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

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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

 

1 March 2013 – Descending into Jan se Gat…

203 Jan Joubertsgat Bridge#203 JAN JOUBERTSGAT BRIDGE (GC46T6F)
Franschhoek Pass, South Africa

S33°56.301 E19°09.690

With great enthusiasm, Brunette spotted this newly published cache up for FTF honours.

To our delight this cache was hidden at a spot we had visited before, looking for another cache that had unbeknownst to us, already been archived.  So, wasting little time, we set course for the Franschhoek Pass and Jan Joubertsgat Bridge.

Franschhoek Pass was completed in 1825 and was South Africa’s first professionally designed and constructed mountain pass.  It also features SA’s oldest and still in use, stone arch bridge – Jan Joubertgat Bridge, since 1979 a national monument.  Its 5-metre span crosses a little kloof named for Jan Joubert, a frontiersman that had died in the area following a wagon accident.

It took some teamwork, but we found the cache and were first to sign the log.  First to find and deserving of a favourite point.

Visit Jan Joubertsgat Bridge at www.geocaching.com

204 Pine Tree Forest#204 PINE TREE FOREST (GC1RRTX)
Along the R321 near Viljoen’s Pass, South Africa

S34°05.761 E19°03.052

While in the area, we decided to take a detour via Grabouw back to Hermanus, thus passing by this seldomly visited cache located in a pine tree plantation near Viljoen’s Pass.

This scenic pass cuts between the Groenland and Hottentots Holland Mountains to follow a gorge through which the Palmiet River flows, linking Villiersdorp with Grabouw.  Named after local apple pioneer, Sir Antonie Viljoen it was first built in the mid 1800’s.

Visit Pine Tree Forest at www.geocaching.com

10 February 2013 – Wedding Weekend Road Trip Part 3

We ended our weekend road trip with some urban micro-caching in Stellenbosch.  As explained in one of our previous blogs, urban caching is more often about the ingenuity of the container and hide than about the scenery.  However, urban caching in scenic Stellenbosch is one of the few exceptions to the rule – brilliant containers (most of them compliments of Hesamati) in an urban setting of oak-lined avenues, lush riverbank gardens and historic buildings and streets…

182 Simonsrust#182 SIMONSRUST (GC3JNGX)
Simonswyk in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°55.591 E18°52.629

This was a traditional magnetic nano hidden amongst a grouping of public postboxes.

Visit Simonsrust at www.geocaching.com

 

183 Stellenbosch Views#183 STELLENBOSCH VIEWS (GC3C1R3)
Unie Park in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°55.780 E18°53.243

Number two for the day was a cleverly disguised micro hidden in a small, urban park…

Visit Stellenbosch Views at www.geocaching.com

184 001 - Tree Graveyard#184 001 – TREE GRAVEYARD (GC441QW)
Botmaskop in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°55.725 E18°53.559

We found this beautiful specimen of Argiope australis (one of the garden orb-web spiders) with its brightly coloured, scalloped abdomen and banded legs quite close to the cache and had to take very special care not to disturb this master weaver nor her webbed masterpiece…

Visit Tree Graveyard at www.geocaching.com

185 Eersterivier#185 EERSTERIVIER (GC1NB99)
Karindal in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°56.336 E18°53.215

This well disguised micro was hidden in Brümmer Park – a lush, riverside park situating along the Eersterivier.

Without a doubt a hidden gem and well-deserved of a favourite point!

Visit Eersterivier at www.geocaching.com

186 Doc Craven & Bliksem#186 DOC CRAVEN & BLIKSEM (GC2N1V3)
Near Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°56.293 E18°52.349

Number five was a cleverly disguised, Hesamati-mechanics cache near the statue of Matie rugby patriarch and SA rugby legend, Dr Daniël Hartman Craven, or as he is more famously known, Doc Craven.

Visit Doc Craven & Bliksem at www.geocaching.com

187 Hesamati is 1#187 HESAMATI IS 1 (GC1YG6C)
Along the Eerste River in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°56.368 E18°51.893

This was another cleverly disguised Hesamati cache hidden on a bridge across the Eerste River…

Visit Hesamati is 1 at www.geocaching.com

 

188 Stellenbosch TB Lodge#188 STELLENBOSCH TB LODGE (GC2X329)
Verbatim Book Shop in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°56.320 E18°51.670

This very intellectual hide is hidden within a popular book shop in Dorp Street – just a pity it did not house any travellers for us to log…

Visit Stellenbosch TB Lodge at www.geocaching.com

189 The Town That Never Sleeps#189 THE TOWN THAT NEVER SLEEPS (GC39Q7R)
Die Boord in Stellenbosch, South Africa

S33°56.901 E18°50.933

This was a quick park-and-grab in a small, urban park in Die Boord…

Visit The Town That Never Sleeps at www.geocaching.com

 

190 Duiker Crescent#190 DUIKER CRESCENT (GC45NFR)
Sandbaai, South Africa

S34°25.569 E19°11.634

Our last cache for the day was an unexpected bonus – a brand new, just published cache up for First To Find (FTF) honours right in our home town!

It was a bit of a rush to get there in time, but “Found it!” and a second FTF to the Suikerbossies!

Visit Duiker Crescent at www.geocaching.com