Seeing as we were out and about, Terri and I picked up a few more local caches.
The first cache in the park eluded us, and I had a quick look for the cache “Sunderland” (GC50AFR) with the hint “sign”, found it, signed the log and didn’t even take a picture. Terri had already found this one so “enjoyed” hanging about while I unearthed it.
The next cache (GC30TPP) was a bit more exciting, being a disco cache (disco meaning disguised container) and we found it casually flung on the floor in a discreet spot. I moved it to the grass to take a prettier picture.
It was hidden in plain sight close to an electric car recharge point. I always really enjoy the hidden in plain sight containers, especially if I walked by them plenty of times pre-geocaching.
Finally, another drive-by on the coast road led us to a cache (GC30TWR) by the windmill, easily fished out when stood at GZ – there was only once place it could be really!
After a successful first run for me, Terri and I decided to pick up a few more local geocaches. For the first one, Long Beach Netty (Gandhi’s Temple) (GC3RVGA) we did a few laps of the building before picking it up.
After signing and replacing we went to Cornthwaite Park for the next challenge (GC30TV7). The first challenge was avoiding this bush!
But we managed, finding the container dangling on a wire.
The need to eat chips was growing, but as our favourite chippy was close by, it would have been rude not to go for this one (GC3VRYZ) at the Pullman. The coordinates were a bit off for this one on my device, but once we came back into the light we found it swiftly.
The shiny black container blended in nicely with the black gloss paint on the train, but the train could definitely do with some restorative attention. Three out of three and our chips were well deserved.
Terri and I looked for three geocaches today; two of which eluded us completely. We finally succeeded with a cache (GC2EJ55) located near the lifeboat station in Sunderland marina.
The cache was located out of sight behind a gatepost, and we hunted around for ages before reading a log entry about trying from a “different perspective” so climbed the hill behind the station. We could seen it from the top, and went back down to grab it. Terri’s long arm came in very handy. We signed and replaced, pleased to have finally found one after the two failures! This was Terri’s first geocaches, and she’s definitely addicted…
I spent some time in town today finding some lovely caches around St Andrews. Seeing as I had a travel bug to drop off (my first one) I was glad to find a large container near town to send it off!
We set off to find this one first seeing as it was a little way out of town. We took a breezy walk up the hill and got there only to see a car parked right by where the cache was hidden! Luckily the car pulled away and while Caroline played with a ladybird she also spotted the suspicious pile of rocks hiding St Andrews Travel Bug Motel (GC32HE6) a purpose-built cache for the swapping of travel bugs. I exchanged mine for a geocoin (Schnapszahl Geocoin) whose mission is to reach Germany.
The next cache, Heroic Honey’s Harbour (GC19ZPP), was in the harbour and told the story of John Honey, who had taken part in a daring rescue. The small cache was in a very appropriately themed spot and was quickly discovered due to process of elimination!
The next cache, East Neuk – nooks and crannies – Lane (GC4N9WD) was in one of my favourite hidden spots in St Andrews. The container was brilliant and it was only found due to some puns in previous logs! It was the first natural cache of this type I’ve found…
After that awesome find there was an intermission…
…then came GW to GZ (GC1WVJX) which stumped me for ages, despite being in the exact right location. A different perspective finally led to the find.
I tried in vain to find The Stakes were High (GCVKVA) but was overlooked so the search was abandoned…
There was another ice cream filled interlude, after which I went to How’s the weather! (GC25EHQ), which is placed near a barometer in town, which many residents are surprised to come across!
I spent an hour or so geocaching this morning with my dad – his first outing.
We went for four caches in total, and managed to find 3 out of 4, not bad considering they were all urban micros and nanos!
The first port of call was for the Travel Bug Footie Follower, which we took to a cache (GC4P4KE) near St James’ Park, as requested by the mission. The bottlecap sized cache was too small to leave the TB, so it is still with me until I can find a cache big enough to take it.
