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Here’s mine for this week:

We went on a mini weekendbreakaway to Caledon. On our way back we tried to pick up some caches. Snapped this pic while looking for GCGG35. I seriously suck at finding them; think it’s cause I use my phone’s gps. So, please Santa, bring me a real gps for Xmas this year…or even my birthday.

Anyhow, when the Dutch landed in the Cape in 1652, they saw some strange new plants; some with very fine leaves. Hence the plants specific in this part of our coastline are collectively known as fynbos.

And no, we didn’t find the cache.
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Wind farm cache GCBB26

3 in a row

But who found it?

Easy Peasy find on our way to Cape Town last weekend. But I realised once again why I should stick to navigating instead of driving. Henk read the clue as gate post in stead of fence post. And I almost drove by 2 turnoffs cause the navigator was running on Africa time. But we still found it. Well, Henk hang back and I got to find it!

It was a bit breezy while we were there, and sadly as we’ve noticed on all our trips past this wind farm, the turbines were yet again stationary. Have they ever turned though? I know this is technically a prototype for SA, but what a waste if it’s no put to use.

Wiki has some great examples of innovative placing of these massive turbines.

There were rumours of another wind farm by Lutzville/Koekenaap – it’s ALWAYS windy there, there’s enough open space. Perfect. But that’s where it has stayed… rumours. Let’s hope Eskom smells the smog and get creative with alternative energy sources.

The title of this post? We had every good intention of finding at least 3 (maybe 4) caches on this trip, but we had 2 tires blow out on the way back, while making a U-turn on the way to THIS cache;  THIS and THIS one we got rained out.

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Combining 2 posts tonight. But for the record: I found a cache. A micro cache. By myself. No help from Henk. Awesomesauce!

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Here’s mine for this week:

When first introduced to geocaching we of course searched for caches in our immediate area and places we regularly visit. Found this one, Wamkelekile Kumtla Kapa, not too far from my In-laws’ farm. So while visiting this weekend we drove to the border of Western Cape and Northern Cape.

It was a quick and easy find and I’m quite chuffed that I found it by myself. Usually I’m just the navigator and point out possible hiding places while Henk scrambles up and over rocks to find them.

Henk took this pic of me posing by the border sign, cache in hand. Did I mention it is a micro cache?
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Nearly missed posting about these chaches!

On Valentines Day we were on our way to Lambertsbaai to just chill on the beach, when Henk decided he wants to head inland and we should go check out the caches around Clanwilliam.
First up was Six Feet Under, better known as C. Louis Leipoldt’s grave. A bit macabre for a Sunday afternoon, but we went anyway.

Through the gate and we went up to the actual site. There are some faint rock art there as well. Amelia played around on tyhe stairs and I realised that OF COURSE this wasn’t where the cache would be hidden. Followed the blimp on my htc to the actual site. Again I pointed out the possible hiding place and Henk found it – so technically I found it ok!

boesmantekeninge

Road to nowhere

It was real hot that day as well, deep 30’sC. The road was a super good condition, harly any potholes! We took what felt lioke a huge detour to get to the next cache. Passed a proper steer and some ostriches on the way.

The next cache was placed at the venue Bushman’s Cave. On the way in we passed the actual owner, Erik. We asked if we could go a-huntin there and he joined us. A few years ago we attended a show there and saw people walking up along the rocks and heard that there was rock art as well – but there were so many people we skipped exploring and rather enjoyed the music.

This time round we saw the art and had a good lookaround. I confused my left-right East-and-West. The watchman should have given us a clue. henk and I stumbled aournd all over the place. Eventually {Because it was getting hotter and Amelia was tired and I was her only shade} Erik sort of pointed in the general direction – And we found it! I think I need a I suck at geocahing coin. We didn’t have any swag to swap; but Erik hopped down those stairs and got us a plastic knife and fork to put it, lol. Found a coin as well – well, at least a replica of a coin.


Bonus was the view up there is breathtaking.

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I felt that I needed a few changes to my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. Someof them are due to logistic reaons (lack of a better word); others are cause I have new intersts and the items were on the list in the first place and a filler. I will try and keep true to the category though i.e replace a Gaming one with a Gaming one etc.

  • 64.    Finish Rise of Legends The Vinci — first campaign changed toFinish Borderlandscause I can’t find my Rise of Legends disc, and I got this one sitting on my desktop. And Henk reckons I should play something other than Sims 2+3. This is also harder than my old goal since I don’t particularly like shooter games that much – but the graphics intrugue me and I get to play a female character too.
  • 7.    Visit Augrabiese Watervalle change to: Find 300 Geocaches(11/300); Cause there are caches there too. But the original reason I put this up there is so that we can travel more and explore our country – and since Augrabiese Watervalle is close enough for a weekend getaway, it got added. So in the spirit of still going there, I made the goal harder by saying that I/we must find 300 caches.

