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Geocaching Benefits

Here is a question that gets asked a lot

“What has Geocaching given you?”

“What do you believe the benefits are?”

The time honoured answer is usually along the lines of health & fitness for all the family, to get the children away from the games consoles and television. Now don’t get me wrong, those people are absolutely correct and that is how most geocachers start out on their journies. For some of us though, that journey can become incredibly personnal, and I apologise to everyone now because my story is a personnal one.

I first heard about geocaching sometime during 2010 after a chat with my little sister. A mutual friend of ours had discovered this “walking with a purpose hobby” and she though it would be something I would enjoy… And she’s not wrong! I love it. However, I had just moved and my family and I were still unpacking boxes and getting our lives in order.

In April 2011 I took a closer look at this game via the free iPhone app while we were out on a walk discovering our new area. Well, I couldn’t get my head around the built in compass, so needless to say I failed to find anything that day. My family thought I was mad rummaging in the undergrowth while they were exploring a nearby fort, which to them was far more interesting.

Anyway, we headed home and I took a look at Groundspeak’s website, Geocaching.com to find out more and began to plot the coordinates of a nearby route onto my OS map while everyone else were either on the pc or the wii, all ignoring each other (this had become the norm). The following weekend only the girls and I went out (on our own again) and we had much success. We then discovered that a “meet” was not too far from home and decided we would go along and get some advice.

This was when we first met Top rope Ian, Sir-Lancelot, Nick the trucker and Kallescrew. Little did I know then that these first faces would become some of my closest and much loved family. A week later I was told by my husband/partner of 14 years that he was leaving. I was devastated, distraught and angry! I had been trying to find a way to bring us closer together as we all liked the outdoors, I had no idea that in actual fact he didn’t want us to be closer…

Those first couple of months were the worst of my life as you can well imagine, but something I did have was geocaching. I didn’t do very much in the way of hunting or finding, but what I did gain were the best friends anyone could hope for. You see, on the first day I met those mentioned I had also joined the Facebook group, Geocaching in Kent, and that is where I turned when I felt my world was upside down. Everyone I spoke to were non-judgemental and incredibly supportive, they took me out on weekends when my kids were away, not to geocache at first but to get me out of the house, to cheer me up and to introduce me to more geocachers/friends.

Geocaching in Kent were my support group, forget all those marriage berievement groups and guidance counsellors, these guys held me up when I was at rock bottom. They gave me a shoulder to cry on, plenty of things to really laugh hard about and they gave me support where my own family couldn’t, almost three years on they still do.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I haven’t been a burden (well I hope not, but I know they would tell me if I had) and I have been there for them too when thay have had times of trouble. We help each other out of life’s little scrapes e.g Getting the car stuck in a green lane. One thing I can safely say with hand on my heart is that Kent Geocachers will always be there for you when you need them. Friends really are the family you choose for yourself, and these friends chose me at a time when I really needed them.

I guess what I am trying to say is – My benefit of geocaching was not the health & fitness, but finding an incredibly loving family of genuine people and for that I want to publically say THANK YOU to each and every one of them for everything they have done, continue to do and may well do in the future. I LOVE YOU GUYS XXX

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Dad’s Army – IGC2013

International Geocaching Day

International Geocaching Day

What will you be doing on Saturday 17th August 2013?

I personally will be attending another Kent County Geocacher’s meet. This month it is hosted by two members of The Royal Engineers, LA:RS and Geosoldier2647.  The meet in question is called “Dad’s Army” GC4F1FY.

Ryal Engineers

Royal Engineers

 

Standby…. Warning Order…

 


:INTENT – It is our intent to execute a monthly meeting within our tactical Area Of Responsibility. Sussex Cachers will cover us from the South and Essex Cachers to the North.

 

:MISSION – KCC are to seek out and sign the Logbook, ensuring Smileys are gained on Higher Commands mapping.

We will RV at: 1200 – 1500hours. Location – The Halfway House, Canterbury Road, Challock, TN25 4BB… where a transformation of new recruits (You Guys n Gals) into honorary Quasi-Geosoldiers for the day will take place!

