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B.C. Geocaching

posted Sep 8, 2010, 9:58 PM by Serena Beck   [ updated Sep 11, 2010, 9:07 PM by Colin Beck ]

We didn't find quite as many geocaches as we would have like to while we were on the island. This was due to the fact that we forgot our GPS. However, we managed alright with Colin's cell phone and ipad.

The first cache we found was Neden a cache here and it was on our way to the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. We removed Addies's Philpper. This cache was quick and easy.

The second cache we found was Old Coombs Shortcut. It was a  nice walk down the old highway to the beach. We placed Addie's Philpper in this cache.

Our third cache we found was in a really cool spot. We had to check for it a few times until we saw it hiding. BC Parks GeoRush 2008 - Englishman River Falls is located a short distance from the waterfall and is loacted in a park with beautiful old trees. It was pouring rain the day we visited this cache but is still made for a great warm hike. I think there were two other caches in this park but we didn't get a chance to find them because we couldn't get a cell single to get the coordinates through Colin's iPad.

Red Deer Geocaching

posted Jul 30, 2010, 1:00 PM by Serena Beck   [ updated Aug 1, 2010, 3:28 PM ]

On Friday, July 23, 2010, we drove through Red Deer for a Migun massage at Divine Nails. A Migun massage  is a massage on a bed with jade rollers that help detoxify your body. I highly recommend this massage.
The first cache we found in Red Deer was Friendly little cache.  It was located in a little ravine trail near this nice looking house and some empty property. It was easy to find but took us longer than usual due to the coordinates or our GPS being off.
The second cache we found was The Ultimate McCache. It was near Bower Mall and close to Divine nails. The coordinates were also a bit off for this one. Might have been us or it might have just been Red Deer.

 We were in Red Deer because we were on our way to Red Lodge Provincial Park to go camping. There is only one geocache near the campsite and we found in last year when we were camping. We should have brought a cache to hide this year, but we forgot.

Geocaching on QE2

posted Jul 22, 2010, 10:43 PM by Serena Beck

Last weekend, Colin and I were driving home from Sylvan Lake and we decided to grab a geocache along the Queen Elizabeth Highway 2 (QE2). I had the GPS on as we drove along on the motorcycle. There are so many geocaches along the highway. However, some of them are a bit too close to the highway and there isn't really anywhere safe to pull over and grab them. 

We stopped at our favourite little diner for supper - Fay's Diner and had burgers and fries. After supper, we drove along the gravel road in the abandoned campsite to a nice ammo container cache. On Hold was just off the gravel road. We left a seashell but didn't take anything. This cache had a ton of home made CDs in it. We got a few nice sunset pictures and there was some crazy creepy fog forming in the ditch beside us too. It was a bit eerie so we took off after that.

We haven't found a travel bug in the past 6 months, so I think we're going to try and find a cache with a travel bug in it next.

Mayerthorpe Geocaching

posted Jul 18, 2010, 9:12 PM by Serena Beck   [ updated Jul 18, 2010, 10:36 PM ]

Last Sunday, we went to Mayerthorpe for my grandparents' 55th Wedding Anniversary. It was a beautiful day and as fun as it was to hang out in a community hall, we escaped for a quick hour to find a few geocahces. There were two new caches in town since we were in Mayerthorpe last summer.
The first cache we found was Prairie Pirates Lair. We traded a handheld game for two friendship bracelets that we gave to my friend's daugther and her friend. It was a nice walk and we even got to see some small town drama on the way. There was a car driving along with a girl walking beside it yelling at the couple. I suspect there was some sort of cheating going on.

The second cache we found was  Seann Triubhas by a farmer's field and wasn't too far from the highway. My parents found the cache with us. My mom was super excited because there was an antique spoon in the cache. We traded a few items for the spoon (because my mom highly valued it). It was the first time we've found a spoon in a geocache. I would really like to find a rubber duck since I collect rubber ducks, but I haven't found a cache with a duck in it yet.

The Fallen Four Statues

Geocaching in Edmonton Again

posted Jul 11, 2010, 9:45 PM by Serena Beck   [ updated Jul 11, 2010, 10:18 PM ]

While speaking with my massage lady about geocaching, she pointed out that I do more out of city geocaching than I do city geocaching. So, we decided we should start exploring a few more neighbourhoods in Edmonton. We found a geocache in Edmonton in the Blackmud Creek area. Snakes and Snails is placed in a very cool ravine because there is one house down there all by itself, so there is a road to drive down to the house. The only issue with finding this cache was the many mosquitoes! Usually, I get eaten worse than Colin, but they must have been looking for some testosterone. Colin had 6 bites and I escaped with 0.

