pass the Santa Monica Mountains sign and you will see this pull off just before the road swerves to the left.  Pull in the dirt lot, park your car or bike and enjoy!

So, this land is actually for sale.  This is a prime location!!!  They are offering 515.7 acres - holy what?!  In between the 101 and Mulholland - I'm in!  I have no idea what the land goes for but I must assume it's close to a Billion Dollars!!!  If you are interested, I focused in on the phone and email:

Phone: (661) 316-0515

Hey, if you buy this property due to seeing it on this blog, I would appreciate 0.0001% of the commission.  Thanks for looking out :)

**So, I was advised of this spot from my buddy at work who used to off road his jeep back here.  In fact, the gate is still open and the road is very drivable.  Check out my hike:

 An off road to the right

If I recall correctly, this side trail is about a quarter mile up.  I decided to continue down the main road but I anticipate that I will return to see where this route takes...

 Moving right along...  All alone... Beautiful!

Along the way there was another turn off to the right.  I decided to keep going straight so I anticipate at least two more visits to conquer the 500+ acres of land!

 Okay, so I just got done climbing this hill
(Hope you have a 4 by 4 if you're driving)

  I worked my way down this
The road leads to a single track trail
Vehicles, sorry, make a U-Turn

 Yes, we are on a legit trail!

 ...and I ran into a horse ranch!

 I took the high trail above all this

 ...lead me back to the horses

 The horse next to this one is named Charlie; Really, it is!

 I followed the dirt road out to Kanan

 I end up at Kanan; I Hiked Peter Strauss Ranch on day 195!

About a half mile up Kanan, I return to my bike
I'm glad my buddy turned me on to this spot.  I imagine a decade from now the area will be fully developed.  If you are reading this blogpost - GO Hike This Trail NOW!  I mean, why not?  You probably won't get the opportunity later...

A Penny To Burn - Free Cache - Conejo Valley

Five Points Up for Grabs for the 1st Free Cache Hunter to find the Cache.  If you have not already registered for the game, please CLICK HERE to Play Cash Cache's It's FREE! 

To find this cache use your Free Hunter Cache Code and follow the blog entry for Day 634: Fire on the Conejo Grade.

From the notso attractive trailhead, step down across the wash and then 32:1:30:2_23_28_47_41.  54_45:24:30_47_small_39:24:24:42:52:2_36:30:24:18:18_28_47_23.  47_50_3_17_under_47_26:20:30:13:52_21:24:1:26:42:52:30 on the other side of the trail across from the 36:30:24:18:18. 

The cache is on the near backside of the 21:24:1:26:42:52:30.  There is a crevice between the 21:24:1:26:42:52:30 and the 13:30:24:1:2:42.  The cache is a blue can of Skoal.  Take a penny for your thoughts and the Buzz Word is the name on the card inside.  

Please be sure to replace the cache exactly where you found it.  Good Luck! 

***$100.00 Cash Cache on You Tube  **Tonight I will be revealing the location of the $100.00 Cache!  If you have not already done so, please Register as a Cash Cache Hunter!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 642: Aliso Beach (North) - Laguna Beach

Is it a Jellyfish?  What is it?

Day #642 * Hike #764 * New Track #632
Sunday August 19, 2012
Aliso Beach (to the north) - Laguna Beach, California
My Tripometer: 2 Hours * 1.25 Miles * +25 Feet
 The Aliso Creek

Ironically and unexpectedly, I hiked on the Aliso Creek Trail up in Lake Forest yesterday: Day 641: Aliso Creek Trail.  Well, I found where is comes out; at Aliso Beach in Laguna.  (This reminds me of when I hiked Euclid Creek from Cedar Road in Beachwood, Ohio all the way to Lake Erie.)