You are required (if you so wish) to engage in the frivolity by attending in some form of Combat wear fancy dress…

The public house can be viewed over secure means at:

www.halfwayhousechallock.co.uk

Six OP’s (Observation Posts) will be in place for the event where you’ll have to visit and gather information on the Enemy location they’re all watching. (a field puzzle).

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army

So I’ve got my uniform starched and kit bag ready for the days mission. Sounds exciting – so much so that the event has made it onto the bookmark list for the 3rd Annual Geocaching day 2013. If you are unable to attend our event, why not check out the bookamrk list and see if there is one in your area.

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Kent MEGA 2014

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4th May 2014 

The Hop Farm
Maidstone Road
Paddock Wood

Kent, TN12 6PY

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WELCOME TO KENT MEGA 2014 IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND… 

 

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The Kent Mega Event 2014 will be held on the weekend of Friday 2nd May 2014. The main MEGA Event will be held at The Hop Farm in Kent on Sunday 4th May 2014. Other Satellite Events will be held at various locations around Kent.

What is a Mega-Event Cache?

A Mega-Event cache is an Event Cache that is attended by 500+ people. Mega-Events offer geocachers a day of planned activities. There are often several days of additional activities surrounding a Mega-Event. These large events attract geocachers from all over the world and are often held annually.

Help us please

Due to the anticipated number of participants at next years Kent Mega Event 2014 to be held on Sunday 4th May 2014, we would encourage you to pre-register. This would help our organising committee get a better handle on the number of people expected Click Here to register now!

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WIN WIN WIN

Register now to win a GSAK licence as soon as Groundspeak confirm we have Mega status we will get a random generator to pick out the winning name.

 

Book Now – SPECIAL OFFERcamping

Day Rate £15.00 (usually £19.50)
Three Day Rate £40.00
4th day Free of charge.
Electric hook up £4.50 per day

The camping telephone line is 01622 870838 and

you can also contact them by emailing touring@thehopfarm.co.uk

Please quote: Kent Mega 2014

 

SANDRA123 & KAT15 TAKE ON “GODZILLA”

Sandra123 & Kat15

Sandra123 & Kat15

After some persuasion from fellow geocachers Sandra123 and kat15 have agreed to take on ‘MBH – Godzilla ’98 Track 3’ GC441NM. They will be helped with this challenge by Geosoldier2647 and LA:RS! The date is going to be set soon for any supporters to come down and support them on their way.

“WARNING, THIS CACHE HAS DANGERS ATTACHED TO IT.

BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITY AND SKILL SET BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO ANYTHING.”

The ladies are doing this challenge to help raise funds for the Kent Mega 2014 Event, so please, please sponser them! 50p – £1 – £2 – £3 – £4 every little helps!

Good Luck Ladies. . .

You can sponser the girls Here

 

CONTACT THE TEAM

Click to Contact the Team

Click to Contact the Team

 

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Greenlane cache and dash

Advice for the adventurous…

Back filling the ditch

Back filling the ditch

Well the day started well, a sunny Saturday in Kent (The Garden of England). Luminesence and I decided today wouldn’t be an ingressing day but a caching one. As we both have our own health challenges, we decided on a local walk which has been newly published “Plumbus’s Hoo Massive”.

All started well and off we trot out to the first of our nearby caches (Football Field #1) to clear the area and stick the all important smiley on the map. A quick stroll and it was signed and returned to its safe haven, a nice gentle stroll back to the car and off we go.

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“I’ll just use some of this wood to raise the ground”

Before long we arrived at our first Plumbus cache, Hoo massive #1. Luminesence had pre loaded her Garmin Oregon 450 (I hadn’t, but it was safely tucked away in my webbing. I am trying webbing in place of a rucksack for weight distribution and to see how my back copes. So far so good). So first one found and a gentle stroll to get the next one. We soon found that one too. We were in fact doing the loop as a series of drive by & walks and this was all going to plan until we hit number seven, Ropers Green Lane. Lumi jumped out of the car next to gz and spotted the cache immediately but I was called on as a height issue was obvious.

