Monday, 18 July 2011

Iona Beach Jetty at Iona Beach Regional Park

I had it planned with my friend from work that I would drive him to the ferries for the 9pm sailing to the mainland on July 17, 2011.  During the day that day Just Leafy and I went out for breakfast at Ricky's at Admirals Walk, and we discussed whether we would like to go over too to do some geocaching.  We came to the conclusion that a little spontaneous behavior never hurt anyone, and made it happen.

Technically our first cache of the trip was at the Ferry Terminal and was "Exteme Muggle Zone-Ferry Good - GCVCTA" which had a few DNFs as of late, and we had to prove it was still there.  We did find it, and posted a set of coordinates that should help other cachers make the find before it gets moved again.

Staying the night in Delta at my friends parents place, we awoke and had breakfast with everyone and headed to a place of easy fun caches that proves to be a good full day.  This was Iona Beach Regional Park, and the series that is here called "Salish Sea 1 - 16" were recommended by our geofriends Stellalabella. 
This series of caches is located in Iona Beach Regional Park and will take you out along the Iona Jetty (map) which juts out nearly 4 km into the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia). You may walk or cycle on graveled trails either atop or beside the large waste water pipe that extends the full length of the Jetty.  And as I said before it is a full day of walking!

Walking the full expanse of the jetty doing all 16 in the series and the two others at the very end was an amazingly fun day.  If you do the series make sure to get all the clues from the containers and logbooks, so you can piece together the clues to make the coordinates to the final.  Unfortunately we did not get to the final this day because by the time we walked the 4km back to the car my feet were on fire, and we still had to get to IKEA and spend a few hours there wandering around.  This was not all we had to skip as there is a whole other section of the Regional Park with caches on it too,  and this was the 4km strip of Iona Beach.  So this means we will be back again to finish this off in entirety someday soon.

On the way home on the ferry we ran into Porchlizard, Soobax-mom and Sheesh695 returning home from the Geocaching Mega Event in Three Hills Alberta.  We got to hear about it all, and saw the pictures and it sounded like we missed out on a fantastic event!  But at least we got our own adventure in too! 

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