After our two recent hiking and geocaching trips we decided to make another weekend afternoon geocache hike, this time along Chumash Trail. This was a 5 mile hike without the dogs. Initially I was hesitant not taking the dogs, I like to get them out and about as much as possible but during the hike I realized that not taking them was a good thing. Much of the trail was hilly, rocky, dusty and uneven, but some was also flanked with dry grass on either side and our dogs are grass seed magnets. We’ve had more than our fair share of vet trips for grass seeds stuck in their ears, so not taking them was a good call! They missed some stunning view of Simi Valley though!
First cache of the day was “watch for Bikes” and was a small film cannister hidden behind a bush. I’d read on the forum at Geocaching.com that film cannister make terrible cache containers and if this one was anything to go by I see why! Wet through! Totally sopping wet log inside, couldn’t sign it at all. Reported this on my findings when I checked into the site later. Hopefully the cache owner will replace the log. Bob found this one, and we forgot to take pics…
Second cache of the day was “Bed Rock”. Hidden slightly off the trail amidst some rocks. Another good job we never brought the dogs as this was all prickly dry brush. This was another ammo can, and I found this one.
Inside this one was some cool loot, including a small stereo with speakers. A fun aspect of this one was a disposable camera! We took a pic of ourselves (that was the purpose right?), signed the log and hid the container where we found it. Took nothing, left nothing.
The hike was a 5 mile round trip, with a 1100 ft elevation gain, and after 90 minutes of spin that morning I was already feeling it when we got to the turnaround point, stopping to cough constantly was not improving my mood any. That was around 3.15 so we stopped for a drink and snacks before heading back.
This hike really made me realise that I am NOT over this cold/flu yet. I pretty much coughed the whole hike, struggling with chest tightness in a few places too. Guess I’m not as well as I thought I was. It’s also not giving me much confidence about running the 5k I planned on doing June 5th 🙁 Guess we’ll see. I have a few weeks left to register yet. Anyway we hiked the whole 2.5 miles back to the car stopping to do one last cache we missed on the way in “Flood control”. This one was hidden under the flood wash walkover. I found this one pretty easily. Signed log, and again forgot to take pics!
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