BCP244 Pelican Point
Our afternoon found us enroute to Bashaw where we were hoping to find a multi-cache before driving around Buffalo Lake. It was a very pleasant drive from Red Deer under the hot sun in a clear sky lightly fringed around the edges with fluffy white clouds. The fields are bearing more subtle colors than they had been during a trip in this direction in mid July. At that time the canola was in full, canary yellow bloom, in sharp contrast to an otherwise green landscape. Now there are more varied shades of golds, greens and tans. There is also pattern in the fields as harvest begins and fields are starting to be lined with swathes and dotted with hay bales. In between the rolling hills, sloughs nestled like gems reflecting the sapphire sky. Small flocks of birds rose out of the ditches at our approach, waterfowl filled the sloughs and hawks sat on hay bales, fence posts and utility poles keeping a lazy watch out for any small tidbit of food moving around in the heat.
After lunch in Bashaw and successful completion of the multi-cache, we couldn't pass by this cap. We parked in the shade of a high bush chokecherry tree and left Mrs Shark Sr to watch in amusement as we quickly located the cap and knelt in a hot sunny ditch. The silly things people do these days! Fortunately, there was little to do: a little clearing of overhanging grass, a couple of tiny leaves to remove and this cap was ready for pictures.
We showed her the photos of the cap and she shared a story inspired by the chokecherries. When she was a girl in school, it was customary for the teacher to check the student's personal cleanliness each morning--hands, fingernails, teeth, etc. Chokecherry season came and Mrs Shark Sr and some friends went out to feast on the berries. Dark juicy berries quickly produce smiles of a shockingly unnatural color! The teacher changed the inspections to after lunch which cruelly ended further enjoyment of this summer treat...at least until after school.
Thanks for the cap and the memories it inspired to be shared.