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CREATURES HIKING ON THE MALIBU BACKBONE TRAIL – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 985 – A peaceful week includes the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, Fireball Abigale and creatures hiking on the Malibu Backbone Trail!


MOPAR SPRING FLING 2019 AND THE ABOMINABLE SAASPOOCH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 917 – Fireball hits Spring Fling at Woodley Park for Mopars, then takes a hike with Kathie only to be attacked by the infamous Abominable Saaspooches!


VASQUEZ ROCKS STAR TREK FILMING LOCATION – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 734 – Fireball, Kathie and Ken head to Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce. Site of where they filmed many TV Shows including the 1960’s Star Trek. Funniness ensues.

Vazquez Rocks is prominently seen in a 1963 episode of Outer Limits called “The Zanti Misfits”.

The rocks are also in several television westerns, including the 1959 “Whipsaw” episode of Tombstone Territory; the Bonanza episode “Between Heaven and Earth”; The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Cadre”; and the opening credits of the TV Western Laramie as Slim Sherman and Jess Harper come riding down, each from one side.

The rock formations are also seen in the Michael Jackson music video “Black or White” when he dances with Plains Native Americans, and in an original series Star Trek episode “Arena”, where Captain Kirk rolls a boulder onto a reptiloid alien called a Gorn.

The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed “Kirk’s Rock” due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet.

The use of the rock as a place to struggle with an enemy was echoed in the film Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey twice, once replaying the Gorn-themed Star Trek episode on the TV, and again when the title characters are murdered by their doubles at the same location.

A scene at a diner in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was filmed in front of the rocks, and in homage to the Star Trek episode, the diner is called The Arena Diner.

Vlogging Hikes of 2017…

Tons of California HIKES this year on the Vlog. Just hit “HIKE” in the search or watch our HIKING PLAYLIST on Youtube. Many more coming this year!


HIKING TO HARLEY IN THE OJAI MOUNTAINS – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 641 – Malibu Vlogger Fireball and Kathie head to Ojai to hike the Cozy Dell Trail, then into downtown to spot this Snake Infested badass Harley Davidson.

About OJAI from WIKI… Ojai is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. Located in the Ojai Valley, it is northwest of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara. The valley is about 10 miles (16 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide, surrounded by hills and mountains.

The population was 7,461 at the 2010 census, down from 7,862 at the 2000 census.

Ojai is a tourism destination with boutique hotels and recreation opportunities including hiking, and spiritual retreats, as well as for a farmers’ market on Sundays with local organic agriculture.

It also has small businesses specializing in local and ecologically friendly art, design, and home improvement—such as galleries and a solar power company. Chain stores (other than a few gas stations) are prohibited by Ojai city law to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique.

The origin of the name Ojai has historically been known as derived from a Native American word meaning nest. The city’s self-styled nickname is “Shangri-La” referencing the natural beauty of this health-and-spirituality-focused region.

While there are no known references, it is commonly claimed that the mountains visible from the city were used, but then cut, from the 1937 movie as the mystical sanctuary of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon.

Ojai located in the eponymous valley, and is nestled in the Topa Topa Mountains of central Ventura County. The city is approximately 745 feet (227 m) above sea level and is bordering the Los Padres National Forest to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which only 0.35% is water, and the rest is land.

#Ojai is situated in a small east-west valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean coast.


SS DOMINATOR SHIPWRECK LUNADA BAY PALOS VERDES! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 633 – Fireball grabs the team and head to PV to discover a Shipwreck in Lunada Bay. The SS Dominator, crashed aground in 1961.

About PV from WIKI… The Palos Verdes Peninsula and Lunada Bay is a landform and a geographic sub-region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, within southwestern Los Angeles County in the U.S. state of California.

Located in the South Bay region, the peninsula contains a group of affluent cities in the Palos Verdes Hills, including Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. The South Bay city of Torrance borders the peninsula on the north, the Pacific Ocean is on the west and south, and the Port of Los Angeles is east. SS Dominator Shipwreck.

The hill cities on the peninsula are known for dramatic ocean and city views, distinguished schools, extensive horse trails, and expensive homes.

About the SS Dominator from WIKI…, a freighter, ran ashore Shipwreck on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the South Bay area of California in 1961 due to a navigational error while lost in fog. Its remains can still be seen today, and serves as a point of interest for hikers and kayakers.

The Dominator was originally the American Liberty ship Melville Jacoby, built during World War II at the Walsh-Kaiser Company shipyard in Providence, Rhode Island, and launched on 31 March 1944.

It was named after the journalist Melville Jacoby, who after reporting on the war in China, and narrowly escaping capture at Corregidor, was killed in an air crash in 1942.

During the war the Dominator was operated by the Wilmore Steamship Company of Boston, on behalf of the War Shipping Administration. In 1947 she was sold into commercial service, and flying the Panamanian flag, was renamed SS Victoria.

She changed hands in 1950, and was renamed SS North Queen, then again in 1953 and became SS Dominator.

On March 13, 1961, Dominator was en route to Los Angeles from Vancouver with a cargo of wheat and beef, when she ran aground Shipwreck off Palos Verdes, California.

For two days, the Coast Guard and tugboats attempted to refloat her, but heavy seas and high winds only forced her higher onto the rocks. After two days the crew abandoned ship.

