BCP001 Calgary (Varsity)
Any seasoned cacher will tell you looking for a brass cap in the winter is not smart, looking for one in the winter when there is this much snow is borderline insane but desperate people do desperate things and that is how I came to look for this cap in the snow on a night when the temp was -33 with the windchill.
Recently I started focusing on filling the remaining days in my calendar grid so I can claim the smiley for GC2THDD 'The "Cache Every Day of the Year" Challenge' cache. With only 12 days left to fill I was not going to let the cold stop me tonight.
I decided to try for a different cache tonight but could not locate it. After conceding the DNF I quickly searched Geosphere for another nearby cache to find. As I was in my wheelhouse there were few caches left to find and none nearby. This cap however was only a couple blocks away. My choices were pretty clear - give up the challenge and wait 365 days to finish this challenge OR do the insane and go looking for a cap in the snow without a metal detector.
There was no way I was giving up the challenge so off I went looking for this cap. As I pulled up to GZ I was happy to see the sidewalk had been recently cleaned - not down to the cement but within a centimeter or so. I got out of the vehicle armed with my GPS, a light and the snow brush/scrapper and proceeded to GZ.
Once there I looked for any indication that there was a cap in the area. Nothing jumped out at me so I got to work with the brush - sweeping the snow away down to the pavement as I moved down the sidewalk. I'm not sure if anyone saw me doing this but I can only guess what would have gone through their head if they had! More than once along the way I thought to myself "I can't believe I am doing this." But persistence paid off and soon I uncovered the cap. A few snap shots and numbers later I was heading back to the warmth of the vehicle - another day filled on the calendar! Thanks for the easy brass cap when I needed one OFTH!