Today’s geocache took me to the Bonnyville area. I had been putting off this geocache because I read it was tricky to find; so tricky to find that a few geocachers logged their visit on, “didn’t find it”. (This is always sad to read). Because it was rated a 3/5 stars in difficulty, I wasn’t surprised when I read comments such as, “took all five of us to find it”.

The geocacher who hide this cache back in 2012 left no hints and there were no pictures. I did know it was nano in size and the logbook was hidden in a camouflaged bison tube. But because 21 geocachers gave this cache “a favourite rating” and talked about how it was “fun”, “clever”, “very cool” and “genius hide!!!! The best hide yet”, I put on my boots, picked up a friend, and followed my GPS to the site. When I got there, I noticed there was a side road I could park on (always appreciated when geocaching with a vehicle).

As I was walking through the knee deep snow for 50 metres, I noticed I was leaving quite the visible geotrail (you’re welcome future winter geocachers heading out there in the next few days) so I made some footprint adjustments once I found the cache so it wasn’t so obvious where I had been.

There were a lot of decoys in the area; and they did fool me. But the -28 morning wind chill was -18 by the time I got there, so I proceeded to inspect all the decoys until I found the one hiding the bison tube and logbook. This was a well maintained geocache, but I wouldn’t want to find this one in the summer as there would be a lot of muggles (non-geocachers) around and it would be hard to explain to them what we were doing without giving the location of the cache away.

So, winter geocaching does have it perks. Today those perks included privacy when I needed it and views of untrampled fields of snow.