Jacking the car up

Jacking the car up

Nearby was a pile of rubbish that had been fly-tipped, mainly what looked to be building rubbish leftover from someone having block paving done. “Ummm we are building raised beds at home” so I pop a pallet and a couple of the bags of ballast into the boot. At this point we looked at the map and I decided to grab the “just one more”, as time was against us. The little lane that was actually a byway became a dirt track at the cache we needed, so log found, signed and returned. A conversation ensued about turning around and going back the way we came or head on. I, being the driver and seeing the main road ahead on the satnav, decided that a “follow the arrow” aproach would be for the best. DOH! Off we went. I should point out that my car is a Ford Focus – the sport version.

A call for HELP!

A call for HELP!

Spotting two very big ruts cut by the farmers tractor in the field I thought two things.

A) It’s wide enough to get through.

B) Don’t drive in the very deep ruts. Some of which seemed to be around a good 12+ inches deep.

Everything was going ok with Lumi gripping the seat for dear life and me chugging along around 5 miles an hour. I should also point out here, I seem to only ever crash at low speed.

We can push it!

We can push it!

Next thing I know we slid into a dip and got well and truly stuck. I asked Lumi to get out as I thought all four wheels were on the ground. WRONG! The bottom of the car was on the ground and all four wheels were hanging in the air. Out came the supplies I had just procured and I began filling in under the tyres with ballast and pallet wood. No joy. An hour later still not enough. By now we had been joined by a friend who spotted our minor hiccup on Facebook (thanks to Lumi posting pictures of the predicament).

Rosieb123, Our supplier of energy

Rosieb123, Our supplier of energy

Sam (rosieb123) was soon on hand with doughnuts and energy drinks. She was followed by my plan b back up, the entire LA;RS clan and a chelsea tractor. I jacked up one wheel built up under it and so on and so forth around the car. All to no avail. Plan c – get a real 4X4 out. Phone call number 2 saw a 2 hour wait until a nice Range Rover driver came wandering up to my sunken car laughing at my predicament as had many others by this stage, including both myself and lumi.
Up he walks, “yup no problem I can get you out.” A brief discussion ensues and off he goes to get the Range Rover. With much relief, I see the back lights as he is reversing up to us, I am filled with imense joy. Which was rather short lived. As I watched an off roader get well and truly wedged and although he has offroaded all over the world without ever getting stuck, the track claimed its second victim of the day. By now my beloved lumi had been home and returned with my son, her daughter and coffee and sandwiches. Rob, Sam and the two boys (LA:RS) had also returned after finding a travelling community site and angel farm (home to the Kent chapter of the Hells Angels mc) but unfortunately no one with a tractor to pull us out.

Even the help got stuck

Even the help got stuck

With the new obstacle in my way (a 4.2 Range Rover) and a red haired helper. So with  much head scratching was going on along with “I wonder if so and so could be our plan d.” Off wanders my son in his flip flops to the traveller site and wanders back after finding a trailer filled to bursting with the female half of the community as all the men had gone fishing, after being asked in and if he would like to court any of the unattached ladies there he came back (eventually). So we were still scratching our heads as it looked like we would have to leave both the cars there till the morning. Then a new face who happens to have a JCB on tracks appears from the direction of the travellers site, “no problem” he says, “back in a minute” he said. Well I’ve heard that before.

The track takes its second victim

The track takes its second victim

Next thing I hear is the thudding of a big old engine after awhile not hearing an increase in volume as you would expect if it was nearing you. Scraping was added to the thudding, off went Ricky to investigate and the rather decent chap was now leveling out the road. By now I wouldn’t have been surprised if Father Christmas turned up with the Elves to tarmac and paint white lines on the road. Well up comes the little digger and drags the Range Rover out then parks in the hedge to let out the Range Rover.

Only a digger can save us now

Only a digger can save us now

Bloater40 turned up with his son and two big planks to see if he could help but by then the digger was back and I was hooking up the Focus. It was soon lifted free and my son happily drove it out onto the road, grinning like the Cheshire Cat knowing full well he has enough ammo to last him till the next time I off road…

Did I mention this isn’t the first time I have crashed a car at less than 1o miles an hour…

DOH AGAIN!!!