I decided to come to Aliso Beach today because my last visit was absolutely amazing: Day 378: Dana Point & Aliso Beach.  Last time we parked in the beach parking lot and I hiked to the south.  Today I parked on the other side of the PCH (because the main lot was full).  We hiked through the tunnel along the creek and ended up here:

 Aliso Creek meets the Pacific

South of Aliso Beach
This is a low budget production so pardon the unflattering models

Ayden meets the wave!
...and my camera battery died :(.  It was a long day and I must have hiked over 10 miles in 5 or 6 locations; lost track.  The ocean water is a clear Caribbean like blue here.  The waves are strong which presents a danger for the younglings but my boy Ayden was up for the challenge.  We wandered to the south and eventually made our way back. 
This concludes my Mission Viejo area experience.  I am looking forward to explore the San Juan Capastrano area on Labor Day Weekend.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Arroyo Verde Fire! Video on You Tube...

Click the link below to check out the Video:

Day 642: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - Willow Canyon - Laguna Niguel

Mysterious Rock on the Laguna Trail

Day #642 * Hike #763 * New Track #631
Sunday August 18, 2012
Willow Canyon - Laguna Niguel, California
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
My Tripometer: 20 Minutes * 1.25 Miles * +100 Feet

 Park Entrance

From the 73 Freeway (Toll Road), exit on the 133 and head south toward Laguna Beach.  You are on Laguna Canyon Road.  Less than a mile down you will pass the El Toro Road intersection.  The park will be immediately on your right. 

 Looking over the Laguna Trail from the parking lot

 I began down the Willow Trail...

Stay straight on the mail trail and pass the Laguna Trail.  The Willow Trail will turn right and then eventually head up a steep hill.  I was running this because Jess and Ayden elected to stay in the car.  I was hoping to get high enough to see out over the ocean but with the sun beating down on me, ah, no...  I turned back and...

 Turning down the Laguna Trail

 Awesome Geology!

 Pleasant, easy trail...

The Trail continues, but I stopped here

The Laguna Wilderness Park is similar to the Santa Monica Mountains.  Laguna is to Malibu as Mission Viejo is to Thousand Oaks.  I've enjoyed my experience in the O.C. but for now, time to cool off at the beach...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 650: Arroyo Verde is on Fire!!!

The Hill is on Fire!

Day #650 * Hike #772 * New Track #638
Monday August 27, 2012
A Fire in My Neighborhood! - Ventura, California
My Tripometer: 3.25 Hours * 3.5 Miles * +350 Feet
 Above Arroyo Verde Park

My son started cross-country running last week and I am one of the coaches.  We began our run but were quickly diverted.  The entire park had to be evacuated to make room for the chopper to land.  I quickly rode home, grabbed my camera and set out for the hills from the Skyline gate...

 Ayden and Kaitlyn joined me for the journey...

 The chopper is trying to get things under control

 Above the viewing area in the thick

 The fire is spreading...

 What a task!  Thank You guys; you're saving my house!!!

 Father of the year ~ We become fire chasers...

 The evil glow over the northern hillside

 Large equipment crossing "The Bridge"

 Hey, fortunately I know my way around here :)

 Firefighters grouping up for the battle!

 The trail down to the park

Hey, I was close enough.  There was no sensible way of getting closer without interfering.  I probably wasn't supposed to be here; especially with kids...

 Chainsaws - Machines - Vigorously Working

 I had two water bottles on me :)

 Stepping away and entering a main park trail

 Chopper going back for a refill...

 Run, the fire is chasing me!!!

 I feel somewhat safe - weird, nobody on the trail?

 Even the snake slid off the trail...

 What a site!

 ahh, so this is how they do it...
...I was just running down there an hour ago!

 Bringing in the large air support


 <~ooh ~ ahh...

 Hey, seriously, this is getting close to my house!

Early evening...
I had to go.  Bachelor Pad is on :)...  The fire still burns but I think they have it under control.  No evacuations.  I may go back out for a nightcap. 

From a hiking standpoint, I cut across some new terrain to make this a New Track!  Yippee!!!  I am out of sequence but I will catch the blog up within the next few days.  Last weekend I took the kids camping at the Santa Paula Punch Bowls.  Awesome Hike.  Make sure to check back in for the update...



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