HIKESPEAK… A great resource for Hiking California

If you like Hiking the Mountains of California like we do, then HIKESPEAK is a great resource. Just plot in your city, grab a hike and GO. The best resource we’ve found so far.



Fireball and Kathie head up a no named trail to a Secret Malibu Peak. Find a Picnic table and a spectacular view. Later, they stand on the edge of paradise. Awesome final INSPIRATIONS from Fireball.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a coastal mountain range in Southern California, paralleling the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Transverse Ranges.[1] Because of its proximity to densely populated regions, it is one of the most visited natural areas in California. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is located in this mountain range.

The range extends approximately 40 miles (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The western mountains, separating the Conejo Valley from Malibu, suddenly end at Mugu Peak[2] as the rugged, nearly impassible shoreline gives way to tidal lagoons and coastal sand dunes of the alluvial Oxnard Plain. The mountain range contributed to the isolation of this vast coastal plain before regular transportation routes reached western Ventura County. The eastern mountains form a barrier between the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, separating “the Valley” on the north and west-central Los Angeles on the south. The Santa Monica Mountains are parallel to Santa Susana Mountains, which are located directly north of the mountains across the San Fernando Valley.

The range is of moderate height, with no particularly craggy or prominent peaks outside the Sandstone Peak and Boney Mountains area. While often rugged and wild, the range hosts a substantial amount of human activity and development. Houses, roads, businesses, and recreational centers are dotted throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.

A number of creeks in the Santa Monica Mountains are part of the Los Angeles River watershed. Beginning at the western end of the San Fernando Valley the river runs to the north of the mountains. After passing between the range and the Verdugo Mountains it flows south around Elysian Park defining the easternmost extent of the mountains.


Fireball and Kathie take the 2017 FIAT 124 to the “Rim of the World” in Malibu, hit the Backbone trail to a secret Microwave Tower. They find bliss. Also, some great inspiration!

From WELIKELA… Have you ever heard of the abandoned relay tower that sits perched high atop the canyons of Calabasas near Backbone Trail? You haven’t? Well, let me introduce to one of L.A.’s coolest ruins.

Now, in terms of history I heard several different things about what “Stunt Tower” may actually used to have been, with some claiming it’s an old AT&T radio tower, while others saying it was part of the NIKE missile defense program or was used by the LAFD as a watch.

You can really find a definitive source online about the origins, but I guess in some ways the mysteriousness only adds to the lore.

Whatever the tower used to be, today it resides as a graffiti torn shell of it’s former shelf, but a shell with an epic panoramic view of Los Angeles County and the Pacific Coast.

As the title of the article suggests, the tower is located on private property and we do not advocate or advise trespassing to access the tower.

This is an abandoned microwave signal relay tower. Part of the AT&T long lines communications network built during the cold war to resist potential WWIII and keep communications flowing.

The AT&T microwave towers were used for both civil and government communications. They were mostly built in the 50s and early 60s, and moved the Bell System’slong-distance communications off of copper wires for a large part of the network. Some communications went over transcontinental cables, others over microwave links. The buildings supporting the towers were hardened against a nuclear blast, and some of them in high-danger areas were underground.

The towers themselves were engineered to withstand all but a close (within 5 miles) blast. The microwave horns were covered with a protective shield to keep out not only the elements, but also radioactive fallout. The buildings were shielded with copper to protect the equipment against the Electromagnetic Pulse associated with a nuclear explosion. Foot-thick concrete walls protected the vital electronics and people inside the base installations of these towers.

Thick copper grounds went deep into the bedrock beneath each tower. Fallout showers, backup generators, sleeping facilities all existed to keep the network up in times of war.


WATCH! Fireball and Kathie hike 2 miles to the original Set for the TV Show M.A.S.H. Yes, still some cars there! Then, Fireball builds a Japanese Ramen Burger!

About M.A.S.H. from Wiki… M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH (which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker). The series, which was produced with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS, follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the “4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War. The show’s title sequence features an instrumental-only version of “Suicide Is Painless”, the theme song from the original film. The show was created after an attempt to film the original book’s sequel, M*A*S*H Goes to Maine, failed. The television series is the best-known version of the M*A*S*H works, and one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television history.

The series premiered in the U.S. on September 17, 1972, and ended on February 28, 1983, with the finale, showcased as a television film, titled “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”, becoming the most-watched and highest-rated single television episode in U.S. television history at the time, with a record-breaking 125 million viewers (60.2 rating and 77 share),[1] according to the New York Times.[2] It had struggled in its first season and was at risk of being cancelled.[3] Season two of M*A*S*H placed it in a better time slot (airing after the popular All in the Family); the show became one of the top 10 programs of the year and stayed in the top 20 programs for the rest of its run.[3] It is still broadcast in syndication on various television stations. The series, which depicted events occurring during a three-year military conflict, spanned 256 episodes and lasted 11 seasons. The Korean conflict lasted 1,128 days, meaning each episode of the series would have averaged almost four and a half days of real time. Many of the stories in the early seasons are based on tales told by real MASH surgeons who were interviewed by the production team. Like the movie, the series was as much an allegory about the Vietnam War (still in progress when the show began) as it was about the Korean War.[4]

The episodes “Abyssinia, Henry” and “The Interview” were ranked number 20 and number 80, respectively, on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time in 1997.[5] In 2002, M*A*S*H was ranked number 25 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.[6] In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it as the fifth-best written TV series ever[7] and TV Guide ranked it as the eighth-greatest show of all time.