Finally being towed out

Finally being towed out

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A Geocachers’ Kit List

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What’s in your backpack?

For quite some time I have wanted to share my geocaching backpack with you. Mostly because I find it quite heavy and don’t really know what I am carrying. My backpack has been part of my caching adventures for two years now, and I am forever filling it with extra items “that may come in handy”.

When I began geocaching all I would take was my smart phone (with only the free Groundspeak app installed), a pen and the local OS Explorer map with the geocaches already plotted. It was only after attending some of the county events and learning about the other things that geocachers’ take with them that I decided it was time to invest in a rucksack.

Today though I thought I should take a better look at what I carry about with me (other than a packed lunch and drinks).

  1. 10l backpack
  2. Piratemania V trackable tag (yes my backpack is trackable)
  3. 4 pens (one has a light for the all important night time finds)
  4. lock n lock box full of swappable swag
  5. St John Ambulance First Aid kit (old habits die hard)
  6. Micro fleece travel towel (you never know when you will get wet)
  7. Emergency Poncho
  8. Dog poop bags
  9. 3 hand torches
  10. 1 head torch (with red & white light)
  11. Rolson mutli tool
  12. Spare log sheets
  13. Spare nano geocache containers
  14. Spare bison containers
  15. Spare 35 mm container
  16. Telescopic magnet with torch
  17. Spare rechargeable batteries
  18. Garmin Oregon 450 GPS unit
  19. Personal field note book (for puzzles/multi’s and other notes)
  20. Personal stamp book (for letterbox hybrid geocaches)
  21. Spare notebook
  22. Emergency whistle
  23. Current trackable inventory

Okay, so that was a lot more than I thought, no wonder it is heavy… And not forgetting that smif247 also has his backpack too with much the same in. In addition to all the geocache tools (penknife, tweezers etc) and waterproof coats, we now have to carry an extra water bottle and food (for Misty).

Then there are days where we need to take even more:- climbing gear! That’s a whole other bag.

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Ropes!! What for?

Here we have three harness’s; two climbing ropes; two static lines; gri-gir’s; ascenders; prussiks; carabiners; chalk; slings galore. A whole heap of gear and for what? Well it would seem that not all geocachers are happy with “base of tree” or “ivy covered post”, so what do they do? They set geocaches at the top of tree’s (or suspended between two trees), some of which are not safe for free climbing, or on the underside of a bridge which you will need to abseil to and even half way down a chalk cliff face. I also saw a video on you tube once of a geocache on a dam. This brings me to the next bit of geocaching kit!

A Boat!

A Boat!

Are we going just a little too far now? Some bright spark thought it would be a great idea if there were geocaches out on small islands that were home to forts (Fort Micro #13 – Fort Darnett) and others even went as far as placing caches along rivers that are mostly accessible by boat alone (Float Your Boat).

I forgot to mention that a few times we have even had to take skateboards along for a ride (in long spider strewn tunnels). So what is next I wonder! I am rapidly running out of storage space for our extended geo-gear.

Skateboard as a mode of transportation

Skateboard as a mode of transportation

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Geocaching A&E

A current topic of conversation in my local geocaching Facebook group, Geocaching in Kent, is all about geocaching injuries.

Scrape from a brick wall

Scrape from a brick wall

Mizmazmoz asked “After a very brambly cache hunt today myself and friend were chatting about injuries from doing outdoor sports…..so the question is what is your worst caching related injury and has anyone ended up in a&e from geocaching?”

On our Facebook group there is a file called “The Accident Book” which has a few entries and photographs of some of the scrapes we get into just to claim a lovely smilie on our maps. It would seem that some of us (myself included) don’t always remember the advice that “no cache is worth dying over!”

The question has sparked quite a bit of interest with answers like;

Nasty Graze

Nasty Graze

SS Fangbangers – “I did climb half way up an old fallen tree, following the GPS and the branch gave way underneath me. Twisted my ankle but thats it lol”  

Kalle’s Crew – “I’m currently nursing a bruised coccyx from sliding a bit quick down a very steep slope and meeting tree roots”

Borrowed Wine – “I fell of the wing wall of a bridge once, pulled all of the muscles in my arm and shoulder and had some wicked grazes, that hurt. My brother standing there laughing didn’t help much.”

