We had our first little geocaching adventure today! I just needed to get out. Still coughing or not I didn’t particularly care. I bundled up warm, took my inhalers, diabetes supplies, water, food and our geocaching kit we put together and went. Initially, we were actually going to drive this afternoon to Berwick (about an hour away) to get me checked out at the walk-in clinic there but my voice and cough have started to improve so we figured we’d give it another day or two and see how I feel on the weekend.
I just really needed to get out. 3 weeks of only leaving the house once or twice (to go to the hospital) and weeks before of rarely leaving have gotten to me and I’m really shack wacky to say the least! So I convinced Edward to go get some gas and pick up a few things at the dollar store, put together a little kit and some supplies and we headed out for a few hours. I’m pretty sure the fresh air did me some good!
Our first stop was near the Digby airport as there was supposedly a cache a few hundred meters off the road into the woods. We searched high and low and couldn’t find anything. It’s great because the geocaching app will lead you right too it, has comments and logs of finds. But we still didn’t find anything. Even with the hints. But getting out in the fresh air inspired us. I used my phone to take the pictures below because we forgot our camera.
Next, we headed up North Range to the North Range United Baptist Church where there was supposedly a cache there. We did find that one, our very first find, but sadly it was all wet inside (wasn’t that great of a container) the log book was just some strips of paper that were damp but I was still able to write on one. So I was able to write our names on it and put it back, everything else (the swag) was soaked and covered in mud so we didn’t take or leave anything.
Nearby was a second cache (like 2 min down the road) near another church. I couldn’t find the name of the church. The app indicated the cache was in behind the graveyard on the outside of the fence. The image above is taken from behind the cemetery. It was so beautiful and peaceful back there. It was a little hike in, about 10 minutes due to fallen trees and rocky and hilly terrain along the fence, but it wasn’t too bad. I loved the hike but we couldn’t locate it anywhere. So we left with nothing but a picture. Eddie did slip and fall but only because he was trying to rush. I gave him shit for it. We need to be careful obviously and watch every step. I still enjoyed it immensely and so did he
After we left the second church we headed back towards where we live and up the Waldeck Line Rd a little bit. There are a few on the road but the road gets pretty rough. It’s literally above our house on the hill and over the highway. We located the first one in the series on the road. It was the first one we actually got pictures of. Again it was wet inside and you can’t really tell from the picture but it was all frozen in ice (it’s still cold in the woods). This one the paper was frozen and we couldn’t pull it apart so we just logged it on the app and put it back. It was a little bit of a hike down an old path in the woods. It wasn’t too hard a find. A little further down Waldeck Line road at the corner of Purdy road, there was another. We found the broken canister but everything else was long gone. So we marked it as needing maintenance.
We headed back towards our house after that but I wanted to try the 4 that were in Cornwallis Park. The first one we stopped at was supposed to be on or near the tank above. We looked all over, following the clues and couldn’t locate it. But I got a nice picture of the tank anyways. We live really close so maybe we will try it again someday. Another one was on the beach and over some rocks. It was a bit too much for this time of year so we didn’t bother with that one for now. The third was in a park near the water and it was getting really windy and cold so we decided to save that one for another day as well. The last of the 4 was supposed to be in a tree right beside the road. It was so high up. I couldn’t reach to see. Eddie looked as best he could but couldn’t find it. By then it was 5:30 and we were getting hungry so we decided to head home.
All in all, we really enjoyed it. We found 3 out of the 6 we looked for. One was totally destroyed and the other 2 were wet. We took nothing, we left nothing but we still managed to have tons of fun! I managed to get about 5100 steps in total which is half of the goal I have set. So really good exercise and fresh air. I feel great. He really enjoyed it as well. I can’t wait for the next time we go out. We need to do a little more planning next time I think. Maybe map the route we want to take rather than just driving all over the place. The problem was is that you can’t tell that a road is mud/gravel and then you get there and realize that you can’t drive down it in an Altima Lesson learned. Plan plan plan ahead!