Halland

20 05 2014

One of the targets I set for 2014 was to find caches in all twenty one counties in Sweden, up four from the seventeen counties of today. Exactly how and when that would happen during the year I hadn’t decided but it was probably going to be a summer holiday activity. Sometimes things outside your control occur and this was what happened. The funeral of a friend in south west Sweden meant that my partner and I had an unexpected journey to make at quite short notice. It took us down to Halland which was one of the four counties that I needed to find a cache in, the others being Gotland, Västerbotten och Norrbotten.

Part of the trip to Halland

Part of the trip to Halland

The circumstances weren’t the best for hunting caches so we only found two caches on the outbound journey, both micros in Alingsås. We drove from Gävle to Laxå on Thursday evening, a drive of 290 km. I had previously found a couple of caches in Laxå so didn’t bother to look for anything there. We then continued on to Alingsås early on Friday morning. It’s a pleasant little town full of coffee shops and old buildings.The finds meant I could tick off another borough with a cache find.

From there we only found a couple more simple caches and visited friends in Onsala before we stopped in Frillesås for the night after 305 km of driving and a funeral with all that it entails. The Saturday trip was a drive of 395 km that included a short visit to the World Heritage radio station in Grimeton with it’s impressive masts and a longer visit to Gekås, Ullared, with nothing that impressed me.

The masts at Grimeton from the era of cross Atlantic radio transmission

The masts at Grimeton from the era of cross Atlantic radio transmission

Impressive being able to stand right under one of the masts

Impressive being able to stand right under one of the masts

From there we had a pleasant but slow drive up to Örebro, but with very little caching on the way, all of them being micros of course.

The poor house was the site of the cache found in Svenljunga

The poor house was the site of the cache found in Svenljunga

In Örebro we ate a tasty meal in a restaurant with a great view of the castle and visited a couple of friends who had just moved into the centre of town.

Örebro Castle on a warm late spring evening

Örebro Castle on a warm late spring evening


All in all, we found caches in eight new boroughs out of the seventeen that we passed through, but most importantly was able to tick off Halland from the list having found caches in three of the six boroughs in the county.
My geocaching finds map before and after the visit to Halland

My geocaching finds map before and after the visit to Halland

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