Monday, 8 October 2018

Great Trail Treasure

The Great Trail Treasure Adventure

So a new thing called the "Great Trail Treasure hunt" recently came out where Canadian Geographic has hidden 100 caches along the Trans Canada Trail. Right up a geocachers alley!!

The Great Trail Treasure Hunt is an adventure that gets Canadians exploring the longest recreational trail in the world. The Great Trail spans an unrivalled variety of landscapes and terrain — from urban to remote wilderness. It’s a national treasure we can all use and enjoy.
August 26, 2018 marks the first anniversary of the unification of this 24,000 kilometre network. To celebrate, Canadian Geographic Travel wants you, your family, and friends to get out there on the The Great Trail and win some great prizes.

 I was fortunate enough, well actually skilled enough to find one of these treasures after only 2 real clues were given. The put out a total of 5 clues for each box, the first is what section of trail(this could be upwards of 10 to 50 miles of trail), and the 5th is the coordinates, if you have not figured it out by then. I found this one as the 3rd clue came out and was first to find it, which means I will receive a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op, and a years subscription to Canadian Geographic.






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FTF!!!
Happened to be off one day in the middle of the week and a cache that was published the night before was still not found when I checked in the morning, so I was able to head off and grab the FTF on "Quiet Smiley Stop for a Friend"!! Got another FTF a few days later also.

I was also finally able to finish my Alpha-Numeric chart when I found a cache called "6 :My Way or the Highway"

I went to Mission for a show recently and while there I noticed a cache nearby called The Big "M"
I assumed it was in the parking lot of McDonald's but when I got near, I realized it was something else.


 It was a cool huge metal Letter "M" that stood for Mission, BC 

Trip to Seattle for 3 of Clubs Magic Convention

I am heading to Seattle in a couple of weeks for the 3 of clubs Magic convention. I have already mapped out the caches I plan to get. I will not have a lot of time to cache, so I have picked out the ones of interest.




As you can see from the pics of my maps I am only after about 23 caches, that I will try to do on my way down and back. I am on the organizing committee and co-hosting the convention, so I will be busy during the time I am at the convention. 
I will let you know how my Seattle trip goes next month!!







Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Friday, 7 September 2018

Virtual caching and International Geocaching day

Souvenir's and Virtuals

It was International Geocaching Day this past month on August 18, 2018

If you got a cache today (Aug. 18/18), you would get a virtual souvenir.
Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that you can discover and display on your geocaching profile page. They are associated with a particular location, particular date, and may also be bound by time, or some challenge.


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 I Was First to find this Earthcache in Port Moody, close to home at Port Moody Park. I Just happened to be passing by the area when it was published.


Trip to Vancouver Island

 The 49th Parallel

Grabbed a Virtual while passing thru Ladysmith, on my way up to Port Alberni, to see my dad one last time, before his passing. This is the town I moved to when I left Alberta, to move to Vancouver Island. Used to love fishing with my dad here. 



I was able to get a First to Find(FTF) on this virtual in Port Alberni while there. The cache was a monument of part of BC's paper making history, these mill stones represent an early start of the history of the Alberni Valley and paper making in British Columbia, which is where my father worked in the nearby mill for over 30 years.



 This was a cool earthcache that is out in the middle of the Salish Sea, also known as the Straight of Georgia. It was called the Fraser River Plume


 I just happened to swing by to grab a cache off my path on the way to Port Alberni, and as it happens I was able to use it for the monthly Geocaching challenge.
This is a FB page by the Geocaching Vlogger Joshua Johnson. Each month there is a different challenge to complete. If your submission is one of the three chosen that month, you will receive a cool Geocaching Vlogger geocoin. I came in third a few months back for my submission in July. Each month is a different challenge. This month's was to use a TOTT (Tool of The Trade) to retrieve a cache.
As you can see by the picture, the cache was down a hole in a rock, and I needed my telescoping magnet to retrieve it. Lucky I had it with me.

Can you see the cache??
Another cool cache I found while on the island, that I needed to use a TOTT to reach it. This time however it was just a combination of a pen and my keys, that helped me retrieve the cache.
(I'm like McGyver)
                   

How about now??



Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65




Sunday, 19 August 2018

Souvineer's and Vegas trip

Slaying the Dragon


Recently some new Virtual souvenir's came out for finding up to 100 caches in a months time. 13 in total. I decided I would shoot for 50 caches, and would get all but one souvineer. I was 8 short of the 50 goal I had set by the last day. So I went on a bike ride after work one evening down the Boundary Bay Dyke Trail. It was nice to get out and get some fresh air. Just grabbing enough caches to get my Dragon Souvenir. If you read my last months Blog you will see what happened the last time I went for a bike ride. lol, always an adventure!!!
On this bike trip my front tire started getting low, after about 3 caches, and many times I thought about turning back and then kept saying, no I will get just one more. lol. by the 8th cache the tire was flat, and I thought, made it, got the Dragon!!!! Oh crap gotta pedal back with a flat. lol






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VEGAS BABY!!!

So I headed to Las Vegas for Magic Live again this year on August 2nd, and it was just part of my magical trip. I also headed to Bakersfield, California, and then off to Hollywood California. Most of the trip will be for magic conventions and Magic related fun, but I was sure I would find some time to grab some select caches along the way.

Here is a recap of my trip:
Day 1 (Aug. 2nd)
Drive to Bellingham, and flew to Las Vegas. Went out to a Magic show that evening.
Didn't do any caches!!

Day 2
Went to the strip and a cirque du soleil show in the evening
No Caches!!

Day 3
Went to 2 magic shows on the strip
Checked into registration for the convention
Had the FVMC Magic Live Party
No caching!!


Day 4
Went to the Stratosphere to do the Skyjump (Click on the link to see the video)


Later that evening was the Magic Live kick off!!
Still NO Caches!!

Day 7
Last day in Vegas, finally grabbed a cache....YAY!!! It was just a simple micro, but I was glad to get one before leaving Las Vegas.

Day 8
Traveled to Bakersfield, California, and stopped in Baker at the Alien Store, where I was able to grab a cache.
Also grabbed a virtual in the town of Boron, CA

Day 9
Today I got up early and went out to get 2 traditional caches and 2 Virtual caches. One of the traditional caches was inside a restaurant. Pretty Cool!!
 Later in the afternoon when we had a break from the PCAM Magic convention I went and grabbed another virtual with some other magicians including a magician/cacher friend Brian(razemania) from California.

Day 10
Got up early today and went and did the nearby Wherigo at Centennial Plaza where they had some cool art work and sculptures, in Bakersfield.


Day 11
We traveled to Hollywood,
today and although I would not do anymore caches on this trip we still had some fun and adventure as we went to the Magic Castle twice while here.

Day 12
Went to Universal Studios today for some fun and adventure!!

 A cool time exploring at Hogwarts!! (Loved this place) Lots of cool things to do and see.

 A huge direction compass at Universal Studios.



 All fun times must come to an end and today we Fly home, but we made a quick trip to Santee Alley, in the Fashion District, where I purchased a couple of new suit jackets.


Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Back to gold country and a meeting with a Bear!!


So on June 22, I decided to take a spontaneous trip back up to the gold country to grab some of the Gold Country caches that I missed or had to DNF because of flooding on my last excursion out that way for the Gold Country Events in May, that you can read about in a previous Blog. I headed towards Lytton and was able to grab a Gold Country cache on the way thru Kanaka Bar that I DNF'ed the last trip thru. I also grabbed another Gold Country cache that I would have been FTF had it not been muggled before the event last trip up.
It was getting late and starting to rain by this time so I decided to travel a bit further before stopping for the night.
I awoke early the next morning and headed towards Cache Creek where I would grab a quick breakfast and 3 caches. I then headed to nearby Ashcroft and by 8 am I had already found 6 Gold Country caches that day!!

Can you see the cache??

One of the caches was in this cool little park and cammoed so it could be in plain view.

As I drove thru and cached in the little town of Ashcroft everything looks like it’s an antique and the town had a very antique feel to it. It sorta looked like a movie set and the buildings looked like they were just backdrops. Very cool!!
Kinda curious as to how long this car was there for the tree to grow thru it!!
The New firehall
The Old Firehall



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I then headed up the road heading towards Logan Lake. I grabbed a few caches along the way including one more Gold Country Cache. I drove right by a cache that was published in May and had not been found yet, but I did not know this until I got back home. The first time I've not looked to see if any new caches were in the area I was travelling to. Aaaargg!!



