We try to spend a few days each month doing something that gets us away from a computer screen. Sometimes what we do is active, sometimes not so much. There are so many choices, we certainly don’t get bored.
History: Ranchos, museums, living history and even a presidential library are found in Ventura County. The Reagan Presidential Library and Air Force One Pavilion is in Simi Valley. Aside from its permanent collection there are often visiting collections. Everything from Baseball to the Magna Carta may be on display.
The Chumash Museum has a permanent collection of artifacts from the Chumash Indians. There are also hikes, performances and other activities. It is located in Thousand Oaks.
Horseback: If riding is your thing, there are several options available. Rocking K Horse Rentals is situated in the Santa Monica Mountain Range and offers rides up into the mountains or just around an arena. The horses can accommodate a wide range of abilities. From our experience, there are horses for those who have a bit of a challenge in the riding department as well as some that expert riders will enjoy.
Lakes: Like most of Southern California our lakes are basically water reservoirs. Some offer swimming, boating and fishing. Some only offer boating. Lake Casitas is the latter, though they are hopeful to be allowed to restock in late 2014. If you choose to go to a lake, call ahead for conditions. Some lakes are severely affected by the drought and may have limited or canceled some forms of water recreation.
Hiking: There are hiking trials in many parts of Ventura County. Some are steep and require a lot of stamina. The Chumash Trail in Simi Valley fits that description. Some are a little flatter, like Wildwood Park in Newberry Park.
Gardener’s Delight: The Conejo Botanical Garden is located on the side of a steep hill. There is a butterfly section, a salvia section and a section of plants used in herbal remedies. There are also some coastal oaks. Walking around the garden can be hard if you have mobility or breathing issues, but there are plenty of shady benches to rest before you walk on. A few times a year the garden has a plant sale.
Ventura County is lucky to have such a range of recreational activities available. We haven’t seen them all yet, but there is a list…