This one has been on my "Bucket List" for a while now. The stories I've heard had me convinced I'd never actually make it here - particularly the land route. Learned about the canoe route to this cache, and Lingham and that piqued my curiosity. After a few months, a plan started to approach this one. We got our hands on a canoe, and Avernar had his jeep. ElectroQted sent us some tracklogs from his canoe trip and we figured we were set.
The date was picked and we loaded everything up - we would approach from the north and canoe in. We drove out here from Georgetown and the road off 62 was way easier than expected. Then we got to the dirt part and we kept commenting how the CacheRolla would have made the journey so far, no problems. When we got to the "road washed out sign" it was time for a less friendly road. Didn't take long for the "that's not CacheRolla friendly" comments. Avernar drove with all the windows down, and the local Deer Fly air force was out there, just waiting for us to stop. Avernar had some fun in the puddles, well as much fun as he could have with a trailer attached to the Jeep. Got to the parking spot, assessed a nice place to put the Jeep+Trailer combo then redecided the Jeep could park at the TOP of the hill, saving a hundred metres off the portage. We did stop before we got to the "No Motorized Vehicles" sign.
We unloaded the "beast" of an aluminum canoe and hauled it out along the portage to the lake. 500 metres was about as far as we were willing to carry the thing. Had to tiptoe around some muddy spots (not fun without the Jeep) and actually put in a little too soon - so we had some vegetation in the water to deal with. At this point spirits were high and we guided the canoe out through the grassy waters. Following ElectroQted's tracks we easily made our way between the islands and along the way we were treated to sights of deer on the shore, turtles in the water, egrets and herons in the sky. We had a perfect day for this. Just enough wind to keep the bugs on the shore, but barely a ripple on the water. The paddling was as easy as it could get.
We eventually made our way to the put-in point beside the boats and we pulled the canoe out of the water. From here, we took the cache name to heart and started bushwhacking until we hit the ATV trail. Things got a lot better from that point on - we easily hiked along the ATV trail all the way in, with only a couple incidents. We had fun climbing across the ladder/bridge at the first water crossing, and took some time to explore the hunt camp. Wished I had the "good" camera here, as the natural aging of the camp buildings was rather photogenic. We hopped across the little bridges at the marsh, and Avernar's foot went through one of the boards - a sign of things to come later? When we arrived at the beaver dam, I went across first. Found it was a little unsteady and without care I believe the dam may have actually come apart on me. Avernar went next and had the same issues crossing - then about 2/3 of the way across his crossing took a dive. Literally. Here's the video on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDGO8l6qTf8
Avernar rejigged things so his electronics would survive - fortunately his camera didn't get wet in the fall. We zipped over to the cache final and found it almost as quick as the deer flies and mosquitos found us. Loved the board with the "2000" written on it at the cache - previous milestone find no doubt. We signed in, I took some pictures for memory sake and we beetled out of there before we were eaten alive. The ATV trail led us right back to the canoe without incident and we happily paddled off to Lingham.
A perfect cache adventure, easily a favourite cache.