WEEK 26 2013
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Saturday - OTR, off to Cayucos!
- OTR, off to Cayucos!
Thursday 27 June 2013
- Back in town. Pretty tired, but there are things to do.
Amusing. While walking through
the deep canyon I mentioned to Dave a memory of a presentation by
someone who had gotten lost hiking the eastern Sierra's. My suggestion
was that we hike all the Trails of the Eastern Sierra, and take the GPS
with up, and sell a new revised version with stuff to keep people from
getting lost. Looking back, it turns out that I saw that presentation this exact week, in June 2007!
I changed the oil, then made a quick stop by the library. The decline there continues.
has been invaded by street people. There've always been some, but it is
now dozens of them at any given moment. They have backpacks and
bindles. If they collect bottles and trash to resell they bring these
bags as well, and fill up the seats around them with their leaky
odorous treasures. They sleep, they snore, they play little personal
radios. They play cards and talk. One group even brought lunch, and was
sitting around a table eating sandwiches and drinking. About fifty feet
from the two security guards. The bathrooms are a mess, littered with
paper towels from people bathing in the sinks, graffittied and smelly.
It's become rather unpleasant to visit - and there is really nowhere to sit and read.
Wednesday 26 June
- OTR. This was mostly an office day. We considered going out again,
but decided we had enough data. We did go and talk at length with the
people who had done an earlier inspection, some years ago, and got some
info from them.
finally headed home about 5:00pm. I was so tired that I actually had to
pull over and take a nap by the side of the road about 6:00pm, the nap
made possible in the 90F heat only by the shade of the old trees around
the old Rancho Camulos.
- OTR. A third day in the field. Roughest country of all, rock
scrambling and wading through creeks up to our waists. Fun actually.
The scenery is rather spectacular, and because of the inaccessibility,
fairly unspoiled. Birds, fish, crayfish, and turtles abound. We saw
coyotes and even deer sign. And forests of poison oak :-(
canyon walls were so high and steep that the mapper, even with the
fancy antenna, was unable to get a differential lock. I had to settle
for normal positioning accuracy.
- OTR. Another day in the field. It's slow going, rough country and a
lot of data to look at. Fortunately the mapping points and polygons
that we pre-generated give us a good guide in assembling and surveying
stuff. Time well spent.
- OTR, down to Thousand Oaks. Met with the other member of the party at
a pre-arranged spot, and after consultation, headed to the downstream
end of the arroyo and started walking up. The marine layer and cool
temperature's were a godsend - given that we were already dealing with
a sewage plant, bugs and poison oak!.
We had a nice lunch of roast beef sandwiches, our pre-arranged meeting
spot having been in front of a farmers market that had an excellent
deli as well, and lucking out in that a dirt road ran along a part of
the lower reaches of the creek, so we could keep food in the cooler in
of the number of creek crossings we just hop-scotched with the
Explorer. Usually I just leave the vehicle at one end or the other of
my mapping reach, but the car made it easy to cross creeks without
getting our boots wet. Wet boots are miserable to walk in, and we had
several days of rough walking to do....