Next, we found, A Cache for My 12th Birthday! after we had dinner at the new Dumplings restaurant at 2303 Ellwood road SW. It's an easy little cache tucked behind the business area. There is a pond there too. Who knew. You never know what you'll find when you're geocaching. 

Mountain Highway Geocaching

posted Jul 3, 2010, 8:23 PM by Serena Beck

As the cache states, Sarah's Cache is indeed located in a very windy spot and you have to be careful not to get blown into the lake. However, the view is well worth finding this cache. On our way back to Edmonton, this was the last mountain and Lake that we saw on our journey, so we were glad that we stopped to savour the view. 

At first glance, this turquoise body of water could pass as a tropical oasis,
 but it's fed by a glacier.

B.C. Highway Geocaching

posted Jul 3, 2010, 7:47 PM by Serena Beck

On the way through B.C., it's fun to stop at a highway turn off, have a bio break, check the GPS and discover that there is a cache at the rest stop. This is how we found HWY #5 Break Cache. The view is beautiful at this rest stop, except for the trees clinging to the side of the mountain like a man's stubble on his chin (due to fire sweeping across the mountain). It's also a great spot for watching the trains go by.

We stopped at Smiley's Moose Pail by Moose Lake near Mt. Robson because I needed to take a bio break. The outhouse was rather clean and impressive too.  Ensure that you check for trains before grabbing this cache.

The tracks (I forgot to take a pic of the actual cache)

Awww pristine B.C. mountain air

Jasper and Hinton Geocaching

posted Jul 2, 2010, 11:35 AM by Serena Beck

In June, Colin and I went on a motorcycle trip to Jasper. We found a few geocaches throughout our journey. We stopped for lunch in Hinton and found Jacob's Cash Cache.  It was far enough away from the gas station to give us a chance to stretch our legs.

Once we arrrived in Jasper, we walked around the town and found Jasper Yellowhead Museum Cache - YLHDAB. It  wasn't too far from the school. This cache is not located in the first spot you would think it would be but in the second spot where you would think it would be.


Wabamun Geocaching

posted May 9, 2010, 6:08 PM by Serena Beck

The first time we found a geocache while camping, we were at the Red Lodge campsite and we crossed the river to find a geocache in May 2009. This year, we went camping at Wabamun. We found 4 geocaches and also hid one geocache-Wabamun Duck Hunt. It's near the lake and contains the trackable item Camping Duck.

The first cache we found The Wabamun Triangle Point A was in the town of Wabamun up a little hill near the town center. We found this cache on our way to Home Hardware to buy propane for our camping stove (you always forget one thing when you're going camping).

The second cache we found Feature Creature - Water Strider was just down from our campsite in Birch. I love bridge caches. This is probably our third or fourth bridge cache. 

We found the third cache Feature Creature - Pileated Woodpecker with Colin's cousin and his sister. There were quite a few prickly bushes that we had to trek through to get to this cache but that's a typical Alberta forest. We traded a knot tying kit for a duck pen in this cache. 

Our fourth and last cache of the weekend was Back Gate Library which is a perfect cache to visit if you forgot to bring a book camping or are ready to exchange your book for a new one. The books are hidden in a nice big ammo can (which are always a pleasure to find and a bit easier since they are so large.

I highly recommend camping at Wabumun Lake if you like geocaching. There are many caches within walking distance of the campsite.

10 Years Since Geocaching Began

posted May 4, 2010, 9:07 PM by Serena Beck

May 01 and 02 marked the anniversary of 10 years of geocaching. Colin and I have been a bit lazy with the geocaching since we've been back from our RTW trip. We found our 2nd and 3rd caches since we've returned this past weekend. In between sun showers and down pours, we found Rise of the Fallen - The Hunt for Megatron which is a newer cache that was hidden in our neighborhood while we were travelling RTW. It's not too far from the road and is near the end of the forest that is part of my running path

We also found a cache in a small wooded area behind some houses in MacEwan. It was called Owls something because when people first move into the area they saw owls in the treed area. However, we couldn't log this cache because it  no longer exists on the site. The cache was in need of maintenance because it's just a log book in a plastic bag, but weren't able to record this find on the website. 

We have now found 103 caches.

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