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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Out And Out, Mostly On Garbage Day

On Friday, I think it was, I went over to the part of the McGinty Mountain Ecological Preserve on Willow Glen.  There is not any parking particularly near, so it was a bit of a walk to get there.  Also, very very warm.  Found several caches, including three letter boxes.  Got blue ink on my hands!

Map behind glass in the preserve kiosk.

We went to Fry's to look for a phone.  I saw this motorcycle from a manufacturer I never heard of.  Turns out to be Korean.  I wish the helmet wasn't covering up the model number!

Monday I went to drive the vehicle and discovered that I couldn't find the keys.  Well, I found them outside, in  a puddle, next to the vehicle.  Where they have been sitting for two days...

Tuesday (today) I went to McGinty Mountain for the first time.  This picture was at the only geocache I didn't find, of the few I looked for.  It reminded me, in retrospect, of the picture that come next in sequence, the mine below.  This is NOT a view from inside the mine, it's just looking into some rocks piled together to see what is there.  Pretend you saw the mine picture first, then this one.

One of several mines or excavations around the McGinty area.

One of two panoramas from the top of the hill.  The hill turned out to NOT be the peak of McGinty Mountain.  The peak is 1.5 miles farther along the trail...

This mostly looks over Jamul.  The mine entrance pictured above is on the right.

Panorama #2-- Mount Miguel to the left, Mt. Helix in the center, maybe Cowles behind that, and I-don't-know to the right.

I turned back after this because it was too hot, I was too tired, and I guess I'm too old!

It was several degrees over a hundred when I got home.  I took a shower and changed my clothes.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Oh oh it is Wednesday

I forgot it was Wednesday and so missed out on a geocaching meet-up.  Instead I drove up to Laguna Mountain and did some geocaching.  Here I am in front of the 5,000 FT. elevation sign.  MOO!

I thought this was the location of a cache i couldn't find, and I took the picture to tell the Cache Owner about it.  Five minutes later I found the cache in a nearby location...

I stopped by the Kwaaymii Point to take a look for that cache that has avoided being found, by me at least, for quite the while.  With new information I found it in five minutes.  Staggering scenery is seen in this panorama.

Don't forget to click the pictures to see the full-size images!

I found 26 geocaches, I think, and Did Not Find one.  I started out at one end of the Sunrise Highway and ended at the other.

I talked with one fellow, on one particular road, that told how he had lost the keys to his other car along there when he had placed them (and his wallet) on the roof of the car when he was attacked by biting ants and had to take his pants off.  He was all the way home when he remembered, came and found his wallet, but not the keys.

Along the same road I spoke to a Border Patrol agent, and I even met another geocacher who was looking for the same cache I didn't find.  Quite the busy dirt road!

Well, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Update Tuesday

When Windows is doing an update everything slows to a c---r---a---w---l, it is very frustrating.

Phil was in town for a few days.  One day we went up to Mt. Laguna to look around.  Found a geocache, but didn't find a couple more.

Saturday we went to Mission Beach, Fiesta Island, and Imperial Beach.  We had lunch at IB Street Tacos.  Here's a picture, but I ate most of the taco already so it looks quite the mess.  Pretty good, and neither too expensive nor too much to eat.  Just right!

Afterwards we drove down the "IB strand" to the south and parked.  Got out and looked around.  Here's a big panorama of the Tijuana River Estuary.

There were only four families at the beach!

After that we stopped by the tidal area on Hoover Ave. National City to check out the high tide.  Not a King tide, so no flooding today.

On Sunday Matt and I went up to the Laguna Mountain area, but first, second breakfast (for me!).  These signs struck me as odd, who can even see them except people already in the drive through lane?

Above the Kwaaymii Point road.  A great view of the desert below, here at the edge of the mountains.  It can get really REALLY windy here, but not today.

I learn about Julian Schist today, and here is an example.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Not Quite Wednesday

On Saturday morning, quite early, I went down to the estuary to find me some geocaches. This was a pretty part of the trail, quite open and easy to walk.

This cache was quite difficult to find.  The GPSr was off by a bit.  The previous two seekers had been unable to spot it.

This one was not too hard to spot, although I needed to use the camera so to do.