The second cache of the day (GC1PJKH) was in the cloisters area of Newcastle, and it was also quickly found once we decided on the right side of the building, about the size of a film canister and well disguised too. This area is very interesting and worth a peek, I didn’t know it was even there until a few years ago.
We then headed to another nearby cache (GC4P4KE) near a theatre, but couldn’t find it. We were pretty sure we were in the right place though, so I’ll have to check it out again sometime.
The final attempt of the day (GC4T967) was successful, with a really cool nano cache ‘hidden in plain sight’ which blended in beautifully with its background. It didn’t even look like it wasn’t part of the structure it was stuck to. Fab!
I’ve still yet to tackle a multi, but that will have to wait for another day. I also saw that the Travel Bug Purple Pride has moved on from where I placed it… Happy travels!
A very quick geocaching adventure today turned up two nice caches near Souter Lighthouse, a favourite place of mine as you can see from the picture in my header.
The first (GC2MG0C) was a little scramble up a hill, and swiftly found thanks to my new best friend Obvious Geocaching Rock. It was spotted by my non-geocaching companion and at first glance the cache looked covered in mud! Eurgh! Luckily it was just some canny camouflage. The cache was swiftly retrieved, log signed and re-hidden.
The second cache of the day (GC32HF9) was even closer to the lighthouse, and my new best friend OGR flagged up this one in fairly short order too. This cache was big enough to stash a travel bug after a quick snap.
These were two lovely caches and it was great to go hunting for them in such a familiar place! A beautiful day for a wander too. Non-geocaching companion has also expressed an interest in finding some more…
I found myself in Durham with some time to kill today, and so spent the time searching for some caches.
The first cache I looked for (GC4VF7E) was fairly mysterious in nature, but I soon spotted it after a hunch about the clue, and from previous comments left on the log.
I had to time the retrieval and return of this one so as not to be too overlooked, but I’m sure any one watching would have had a giggle at my expense! Wet knees and a mucky coat later, I was triumphant!
My next try (GC2CD9C) was for a cache reported to contain foreign coins and had an interesting clue, so I headed to that one next. A wrong turn or two took me to the wrong place, but I soon found what I thought was the correct location, but where was the cache? I hunted about but to no avail, and didn’t want to hang around too much because of a security camera! I made a mental note to come back later.
As it was very close by, I had a go at a multi-cache (GC1N5WQ) and found the first clue no problem. Unfortunately I was then hampered by the lack of correct technology and couldn’t accurately find the coordinates of the final reward… So close!
The next find (GC4EYT2) was fairly straightforward for me, but I loved the location in the warm and dry. It’s also fun to find a cache that’s not been muddied up outside, it was quite pristine! I discovered my first two travel bugs here, and will be moving them both on at the weekend according to their missions.
Another security camera watched over me for this one, but something tells me the people working there are already in on it… This one would be a great place to start if you are visiting Durham for the first time.
When I was looking for my next cache (GC4KHXV), I ended up on the wrong side of the river, but another look at the description led me to the right spot, where I took this picture.
I found the small cache – my first tree-based find. Some sneaky camouflage hid it from general view, but I signed the log and replaced the leaves after a quick in-situ snap.
Next I went for a couple of caches in the cathedral area, all of which turned up nothing! One had been reported as possibly missing so I didn’t hold out much hope for it, and another (GCXD4J) appeared to be behind builders’ barriers. At least I got a nice view!
I thought I could catch a break with another cache (GC416DW) down by the river, so I headed down through the trees but it started to rain heavily. I decided not to pursue the find, especially as I hadn’t worked out the clue. Any gardener would no doubt have found it immediately from the clue. I didn’t even hang around to take a picture, but I will return.
The next find was just because I was walking by. It is part of a multi-cache (GC4ADVE), but I didn’t have time to do the whole thing. At least I have one clue to start me off next time!
My last cache (GC4Q7V0) of the day was a straightforward enough find. The clue was just enough to focus the search and was not a simple extraction! With the use of a twig I managed to pull it out and log the find, hoping to remain invisible to the photographer setting up for a picture of the Durham skyline.