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

 

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22 September 2012 – Round Trip to Caledon

067 Dassiesfontein

#67 DASSIESFONTEIN (GC23EV8)
Dassiesfontein Farm Stall along the N2 near Caledon, South Africa

S34°13.504 E19°17.788

Dassiesfontein is one of those traditional old-school farm stalls, where you are likely to find everything – from a West Coast bokkom to a leather belt; home-made jam to a wicker basket, not to mention home-baked pies, warm-out-of-the-oven farm bread and freshly brewed coffee.

We started our quick road trip with an ample serving of pepper-steak pie and coffee, before spending most of the morning browsing around the store’s many nooks and crannies.

The cache was a quick grab before setting off to the next.

Visit Dassiesfontein at www.geocaching.com

068 Take a Bath

#68 TAKE A BATH (GC10V2B)
Bath River in Caledon, South Africa

S34°13.845 E19°26.224

The next cache took us to a national monument located in the Overberg town of Caledon – a bridge dating from 1866 and built over the Baths River.

Way before the Europeans settled in this region, the local Khoi-Khoi had discovered the hot springs (or baths) in the area, Caledon is know for today.

Development started in 1710 when Ferdinand Appel secured farmland in the area, on condition that he erects a bath building allowing visitors access to the hot springs.

Like other natural springs in South Africa, the thermal springs in Caledon are not related to volcanic activity.  The water is warmed due to its flow over pressure-heated rocks deep within the earth crust and remains at a steady temperature of about 50°C.

Visit Take a Bath at www.geocaching.com

069 Hemel en Aarde

#69 HEMEL EN AARDE (GCKZBJ)
Shaw’s Pass in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley between Caledon and Hermanus, South Africa

S34°18.708 E19°24.985

This cache is located within Shaw’s Pass on the R320.  As the pass, and in fact most of the R320, is currently undergoing construction work, it took quite a bit of off-roading with the A4 to reach it.

Due to the ongoing roadworks, the cache has since been temporarily disabled.

The ‘Bossies are certainly looking forward to the completion of this scenic route through the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and short cut to Caledon!

Visit Hemel en Aarde at www.geocaching.com

070 Take a Break Overberg View

#70 TAKE A BREAK – OVERBERG VIEW (GC32BAE)
At a roadside stop along the N2 near Caledon, South Africa

S34°13.283 E19°18.417

Our last cache for the day was a quick park-and-grab at a scenic roadside stop along the N2.

This spot allows for panoramic views of the surrounding green wheat and yellow canola fields.  Beautiful!

Visit Take a Break – Overberg View at www.geocaching.com

This was day 28 of 30 consecutive caching days.

12 September 2012 – Camphill

#44 CAMPHILL HEMEL-EN-AARDE (GC2V8CD)
Along Hemel-en-Aarde Route near Hermanus, South Africa

S34°24.143 E19°12.755

This was a quick park-and-grab cache located near the old Camphill Road bridge that was built in 1960.

The cache and logbook was soaking wet and we could not write – not sure how much longer this cache will last with all the rain forecasted…

Visit Camphill Hemel-en-Aarde at www.geocaching.com

This was day 18 of 30 days of consecutive caching.

 

10 September 2012 – Picnic amongst the Pines

#41 BARREL OF LAUGHS (GC35424)
Along the Hemel-en-Aarde route near Hermanus, South Africa

S34°23.293 E19°14.553

This is another one of those caches that takes you to those awesome places close to home, but that you would never have known of if it was not for Geocaching.

Driving along the Hemel-en-Aarde route, we turned towards Fernkloof Farm, and there, amongst the vineyards and horse stables, we found the perfect picnic spot – a small pine forest on public land, overlooking a dam.

Visit Barrel of Laughs at www.geocaching.com

This was day 16 of 30 consecutive caching days.