24 February 2013 – Breaking a Sweat Around Blouberg Part 2

199 Tricky Choices#199 TRICKY CHOICES (GC2FG75)
Blouberg in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°48.311 E18°27.963

This Mystery Cache was properly our favourite hide for the day.

The coordinates takes you to a little bench in a small, elevated open space with a tiny jungle gym, some terraces, steps and a palm tree, all located within the confines of a 15m x 40m servitude between two buildings.  The trick was that the location of the cache was unknown and it was up to you to make the right choice in your surveillance of the area to spot it…

Not an easy one, but clever and extremely well hidden – got a favourite point from the Bossies!

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200 Penny For Your Thoughts#200 PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS (GC439HH)
Blouberg in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°48.302 E18°27.799

Our two-hundredth cache!

This cache led us along the promenade toward a little deck onto the beach.

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201 SS Robben Island#201 SS: ROBBEN ISLAND (GC2K0X2)
Blouberg in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°47.983 E18°27.472

Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robbeneiland) is an island in Table Bay, located about 7 km west off the coast of Bloubergstrand.   This flat island raises barely a few meters above sea level  and measures 3.3 x 1.9 km with a surface area of approximately 5.07 km².

Robben Islands boasts many notorious and later famous occupants, most being former political prisoners ranging from Harry, die Strandloper – also known as Autshumato, to South African icon, freedom fighter and Nobel laureate, Nelson Mandela.

The island was also used as a leper colony and animal quarantine station during the 1800’s.

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202 Impressionist Sunset#202 IMPRESSIONIST SUNSET (GC189VQ)
Kenridge in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°51.682 E18°38.131

Our last cache for the day was an impromptu go at a little urban micro hidden along a pond in Kenridge.  We ended our day with a good laugh while watching a hydrophilic Labrador attempting to pull a wet one over an unsuspecting Egyptian goose.

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20 January 2013 – Happy Chappie Caching in Cape Town (Part 5)

160 Asthma Diamonds and Politics#160 ASTHMA, DIAMONDS AND POLITICS (GC1M0VV)
Rhodes Memorial along the slopes of Devil’s Peak in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°57.137 E18°27.568

The next cache took the Suikerbos-Chappie Alliance to Rhodes Memorial where we had to collect a series of clues, which led us to the final cache spot near Rhodes’s original wooden lookout bench.

Cecil John Rhodes (1853 – 1902) was a British-born South African businessman, mining magnate and politician.  He was the founder of the De Beers diamond company that markets 40% of the world’s rough diamonds today, and which, at some time marketed as much as 90%.  He was a believer in British colonialism and used his wealth and influence to expand the British Empire into new territories to the north of South Africa by obtaining mineral concessions from the most powerful indigenous chiefs, thus becoming the founder of the state of Rhodesia – later to be divided into the independent states of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Rhodes became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony in 1890, advocating greater self-government for the Colony, in line with his preference for the Empire to be controlled by local settlers and politicians rather than the imperialistic view of direct control by Imperial London.  His tolerance of Dutch-speaking whites, supporting Dutch as language in public schools and facilitating the removal of most of the legal disabilities English-speaking whites had imposed on the Dutch Afrikaners, gained him great support and was instrumental in his election.

Unfortunately, his legacy was tainted by his involvement in the Jameson Raid – a botched attempt at gaining interest in the mineral-rich Transvaal by overthrowing the Transvaal government under President Paul Kruger.

Rhodes remained hampered by ill-health throughout his relative short life.  He died in 1902, three months before his 49th birthday from heart failure at his seaside cottage in Muizenberg.  He never married and was laid to rest at World’s View – a hilltop located just outside Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia.  Today it is part of the Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe.

IMG_4076The Rhodes Memorial located on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and complete in 1912.  It consists of a massive staircase with 49 steps (one for each year of Rhodes’s life) leading from a semi-circular terrace up to a rectangular U-shaped monument formed of pillars and built of Cape granite quarried on Table Mountain.

At the bottom of the steps is a bronze statue of a horseman, Energy by George Frederic Watts.  Eight bronze lions by John Macallan Swan flank the steps leading up to the memorial with a bust of Rhodes also by Swan.

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161 What You See Is What You Get#161 WHAT YOU SEE, IS WHAT YOU GET (GC2D67D)
Welgedacht in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°51.353 E18°37.645

This was the first of two impromptu micro-caches located around Durbanville that the Chappies wanted to show us.

A quick find by Blonde Suikerbos and on to the next…

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162 Elsjes Corael#162 ELSJE’S CORAEL (GC2D4XJ)
Welgedacht in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°51.466 E18°37.664

Another cleverly disguised micro, quickly found by Blonde Suikerbos.

