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

Tuesday, 29 March 2016Alberta, Canada

BCP324 Ponoka

CAUTION: There's a small, deep hole in front of the cap's marker post (facing the tracks) which will be a hazard to watch for once it is hidden in the tall grass.

It's been many months since we last logged a cap , so long that Mr Shark forgot to check for them when we decided to make a trip to Ponoka for some caches. Mrs Shark's GPS had them loaded and she noted (in her outside voice) that there were a couple in town. After finding the caches and taking our first bicycle ride of the year along the trails (in March at a sunny +12 C!), Mr Shark asked about the caps. We happened to be quite near this one, just on the wrong side of the tracks. The problem was a train that was just rolling into town and there was no way we were going to beat it to the crossing...and it was a v e r y long train. Luckily, it stopped just short of triggering the crossing lights, bell and arms so we hastened across.

The marker posts were quickly spotted from the highway and the cap was in plain sight as we got closer. We brushed a hand over it, but there was barely any dust on it at all, unlike the ditch grass. The cap is in great shape with few tool marks and clearly stamped numbers. While we were taking photos, the train inched forward a bit unnoticed until the coupling closest to us pulled tight with a CRASH! A mini checkup on our hearts that was! After we were done with the cap we had to pull up the manhole cover and check out the bench mark just to satisfy our curiosity. It's a pin and a greasy one at that. Thanks for the cache and the cap, outforthehunt!

Outdated context shot......the train moved on before we left. The GPS is leaning on the cap. Note the hole right of the post.

Additional Images Additional Images

Outdated context shot... Outdated context shot...

A closer look at post, hole, cap A closer look at post, hole, cap

A big smile at finding 2016 A big smile at finding 2016's first cap

Colourful rail cars Colourful rail cars

More rolling colour More rolling colour

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