BCP063 Calgary (Calgary Tower)
N51 02.659 W114 03.786
I have spent many sleepless nights agonizing over this cap, but no more!!!
Its funny how people come in and out of our lives, even funnier is when someone comes into your life, then goes out of your life only to reappear many years down the road - usually when you need help with something.
This happened to me today. Back in the early 1990s I was a young air cadet on my flight scholarship here in Calgary. At the time I met a guy named Drew who became one of my best friends. As happens over the years we lost touch and went about our separate lives. Today we crossed paths again and although we both have aged considerably we recognized each other almost immediately. After a brief greeting we decided to go for a coffee and catch up.
As is usually the case we talked about everything we have done since flight school. During this conversation I realized Drew could help me with a problem I have had for a couple of years now...You see Drew is now helicopter pilot based out of Edmonton and he was down here for a few days waiting for some clients. While he continued to tell me all about his life since cadets the wheels in my head were turning. In my head I was working out the following...Drew has a helicopter, my wife had just given me a new Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM Autofocus Lens (read as “really big, super clear, freaking expensive" lens), there’s a cap on the tower I have never been able to get... Drew can get the camera, lens, and me up to the cap in his helicopter!
In the blink of an eye I had a plan in place to finally get the cap on the tower.
I quickly explained to Drew what geocaching was all about and why he should take me up on a flight today. At first he was hesitant and quoted me all kinds of air regulations and reasons for why this was a bad idea. It took some convincing but eventually Drew came around to my way of thinking.
We made our way to the monkey cage aka my place to retrieve the camera and lens and then to the airport to climbed in his helicopter. Quickly we were airborne and on our way to the tower. I could hardly wait. As we approached I read Drew the description of where the cap was supposed to be. He indicated he understood and maneuvered in close so I could snap some photos of the cap. I made sure my 5 point harness was secure and opened the door to lean out and take my photos. All was going well...too well!
Out of the sun a hawk came screaming towards us. Drew was quick to evade the crazy territorial bird but the damage was done. I dropped my camera and could only watch in horror as it fell towards the ground. Luckily today is Sunday and the nearby construction site my camera fell into was deserted. Still the camera shattered when it hit the concrete and I lost any chance of retrieving the numbers. Given that we almost died up there and my wife will probably kill me when I tell her how I lost my lens and camera I’m claiming this cap.
Now to come up with a believable story to tell my wife... thanks for the cap... I think.