Well, it looks like all that fun we had in Bracebridge a couple weeks ago had made the local news there. We had a freelance reporter join us for the first few geocaches of the day – 25 or so people all with snowshoes on.
That was a fun day, and you’ve already seen some of the photos. Some of the day’s highlights were
Snowshoeing up a rock cut instead of using the proper trail
Roaming snowball fights, including one were we got Chris-Mouse and SPIKE back before they could get off the pedestrian bridge (no ammo there!)
The 1km long rolling snowball fight
Driving down a summer-only maintained logging road and meeting everyone at the parking co-ordinates from the direction of the hiking trail
Following TOMTEC on the wrong way to a cache, and taking the road out.
Watching 30 geocachers try to find a pub with mapping GPS units and radios
Trying to fit 30 or so people into a pub that barely seats that many
The pub grub — that was fantastic stuff
Winter isn’t going to stop this water flow, which is what’s powering all the lights in the picture.
This waterwheel is mainly decorative, but it is beside the modern equivalent — a hydroelectric dam in Bracebridge, Ontario
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about winter, is the sheer calm that it can produce sometimes. Here is one example of that calm, near a geocache called “Duck Chutes” near Bracebridge Ontario.
Finally got find #600 after missing it on a couple weekends and then spending most of my geocaching time on Friday looking for some lost electronics instead. I got to try out my new Snow Shoes though (Atlas 830s) and boy are they ever nice to tromp around the snow in. Occasionally one of us were too lazy to shoe up on Friday night and that person would fall behind and get tired fast.
On Saturday we had a family function up in Barrie (about an hour north of home) and that just begged for a travel bug drop off. On the way back we hit two caches in Innisfil and Alliston – I dropped off four bugs, two at a time and found #600 at “The Brody Trio” around 10pm.
I’ve decided that the Geocaching logs have been drowning out the other content on this blog, so I’ve seperated them out into their own section. You can access them using the “My Geocaching Adventures” link on the left hand side. RSS feeds have been moved to accomodate this, so please edit and re-sync them.
The mountains near Boulder, Colorado are called the “Flatirons”. Here’s a picture of the sunset on my way back to Castle Rock from Boulder tonight.
Here’s a shot of my buddy Ed’s neighbourhood. Hills are a pinch bigger out this way….
Grabbed this shot on final approach to Calgary Int’l. It reminds me of SimCity when I look at the photo. Pulled the shot off by setting my digital camera to ISO400 and manually speeding up the shutter to max. We were travelling at 500 km/h at this point …
This is at the top of the “mountain” in Stoney Creek. At first glance it looked like somebody was collecting dishes but then I started to notice all the television station logos. Apparently the big transmission tower in the background (and it IS big – it’s a kilometer away in the back) is known as the Hamilton TV Tower.