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13 April 2013 – Another Slog in the Sand

Epic!

In need of some serious sand hike training for our upcoming Fish River hike, these two caches out on Die Plaat popped into our radar.

We chose a perfect, sunny and windless day; geared up our gaiters, stocked our backpacks, packed some energy drinks and started our 15km return trek along Grotto’s sandy beach toward Die Plaat.

We found Message in a Bottle quickly amongst the most beautiful, windswept sandstone boulders, African black oyster catchers and plenty seagulls, before making our way to Duifklippe a bit further away.

Arriving at our furthest waypoint, we searched the obvious spot, but remained empty-handed.  Just imagine our disappointment as we realised the cache we have just walked 7.5kms for was no longer there!

Disappointed, we started our journey back.  As the tide had come in, we were forced to continue above the high tide mark, dutifully slogging our way back in very loose sand – Brunette cleverly walking in Blonde’s tracks…

Fortunately, our trip to Duifklippe was confirmed by fellow cacher, Strandloper3 the very next weekend and we were allowed to log our visit as a find by the cache owner!

#236 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (GC2GGFB)
Die Plaat Nature Reserve between Hermanus and De Kelders, South Africa

S34°27.134 E19°20.014

This man-made cave called Sopiesklip, was constructed by vagrant fishermen looking for a place of shelter against the wind and waves.

Visit Message in a Bottle at www.geocaching.com

#237 DUIFKLIPPE (GC2P6PE)
Die Plaat Nature Reserve between Hermanus and De Kelders, South Africa

S34°27.902 E19°20.631

We were fortunate to find plenty Black African Oystercatchers around.  This bird species are currently considered threatened with only about 5000 birds left…

Visit Duifklippe at www.geocaching.com

12 April 2013 – Slogging in the Sand

Our actual intend was to grab a cache up the infamous Hangklip sand dunes.  As this specific one has not been found in over a year, by logging it, it would have us qualify for the Cape Resuscitator Challenge.  Unfortunately, there was a reason it has not been found – it has gone MIA.

So, being in the area, we decided to move on to another close-by cache; one that has left us quite irate on a previous occasion.  Not wanting to drag ancient cows from the ditch, just scroll to our previous blog ‘Finding our Nemesis’ for a detailed lamentation…

#235 HANGKLIP HERITAGE CACHE (GC484KB)
Hangklip, South Africa

S34°21.798 E18°51.882

This time, an easy find a good 64m from the original coordinates published.

Very interesting concept for a cache – the swag consisted of everyday objects representing different concepts and ideals.  Art, we guess…

Visit Hangklip Heritage Cache at www.geocaching.com

3 April 2013 – Study Break

The thing with studying is that it causes one’s caching adventures to become far and wide apart…

Such has been the case with Brunette doing her post-grad diploma; we have done a lot less caching recently (and have fallen desperately behind in our blog posts…)

So, as Brunette was finally doing her written exams in Rondebosch today and tomorrow, why not consider her textbook-accomplished and do a bit of study break caching?

We started with four quick caches in the immediate area, before taking on a fifth in the Waterfront.  The study break approaching its end, we met up with friends, Ann and her Metro Man with whom we had been staying while in the Mother City.  Ann, curious about Geocaching, but way too lazy to commit to the admin and preparations, quickly had us convinced to go show them what it’s all about…

Well, any excuse to delay an evening study session…  We did a bit of night caching, showing them two cleverly hidden urban caches, the latter being especially neat as this was only our second sight of this type of magnetic conundrum, coupled with a clue that had  both experienced cachers fooled, but left a triumphant Metro Man with the cache in hand…

Finally, and just for the record:  Brunette passed both papers with flying colours!

#228 THE COMMON CONUNDRUM (GC42DZC)
Rondebosch Common in Rondebosch, South Africa

S33°57.241 E18°28.881

Our first find for the day.  This was a very cleverly disguised micro, Brunette quite fortunately managed to stumble upon.

 

Visit The Common Conundrum at www.geocaching.com

#229 TRAINING (GCW8AV)
Rond
ebosch, South Africa

S33°58.728 E18°28.972

We really liked this TB-hotel style cache.

Very cool camouflage – we walked right passed it while waiting for the GPS to find signal…

 

Visit Training at www.geocaching.com

#230 LOONEY TUNES (GC1NX2T)
Rondebosch, South Africa

S33°56.183 E18°27.024

This puzzle cache was fun and much more Do, Re, Mi than originally anticipated.

The final hide presented some challenges though – many musical muggles around…

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#231 MOSTERT’S MILL (GC25PX3)
Rondebosch, South Africa

S33°57.116 E18°27.977

Nice and easy, spur of the moment cache.

The clue was spot-on and great to finally learn what this old mill is all about.

 

Visit Mostert’s Mill at www.geocaching.com

#232 BERTIE (GC3HAFA)
V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°53.987 E18°24.500

We had solved this mystery cache a while ago, but our previous attempt at a find was thwarted by an open air roof party right at ground zero. We found it quickly this time around.

