Lately I’ve noticed an ever increasing number of green boxes popping up South of the SFV. So for the 3rd Saturday in a row I skipped hiking and went searching for urban caches near the coast. This time I started in El Segundo and cached my way to Redondo Beach.
El Segundo is a small 5-1/2 square mile city. The accessible part is squeezed between LAX to the North, a huge refinery to the South, and a sewage treatment plant to the West which blocks beach access. The best approach is from the East.
There are 4 caches within easy walking distance from this sign. One of them is at an observation point, LAX Plane Spotting (GCHX09). It overlooks LAX which is across the street.
Another cache a mile away El Segundo High (GCM6HR) is guarded by this monstrosity.
The cache is also within sight of the Police Dept.
Continuing on to I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (GC1E96R) I approached the, unscenic to the extreme, Southern boundary.
From here I drove East / inland.
Across the street from MOSAIC (GC17RRP), I detected a hidden muggle.
He was the 1st of 4 feral cats that I saw during my caching day. None of them ran away. Maybe I’m becoming a cat person by association. Some people I see regularly own 6, 9 and 11 cats respectively.
1.1 miles further south: a promising trailhead at Veterans Parkway:
Unfortunately a homeless man occupied the exact spot where my GPSr pointed. Beyond the underpass, there’s room for many more caches in the 2 miles to the ocean. If they’re placed, I’ll go back to find them.
At the end of the day I looked for The Crafty Queen (GC1H0J0) in Redondo Beach.
I checked all the places that matched the hint that I could reach without climbing anything. I still didn’t find the cache. Oh well. There’s always next weekend.