The past few months have been characterised by an intensive time at work and other activities at the weekends such that geocaching has been put on the back burner. It hasn’t completely dried up but is at a real low. During November I found the odd one or two caches as part of my quest to find a cache on every date of the year – round two, Not caching in November can be understandable when weather and light conditions are taken into consideration but that doesn’t explain why I only found three caches in the whole of June!
After a great start in January (NZ) autumn has been really quiet
During October I had to make an effort on the 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 19, 23 and 24th days of the month. In total I found 11 caches so just 2 more than the absolute minimum required.
During November I needed to find caches on the 3, 4, 10 and 28th days so here again a total of 5 found caches only meant one more found than the minimum necessary.
Many of the caches found in the past two months have been at Rörberg. A short series of caches there has been convenient for finding a cache when I needed to. In October I could stop there after work but in November I had to make my finds in the morning in order to be caching in daylight. I have even saved one for 14th December!
A handy series of caches in Rörberg
One interesting departure from the above series of traditional caches was during the weekend of 7/8th November in Sundsvall with my partner. It was not intended to be a geocaching weekend so it was a bonus that there was an event on that Saturday. Under Hökens vingar kom #2!We met a friendly group of geocachers and learnt that the half hour event was just the precursor to a longer activity related to Sundsvalls orienteering club. This was a reoccurring event where a geocaching orienteerer had made a geocaching specific course that was highly prized by the geocaching community in Sundsvall. We were not at all equipped for such adventures but were pleased to meet the local cachers from who we got some great tips on caches to look for on future visits
The last date in November where I needed to find a cache was the 28th which was fortunately on a Saturday so instead of just grabbing a quick find on my may to or from work I was able to spend the morning with some of my geocaching friends, madchicken, Ironhawk67, Slas and Susen! We had three hours to find caches but no plan other than making an attempt at a new cache where there was still an FTF chance even a few days after the cache had been published. We arrived at Ornitologernas stugaand parked within meters of GZ. Slas spotted some objects in the area that seemed to be related to the cache which we could easily see in the nearby pinus sylvestris, so we had a couple of clues right from the start. The challenge was to get to the cache which was a well built small scale “summer cottage” built in the tree. With the aid of my telescopic ladder and Slas tree climbing skills we were able to use the clues we other in the ground personnel had collected to break the code and get into the cottage. The quality of the cache and logbook deserved a favourite point. An additional bonus was that this was an FTF!
A couple of ornithologists perched in a pinus sylvestris
From there we walked a couple of hundred meters to another of netski1985’s caches. Primus kvadratus. Both madchicken and Ironhawk67 had hunted here earlier with no success. susen! found the cache lying on the ground so the difficulty rating was a 1 instead of the published 2.5. After adding our nicks we replaced the cache were it was supposed to be ready to confuse the next hunter.
We left Bonhus and headed for Hille where an Urban Exploration (UE) cache was waiting for us. The Old Pump Station. Here we had to hunt for three clues by finding three objects shown on the cache description page. The first two were not too hard to find but the third one was well hidden so a lifeline call was made so that Slas could get a photo of the clue without falling into the black liquid below him.
Slas concentrating on not falling into the black liquid below
A quick couple of stops were made on the way back home so that a couple of the team could log a cache that they had on their lists and an attempt made at an unusual field myst. We solved the puzzle but weren’t successful in finding the cache despite getting to GZ. A return visit will be needed. All in all a morning well spent and a reminder that I need to get out geocaching more often.