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Found it Black Shark found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Friday, September 5, 2014Alberta, Canada

BCP666 Ranchlands

With a little extra time to kill before our appointment, we spontaneously decided to find this cache. Fortunately, we had a good old fashioned paper map with us today. Our GPSr's "Follow Roads, I can get you there!" feature was [i]not[/i] working. It gave us directions...they [i]were[/i] along roads...and they might eventually have gotten us to our destination. But: we would have been zigzaged through residential areas when main streets would have been more efficient, it directed us up a street only to return right back along it and large complete circles were mapped through subdivisions before we would be directed to our target. So, while the GPS regularly beeped its annoyance and recalculated, we ignored it and easily made our own way. A good map in the hand is a wonderful thing and it never just stops working like higher tech versions can!

Parking was found in a little parking lot marked "Visitor Parking" along Ranch Estate Place, a bag of bags for picking up after your dog was thoughtfully hung on the fence beside the park access and the trail up the hill was cobbled! Chickadees were heard, a blue jay was seen and all those little trails through the trees are very likely frequented by a small herd of deer. Rather a pleasant little spot!

We'd enjoyed views of the mountains in all the usual places along our way from Red Deer, but we enjoyed our closest views from this vantage. We couldn't miss the snow lingering from the first snowfall a few days ago. It was quite a contrast from the beautiful weather we were soaking up today on this warm, flowered hilltop! An approaching siren prompted us to turn around to see a fire truck forced to honk its horn and come to a complete stop before motorists finally cleared the intersection for its passage.

Why someone would take the time and effort to polish this cap is a bit of a mystery. Thanks for a well placed cap with urban and (especially) mountain views!

A warm, bright smile!

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A warm, bright smile! A warm, bright smile!

The path, a few rocks and the cap The path, a few rocks and the cap

Hairy False Goldenaster Hairy False Goldenaster

Bristly but not a thistle? Bristly but not a thistle?

Late summery day, distant early autumn snow Late summery day, distant early autumn snow

infoA virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location. Depending on the cache "hider," a virtual cache could be to answer a question about a location, an interesting spot, a task, etc. The reward for these caches is the location itself and sharing information about your visit.

Because of the nature of these geocaches, you must actually visit the location and acquire the coordinates there before you can post. In addition, although many locations are interesting, a virtual cache should be out of the ordinary enough to warrant logging a visit.

Virtuals are now considered waymarks on Waymarking.com.
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