A week was spent in Montréal, wining, dining and exploring both old and new. While there, Heather and I had the opportunity to do some geocaching. Not only was this a new experience for Heather, it was also the first time I had been out geocaching in almost 10 years. Only now do I remember how frustrating it can be when you can’t find any of the geocaches you have set out to look for. Heather and I managed to locate 1 of 7 geocaches during our trip and we took pleasure out of finding it in the middle of a concrete jungle.
Montréal is a great city for geocaching, with hundreds of caches, both urban and natural caching fiends will be overwhelmed by the options. Heather and I used geocaching.com to locate our geocaches and narrow down our search to easy or beginner level difficulty hides. We soon found out that easy and beginner do not nessasarily garauntee that you will find the cache on your first, second or third time out looking for it. Our first cache of the day was quickly found and logged as we explored the Old City of Montréal.
We also managed to locate the first step of a geocache at the nearby Quai Alexandra Port but failed to decipher the clue and locate the geocache itself. All in all, we had a super time exploring the city while trying to locate these geocaches. It was certainly an experience well lived as we find ourselves thinking about the clues and the locations where the geocaches could have been hidden. Our trip to Montréal has inspired Heather and I to try our own geocaching here in Toronto, but this time, we would like to be the hunted! We talked about possible locations to hide the cache and whether or not we would like to create a multi-cache (multi-step cache). Other possibilities, such as a novelty cache based on cartography had been up in the air as well.
Hiding our own Geocache
I would like to talk about the geocache that Heather and I have decided to set up in homage to our love for geography and in the midst of completing our Geographic Analysis degree at Ryerson University. All things considered, one of the most important concepts of geographic analysis remains: location, location, location. A spatially referenced question, such as where do you live, is at the heart of many geographic based studies. Therefore, we have decided to start a geocache that contains not only a logbook with a space for your name, but also a column for each geocachers postal code. The postal code represents the general area you reside in and is very useful when geographers want to map out spatial phenomena.
This geocache idea will serve the purpose of collecting spatial information of geocachers origin such that their locations can be plotted on an online map. This would be a spin-off project that I hope to work on, which would encompass discovering the activity of our own geocache, specifically answering the question: where are our geocachers from?
Stay tuned for an update as to when the geocache is in play,