And of course there is always the cuts, bruises and grazes that seem to appear out of nowhere after a days caching in some fairly overgrown wood somewhere in the county.

Last summer Winter-Smith shared a story with us about this very topic. He had been on a walking holiday with friends in The Lake District. It wasn’t specifically a geocaching holiday as some the friends were ramblers rather than geocachers, but that didn’t stop Winter-Smith from convincing the group to find a few plastic tubs along the way. During a day’s hiking one of the group slipped and subsequently fractured her leg. Miles from any road and half way up a mountain, Winter-Smith knew he would need to call mountain rescue as they couldn’t move her. He had this to say, “We didn’t admit to being cachers, claiming to be walkers instead, but I did use my GPS unit to pass grids to the mountain rescue team and helicopter.” Embarrassed to admit to being a geocacher??

Wave goodbye to Mountain Rescue

Wave goodbye to Mountain Rescue

So what’s your caching injury stories? Have you been shipped off to an emergency room? I haven’t yet, but I do have several pairs of jeans that now have large holes in the knees and on the back of the upper legs from jumping over brick walls or tripping on trailing ivy across footpaths.

Please share them with us.

In response to this post over on Google+ I have the following story to share, I laughed so hard my eyes watered. I did apologise for my insensitivity.

Dougbromac had this to say; “I would imagine that this topic will get a lot of traction.

My most recent was just day before yesterday. I had to scale a cliff and my reward a a foot-long cut down the front of my right leg. I had a hot date with the peroxide bottle that night. Good thing I clot fast.

My worst was up Aiea Loop when it started to rain as I was taking an unnecessarily hard approach to a cache down a steep hill. (I’m prone to that.)

The earth turned to slime in the downpour and there I went downhill, like in the movie “Romancing the Stone” going down the mud flume. The only thing that stopped my slide was hitting a strawberry guava tree. Caught me in the ribs and knocked the wind out of me and was surprised on inspection I didn’t have a broken rib. I just laid there as I waited for the incapacitating pain to subside, the rain pelting down, slowly rinsing the mud off my face as I stared up into the treetops.

I didn’t finish the hike. Once I could even move again, I limped and drug myself back to the car and stripped down in the parking lot and stuffed my completely muddy and saturated clothes in a plastic trash bag and drove home barefoot in my underwear. I would have needed a firehose to knock all the mud off.

Later on at home I had to take my clothes and boots to a car wash and power spray the mud out of them.

And to add insult to the injuries, I didn’t get a single cache! This happened before my first find for that hike!

Lesson learned. It’s not like in the movies. The rocks and trees and far harder than they appear and you fall much faster than you’d think.”

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May the Fourth be with you

WWFM – Herne Bay, Kent

World Wide Flash Mob

Geocaching Souvenir

Geocaching Souvenir

Herne Bay Clocktower

Herne Bay Clocktower

Saturday 4 May 2013 was the tenth World Wide Flash Mob . A fifteen minute event that saw more than 15,000 geocachers across the globe over 350 events for fun, geocaching and activities most of which with a dedicated theme. And Kent took part this year with, of course, a Star Wars theme.

With thanks to Bacas we saw cachers travelling across the county (geocaching their way across the county) to meet at Herne Bay Clock Tower for 2pm. Smif247 and I were no exception. We left Medway early enough to grab a few select geocaches on route before arriving at the specified time with Misty (our geo-puppy).

 

Where's the log book?

Where’s the log book?

It was such a buzz when, at the strike of the chimes, a large mass of geocaching teams all pooled round the front of the clock tower waiting in line to sign the logbook, milling around catching up with old friends and new acquaintances. Introducing all the geo-hounds to each other and discussing tricky hides and the promise of new releases.

WWFM Logbook

WWFM Logbook

By 2:15pm we were all grouped up on the steps for the all important Kent County Cachers photo shoot. I have no idea what the locals and day trippers thought when we all produced light sabres from our pockets (or where ever they were hidden)!

