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

Saturday, 06 February 2010Alberta, Canada

BCP333 Coutts

Posted: N48° 59.888 W111° 53.683
GPSr: N48° 59.888 W111° 53.684

Based on Google Maps, this cap looked like it should be easy to get to -- just a 3-kilometre drive down Border Road and a 10-metre walk. So why was the terrain rating a 3? We'd soon find out that it was a little harder to reach than I had expected.

Ms. CR was driving as we approached the border station, and it was obvious that she was nervous about how we would look crossing at night for a 30-minute visit. I encouraged her to try to avoid mentioning "geocaching," since the guard was unlikely to know what it was and we wanted to avoid a long explanation. Instead, I suggested she just tell them that we wanted to take a picture of one of the border markers, which was the truth.

Unfortunately (or, I suppose, fortunately for national security), the guard could sense my wife's nervousness. He raised an eyebrow at hearing our border marker story, and Ms. CR spilled the beans about being geocachers. He had no idea what that was about and told us to come inside for a more intensive interrogation. Luckily, the guard we got passed on to had heard about geocaching, but he spent the next 10 minutes making sure we knew what it was.

Eventually, we got approval to enter the United States and found Border Road, which is frequently used by border patrols. As we approached our destination, we saw slow-moving headlights approaching us. We found the obelisk, and I had Ms. CR pose beside it. After I had snapped a couple shots, a local search-and-rescue vehicle pulled up beside us. I'm guessing it was a volunteer civilian patrol. We must have look more like tourists than smugglers, because the driver simply asked if everything was okay. Even if he was suspicious, I doubt he had the authority to require us to produce our passports. And if he did secretly call the border station, the agents there knew what we were up to.

To demonstrate how border crossings should properly be done, I drove us back into Canada. My photo-taking explanation apparently was accepted without any problem. But I'm a dual citizen, a U.S. passport isn't good enough to get one back into Canada, and I had forgotten to bring my Canadian citizenship card. We were required to enter the border station once more. Arg! After about 10 minutes of searching their databases, the Canadian border guards let me enter with a warning not to forget my card again.

In the end, we scored the smiley, earning the full 3 terrain points in the process.

Ms. CR beside the marker
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