With another 5 or 6 weeks of winter ahead of us, geocaching fever is setting in. The above-average snowfall in December, topped off with regular dustings of snowflakes in January and February means that many geocaches are in hibernation. Even equipped with a hand shovel and metal detector I was unsuccessful locating a geocache the other day.
After judging grade 5 science projects half the day Thursday, I took advantage of the 90 minute window before school dismissal time to head into North Glenmore park. After DNF’ing the snow & ice encased geocache at the west end, I headed east along the upper pathway, dropping down near the shore of the reservoir at the Blue Heron picnic area and then continued along to search for GC1HHVZ Murder in the Park. It was an easy find, but enjoyable because of the considerable effort that went into constructing the cache. I don’t usually trade swag, but there was something intriguing in this one, so I made a good trade and then dropped in a travel bug that has been in our inventory for several weeks over the 14-day optimal holding period.
The 6 km walk completely refreshed me, although I had to shake my head at the 5 or 6 people I saw traversing the ice layer on the reservoir. We’ve had enough warm days lately that I personally wouldn’t risk it. On my return walk to the Weaselhead parking area I paused to take a couple photos of the blue sky, puffy white clouds and ice-covered reservoir. I hope the sun shines a lot over the next few weeks, finally melting the leftover snow and ice from December. It would be nice to finish the month with a few more than 2 finds to our name!
On another front, there were several posts on the Calgary Area Cachers Forums yesterday about geocaches being pulled by Fish Creek Park staff. There’s been no official word about a new geocaching policy for Provincial Parks, so we’re all wondering what’s up. There are more than 700 geocaches hidden in Alberta’s provincial parks, about half of them in Fish Creek Park and Kananaskis country. For those who aren’t familiar with Calgary, FCP is a beautiful area in south Calgary (well within city limits) and K-country is about 45 minutes west of here.
Shortly after lunch I placed a call to the FCP Site Manager to ask about the situation. Since I didn’t get a call back yesterday, I’ll be sure to keep my cell phone by my side on Monday, hoping to get some clarity on the situation.