There is a geocache that was hidden about a half mile from the one I hid earlier this month. The middle school kids in our school district are on minimum days for conferences. My niece and nephew are both in middle school but Bella is in second grade so she didn’t go. We picked up the kids at noon and had lunch in Irvine Park. We hid our cache coming up to our coordinates by going through Santiago Oaks Regional Park. We wanted to see how easier or hard it was to get up there by going through Irvine Regional Park. The total hike from Santiago Oaks from the parking lot to the top where our cache is is 1.3 miles. From the map, it looks like the hike from Irvine Park would be shorter. I was way wrong! As the crow flies, of course, I was right but from where we parked the cache is located 1.83 miles. that almost doubled our hike. It was very beautiful, however, and very enjoyable. We had to be on the constant lookout for rattlesnakes though and we didn’t see any. We did, however, see about a billion lizards.
There are wildflowers blooming everywhere in Orange County and other places in California. We are going on a drive on Friday to explore and see some in the canyons and deserts close by but these photos show how lovely it can be. The image with the purple flowers is of the areas that were burned in one of the many fires last year and the year before. You can see the skeletons of the sage bushes mingled in with the new growth. It’s really quite beautiful to see how nature works in my opinion.
I also believe that the hike from Irvine Park was a little tougher than the hike from Santiago Oaks. Christine, my 13 year old niece, said Mountain Goat trail is tougher to climb. Perhaps it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other. I can’t decide but it’s a beautiful either way.
Before going to San Diego, I checked for some yarn shops around the area and I found one I liked. One thing they had that I hadn’t had any experience with Namaste bags. In fact, I hadn’t even seen one. God knows I don’t need any yarn (or do I?) so I did some research on these bags to see if it was something I would be interested in. It is. However, with the bags made of manmade material, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the feel or look of them. I love how they looked on the Namaste web site, however, so I was very excited to see them.
After getting the blister from hell on Sunday night, the cold shower on Monday morning, the painful walking around the deck of the USS Midway on Monday night, I was ready for something really good. On the way out of town, we attempted to get a geocache and drop off a travel bug that I have been carrying around since December 31. We looked for THIRTY MINUTES and couldn’t find the stinkin thing. My mood was twindling. You aren’t supposed to carry travel bugs around but for a few days and I have been trying to get rid of this one for weeks. No luck again. So we hop in the truck and ask Margot-Rhonda (our GPS) where The Grove was and headed on our way. We found it and went in.
Such a nice store! Oh it was beautiful. The emphasis at this store was knitting and crochet. I saw the bag I was looking for right away and went right to it. I was very surprised at how soft and leathery the material felt. Not to mention the color! I was hoping to see the Jetsetter but they were sold out. As a matter of fact, she said she had a lot of trouble keeping any of them in stock. They had a Malibu, Laguna, Everyday, and something else I think in a couple of colors, but that was it. She said she had to reorder several times already and they were only out for a short time. Well I was in love with the Laguna at first sight. The idea behind these bags is to have a combination bag for purse and knitting. GENIUS! So I bought my beautiful Laguna in lime and checked out. I didn’t dare look at yarn! So we were chatting (me and the lovely lady who worked there). She said I should look at the clutch! “OMG, David give me your card again please!” He did and I have both. David told the lady that “You can only be as happy as the least happy person in the car.” Given our experiences over the few days in San Diego, he opted to buy me the bags. Isn’t he awesome!
The Clutch opens wide and holds needle individually in the inside section. The sides are held together with strong magnets. Both sides of the Clutch open with snaps that you can see at the top and have pockets for storing trinkets and knick knacks that you need for your project. Lucky for me, the Clutch fits right inside the Laguna. I am sooooooo happy!
Without any further ado, here are the photos:
If you geocache at all, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t you can go to to Geocaching.com to see what I am talking about. It’s a heck of a lot of fun for families. You go to this web site and download coordinates for an object close to you. You take your GPS and then you go find the place that matches the coordinates and you hunt for treasure! We hid our first treasure today and it had so many goodies in it. Mostly, you include garage sale stuff and the kids really love it. The motto for geocaching is cache in (on the hunt) trash out (take all trash you find out). Geocaching was originally started to show people places that you might not ordinarily see. Our cache is one of those caches. The group was David, me, Bella, Chris, Sandi, Christine, Carly, and Tori. This shot on the right is a partial view for the location I selected. Sandi and I did a trial hike up there to see if it would be a good spot on Friday and all was so clear there. We could see the snow capped mountains and Catalina Island from this spot. Catalina is 26 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. We are very lucky to live here. This hillside shows the fire damage from the Windy Ridge fire in March of last year. I even rented a wide angle lense to get the beautiful view in all it’s glory but as you can see, the haze was too much for the sun to burn off.
This other shot shows how the recent rain has really helped this area to regrow. The green and wildflowers coming up the hill were just gorgeous. I am hoping to get up to this spot again in the next couple of weeks from the other sideto make sure my cache is accessible from many directions. I have also placed a one time use camera in here so people can take pictures if the view is particularly memorable. I like caches that have something special like that in them.
This shot is Chris and Sandi. Sandi walks with me a few times a week and we have added tennis and bowling to our week. Tuesday is tennis club (but we aren’t allowed to talk about it). Thursday is lunchtime bowling. We have been having a lot of fun with all of our activities.
These are the girls that we know and love that came up with us. The hike is only about 1.3 miles up to this spot from the park entrance. You could probably do 10-20 miles within the park and the surrounding trail network. The hike up to this spot is very very steep in a few spots. Very rocky and you need to use your hands a little bit and a stick really helps coming down.
So that’s all I have for now. We had a busy racing weekend and David crashed but he is fine. I’ll post those pictures here and at Flickr before you know it.
But I have a couple of things to say. I am starting my swatch for Charlotte`s socks today. I am adding a progress bar on the left by my projects to include progress on the book I am reading (if and when I get to read). I was at the doctor`s today about my toe (broken) and read while I was there. It is a super funny book and very quick to read. Oooooo I can post my broken toe picture!
I am going geocaching tomorrow and I am very excited about it! We have six or seven items I expect to find and I will surely post pictures. There are 10 of us going and it supposed to be a lovely family past time. There are supposedly six items in Peters Canyon, the park where I normally hike. Now, with a broken toe, it should be a little challenging, but with 10 people, I doubt we will be sprinting anyway.