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This is what happens when you write posts ahead and save the drafts before finishing. I sorta lost my thread. But I made the changes; now let us see if the get completed.

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Our main problem here on the platteland is that there are so few caches in our area. Seriously, only 4 within 50km radius of which 1 is now disabled. The only way to get more caches is to spread the word and hide some of our own.

So I’ve been planning and buying and scouting and finally we decided to hide one close to Meulsteenberg, since it’s within in driving distance if it needs maintenance. It’s on the N7 that is the main route to (eventually) Namibia and thus a lot of tourists will pass it – meaning some geocachers will too.

We visited the farm last Sunday to drop Amelia off at her grandparents. Quick detour to crazy store en route for me to get some pens; ended up getting pencils cause the pens were just too expensive. And not just regular pencils; those ones with the many tips that you put the blunt one at the back and a sharp one pushes forward. A pink one at that; I think. Could be an orange one – definitely maybe orange. Plan was to hide the new cache on the way home. I laminated the little caching blurb with contact, got the loot ready and tested the lid of my container – plastic lunch box. That’s when I realized that I didn’t get a log book. Boer maak ‘n plan and I costructed a makeshift one from an old notebook.

I had planned to hide it by the only trees you will get for 100km, but the site was filthy. Truckers were using the ruins on an old shack as a toilet (and who knows what else) The little picnic area is in dire need of paint and a good scrub. And there will be a high chance of muggle looting. So Henk suggested we drive on a bit. Maybe we will find a better place – and we did. Closer to Bitterfontein than Garies. On a slight hill where you can get a good view of the area, and you can see Meulsteenberg from up there. Henk scrambled to the hidey place (I was wearing sandals for some non practical reason) while I found the easier route and took down waypoints. Henk also took the most craptastic picture in the history of cell phone pics. I only saw this when we got home though. * sigh*

You can see Meulsteenberg!

Back home I submitted the new cache, edited it what feels like 20 times. And then the wait began. Monday morning quick sticks it was approved and I got some links from the moderator with tips to caching in Africa. After reading the guidelines I feel that our attempt could have been better. I could have done a bit extra moeite with the cache. Let’s call it a learning curve. (There is no English word for moeite… and trouble just doesn’t cut it). I added some info about a special little succulent (plant) that grows ONLY on that berg; and it is thus named C.bilobum ssp.gracilistylum SB.784 Meulsteenberg.

So here it is, our first cache You can see Meulsteenberg!

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Had to go to Vredenburg to train on another chemistry instrument and to also swop intstruments with their lab. Coming home today I decided to take the secondary back roads through a few will-never-visit-otherwise dorpies and hunt down a few caches.

'The Fish house'

First stop was Berg River View (Western Cape). The clue ‘Don’t get in a knot over this one!‘helped a lot. Although I did start off with looking in some not-so-obvious places. Eventually found it. Borrowed a pencil from some friendly muggle ladies (cause I left my handbag in the car) , I told them all about this treasure hunt cause they were right next to the cache!

Enjoying the view from the stoep

Quite chuffed that I found it cause it was a dreaded micro cache.

The water of the Berg Rivier was a bright shade of blue – almost turquoise.

I didn’t stop for bokkoms, not too fond of them 😉 Hit the road soon-soon navigating to the next one.

Berg Rivier

Misleading bit of tarred road to Aurora

I was a bit weary taking the route to Aurora cause it’s a dirt road; but it wasn’t THAT bad. Still had some stretches of sinkplaat though – at least no big rocks. Google maps guided me to the quaint little dorpie. Typically the main road through town is tarred. The town is almost just a church, pub, and post office – I’m assuming there’s a post office since I didn’t see it.

An unexpected find leads you to a pub run by Helmut. Clue mentioned all the copper pots. GPS acted up a bit inside (at one point it told me to 36m south, lol.

After snooping around a bit I found it… in an unexpected place of course. Traditional cache so I swapped some swag.

Biggest building in town

By then it was getting late and I was missing home, but still stopped for a quick look-a-round at PEARSHAPED OR ROUND?, but didn’t find it. Although I admit that my mobile’s battery was f-l-a-t and there wasn’t any signal to read any info on the cache online. And I wasn’t wearing the right shoes either.  Turns out that the previous log didn’t find it, so I’m glad I didn’t search too long. Plus I needed to save some battery for using google maps to get back to a more familiar route.

The drive was stunning. The road winded around scenic rock formations and still green veld. Saw quite a lot of road kill; then as expected more than a few falcons. I don’t know my birds of prey at all, so anything not resembling a crow or pigeon and looks sort of like a little eagle, I call a falcon – could have been a kestrel too.

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