This was the view from just down the road of Gold Country-Highland Valley Copper Mine
A very cool looking Canada Flag.


Got into Logan Lake and grabbed a couple more Gold Country Caches before heading towards Merritt. I finally grabbed the Gold Country- Merritt Viewpoint cache which I have tried to get anytime thru here, but the gate was either closed and last time the floods kept some of the bridges closed, so I was not able to get it.
Merritt Viewpoint
I then headed on down the highway, heading back towards home, with a stop for one more cache along the way.
So in total on my quick little trip to the Gold Country, I found only 17 caches of which 12 were gold country caches. I was not there to get as many as I could, I was being quite selective.

Happy Canada day caching

For the Canada Day long weekend my little boy and I headed out to Harrison Lake for a Canada Day celebration with about 30 other magicians and their families. We headed to Harrison Mills the night before and stayed at the Sasquatch Inn. We grabbed a few caches before checking into the hotel.
 We got up early the next day and headed towards Harrison Lake and grabbed a couple of caches along the way. What a great weekend of fun with my little boy!!

Happy Canada Day!!!


July 6th Pitt River Dyke Trail Caching

So this evening after work I decided to throw the bike in the car and head to Pitt River Dyke trail and ride the trail and grab a few caches that I have not gotten yet. I parked at Victoria Drive and Cedar drive. I unloaded the bike and headed down the Dyke. I had already gotten 1 thru 7 of the DS-PR series back in November 2013 while in town for a Magic convention.
I didn't stop at DS-PR #8 as I heard something moving in the bushes nearby.(I read about recent bear sightings) I stopped and grabbed DS-PR #9 and moved forward thinking I will come back and get #8 on the way out. Got the rest of the series and then "Pitt's Outpost-Bear Scare" (another hint maybe?) cache. I then headed towards "Hook Me Up", even after reading StickmanBC's log of seeing a bear nearby. I had already pulled out my bear spray from my backpack and was carrying it in my hand.

After taking way too long getting this one, because it was breezy and every little sound of brush movement startled me, I decided to head up the path to Oliver road as I thought it would be an easier route and possibly shorter. Shorter maybe? NOT easier!! Part way down the road before the turnoff to Minnekhada park, I came across the first of 2 bears I would encounter. I spooked him and he jumped out onto the trail. I jumped off my bike, pulled the cap off the bear spray and started backing up keeping the bike between me and him. As I backed up a bit further, I though he was just gonna head off into the bush, so I grabbed my phone to take a pic before he scrambled away. He then stood up on his back legs.

What he did next, I was almost kind of expecting...he then charged at me and I sprayed the bear spray towards him, and started walking backwards again. He stopped, and I could now taste the bearspray. My eye's started watering and burning as I kept walking backwards, hoping I would still be able to see him. He then turned and headed off into the bush. I waited about a minute and then slowly walked past the spot he headed into. I was blinking quite a bit by this time and my nose and eye's were on fire, and I was gaging and coughing from the spray that may have saved me!!
After getting a little way past the spot, I jumped on my bike and headed away. When I got to the turnoff to the park, I stopped and drank some water and splashed my face and eye's.
As I got a bit further down the road a girl on a bike was coming towards the area. I stopped her and told her there was a bear up ahead. She pointed back down the road from where she came from and I could see headlights and she said that was the park ranger, out this way to chase off a bear. I thought she meant the one I was just with. NOPE, as we started to ride away, another one appeared across the ditch.

I took a couple of quick pics and continued on, as she continued to take pics. I stopped at the Ranger to let them know where the bears were, and she drove towards them. I made it back to the car, threw some more water on my face, loaded up the bike and headed home, with my eye's, nose, face and arms still burning. 8.1km round trip, 9 caches, 2 bears, 1 bicycle, What a great night. lol

Looking forward to my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, Bakersfield, California, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. Probably not going to get too many caches as the 2 weeks will be filled with Magic conventions and shows.




Well, that's it for this month,
Keep on caching!!
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Great Trail Treasure

The Great Trail Treasure Adventure So a new thing called the "Great Trail Treasure hunt"  recently came out where Canadian Geogr...