What do a bright pink, fuzzy bunny, an old student ID card, and a stale Tootsie Roll have in common? Geo-caching. And Session 2 students sifted through the green ammo box with the enthusiasm and care of children on Christmas morning. After the uphill hike from Highway 33, the box contents and discussion of this hobby were a welcome diversion. One student located in the notebook names of previous OVS students who had visited this site. Another left a message in Russian for an earlier signatory who was from Ukraine. Later we took a moment to contemplate a memorial photo left to honor a local mountain biker who spent his last moments on this trail.
Returning to the landscape, students oriented themselves and noted the dry Ventura River stretching south in the distance like a gravel path to the ocean. We took a moment to contemplate the watershed around us and recognize with this visual reminder that everything in the watershed drains into the Ventura River and–with the advent of rain—rushes straight to the Pacific. After the Thanksgiving holiday we will trace this course to the sea and spend time exploring the water’s edge.