Hi from CadencetheGeokid and Luminesence!
We’ve been thinking that some geokids may be getting a little bit bored of different types of geocaches; for instance Jellybeansgeokid doesn’t enjoy cache & dashes along with me (Cadence). So we thought that it would be nice to share some of our favourite hides with you.
One of our whole families favourites was Smurf Safari by pooh, tig and lala. Smurf Safari is a small multi cache hidden around a tree farm not far from an area called Bluetown. We all think that it was placed near Bluetown because Smurf’s are blue. This was a fun multi because it wasn’t too long or too little a walk and because we all love Smurf’s we couldn’t resist it.
We had to find 5 different smurfs, each had a code to help us find the final hiding place of stage 6. It took us a little while to find number 1 because we were not sure what we were looking for. Number 2 was not as hard as number 1 but it still took us a good 10 minutes to find it. Number 3 was easier and fun to find because we were getting used to the idea of this multi. 4 & 5 were a blast, just like the rest and finally stage 6 was a trackable heaven. We found 2 trackables and quite a bit of stash. The lid of the final stage was relevant and funny. This multi cache took about an hour to complete.
Mum (Luminesence) finds it difficult to find caches that keeps us interested, but one she knew we would love was Toms Treasure Chest by major tom. This was a small walk from the car but a whole load of fun.
After finding the chest, one of the largest containers we have found to date,
we saw a large amount of treasures, coins from different countries and the amazing “pirate” themed log book.
I picked up three bracelets and a go-go crazy bones in exchange for a large stash of jewellery and badges (to keep the treasure chest well stocked). Watching Jellybeansgeokid was like a replay of Christmas day. She was most definitely in her element. Smif247 and Luminesence were certainly more interested in the coins, trackables and log books, however Smif247 did have a moment of childishness when he tried on some “piratey” hoop earings.
After I wrote my “essay” in the magnificent log book, Luminesence photographed it so that I could re-write it on the cache page. Toms Treasure Chest was certainly a family favourite and gained a favourite point from each of the grown ups.
As Cadence said, it can be difficult to engage the geokids when most of the geocaches are nano’s or 35mm film canisters, and it can become a real struggle and drag for them when we are out grabbing micro’s left, right & centre. Jellybeans prefers to go on the long circular walks with a variety of cache sizes, whereas Cadence is more interested in the shorter walks with plenty of swap boxes as she is in the process of collecting go-go crazy bones.
Saying that though, both of my geokids seem to have a penchant for the slightly extreme cache types.
One of which they pestered me for several months, insisting that I had to take them there, even though I already had the smilie in place for it. I couldn’t believe that I was going back there again!
It was PWU #5 Hollingbourne Zero Station/Arachnophobia. This was my second trip into what was once a communications bunker during the war. Now though it is just a shell underground which has become a popular nesting place for Meta bourneti, a species of cave spider.
Both the girls are pleased that they went through with entering the underground bunker, but Cadence has discovered that she doesn’t like spiders anymore. I think it was the egg sacs that put her off.
Jellybeans on the other hand said it was her most enjoyable find so far, but
has since changed her mind, because 10 days later her bedroom mirror had at least 30 tiny baby spiders creeping all over it. On later inspection she discovered 2 oval shaped egg sacs within her wardrobe, very reminiscent of those within PWU #5.
This experience however doesn’t seem to have put the geokids off from entering other underground cache sites.
One of which CadencetheGeokid has now visited twice. She enjoyed it so much the first time, she didn’t want to appear to be a chicken when it was Jellybeansgeokid’s turn to visit LA:RS Lights the way.
I’ll give Cadence her due, the first visit was in the dark and she is scared of the dark, heights and spiders. So I am very proud that she decided to re-enter the ROC underground bunker, home to a micro cache (and a couple of dead rabbits!).
Okay, so the last two caches are not what you would
normally describe as family friendly, but when you have a 10 year old and a 15 year old, something a little out of the ordinary and somewhat challenging really is on the menu for a good trip out. These experiences (are what they asked for) will stay with them right into adult hood and I can already imagine the stories they will tell their children & grandchildren.
If you can recommend any other interesting or child friendly geocache’s within Kent, feel free to comment with the GC code.
By CadencetheGeokid and Luminesence