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.

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#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…

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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…

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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.

 

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#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…

 

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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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#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!

 

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#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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