Catching up

Catching up

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!

 

The photo shoot was quickly followed by the pinging sound of mobile phone notifications as a new series of Star Wars themed geocaches (traditionals & puzzles) went live, thank you to little miss naughty for the time and effort you put in. All the hides had vouchers for free coffee at the nearby Mackari’s coffee shop as a “First to Find” prize. A great incentive to carry on the meet after the alloted time. I must say Kent Cachers are a very sociable bunch and never pass up the opportunity of catching up in a pub or coffee shop.

 

Kent County Cachers

Kent County Cachers

Photo Credits to Bacas, bloater40 and m3hxe

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What Floats your Boat?

Not all geocaches are found at the base of an ivy covered tree or on the back of a road sign. Some require a little more work; such as solving a puzzle, climbing a 60′ tree, abseiling half way down a chalk cliff or in this case using a boat to access the cache.

You see, a time comes in your geocaching career when you’ve found a few thousand geocaches, filled in every day on your calendar and you then decide to complete the difficulty/terrain grid. This time had come for Top rope Ian and he wanted to grab some of the Float Your Boat series in Northampton.

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The Cock Inn, Denford

The first step was a meet in Denford (GC44NWG), giving Kent cachers the opportunity of meeting up with the locals and if we were really lucky, the cache owners of the Float Your Boat Series (GC2T8QF). It was pure luck that the venue had only re-opened just a few weeks prior to our chosen weekend, despite the event listing having been published two months in advance. A small crowd of mad geocachers filled the little bar of The Cock Inn, Denford including our new muggle friend, Inflatable Gary; who lowered the tone of the weekend within minutes of arriving.

Meet Gary

Meet Gary

Top rope Ian with I Ning Board

Top rope Ian with I Ning Board

It wasn’t long before talk turned to geocaches and trackables. Ian had bought along I Ning Board (TB3EW6B) and Sir-Lancelot pointed out that Inflatable Gary (TB3N3J1)was not as much of a muggle as we first thought!

A few of the crowd decided they wanted to attempt Float Your Boat… Duck (GC2TPJ7) during the meet; in the dark, with an ironing board & inflatable rubber man. They were accompanied by Splendidz (the cache owner) and a couple of other locals. I think this was when Kent Cachers were dubbed as being totally insane. You know, I think they might be right! How many geocachers do you know would take a life-sized inflatable man to do a geocache? Or even an ironing board for that matter! I decided to save it for daylight.

A minor distraction from the task

A minor distraction from the task

Saturday morning arrived and our plan was discussed over a Little Chef breakfast. It was decided that due to the weather we would drive over to Float Your Boat…The Weakest Link (GC2T8QF)) and have a quick recce of the area before preparing the kit. Top rope Ian & Sir-Lancelot lead the way with myself, smif247 & nick the trucker following behind. It wasn’t long before we all got separated. I got distracted by a footpath that led beneath the bridge (photo opportunity), while smif247 & nick the trucker headed off in the opposite direction to

Near "Stonebreakers 1"

Near “Stonebreakers 1”

Stonebreakers 1 (GC2VJFF). Once we found them and signed the log (& took more photo’s) we returned to Bacas and the parked cars to prepare the boat and collect all that we would need to grab the cache. We did get some rather odd looks from passing traffic as we crossed the road with a half inflated kayak.

This is how you use a boat!

This is how you use a boat!

Arriving close to ground zero, we surveyed the river and surrounding area. The water was fairly fast flowing here so we decided that we should use a safety line to prevent any of us from being swept downstream. Sir-Lancelot was the first to try, confidently rowing across to the other bank, only to realise our safety line was too short. Take two: more successful and Sir-Lancelot was moored up, signing the log and returning to the safety of our bank. Nick the trucker was next, no problems at all until Top rope Ian and Sir-Lancelot decided that he should return to the bank in seconds, causing a bow wave and soaking Nick from the waist down. Well, somebody need to get wet, it does have a water attribute after all! Smooth sailing from the rest of us and we were ready to hit the next cache in under an hour.

