Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Muskoka Geocaching Holiday
Geocaching helps you find all the interesting spots the locals want to point out that may not be in the tourist brochures. Huntsville not only has a river, but it also has locks. A pretty place, much like home. But unlike at home, there were no boats as the locks had not been opened for the season yet. We found that strange as there are certainly a lot of boats on the Rideau at this time of year.
Then there was the boardwalk over the bay, creating a short cut for the waterside trail. We never would have found this if it had not been for geocaching.
As we were driving to our next location along highway 11, I noticed there was a clump of geocaches off the main road, near some water. I mentioned that, and my hubby said that here was an exit coming up. I suggested he take that exit, and I'm so glad he did. That's how we discovered Port Sydney. Now, if I were to build a cottage somewhere, this would be the perfect spot. We found caches along a roadside trail, at the beach, and on a woodland trail. We also found kids in a tree near the beach. We had to be careful that they didn't see us looking for the cache nearby.
We went to the dam to look for another one, but there was too much metal and it kept screwing up the headings on the GPS. That's okay as the site was the best treasure we found on the entire trip.
Below the dam we saw some kids climb a pine tree, walk out along the branches while clinging to the branch above them and then plunging into the water below. After they swam around in the deep water there, they went a bit downstream and used the rushing water to slide over the rocks. I could have sat there all day and just watched them.
We went on to Gravenhurst for the night. There we found the docks at one end of town and a beach with a bandstand at the other side of town. The main problem with Gravenhurst is that it needs more decent places to eat.
It was the same rock. We just came at it from a different angle. There is now a canyon cut through this rock, and you can walk up to the edge of that and look down if you like. This rock is the oldest on the planet, and absolutely huge. I'm so glad we were able to find it more easily this time.