Geochaching, Dinner & A Movie

Yesterday Edward and I both had the day completely off. He wasn’t working at Walmart and we had finished up the last of the transcription work mom had sent us and she won’t have more for us until after the weekend so we slept in a bit and relaxed for the early morning. We had decided a few days before that we were going to do our best to get the typing out of the way so that we had the weekend off from it. He still had to work today and tomorrow at Walmart but it gave us all day yesterday to do what we want. So we did.

We had decided to go see Captain Marvel at the Yarmouth Cineplex. I was really disappointed when we got to the theatre in Yarmouth that they don’t have Time Play at that location. I always enjoyed playing it and often times won things. But apparently, Bayers Lake Cineplex in Halifax is the only one that has it. Not even the other ones in the HRM.  That was a surprise!

But oh well, the movie more than made up for that experience! It was really good and left me wanting to see Avengers: Endgame so badly when it comes out April 25th.  Good thing we still have a ton of Scene Points left and we use our Scene Visa a lot so we get tons of points fairly quickly. I am a huge fan of the Avengers and of Marvel Comics in General. Well, at least the movies anyways. I have not actually read any of the comics but maybe I’m going to have to.

We had decided we were going to the early movie at 6:50 because Yarmouth is at best an hour and 15 minutes from us and we didn’t want to drive back at like 1 a.m. We figured if we left after lunch we could get a few hours of geocaching done and so we headed to Smith’s Cove just on the other side of the Bear River Bridge and started there. I had created a list of about 20 Geocaches that were fairly easy to get in Smith’s Cove and then all the way to Yarmouth along Highway 1 (old highway). We went off into Smith’s cove and started with 3 on a dirt road.

We drove down a little way and turned onto a small side dirt road that went past a cemetery and down to a beach. There was no indication at all that it was a private road and I don’t think it was from what we read. We found the very first cache without too many issues. I forgot to get a picture of the actual cache as I was so excited we found our very first one. I got the picture above down at the beach. It looks out over the Annapolis Basin.

After that, we tried a second one where the two roads came to a junction but despite the hint and looking around for quite some time we couldn’t find it. We moved on down the road towards the third one we were going to try and get. The person who placed all three was from the area and said it is not a private road but there is a hotel on the road. Like a resort but the road itself is okay to go on. So we took that at face value but not far down a local who was wheeling a wheelbarrow back to his house stepped in front of us and indicated we roll our window down. So we did.

He then proceeded to tell us it was private property (there are about 20 or more houses on the road). Another local at another house never bothered us at all and even waved to us. We told him sorry we were geocaching and got turned around and we were just going to turn around and leave, which we did. Out of respect I would never argue and would leave when asked. I would never intend to go on someones private property, even if I know I wasn’t on it and was fine I still had no intention of arguing. But it sort of ruined the mood for us for a bit.

We left there and went to Weymouth and got some fudge at a house that sells fudge by the roadside. People have been eating her fudge for years and my grandmother used to take me over to get some when I was little and when the woman had a store and I remember it being so damn good. Well, it still is! She only makes peanut butter fudge now but it is the hard crumbly kind that melts in your mouth. Oh my God, it is good!

After that, we headed to New Edinburgh where my great-great grandparents and great-grandparents lived when my great-grandmother and grandmother were both younger. One of the houses is still there but I can’t remember if it was my great-great grandparents or my great-grandparents house. I didn’t want to stop and take a picture without asking the owners and they didn’t appear to be home so we just kept going. Just before their house though was 2 geocaches that were off the old railroad tracks that are now the Sissiboo Story Book Trail. I took the picture above on the embankment that was once a railroad bridge that was torn down some years ago. There was a geocache to the right but it was way down the embankment and we decided it was for another day. I also took the picture below from the same spot, just looking the other direction.

After that, we drove through New Edinburgh past the house that was once my great or great-great grandparents and then up through Clare County past the churches of Église St Bernard and Sainte-Marie Church in Pointe-de-l’Église and St-Alphonse-de-Clare Parish Church which I never thought to stop and get pictures of along the way. They are 3 beautiful old Catholic Churches that I love. Actually, I love Clare County and it’s high atop our list of places to purchase a house when we do. I want to be in the French community there. I love it so much. We ended up not doing any more Geocaching before and after eating because we wanted to make the earlier movie.

We stopped at Chez Jean Dairy Twirl which is one of my absolute favourite places to eat home-made Acadian and Canadian food and also they have the best ice-cream in the area. I ate light because I knew I would be getting popcorn, candy and pop at the movies. So I just had some Mozza Sticks which are my favourite. My hubby had a burger and fries. We also have a cute little place just down the road from where we live that used to be called The Hollow or Hollow Spot when I was younger that is under new management this year with a new name that I can’t remember right now and a drive-in type feel with places to park your car and an outside deck with tables and chairs and picnic tables outside. You have to walk up and order but then you can eat on the covered deck, in your car or under the shade of trees. It opens April 23rd for the summer and I can see it from my driveway so I can’t wait for it to open!

We are going to be getting our tax return money on Monday as well so we plan to get a fireplace, maybe a table and chairs and were thinking about a pool. My parents have a 3.5 or 4 foot deep, 15 in diameter quick set pool that they said we could put up here. We just have to buy a new pump for it potentially as they want to use the one that was used with it before with a bigger pool they have that they are setting up at their place. We have to check into filling it as well as we can’t find an outside tap and we’re on a well but it is artesian so we might still be able to fill it over a few days or weeks carefully. So we will see.

I can not wait for the weather to get warmer! We are also planning to take a little of my pension money from my last job and driving, camping and hiking the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton or go camping in PEI around the beginning of July as well. This summer is going to be great!

And I’m offically hooked!

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!

Geocaching

I’ve spent the last 3 weeks really sick with the flu which turned into bronchitis. I just finished my second round of antibiotics and still have a bad cough. While sick I was thinking about ways to get outside and get exercise and fresh air this spring, summer and fall and even the coming winter months and I thought “what about geocaching?”. What a great idea!

What is geocaching you might ask? To be honest I’d heard of it but really didn’t know much. So, here is a video from geocaching.com to explain:

Seems pretty fun and a good way to get out and get moving. I can’t wait for us to start. I plan for us to start with a few geocaches that are really close to my home in Cornwallis Park and up a few roads within walking distance and then go from there. I’m hoping to do a few over the next few weeks close by to get started.

I think it will be a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy the spring weather which has turned really sunny and nice and get hiking. I can’t wait to learn more. I noticed there is a facebook group for Nova Scotia and I am sure there are other people in my area. I would love to go to an event as well so we can meet some new people or perhaps even reconnect with some people from my high school days.

I’m so excited! I plan to blog about it a bit more and maybe even if it’s something we really enjoy I might create a blog specifically for it down the road!