Thanks to the dedicated work of our volunteers, creation of our lab cache series has been completed! It will be open to find starting 8:00am Saturday, July 12th and lasts for 10 days with a grace period of 10 days.
Here we go again!
The Legacy of Living Skies Geotrail is about to be born.
Some people have noticed, posted, and inquired about the number of caches we have published so far, and when caches will be published leading up to the MEGA day.
There will also be satellite events where hosts will be releasing caches in conjunction with their own events. Watch for announcements on those cache pages for more information about those. We will update this page if we receive advance word from those hosts.
Map showing all 67 Prairie Storms Caches
Early on Wednesday morning the final 13 caches of the Prairie Storms Adventure Trail were published, bringing the total number of caches from 54 to 67!
As of today, only four cachers have found at least 45 caches, but remember that is one amazing feat. Distributed almost 300km east to west, and 100km north to south, you will cross a computed minimum of 1308 kilometres (19 hours and 9 minutes without stopping!) of rural terrain from cache to cache and see the vast and varied beauty that southern Saskatchewan has to offer. This isn’t your stereotypical power trail! Be sure to keep an eye on the gas tank, as services are also few and far between, especially on Sundays as one cacher has noted!
The photo was taken from the Petrofska Boat Launch. You can see that someone is camping on the island that is hosting this series.
sir dumil has reported in with a new paddle cache series of seven caches he has placed, published just in time for the higher terrain seeking geocachers coming to the area for the MEGA. This is a series of boat-accessible caches mostly along the shores of an island south of the Patrofska Bridge in the North Saskatchewan River. As of the posting of this article, FTF’s are still up for grabs!
The “Current Paddle Series” was inspired by a sequence of geocaches celebrating the history of Petrofka. The geocache “Petrofka Boat Launch” (GC341HW) should be the starting point for the paddle series, as it is a good launch point not far away from the island host. At the boat launch you can see both ends of where the Petrofka ferry operated until 1962, when the current bridge was completed.
One of hundreds of new geocaches
Photo Credit: Dragonfly E&N
It was a busy weekend for the Event Planning & Organizing commitee! As the pre-registration cutoff loomed, we had a number of new registrations, and were happy to see the number of pre-registered attendees cross the 500 person mark! This is monumental because 500 is the official number of people required to designate an event “MEGA” status. We expect a number of people to attend on event day without pre-registering, as well as a lot of people from the local and nearby communities to come see what we’re up to which will take the official count much higher. Just make sure on Saturday, July 19th you sign the official log book with the number in your party to help us keep an accurate official tally!
This weekend was also busy for the cache hiding team. Amongst at least 6 of them, over 180 new geocaches, including all of the legacy caches in honour of our “Bear” level registrants, were placed this weekend alone! This is a monumental effort, and this is on top of the 173 already published, and another 70 placed previously, but not yet published. On top of that, many of our satellite event hosts are also planning new cache hides to coincide with their events and locations.
Needless to say, there will be no shortage of new caches in the area!
All will be welcome to enjoy some wonderful music at 6pm on July 19th! Those with supper tickets will be seated on the arena floor, and those without are welcome to sit in the bleachers.
One of Canada’s premiere Métis music acts has agreed to come and liven up our event. We have arranged for Phil and Dallas Boyer to perform Métis and Old Time fiddle music for us to enjoy. This is a father/son duo, with Phil playing the guitar and Dallas playing the fiddle.
Both are accomplished musicians. Dallas opened for Michelle Wright for the Back to Batoche 2010 anniversary celebration, and even participated in the 2010 Olympics opening ceremonies in Vancouver.
One of the commonly asked questions that are asked is about WiFi Internet access & Cell phone coverage while visiting the Rosthern Area. We have got you covered! As geocachers ourselves, we know this is important, especially for our out-of-country attendees who don’t have convenient mobile Internet access.
Most of the geocoins have arrived!
Just a reminder, pre-registration ends at 11:59PM on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
This will allow us the time to print out the name badges, let our caterer know how many people will be eating, and enough time for our cache hiding team to get all the legacy caches hidden and submitted in honour of our Bear level registrants.
All attendees at paid registration levels will receive a swag bag chock full of goodies from us and our sponsors. If you plan to register in person at the event, we cannot guarantee availability.
Oh, and that pretty picture? Yes, we did just receive a large portion of our geocoins including the regular and pre-registration editions of the Living Skies 2014 geocoins. Want to see them up close? There’s only 17 days left until the big day where you can see them yourself!
Meskanaw Trestle Bridge
Photo from log by Chicad
This geocache is located at the old railway trestle bridge between Yellow Creek and Meskanaw on highway 41.
This bridge is 1417 feet long and 50 feet high. The steel tracks are gone now, so just the wooden structure remains. The piles are 90 feet down into the boggy soil.
Start your engines! The first 54 caches of the Prairie Storms Adventure Trail has been published! Our volunteer hiders still have a few more to be hidden when time allows.
The “Prairie Storms Adventure Trail” was developed by Living Skies 2014 MEGA Event volunteers. Enjoy the hidden secrets of a huge swath of Southern Saskatchewan by getting off the beaten trail to sites seldom visited, scenic views, historic sites and buildings. The name also pays tribute to the Alberta’s “Prairie Winds Adventure Trail” which was created for the Best of the Bad (WestCan 1) MEGA event in 2011.