In the elevator on the way down to breakfast we were joined by an energetic, friendly young fellow. He had just arrived for some house hunting before his first posting at Cold Lake so as we ate we answered questions this Ontario native had about Alberta. What are those bright yellow fields? Canola. Lots of bears here? The highest concentration of black bears in Alberta we'd heard, and we shared a weekend bear story from a fellow geocacher. We talked about wildlife from his home and ours, our weekend wildlife encounters including the Sandhill Cranes on our BCP189 Blueberry Hill hike yesterday and Alberta in general. Geocaching came up quite naturally and he made sure he knew the website and was quite interested. He knows about Brass Caps, too.
Heading back home after the Sails, Rails and Tails 2016 (WestCan6) mega event this was our first stop. We read the details as we drove, including the positioning of the cap. However, in the excitement of arrival we forgot it all and followed the well worn geotrail to a deep hole. Mrs Shark started clearing a few bits of grass from around the hole to better see what was at the bottom--there was something at the bottom. She stepped back to let Mr Shark see the hole and that there was actually a small plant growing down in there beside the cap. That's when she noticed the ground level cap sitting pretty and all ready for a photo shoot. [forehead slap] There are actually two deep, neatly dug holes, one right in front of the guide post and another right behind. Don't know why, but they would both be a hazard once the grass recovers or there is a bit of snow. The cap is not deeply stamped but plainly readable. Only a heavy scuff on one edge makes one number faint. Well, we found it so we'll say our day was off to a good start! Top o' the mornin' to ya, ofth!