Sisters for a Century


Back in May, 2012, GeoGuider and GeoGuider74 hid a 1.5/5  difficultly level (1 is the easiest) geocache in Bonnyville. I found it this weekend when I was in Bonnyville, near Jessie Lake. (155 people had found it prior to me). According to their geocaching site, Guiding in Bonnyville has been going on since May of 1938.

I found the camouflaged cache hanging under a gigantic spruce tree. As I swept aside the branches, and walked closer to the trunk, I could hear the branches falling to the ground behind me. When I spun around, I was surrounded by long spruce boughs. It felt like I was camping under the canopy of the tree (along with a thousand mosquitoes). After I signed the log book, and looked at the toy lizards and superheroes inside, I found my way out and went to the next huge tree. Jessie Lake walking trail has many breathtaking trees to appreciate. As I got closer to the water, I heard ducks, so I went to the gazebo to watch them. When I looked up, I saw a bird nest on the ceiling rafters. Looking straight ahead, I saw a variety of noisy water fowl in blue water. To my left, I saw green water. Some of the birds didn’t mind swimming in the algae-tinged waters. I also read the interpretative signs that were alongside the path.

This cache came with a brief history lesson too; something I always appreciate reading.

“In 2010, Girl Guides of Canada celebrated their 100th birthday. In the last 100 years, 7 million girls and women have enjoyed the fun that Guiding as to offer in: Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers, Jr. Leaders, Link, Trefoil Guild or adult leadership. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Guides in Alberta. In the three-year period from 2010-2013, we are establishing the Sisters for a Century series of geocaches in as many cities or towns with Guiding units as we can. We hope you enjoy our caches as much as the girls and Guiders have enjoyed learning about geocaching and setting them up for you.”