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link

We took stock of the weather conditions, the fast flow of the river and the fact that we would be rowing against the current, and decided that for safety we would walk to Float Your Boat… Branching Out (GC2TT45). We must have looked very strange trudging around the footpaths towards our next goal. Upon arrival, again we surveyed the area and quickly spotted that the geocache was in fact on our side of the river. One by one we took turns to lean out across the water to sign the geocache. Even Nick who arrived shortly after us in dry clothing. Good progress I must say.

Bacas and Sir-Lancelot make sure smif247 remembers to Duck!

Bacas and Sir-Lancelot make sure smif247 remembers to Duck!

Our next stop was another trip to Float your Boat… Duck, via one of the Thrapston Trail (GC3WVRQ) caches. We were greeted by the confused faces of a couple of local farmers, as we routed around in the soggy, muddy undergrowth searching for Thrapston Trail 17. Their faces became even more confused as we attempted to explain geocaching to them. Picking up the boat again, we carried on to Duck, and Bacas (who had been picking up less challenging geocaches along the same route). Now was the time for the less adventurous of us to grab the micro here. Another quick signing done we all decided to visit The Cock Inn (www.thecockinndenford.com) again for a spot of lunch. The landlords were very accommodating by allowing Bacas to use the back garden of their fine establishment to prepare some hot food while the rest of us carried on to Float Your Boat… Sign In (GC2TQAZ).

Faced with some more odd looks from passers-by, we carried the now filthy boat along the main road towards our destination. 20 minutes later we walked back along the road, past the pub, and back cross the home of Duck! We eventually found a suitable drop in point and spotted the most likely hiding place for our final cache of the day. A new plan was needed here, as the river flow was much faster than it had been further down river. We would work in pairs, one to hold on so we don’t float off and the other to retrieve and sign. An end to an amazing day!

smif247 working out how to float his boat

smif247 working out how to float his boat

We didn’t manage to finish the series that weekend so another trip up at a later date will be in order to collect smilies for This Way Up! (GC2TQ7T) and Brickin’ It? (GC2T8QD).

My thanks to Top rope Ian for organising another mad cap idea, The landlords at The Cock Inn for allowing us to deplete their tea, coffee & milk stock, Bacas for the lovely stew, Sir-Lancelot & Gary for the laughs, nick the trucker & smif247 for the equipment, Splendidz, Harbcache, gladstone8 & Brigstock Dolphins for coming out to meet us and finally to Splendidz & The Buffs for the geocaches.

Is this how you float a boat, Top rope Ian?

Is this how you float a boat, Top rope Ian?

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Our newest family member

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Introducing Misty, the newest member of the geocachingwithgeokids family.

Misty is almost 8 weeks old and has been with us for about a week. Her Mum is a Siberian Husky and Dad is a black Labrador. So far she is definitely showing signs of having a Labrador personality. Oh dear, please help us!

I’m really looking forward to being able to take her out for her first walk and geocache find. No doubt she will either have her own caching profile or at the very least become trackable. (Now where did I put that spare Groundspeak dog tag?)

I am hoping that the weather will be nice for the next Kent County Cachers monthly meet GC485M4 just so I can show her off.

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“Tell me a story”

The idea of a story book travel bug has been in the pipeline for quite some time. Inspired by a cache somewhere in the West Country where visiting geocachers have to continue the story in the log book. I had considered the idea for a cache of my own in Kent but not quite got the final idea formulated yet.

A couple of months ago I purchased 5 travel bug dog tags which were on offer. Four of which got released for our family “chicken run tb race” and the fifth lay on the coffee table staring at me, this was when my idea began to grow.

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Off to WHSmiths I went in search of a suitable notebook to add the dog tag to. Once found I began writing the travel bug page and the idea just grew and grew.

Basically when a geocacher has the book in their possession they contribute a Geocaching story of their own to the book.

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Once the book is full then it begins it’s travel home. I am hoping that some of the story tellers give permission for me to share their stories here on the blog.

Before I set the travel bug off into the wild I will be taking it to Piratemania where it can be discovered and the first additions can be made. Then it will be traveling via air mail to the USA where it will begin it’s true journey with the help of Geocaching friend Debaere.

To view Tell me a story just click on the link

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