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2017 Aug 6 – Day 3 – Anahim Lake – Kappan Mountain Road

We decided to begin with the road with the fewest caches to give us an idea of timing before we hit the longer ones. The Kappan Mountain Road has 105 caches hidden on it so that is where we began.

Being us, we did not get up at the crack of dawn.  I am trying to fight off a cold/asthma attack and did not sleep well  Consequently it was 10:40 by the time we finished breakfast and drove into town to gas up the truck before we began our drive up Kappan Mountain Road.  It took almost 40 minutes to drive to the end of the road – or at least as far along the road as the caches were hidden.  The West Chilcotin Cachers began hiding caches at the trailhead for Kappan Mountain Lookout Trail – a 1 1/2 to 2 hour hike each way.  There is a cache hidden at the lookout where, we were told,  there is a fabulous view of the Coast Mountain Range but we couldn’t take the time to go up there even if we had the inclination: which I didn’t.  And after seeing the trail head we understood it would be a rugged climb, so good call all around.

We located our first cache – #105 at 11:20 and started down the road in the hopes we could get to #1 before the promised thunderstorms hit or time to be back at Eagle’s Nest for dinner.

IMG_4080 IMG_4082The first cache #105 of the series.




The scenery did not vary a lot during the day but the sky certainly did.  Tim, our server at Eagle’s Nest, told us that a thunderstorm was expected later in the afternoon.  There was a tremendous storm last night and we didn’t want to be out in one like it if we could help it so we didn’t dilly-dally around much.

Most of the caches were hung in trees, some were under piles of rocks, all were in the same pill bottle with a purple lid.  We got quite good at spotting the purple lids tucked amidst the tree branches.  Two caches were missing entirely and ‘first aid’ is encouraged where a missing cache or log is replaced as needed.  We had a couple of small containers with us and a log sheet so were able to put a cache in place for the next people to find.

IMG_4087 IMG_4089 IMG_4091 IMG_4096 IMG_4098I was getting back into the truck after signing a log and spotted a path of large footprints heading down the road.  We don’t know what it was but it had been by this morning because after all the rain last night the tracks would not be this clear.  We asked Tim if there were cougars around and he said there could be and that someone had seen a lynx recently.  Whatever it was the prints carried on down the road for quite a distance before disappearing into the bush and then re-appeared again some distance down the road.

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The morning clouds fled and we were enjoying some lovely warm sunshine.  And the warmer air made the mosquito invasion less troublesome as well.  There are a LOT of mosquitoes here.  A LOT!  I purchased some patches that increase your Vitamin B ‘scent’ ( which mosquitoes don’t like) that my sister recommended and we can’t find them anywhere. The Deep Woods Off works well but they are sure annoying.  And every time we opened the truck doors to get our or get in they swarmed inside.

IMG_4113 John flushed this Spruce Grouse when he was looking for a cache.  She didn’t seem too concerned once the initial invasion of her space was over.

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IMG_4118 IMG_4120As the afternoon progressed and we got closer to Anahim Lake the dark clouds came back accompanied by thunder rumbles.  We still had about 20 caches to find and were not looking forward to getting drenched.  Fortunately, the rain did not begin, and even then it was quite a light rain, until we were looking for our last two caches – #2 and #1.  IMG_4133A successfull geo-cache day!  105 caches found in time for dinner!  We were welcomed back to town by the free-range horses we had seen yesterday as we drove into town.

IMG_4135 IMG_4138We arrived back at the resort at 5:30 as the rain began in earnest and found out that while we were having a pleasant day they were getting hammered with torrential rain and hail.  We were on the right road today I guess.  Tomorrow the 130-cache Charlotte’s Web Trail.





2017 Aug 5 – Day 2 – William’s Lake to Anahim Lake

Day 2 – Aug 5 – William’s Lake to Anahim Lake

Yesterday we drove from home to William’s Lake and today we travelled over 350 km to Anahim Lake where we will stay for five nights.  We have taken a road trip/geo-caching holiday for two weeks.  Anahim Lake has four “power trails” nearby with about 525 caches.  We hope to find quite a few of them.

We left our hotel about 10 am, bought a few groceries for our lunches on the trail, then took the turn onto Highway 20 West.  We decided we had time to find some caches along the way.  I had loaded all of the ones in the area onto my GPS (cell service was gone about a half hour out of William’s Lake and won’t return until we get back to the same spot in two weeks) so if I located one near the road we would stop and try find it.  Many of the caches along this highway are on hiking trails or quad trails and they would have taken us too long to get to – presuming we even could.

We accidentally drove by a few but we will try pick them up on the way back.  We did find seven.  Some of them were quite a hike into the bush so they took awhile to find, log, and return to the truck.

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Crossing the Chilcotin River on a one lane bridge.



We drove off Highway 20 to go find a cache that was “a short distance” off the highway up a hill that offered a lovely view of the Chilcotin River and Valley.  Well,  the ‘short distance’ was about 15 km up a gravel road. And we searched all over the place without finding the cache.  The view was nice though.IMG_1931 IMG_1932

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Walking off into the wilderness in seach of a cache.IMG_1943




We had never seen a cache container like this before. You had to pull down the plunger on the bottom far enough so when you released it the force of the plunger would eject the log container out the top; where you had to be very quick to grab it or it would drop down again.  Very ingenious!


One cache was hidden over 300 meters into the forest at the exact confluence of Longitude 52 and Latitude 125. Why someone felt the need to put one there I am not sure but we discovered sand dunes in the forest and after climbing to the top of a very steep hill we located the cache.  Fortunately John has a very good sense of direction so we were able to walk right back to the truck.

IMG_1946 IMG_1947It was getting on into late afternoon so we decided to just drive the remaining 40 km into Anahim Lake without taking the time to find more caches. We didn’t want to get in too late for dinner.  The lodge has set hours for each meal and there are virtually no other places to eat.  Anahim Lake is NOT a big place.  However the next cache showing in my GPS was hidden at this log cabin; and it was right beside the road – so we stopped to find it.

IMG_1952 IMG_1953 IMG_1958 IMG_1962We are spending five nights at the Eagle’s Nest Lodge located 11 km west of the community of Anahim Lake on the lake shore.  It is a gorgeous, quiet spot with a lovely view across the lake.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner for our 44th wedding anniversary and then headed back to our room to log our cache finds of the day, check pics and write a blog.

IMG_1969 IMG_1967 IMG_1968 IMG_1964 IMG_1989 IMG_1990 IMG_1986 IMG_1985 IMG_1984 IMG_1980 IMG_1966 IMG_1977 IMG_1978 IMG_1979 IMG_1982  I don’t promise to write everyday but I will as often as time permits.