I’m taking advantage of the confluence of cool, super clear weather and a 17 day yearend vacation to hike and cache as much as possible. Yesterday I hiked with pianofab (Fabrizio) just under 10 miles in Newbury Park. From the big paved parking lot at Rancho Sierra Vista we walked 0.3 miles to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center.
I found a rare National Park Service geocache, SAMO ParkCache 4 (GC2MPVZ) in the center’s garden. As a prior finder, pianofab walked around and took photos in the meantime.
This traditional Native American dwelling is a highlight of every visit.
Leaving the center we walked South on the pavement and crossed into Point Mugu State Park.
We found the newer caches along the way and descended into Sycamore Canyon. From past experience I didn’t look forward to the uphill return trip.
At Log Log Log (GC2JAZ4) we turned West into a cluster of unfound (by us) caches.
An idiot on a motorcycle sped by. A few minutes later he came back with a dozen yellow shirted bike patrol volunteers in hot pursuit. One of them stopped and said they’d been trying to trap the motorcycle for some time. They’d radioed ahead and expected law enforcement to be waiting at both ends of Sycamore Canyon. We don’t know what happened in the end.
We cached westward until Coyote Rest (GC2FC9) and then left the pavement for a different route back to Sycamore Canyon. We DIDN’T take the trail below but we DID see a coyote later.
Back on the main trail we passed what I think is a ranger’s residence. There’s a string of caches on the trail behind (E) it.
The uphill wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Temperatures in the low 70’s (at most) and the non rocky terrain during the entire hike left me with enough energy to get to the top without much difficulty. Once there we were rewarded by the sight of a big coyote. Seconds after this picture, he squatted and then jumped to catch a ground dwelling rodent. He missed and then wandered away slowly.
I ended the day with 18 caches. There are still several times that many green boxes on the map of Sycamore Canyon, enough for multiple return trips.