Welcome To Kamloops. Now, Get Out.

Cory Hope, Arts and Entertainment Editor  Ω

Outside, that is!

I know that your classes are now in session, and you might even be living out of boxes for now (some of you might just continue living out of boxes for the duration of the school year), but the weather is in your favour to go outside and play when you manage to sneak in a few spare minutes between doing all of the things you’re doing to avoid doing what you should be doing.

Kamloops has a lot to offer anybody who likes outdoor activities, except perhaps deep-sea fishing enthusiasts or whaling hobbyists (note: if you like these types of activities pick up a map of British Columbia — we keep the ocean on the left).

In an effort to introduce you to some of the beautiful areas we are surrounded by, I’ve devised a little geocaching action for you.

We’re going to start out nice and close, and hopefully we’ll have you finding your way around some of the trails, beaches, rivers and other fun things in the area.

Here’s how it works:

Every week or so, I’m going to go on a hike, and I’ll give you the GPS co-ordinates to the location of some flag tape I’ll be marking.

You don’t need a GPS to play, either.

All you need to do is type the numbers into Google Maps and it will show you the location you’re looking for.

With a little luck, we’ll be able to continue to offer prizes if you are the first one to find the tape and email me the message written on it.

Are you ready?

Up behind New Residence there is a hill that, for reasons I can’t comprehend, is used very little.

An easy walking trail can be found by the Trades Building, and it leads to an area that overlooks a good part of the city of Kamloops, both the Thompson River and the North Thompson, and when visibility is good you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance on the hottest of days.

You’ll find this week’s flag up at the top of one of these hills, located at N 50° 40.529, W 120° 22.407 (accurate to within six metres), and you’ll also find one heck of a nice view.
It’s a great place to sit down and read, have a coffee, or generally waste an afternoon.

A few words of caution before I set you loose, though.

First off, if you’re a smoker, please be careful with your butts, and bring them back down with you when you’re done.  There’s an ashtray just outside of the Trades Building you can use.

Second, if you happen to have allergies to any of the small, yellow, stinging variety of pests, this might not be the best time of year to be hanging around up there. There are also probably better things you could do with your day if you have any serious aversion to snakes.

If I haven’t lost you already, good luck on being the first one to get back to me with the message on the tape, and I’ll get your prize out to you as soon as possible.

Don’t take the flagging tape, though. We might have a few consolation prizes for those that put in the effort.

Tell Cory what’s written on the flagging tape at:

cory.hope@gmail.com