FEBRUARY 22, 2012 – Scary Dairy (Camarillo)

3/26/12: Where’s OLdweeb? I’ve been stressed out, extra busy and writing Yelp reviews instead of caching. On March 31, I’m participating in the Yesteryear Still Here event (GC3BVMG) as part of team Troupe of Troublemakers. There’s sure to be a blog post about that. And in April I plan to take my semi-annual caching vacation, destination to be determined. That’ll be good for several blog posts.

I’d somehow missed a cluster of 26 caches that popped up in Camarillo Regional Park. Then it took 2 months to finally get there. With sissopolis, EcuaDeb and pianofab I drove to the park entrance cache Flood Control (GC2WQM6) where we were met by Foocachers (the elder). Immediately, I saw that something was wrong. My Oregon 450t displayed NO caches even though I’d properly loaded a pocket query.

We drove .3 miles into the park on an unpaved road to a model plane airfield, parked and started walking. In a few minutes we saw the skeleton of a 30’ high abandoned building. Note the row of openings across the top. If they were windows there’s no glass in them now. We took pictures and turned off on a side trail.

Deb beamed caches from her Oregon to mine, one at a time until the feature stopped working. So I just followed the group uselessly. It didn’t help that my 1 and only pen (I usually carry 3) didn’t work either.

We encountered 3 beehives on our hike. The most active one was inside a large metal tank. There was no cache there.

Many of the hillsides were covered by low lying cactus.

Lil Sucky Bridge (GC30GC0) is aptly named. It’s fine to walk on but I wouldn’t want to drive over it.

In one of the most remote parts of the park we walked into a collection of ancient playground equipment. There was a slide, steel barred “jungle jims” and “rings” that I hadn’t seen since elementary school in the 1960’s.

At this point my camera died with a “memory card full” error. Siss, who is used to calming agitated children, kept me from slipping over the edge into an infantalistic tantrum. So at the next rest stop I took the picture below, some kind of farm, with my phone.

I fumbled with unfamiliar camera menus but eventually cleared some room on the memory card. Farther down the trail Siss & Deb signed the log for a bipolar cache. I removed a snail shell that someone had stuffed into the crowded container.

We looped back toward parking and explored the ruins of what must’ve been the offices and maybe living quarters of the dairy. There were too many rooms to explore during our short stop.

The ones we saw were all similarly decorated.

Going back to the trail…

The final cache of the day was up TWO steep hills. Here’s Deb, Fabrizio and Kenyon (Foocachers, the elder) on their way up the 2nd one. Siss and me decided that we didn’t NEED the cache THAT MUCH and waited below.

Afterward we drove to Establos Meat Market and ate old style Mexican food. My asada burrito was the best I’ve had in a very long time.

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10 Responses to FEBRUARY 22, 2012 – Scary Dairy (Camarillo)

  1. coakford says:

    Ken–I’d blame all your troubles on sunspots. That’s usually a good excuse for electronic problems. I’m not sure if it will cover your pen, though.

  2. chaosmanor says:

    Neat write-up on the old “Scary Dairy” property, in what is now officially called Camarillo Regional Park, but no one who lives here calls it that. FWIW, if others decide to do the long loop, the gate is usually locked; if it is open, be sure to leave a note at the gate if you drive in, so that whoever has opened it doesn’t lock you in! Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a while for CSUCI campus police to come and rescue you.

    The large building in your second shot was the main barn; the large opening closest to the camera, above the main door, was to a hayloft. There must have been some sort of machine to lift the bales, as that is too high to fork it in. In your penultimate shot you see watering troughs for the dairy cows. We aren’t certain, but after several hikes in there, alone and with various locals, we think that the building with many small rooms had some living quarters, probably for a foreman and his family, but was also various workrooms: smithy, carpentry, etc, as well as storage. Some of the graffiti on the walls is quite good, and some of it is humorous.

    The playground equipment is near where the owners had their home. This property was already long-abandoned when we moved to Camarillo over 20 years ago. We’ve never run into anyone who can remember who actually owned it, but there must be records, if we cared enough to do the digging. Not too far from the swings and such is a large pine tree; it is definitely not native to the area, and we assume that the dairy owners planted it.

    Thanks for the tip on the Establos Meat Market! I’ve been meaning to investigate it, but have never gotten a Round Tuit; now I have some impetus to give it a try 🙂

  3. christine says:

    Ken, great blog, as usual! And what a nice addition chaosmanor made…definitely filled in the blanks for our curious hike. Oh, and I DID notice that lone pine tree and thought it was weird. You can see it from several different places on the trail. Looking forward to the next one!

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  5. Joanna says:

    Back in the day, when Camarillo State Hospital was operating up the road, the scary dairy was part of their facilities, they raised their own produce and had the dairy there for the hospital operations.

  6. NakoTacoPatrol says:

    It might have been Adohr Dairy. Mom grew up in Camarillo (her parents still live there in the house they bought brand new in 1963…) She remembers going there on a field trip during elementary school.

    Great blog, and great tip on Establos!

    • Tim says:

      Yes, Joanna is correct as it was built as part of the Camarillo State Hospital operations. NakoTacoPatrol. If you are talking about the pic of the farm in the distance, that is not Adohr dairy. Adohr Dairy is off to the left of the picture. That pic is of the Smith Ranch. I only know this because I grew up on Adohr Dairy and my first job while I was still in high school was a ranch hand for Smith Ranch

  7. Drew says:

    Sad to say went for hike there last week and all of the old playground equipment is gone (I finaly found where it was awhile back). The spring fire last year exposed a lot of hidden hazards and the university is removing what they can. One neat thing is you now can see where the house and driveway were behind where the playground was (edged with rows of rocks). Pretty neat.

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