Parking on the Credit: Streetsville Memorial

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We were at a bowling banquet at Vic Johnson Arena Sunday morning, so I thought we would do the first step of GCK438 Parking on the Credit: Streetsville Memorial before we went home, since it was just down the hill behind the arena. This is an offset cache that requires finding some numbers on a landmark and using them to calculate the location of the final cache. The first part went quickly. I could see a sign in the distance that I thought was the target, but as I reached it I realized the GPS was showing that I was still off the mark a little. Following the readings I reached the proper location a few seconds later and saw what were obviously the numbers I needed. After a couple of minutes of calculations, I could the final was further in the park. Because of the banquet, we weren’t dressed for the next step, so we decided to come back in the afternoon before a trip to Murphy’s for ice cream.

We came back about three hours later. I thought the final would be a quick find, but I was wrong. While I am confident about my calculations, my GPS reading kept shifting. I thought I was a metre away from the target then while standing still the reading would change to 7 – 9 metres. We checked a bunch of possible locations without luck, and for my troubles I managed to put a gash in my scalp from a tree branch I didn’t notice. We’ll be back.

Since this is the first cache I writing about that involved calculations, I’ll mention here that I’m adding some tutorials and tips for the various types of calculations you might require to find a cache. See the Geocaching Math page.


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