Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Chasing Waterfalls

Last Sunday Tosha, Ben, Jason and I went for a nice hike out in the beautiful wilderness of Topanga State Park. Our friends had been there the week before trying to find this waterfall on the Santa Ynez Trail, but had made a wrong turn. We were trying a different route, but after a pretty much vertical climb for a few hundred feet we saw a family with children backtracking (how those people managed that climb with a baby on their back and young ‘uns I’ll never know), saying it didn’t look like the waterfall was over there. So, after taking a rest and enjoying the view for a bit, we climbed/slid/crawled back down to the stream bed. There we found a couple of girls coming from upstream saying they had just been at the waterfall and it was about 20 minutes from where we were. The waterfall sounded really cool, but we were short on time since B&T had Mothers Day plans and Jason had to go to work. So we made a vow to make another stab at it in a couple weeks now that we know where it is. I’ll certainly update y’all if we ever actually make it there.

Unfortunately, as I found out yesterday from TBone, there was another hiker out on the same trail on that same day with a group looking for the same waterfall who will not have a chance to come back and look for it another day. This poor 19-year-old kid was separated from his group, and later fell into a ravine and died. How crazy is that? I’ll definitely be sticking with the group on future waterfall-finding expeditions.

4 Comments:

Blogger Leah said...

I heard about that, so yeah don't stray from the group because I enjoy reading your blogs thanks.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Stewsday said...

Well, that is a gruesome story about a hiker. I don't want that to happen to y'all... though I'm sure you're much smarter than that kid. He didn't follow the rules of hiking.
Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back include a route on a map.
Hike with a group or a partner. Sure its nice to get lost in alone in nature, but just remember what happened to Aron Ralston, friend of the String Cheese Incident... He had to cut his own arm off with a pocket knife to save his life.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The map thing is a great idea, excpet there arent any printed maps of this trail. In most places its listed as an EASY trail, except that w/ all the rain we had this winter, the main trail is all overgrown and VERY poorly marked. Plus, there are all these off shoot trails that look just like the main trail. But, thanks to a few women hikers we ran into, we FINALLY know the direction of the waterfall!...Hey Shan...we should go this weekend...are you down????

TBone

9:32 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

Let's do it TBone.

1:13 PM  

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