Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Recycled life

The Ventura County’s best spots to trade in used stuff for cash

When most of us think about recycling, our sights are limited by that empty tub of cottage cheese. It has some sort of recycling insignia imprinted on the bottom. But does that little arrow mean you should or shouldn’t toss it in with your empty Coke cans? If you’re stuck on this sort of question, you’re thinking too small. Recycling is something you can do with all kinds of items, not just glass and plastic. You can recycle clothes, furniture, knick-knacks, CDs, records and more. You name it, there’s probably a way to recycle it.

And, there’s also probably a way to make a little money in the process, too. Besides, who ever said recycling had to be a completely unselfish act? Why not add a few coins to the piggy bank while you’re at it?

For the traditionalist

Unless you’re some sort of Neanderthal, chances are, you already recycle. You dutifully toss every tin can, empty soda bottle and newspaper into the blue trash bin and pat yourself on the back as it’s hauled away. You may not drive a hybrid (yet) but you’re doing your part to save the earth. So why not do a little something to pad your wallet while you’re at it? You do know they’ll pay you for those bottles and cans, right? It takes a little more work, but if you haul your trash bags full of recyclable goods to the nearest recycling center, you can walk away with a pretty penny.

Ralph’s/Tomra Recycling: 1776 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 266-2453.

Drop that muumuu

Will I ever fit into those jeans I wore in high school? Will I ever wear that paisley print dress that my mother-in-law gave me last Christmas? Maybe I should keep these polyester pants just in case I need to dress up as John Travolta a la Saturday Night Fever? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves as we go through our closets, trying to decide what to keep and what to give to Goodwill. The answer, my friends, is always no. Giving to the Salvation Army or Goodwill is a great idea, but if you have something that you truly think is worth a few bucks, why not try a consignment store? You’ll never wear that pink sweater again, but some high schooler who’s just discovering Cyndi Lauper might pay 10 bucks for it. A consignment store will put your old clothes (and sometimes stuff) on display and then pay you a generous percentage once they sell it.

Wear it Again Sam: 1978 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-3989.

I’m bringing Flock of Seagulls back!

CDs: Do you even still have any of these things? Well, you know, CDs won’t exist in a few years, so you might as well unload them while you still can. Besides, every CD you own has already been ripped to your computer and uploaded to your iPod, right? Nostalgia is not a good reason to hold onto a little plastic disc, when you can get a few bucks for it at your neighborhood record store. Your next hesitation is probably the content of your CD collection, but don’t let your obscure musical tastes stop you from reselling. Most used CD outlets already have too many copies of Justin Timberlake’s new album, they’re really hoping for some less obvious stuff. A friend of mine once sold all her CDs and made enough money to move to Boston. What will you do with your riches?

Salzer’s Records: 5777 Valentine Rd., Ventura. 639-2160.

Buffalo Records: 105 South Oak St., Ventura. 648-3345.

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Do it like Rocky

The best spots to get a great outdoor workout

We can’t all be professional athletes; we can’t all be the next Rocky Balboa. However, there’s no reason we can’t feel like we’re training for an Olympic event. It’s February and the weather is beautiful. In Ventura County, who needs a gym? Try one of these five outdoor workouts and see if you don’t feel just a little bit like Sylvester Stallone when you’re finished.


Sprinting a few flights of outdoor stairs and then doing a little bouncy, arms-in-the-air victory dance at the top is arguably the best way to feel like you’re training for a heavyweight fight. And while we may not have the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we do have stairs. The ones in front of City Hall in Ventura are picturesque, but you might look a little silly celebrating after bounding up five steps. Instead, try the stairs that run up from Ventura Avenue to Wall Street. It’s a long flight and, by the time you reach the top, you’re guaranteed to have worked up a sweat. The stairs start behind Ventura Ave. and end at Wall St. in Ventura.

Pedal pusher

You don’t need to be Lance Armstrong to benefit from a good bike ride. And, really, what’s the point of spending the afternoon on a stationary bike at the gym, when Ventura County has so many great bike paths to choose from. The most scenic (and challenging) is probably the trail that starts at Olive Street, just west of Ventura Avenue, and ends in downtown Ojai. Getting up there takes some serious work, but coasting back down is the payoff. This route is about 22 miles round trip. Novices might want to cruise along the Beach Promenade in Ventura instead.

Keep your chin up

Remember that humiliating moment in gym class in the sixth grade? When the teacher made everyone do as many chin-ups as possible? Were you one of those kids who hung there motionless (except for those flailing legs), straining, your face turning red, veins popping out of your neck? Want to relive that embarrassment? You should: Chin-ups are a great upper-body exercise and you don’t need a gym to do one — you just need a playground. Find a local elementary school and get started (just try not to burst any blood vessels in your forehead).

Track star

The track at Arneill Ranch Park in Camarillo rocks for a number of reasons. First: It’s not located at some heavily trafficked intersection. (It’s in a nice, quiet residential area.) Second: It’s not associated with any high school, so you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of being lapped by lanky teenagers as you huff through your first 400 meters. Third: It’s a dirt track, which is nice and forgiving on sensitive joints. And, fourth: It’s an old-school, quarter-mile track — which is nice for those of us who don’t understand the metric system. The park is located near the corner of Sweetwater Avenue and Dunnigan St. in Camarillo.

Take a hike

You don’t have to drive to the Santa Monica Mountains for a good hiking trail — we’ve got a few right in our own backyard. In Ventura, you can hike a number of different distances at Arroyo Verde Park. The trailhead is near the entrance of the park and, depending on your stamina, you can make it a long trek or a short one, as there are a number of opportunities along the way to leave the trail and head back to the park. In Ojai, there are a variety of amazing hikes for all fitness levels. If you’re serious about it, pick up Day Hikes in Ventura County from






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