BCP214 Acadia Valley
Posted N51° 09.276 W110° 12.898
GPSr N51° 09.277 W110° 12.900
This one was supposed to be a simple manhole cover to expose and we needed that as we were getting pressed for time on our trip to Saskatoon. When we got to GZ the fence and benchmark marker was gone. They put up a new metal fence further infield at the ball diamond. You could still see the grass ridge where the old fence had been and was protruding through the crust layer of the snow. The context shots showed the cover was a few feet from where the old fence had been. but the GPSrs were zeroing out about 15 feet from that area. I swept the area with the metal detector and got nothing as the snow and crust layer was too deep. We poked and prodded everywhere and got nothing. We started to think that maybe our assumption at the fence location was wrong. At this point I had visions of the Ranger Ridge cap, got out the shovel and cleared a 20 ft by 20 ft area of snow crust and saw nothing. I cleared closer to the old fence line and spotted the blue placard under ice. I chiseled it out and it was sitting right on top of the manhole cover. Geez. The manhole was frozen completely shut and we couldn't get it open, even after bending the tip of our spade, so we settled for a cover shot with the placard. Another 30+ minute cap find on a cold day. It was a very fast drive to Saskatoon after that. Well... with a few more more cache stops. Man... was it easier a few weeks ago cap hunting north of Edmonton in the snow. Thanks for another interesting cap. Our first trip through the area.
[This entry was edited by Takin it Easy on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 9:01:23 PM.]