You probably already know this, but…
I really enjoy geocaching! Geocaching is such a fun hobby – you get to “treasure hunt,” meet really nice/adventurous people, discover new places, and make a lot of fun memories.
I was in Cavendish, PEI last weekend and there were several caches on my must-find list while I was there. Here are my five favorites – ones that I would recommend you check out if you’re a geocacher and heading to PEI any time soon!
This cache is located right in the heart of Cavendish – across the street from Sandspit. It’s a busy location so you have to be quite stealthy. I took a good look around from a distance and spotted the cache instead of just rummaging around looking for it. Once I spotted it, I was able to easily retrieve it. It is a really clean cache – there are three containers in it – one for the log book, one for travel bugs, and one for geo-swag. The geo-swag were all in individual baggies and it looks as though the items are brand new. So if you have something to trade, there are lots of goodies to choose from. This seems to be a popular spot for travel bugs if you’re looking to drop one off or possibly pick one up. I saw several move through here during the weekend. Also, there’s some nice shops nearby: a vintage/antique shop, some restaurants, and a dollar store where you can get some cheap snacks!
This cache is also located in the heart of Cavendish – right by Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio (hence the cache being named after Grampa!) You have to be really stealthy to find this one as there are a lot of people parked at the studio. This was the first cache I found in PEI and I was impressed by how clean it was. All of the geo-swag looked brand new and was in individual baggies. The cache container is really long and holds so much stuff. I didn’t even see everything that was in the cache because it was so full. So if you’re looking to exchange some swag, this is a great place to do it. Nearby, there’s a selfie stick so you can get your photo taken in the frame that is outside the shop. Or, if you’re looking for a fun memento of your trip, you can go inside and sign up to get your old fashioned photo taken. It’s fun dressing up in the costumes and transporting back to the 1800s.
My Victorian Era photo from Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio
I really, really don’t like earth caches. Usually, I don’t have the patience for them. An earth cache doesn’t have a physical container. Rather, it takes you to an area where you observe something nature-y, you read a lesson on it, and then look for answers to the questions posted on the cache page. I had no intentions of finding this cache, but one night, my family and I went to the beach for the sunset. I checked my phone to see if there were any caches nearby and we were right at the location of this earth cache. So I figured I may as well nab it. And it turned out to be really interesting. It gave me information on the formation of the beach area and talked about the different types of waves. Thanks to this cache, I observed lots of waves moving in different directions — something I may not have paid much attention to otherwise. Check out this picture below — notice the direction of the waves? Some are going to the left, and some to the right. See the triangle shape it’s forming?
Wave patterns observed at the Every Which Wave cache.
As soon as I saw a cache in the middle of the Confederation Bridge, I knew I had to find it. The cache isn’t actually in the middle of the bridge, but since this is a Mystery Cache, it means there is information in the middle of the bridge that will help you find the actual cache. You follow the coordinates posted on the cache page, and when you drive past where the coordinates lead to, you need to get the number at that location to help you find the actual coordinates to the cache. The title is so true – blink and you’ll miss it. I thought I might have missed it, but luckily, I got the right number. The physical cache is actually on the New Brunswick side of the bridge. I got the number on the way over to the island just so if something went wrong and I missed it on the way there, I could try again on the way back across. The cache itself was just a micro, so it had only a log book, pencil (I think?) and a coin in it. Nothing exciting – but how neat is it to have a smiley in the middle of the Confederation Bridge?! Beside that, looking for this cache brought us down underneath the bridge. I didn’t know there was a place to go under the bridge, and wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for this cache. We ended up finding the Cape Jourimain Nature Center (didn’t know that was there either!), lots of trails, and a deck out by the water that you can take pictures of the bridge from. It’s a great spot for a photo op! There are other geocaches along the nature trails, a few of which I found.
My smiley in the middle of the Confederation Bridge
This is one cache you do not want to miss out on! It’s not just a find, it’s an experience. It’s a little intimidating because it is located on someone’s property — right on their front deck. But the property owner is a geocacher who has found over 49,000 geocaches (at the time I’m writing this)! I was lucky enough to meet him when I went to find this cache. As I was walking up to the deck, he opened the front door and said “you must be geocaching!” He came out, showed me the cache, took the log book out for me to sign, and showed me all the trackables. We exchanged trackable codes and chatted for a bit. I left one of my trackables behind in the cache. He often takes the trackables on “field trips” to events and such which is a great way to get them travelled around. This cache is considered a Letterbox Hybrid, meaning there’s a stamp in it. If you have your own personal stamp, you stamp the book in the cache with your stamp, and then use the stamp in the cache to stamp your book. This cache is also a geo-post office. There were a few other geo-post office caches spread out in other towns and they would have post cards in them. These postcards would be written to other geocachers and would have to be moved from one geo-post office to another until it got to one of them that was close to the person the postcard was addressed to. It’s a really neat idea, but unfortunately some of the geo-post office caches haven’t been maintained, so it’s probably not as functional now as it once was. This was my favorite cache I found on the island – mostly because I got to meet a fellow geocacher. And the cache was large and had seven trackables in it when I visited it. The cache is well taken care of, so it’s a good place to drop off your trackables. Don’t be shy to find this cache – you may get to meet the cache owner or a member of his family. Just don’t attempt the geocache at night since it is on someone’s property.
Meeting the cache owner.
Have you found any of these caches? Do you want to check any of them out?
Can’t wait for more geocaching adventures!