 

Visit Bertie at www.geocaching.com

#233 HURLING SWAAI (GC1PVK6)
Oranjezicht in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°56.275 E18°24.938

Night-caching with Ann and her Metro Man.

We had them look for this easy one and Ann soon spotted its hidey-hole!

 

Visit Hurling Swaai at www.geocaching.com

#234 MOTHER CITY MEANDER SERIES – ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL
St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town CBD, South Africa

S33°55.506 E18°25.183

This clever hide had both Bossies fooled.  It was Ann’s Metro Man that eventually spotted it to everyone’s amazement!

 

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26 March 2013 – Picking Up the Pieces

#227 WALKERBAY VIEW (GC2QGG1)
Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus, South Africa

S34°24.216 E19°17.523

Our third attempt to do the Fish River Canyon hike upcoming (weather, rain and draught finally permitting), we have started doing some short-distance, terrain-orientated caches.  Living in the Overberg, these type of caches all tend to be on the slopes of mountains, so, we are in no short supply of scenic walks and panoramic vistas…  And this one was no exception!

Following a quick slog up the mountain, we soon reached the final waypoint and that’s where the true multi-cache started!  You see, another thing about living in the Overberg is the fact that we all have at some point had the dubious experience of being involved in anything ranging from a simple walk-by ambush, or open-window vehicle raid, to a full-blown home invasion by the Overberg’s smoothest criminals, our local baboon troops!

Reaching the final waypoint, we started following a Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb route made up of colourful, somewhat melted crayons, swag, the container lid, writing utensils, and so forth…

That being the end of the fairy tale, we soon realised the mangled cache was yet another victim of a baboon raid.

Luckily, we were able to pick up most of the pieces and put Humpty Dumpty back together again…

Oh, and did I mention that we all lived happily ever after?

Visit Walkerbay View at www.geocaching.com

26 March 2013 – Finding our Nemesis

#226 ROCK ART (GC3G0PB)
Along R44 near Pringle Bay, South Africa

S34°19.510 E18°50.217

Aaaah, finally…

We can rest, breath; our unlikely alien Nemesis conquered…

Well, be it on our fourth try…

And to be honest, it was not a Suikerbossies, but Mr Terunkie who spotted it first…

But, let’s start at the beginning…

We had spotted a new dot on our radar late last night – a new cache, just published near Hangklip.  So, why not?  Encouraged to add another FTF to our stats, we set off early this morning, making our way to what we soon realised to be a very unlikely ground zero: a shallow, water-filled ditch along a dirt road, in front of an open plot up for sale????

We double-checked the coords, restarted the GPS, even rechecked GZ with our cellphones, but alas, Ground Zero it was!

After wasting a good hour snooping and probing around the plot, irate at the realisation that the listed coords were clearly wrong, we had no choice but to turn the SugarMobile back home.  Lo and behold, who do we spot making their way to the cache site?  None other that FTF genius Mr Terunkie and KrugerRand!

We turned around and met up with them and the dys-coordinated GZ, spilling our guts and disgust at the situation.  Neither groups wanting to go home empty-handed, we decided to go give nearby Rock Art a try.

I do feel it imperative to briefly interrupt my lamentation here to mention that the Suikerbossies have failed trice before at finding this little Rock Art “alien”.  After two unsuccessful attempts, we employed the advise of some of the previous finders; one even sent us a spoiler pic, however, we had remained thwarted as, for some reason, no consensus were found on which rock represented GZ.

So, arriving at this bit of rock art resembling ET, or Sid the Sloth (whichever you prefer), imagine our embarrassment when Mr Terunkie managed to conjure the hidden container within seconds from the same spot we had previously scanned with a fine-toothed comb on three different occasions.

Mmmm, well, with our pride already knocked half black-and-blue, we signed the log, said our farewells and made our way back home, just to have the last bit of self-respect shaken out of us when Mr Terunkie called to say the Hangklip cache owner had finally contacted him with the correct coords and that they were standing with the FTF in their hands; should they wait for us at GZ?

With the FTF no longer an option, and our irritation levels simmering, we respectfully declined and decided to leave the offending cache for another day.

At least we had made alien contact…

Visit Rock Art at www.geocaching.com

21 March 2013 – FTF with Flashlights

#225 CIT GOES MOGG-Y (GC47XVM)
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, South Africa

S34°20.840 E19°16.562

Having to study/work really intrudes on one’s caching ability, so the Suikerbossies really jumped at the opportunity to get out of the books/work diary/emails/old questionnaires and grab a just-published cache surprisingly close to our home.

The sun was close to setting, so we rummaged through the camping-stuff container and made our pick of headlights and flashlights, entered the coords into the GPS and off we went.

Searching in the dark, we found this girly cache surprisingly quickly.  Clean log sheet and First to Find for us!

Visit CIT goes Mogg-y at www.geocaching.com