How To Geocache 101

Are you excited for the geocache contest, but don’t know how to start? Read on and get the run-down on this exciting activity.

In a nutshell: Geocaching is a treasure hunting game for people of all ages and skill levels. Participants look for hidden ‘caches’, or containers, using GPS coordinates. Geocaching is a worldwide game so caches could be hidden literally anywhere.

How to play: Geocaching is a large community, so you are best off going straight to geocaching.com and perusing their website. You’ll have access to a map, informational videos, and the official app that you can use to geocache.

The app is really user friendly, kind of like GoogleMaps. It’s free to use on the easy level, and you can search for geocaches according to your location. Once you click ‘start’ on a geocache, the compass will take you right there. There are also notes on what to expect, amenities and potential hazards. But you don’t have to use the app. GPS coordinates are available on the website for every cache listed. You can simply type them into your GPS or smartphone maps app.

Caches come in all shapes and sizes. The first cache I found was the size of my pinkie finger, magnetized to the back of a road sign! So this is a game for the observant eye.

When you’ve found a cache, there will be a paper log inside it for you to sign. You can sign this log and/or sign it electronically via the app! It is literally just a click of a button away. The goal for many geocachers is to get as many logged finds as possible – making it competitive.

Sometimes there are trinkets inside the caches or trackables (a trinket with a GPS trackable code linked to it). A general rule of thumb for geocachers is to leave behind something of equal value to what you took. If you take a trackable, you are responsible to pass it on to another cache. This is a fun way for geocachers to see how far their community spreads!

What makes Sunrise Corner’s geocache challenge different? There are 13 caches in the contest, but only 12 are listed on geocaching.com See our  downloadable poster for coordinates. Each cache is attached to a larger monument that is themed to its location, making them easy to find. It’s perfect for family. There are also trinkets in the cache, but these are for you to take – they don’t need replacing. The contest starts September 1, 2017 – but you can start geocache any time you want!

Troubleshooters:

The cache is damaged, wet or missing.

A. Contact the owner of the cache! There will always be contact information online or in the log.

B. Check your coordinates if it appears to be missing. The coordinates will sometimes only take you within a couple feet of the cache. If you don’t look around, you may never find a small cache.

C. If you’re a serious geocacher, you’ll probably have extra logs, pens and paper along with you to replenish an empty cache. It’s very appreciated when you do.

What if I’m not connected to the internet when I’m geocaching?

A. Geocaching.com’s app is quite functional out of service if you start geocaching in service. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have data on your smartphone.

B. Invest in a GPS unit and enter the coordinates in manually.

How do I win the contest?

A. Sunrise Corner will give away a backpack to the first 100 people to find all 13 caches. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself and the monument and send all 13 to info@sunrisecornermb.ca (preferably all at once).

B. To enter the draw for the grand prize, post a picture of you and a monument on social media with our hashtag #sunrisegeocache. The draw will make place November 1, 2017

For more information about geocaching, watch this helpful video!

 

The Sundown Gymkhana

The Sundown Gymkhana is a small, friendly environment for riders of all ages to have fun with their horses! A gymkhana is a horse show where riders compete in timed events such as barrels, keyhole and the sack race.

With great food (deep fried perogies …yum!) and a constant line up of fun planned, the Sundown Gymkhana was the perfect place to be Sunday afternoon! Proceeds from the food and rider’s entrance fees were donated to charity.

The 2017 Geocache Challenge & Contest

Friday, September 1 marks the start of Sunrise Corner’s Geocache Challenge & Contest!

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where participants use GPS coordinates to search for a hidden cache (sealed container containing a logbook and sometimes trinkets!)

Sunrise Corner has installed 13 permanent themed monuments around the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn for geocachers to find. Each monument has unique significance to the attraction or site that it’s located. Geocaching for these monuments is a great way for anybody to get out and explore the area!

The contest is simple:

Find all 13 monuments and receive a prize! Take a picture with the monument and post it on social media using our hashtag: #sunrisegeocache and be entered to win a grand prize!  

download the contest poster for the geocache coordinates and more details on how to win.

You can use a regular Maps app to enter the coordinates and find the caches, or you can use the official Geocaching app available through the official webpage: geocaching.com 12 of the monuments will be listed through this website. Find them under SunriseCornerTourism!

6th Annual Show n’ Shine

The Show n’ Shine is an annual fundraiser in Sprague that raised money this year for the school.

Cars came from far and wide to show off their shine.

There was also live music, a raffle, and a BBQ! It was definitely a day worth taking part of.

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Carrick Days 2017

Carrick Days: This small-town festival is big-time fun!

August 12 was the kick off to Carrick Days – with a horse shoe tournament, toe-tapping bands, a watermelon eating contest, mechanical bull riding and more!

Friends and family from near and far gathered in the clearing of the historic Spurgrave Schoolhouse and celebrated summer.

There was something for everybody! Youngsters escaped the heat by getting into the dunk tank. Teens tested their skill on the mechanical bull. And if you were feeling charitable, you could always have a friend or family member arrested and bailed out of the Carrick Jail – hey, it’s for charity!

The Perfect Day for Prairie Day

Saturday August 12 was the perfect day to learn more about the natural heritage that surrounds us!

Prairie Day is an annual event held on the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail near Tolstoi, MB. It’s a day for the whole family to learn about local plant life, insects, amphibians and much more!

Participants learnt about local medicinal plants, rare salamanders, and got a guided tour of the Prairie Shore Trail.

The day couldn’t have been better!

 

The Southeast Farmer’s Market

southeast farmer's marketCheery vendors and a taste of community awaits you at the Southeast Farmer’s Market in South Junction.

From instruments, to homemade baked goods, to clothing and home decor, this small town brings it all to their summer market.

southeast farmer's marketLocated off Hwy 12 at the Pine Grove Seniors Centre, you can’t miss those white top tents! Come by Fridays from 3-8 PM and support local products.

Runs until September 8, 2017!southeast farmer's market

 

Gardenton Hosts Angel’s Cabin!

Saturday was a big day for Gardenton as they hosted local bands for their annual Angel’s Cabin concert.

Angel’s Cabin is a local music company that works to bring local artists to the stage.

The bands were all unique – featuring country, rock, singer-songwriter and more. Some singing original music, and some playing well-known covers. Some came all the way from Winnipeg to perform for the small crowd that gathered.

Don’t miss next year’s Angel’s Cabin concert!

Be Wildlife Smart!

Sunrise Corner is abundant in wildlife such as Black Bears, wolves, coyotes, snapping turtles, birds of prey, racoons and more! Be wildlife smart this summer by following our wildlife guide:

black bear crossing driveway
Black Bear crossing driveway

1. Don’t corner or provoke. Wild animals will generally avoid humans if they aren’t provoked or cornered.

2. Talk, sing, and make noise when you walk through bear country. This makes them aware you’re coming so they can avoid you.

3. Walk, don’t run! Walk slowly away if faced by a wild animal.

4. When camping, don’t leave food in your tent. Instead, keep it in a vehicle or hang it high from a tree branch.

5. Don’t leave children unattended! There have been lots of bear sightings in Sunrise Corner. Stay safe and watch your kids.

6. Don’t try to touch, hold or interact with baby animals in the wild. This can cause the mother animal to reject her young.

7. Be calm. We share this area with the wildlife and can cohabitate peacefully.