Always an added bonus if you’ve seen a similar type of hide before…  Kasimani bolt!

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163 Durbanville Race Course

#163 DURBANVILLE RACE COURSE (GC3DE8T)
Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.557 E18°38.450

This was a quick, and somewhat embarrassing revisit of a previous DNF (Did Not Find) by the Bossies, this time quickly located by Brunette Suikerbossie.

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With the sun setting on a beautiful Sunday and with 22 new finds under our belt, it was time for the Bossies to bid their new cache buddies farewell and return home.

As said earlier – most things are more fun when done in pairs…  Thanks to the Chappies for hosting us and making a good weekend, an awesome one!

Can’t wait for the next…!

17 November 2012 – Urban Caching in Durbanville

105 Development 1

#105 DEVELOPMENT1 (GC3DM31)
Durbanville, South Africa

S33°51.078 E18°40.095

Trying to spread the Geocaching cheer, Suikerbossies were invited to Durbanville to offer two new potential cachers an introduction to the sport.

This presented quite the challenge, as urban caching is rarely scenic… so, we decided to rather focus on the ingenuity and cleverness of containers, and we weren’t disappointed!

We set off in TankGirls’ 4×4 (one up on caching spirit, don’t you think?) and made our way towards the Kuils River where the first of two easy green river belt caches were located, allowing TankGirls a good view of both small and regular size containers cleverly hidden within structures.

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106 Development 2#106 DEVELOPEMENT2 (GC3DVP9)
Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.486 E18°40.025

Our second cache, also located along the Kuils River demanded even more ingenuity in the photographic department, as it was located on an open grassed area, with little more to capture than telephone poles, overhead power lines, traffic and street vendors.

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107 Sonstraal Bluegums#107 SONSTRAAL BLUEGUMS (GC3CBW7)
Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.758 E18°39.709

This quick park-and-grab took us to a grouping of Eucalyptus trees located close to Sonstraal Park.  This was a good example of a micro cache, as the container was a small film cannister, but we still needed to show TankGirls a true nano micro… so off to Cobble Walk…

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108 Cobble Walk#108 COBBLE WALK (GC3W8G4)
Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.706 E18°40.674

Brunette Suikerbos spotted this well camouflaged, magnetic nano quickly, but allowed the TankGirls to search around a bit, before revealing its location.

We grabbed a quick lunch and set off to Sonstraal Park…

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109 Sonstraal Field#109 SONSTRAAL FIELD (GC3YZRP)
Sonstraal Park in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°51.006 E18°39.854

This cache allowed for the more regular “located under rocks” type of hide.  Quick find and on to the next…

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110 Sonstraal#110 SONSTRAAL (GC2NDMB)
Sonstraal Park in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.952 E18°39.714

This cache proved to be a difficult hide based on previous caching logs, so we thought it a good one to challenge our apprentices.

We allowed TanksGirls to search around for a while, but realising they were completely fooled by this clever hide, hardcore cacher, Blonde Suikerbos quickly revealed it to the awed disbelief of the Girls!

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111 Vygeboom Dam#111 VYGEBOOM DAM (GC226PR)
Vygeboom Dam in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.791 E18°39.290

This was another clever hide, often utilized by cachers to hide micros, and allowed us the opportunity to show TankGirls to always check for loose screws, bolts and other unusual fittings.

Another perfect example of how cache containers need not always be a Tupperware container or Bison tube, but how one can utilize and modify any object to contain a rolled-up log sheet.

Nuts about this one…

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112 Durbanville Nature Reserve#112 DURBANVILLE NATURE RESERVE (GC3DEB9)
Durbanville Nature Reserve in Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.358 E18°38.680

This was a traditional, large cache container located along a short hiking trail in the Durbanville Nature Reserve.

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113 Wine on the Hill#113 WINE ON THE HILL (GC23M8M)
Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville Hills near Durbanville, South Africa

S33°50.070 E18°35.607

Our 9th and final cache for the day was located in the gardens at Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville Hills area, and demonstrated the importance of considering the hint often accompanying the cache’s coordinates.

We also decided that this beautiful venue was the ideal spot to set our newest trackable – the Chief Bridesmaid Travel Bug on its journey.  This TB was created in honour of Brunette’s experience as her baby sister’s Chief Bridesmaid, and something she describes as “not for the faint-hearted…”

As the restaurant at Nitida was a bit crowded, we decided to end our day with a sundowner at a local Durbanville pub before returning home for a braai!

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