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

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