I was first DOWN THERE, and held the camera over my head, over the opening of the pipe, to take the previous picture.  Which showed me where the cache was.  But I wasn't going to straddle the pipe to get it, and I wasn't EVEN going to reach into a pipe that I couldn't see into.  Might be a snake in there!

So I got out of there and walked around and sat on the ledge, as you can see, and reached right over to pull it out.  Easy peasy!

This was pretty much the way of the return trail.  The sign may imply that horses are allowed on this trail, but I don't think any have been along here in a while.  Very overgrown!  Plus, SPIDERS like to hang their webs across the "trail"!!

This is looking out west, towards the ocean.  There a two somethings that look like ships out there, can't quite see them.

I zoomed in all the way.  Is that a ship or a bunch of bushes?  If a ship, is it REALLY inside the dunes on the estuary channel?

I had to hop over this green creek, but this is NOT the spot I did it!

I DID stand there on that muddy and slippery bank planning my move, then moved on to a narrower/more dry/less muddy spot.

On Monday I took this misleading selfie and posted it on Facebook. You may have seen it.

On Tuesday I took this rather more realistically proportioned one.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Still Forth Thursday

I went forth on this fourth Thursday to check on my geocache nearby, and to visit the car show for the first time in months?  Years?

Took some pics:

Chevy with FLAMES!

Corvair Corsa

Turbocharged engine for Corvair Corsa.

Something red and  Blue??

Engine for Chevrolet truck below.


Monte Carlo


VW bug.

And that is about it!

Fourth Thursday

So here we are, in the fourth week of summer vacation, etc.

Last Thursday S. and I went up to the Alta Vista Gardens (which is NOT the same as Vista Gardens!). Stupidly I did not take but one picture, this one, of a model rocket parachute/nose cone in a tree.  Where is the main rocket body?  They should be attached, right?  Maybe on the other side of the tree, I neglected to look.

Afterwards we found a geocache near the old Engle Airport/Escondido Airport location.

And ate lunch at the Home Sweet Home Cafe.

It has been rather warm here for a week, at least!  This candle got warm and soft and fell right over!

A couple of days later it was noticed that it had fallen over again.

So, just a bunch a pictures

of a candle.  A candle in the sun?

The breeze made the Weetabix sticker pop up just as I took the picture!

Actually, I can't remember if I took that picture, or L.--It is a mystery.

I shot this panorama at the end of the Sunset Trail in the Tijuana River Estuary Park.  That is my shiny umbrella leaning up against the sign post.  Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach is to the right.

(CLICK on it.  It is only about a meg!)

Confusedly, this trail is not on the current trail map, and yet it is quite clearly signed for hikers and horses.  And there is quite a BIT of horse poop along the way!

There was a spider on my screen last night.

I keep my spare change in this cup, guarded by the tiger.

It is 96 right now, outside, and 88 inside.  It is 3:42 PM.

I finished reading Charms For The Easy Life (by Kaye Gibbons) a few days ago.  I must say I NEVER would have picked that book to read, and I must say it is one of the best books I've ever read.

Now I'm reading Monuments Men (by Robert M. Edsel).  It is pretty good, too!

Both of these books have had movies made of them, of one sort or another.  Apparently not GREAT movies, but good movies.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Evening Roundup

Here is the dinner we had the other evening.

This is supposed to be a sunflower, my first to flower this year, but it looks a bit more scrawny than the others I have.  Maybe it's a different breed.

I managed to get myself out of bed this morning and went down south to Border Field/Tijuana River Estuary again for some caches.  I got one I wasn't able to get before, and without even using the TOTT that I purchased on the way for ten bucks at Auto Zone in Chula Vista.

Most of them hills are down in Mexico, and we are turning west as we rotate to the right.

I walked a pretty good way and found three caches.  One of them was a puzzle cache which I didn't even figure out (I THINK!) until I got home, but I DID find the container (based on  my incredible intellect and the rather useful hint. And brute force) and sign the log, so it counts!

Due to what I don't know, I seem to have managed to NOT get my Medicare Part B applied for at the proper exact time, so I don't have it.  So that means I can't get the supplemental, either. So I essentially don't have any medical coverage to speak of for at least a couple of months, for the first time in 39 years.  The people at Social Security tried to explain what the deal was, but I do not understand, and it obviously was not going to change, so... whatever.  Guess I'll have to reschedule my oncologist appointment for next week to another month.

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