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Geocaching At The Halifax DingleJun 11, 2009

Recently we had a chance to do a bit of Geocaching at the Dingle. Now, although the word ‘dingle’ means “a small wooded valley, a shady dell, a narrow cleft between hills”, here in Halifax it refers to the Sir Sandford Fleming Park, or simply, Fleming Park.

Locally, the term ‘Dingle’ is also synonymous with the Dingle Tower, the landmark ten-story tower located in the park, which serves as a memorial to the development of parliamentary institutions in the British Empire, now the British Commonwealth.

GGeocaching At The Halifax Dingle

Situated on Halifax’s North West Arm the 95 acre park has a couple of small beaches, a boat launch, large picnic areas and several walking trails that skirt the water’s edge and meander through second-growth woodlands. The trails are groomed and graveled, for the most part, with lots of interconnecting pine needle covered footpaths.

The Loop Trail takes you around a small drumlin where, in addition to Spruce, White Pine, Red Pine and Hemlock trees, you will find a smattering of Jack Pine, the third of the three native Pines in Nova Scotia. The Jack Pine is not as common as the other two and this is one of the few places in the province where you can view them. You can identify the Jack Pine by their twinned needles and curved cones. Here’s a couple of photos of Jack Pine:

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Caching At Morris Lake’s Kiwanis ParkMay 01, 2009

Recently we got a chance to visit the Kiwanis Centre Beach and Park on Morris Lake in Dartmouth, NS and do a bit of Geocaching. This is a small park that was created by volunteers from the local Kiwanis Club. It took them several years to build this fine facility and since it’s creation it has quickly became a popular spot. It is not a large park but it does include several short walking trails, a picnic area and a nice sandy beach with a floating dock.

Caching At Morris Lake

In addition, there is access from the park to a great woodland trail that runs through a peninsula that splits the lake. The trail is a well-worn footpath that travels over rock and through bog areas culminating in a area that offers some great views.

We had to do a bit of bushwacking to reach the cache at the end of this trail and we were glad that we chose this time of year to visit. It’s likely that once the leaves come out slogging across the boggy areas would slow one down. We were also glad to have our waterproof hikers. :)

Here are some photos we took of our visit:

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Caching At Cole Harbour Heritage ParkApr 20, 2009

We got a chance to do a bit more caching at the Cole Harbour Heritage Park recently. Although we drop by here for a walk several times throughout the summer this was the first time in over a year that we went there specifically to do some caching. We know that this may sound strange but we often come here just to walk aimlessly. :) It is one of our favorite spots on a hot day since you can catch the cool breeze coming off the water.

The entrance to the park is not hard to miss since it is fronted by a large red barn. This barn would have been used when the farm was in operation. Now it stands as a testament to another time, another way of life. It also makes a great landmark for finding the park and the parking lot is right beside it.

Caching At Cole Harbour Heritage Park

The seven main trails range from open fields to canopied forest with a couple that skirt the beach. There are many benches available for resting or just taking in the beautiful scenery.

The Main Trails include:

Heritage Trail
Running the length of the park, this trail is accessible from many points. It is the only trail within the park where bikes are permitted. Because it is relatively flat, it is a good choice for wheelchairs or strollers.

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The Hibernating Cachers Have Woke Up!Mar 16, 2009

Well, it’s confirmed… we’re baaaaaaack! We have woken from our long winter’s nap and back on the trails! :)

We got out yesterday for our first ‘official’ Geocaching outing this year, and the first one in a long time! Sure, we got out caching with the kids a couple of weeks ago but we really couldn’t count that since we weren’t looking for ‘new’ caches. :)

It was such a beautiful day here with the temps reaching to almost 10C degrees that we decided to go to Shubie Park. The trails were pretty much open to the gravel walks. Those that weren’t were melting fast.

The Hibernating Cachers Have Woke Up!

It wasn’t only us that thought going to Shubie today was a great idea. There were lots of other people out taking advantage of this great weather. There were parents pushing strollers, dog owners with their dogs, joggers and walkers. We also met a couple of other Geocachers.

The park’s wildlife was out in full force too. The crows were cawing, the chickadees were chirping and the squirrels were taking full advantage, as they always do, of the abundance of free offerings available to them from the park’s visitors.

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