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Evening Expedition

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We embarked on our second geocaching expedition this weekend (see this website for more information).

Last week while browsing the internet for local caches, we discovered that our first ever ‘find’ was being offered up for adoption by its current owner. We decided to take it on, so are now the proud owners of our first geocache! It had been placed a long time ago and was in need of some freshening up, so after a quick shopping trip we headed there first. The weather was quite different this visit; blue sky, sunshine and the tide was in. We put a new log book and some other bits and pieces in the cache and hope that it will be found again soon. We also took a ‘trackable’ that had been there since January, intending to move it on to another cache.

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Downward steps

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View from the bottom of the track – it looked different with the tide in

Then it was off to see what else we could find. We are choosing the ‘easy’ caches but being novices we are taking time to locate them, so only clocked up another two successes. In both cases we considered giving up and marking DNF (did not find) on the cache’s online log; but persevered and eventually were rewarded for our efforts. We’re still learning how to use the GPS well, and how to spot something subtly different in the environment which indicates where a cache might be hidden – a challenge to our observation skills.

Our first find was in an area with lots of pohutukawa trees and a good view from the top of a small hill. The early evening light was lovely, and we enjoyed exploring another local area we hadn’t been to before (or at least not for a long time). Of course we took a camera with us to record the visit, but also as a ‘cover’ should anyone not familiar with geocaching wonder what we were doing! We dropped off the Travel Bug trackable here, in the hope that it might be found by geocachers from overseas who would help it on its way back to the UK. There were quite a few people around but the cache was in a good hiding place, and we don’t think we were seen retrieving it.

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Pohutukawa shadows

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View from the hilltop, looking west over the harbour

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View from the hilltop, looking east toward the Pacific Ocean

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Late sun through the trees

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Pohutukawas growing on the hillside

Our second cache this trip was hidden very close to where I work. Saturday evening was a great time to visit this location as there were very few cars or people around. It was getting dark by now and we hadn’t thought to bring a torch, although it may have  drawn more attention to us. The only clues we had were the GPS co-ordinates – which get you pretty close but not to the exact spot – and the hint ‘under’, so we were pleased to finally locate the cache. 🙂

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Fence

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Evening sky complete with moon

Later, when we’d eaten dinner, we logged our finds on the geocaching website – including retrieving and dropping off our first trackable. Here’s to more adventures in the future!

Please note, none of the photos give away the actual location of the cache. 🙂

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Author: Janice

Married to a very lucky man (he sometimes agrees), I'm learning to be a better wife, homemaker, & step-mum to two adult children and their other halves. I enjoy thinking, writing, nature, travelling, reading, photography and other creative pursuits, and spending time with friends & family (not necessarily in that order). I work part-time with children & their families. I have too much stuff (working on that) and am not a morning person... that about covers it for now.

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