15 March 2013 – Greyt Oewerzicht Weekend (Part 1)

Hi, we are the Suikerbossies, and we are addicts… caching addicts as defined by the Tricky Vicky and Mickey Modified DSM IV classification of mental illness…  Symptoms and signs may include the following:

  1. Tolerance, as defined by either a need for increased amounts of caching to achieve the desired effect or diminished effect with continued current number of caches found per day.
  2. Withdrawal, as manifested by either psycho-motor agitation, aimless doodling at mystery caches, constant checking for newly published caches or overindulgence in on-line cache-related activities to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  3. The continued firm belief that there is always just one more cache to be found, or one more trackable to be launched, or one more geocoin to acquire…
  4. Cutting down on caching is not an option.
  5. A great deal of time is spent on activities related to caching, such as generating geocaching statistics or designing related websites, blogs or Facebook pages.
  6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up to allow for caching activities.

Now that we have a diagnosis, the next step is treatment… MORE CACHING!

Thank goodness for Tricky Vicky and Mickey, as they ensured adequate caching therapy by arranging a superb Event Cache at Oewerzicht camp site along the picturesque Sonderend River near Greyton.

But… in true dramatic style…  Wait, there’s more!  Additional to the Cache Event, they had placed 17 brand new caches, ranging the near-full spectrum of cache types, sizes, D/T’s and true container ingenuity, while ensuring still sufficient quantities of fire, activities and snacks to fulfil any remaining addiction to braaiing, socialising and food appreciation.

206 The Old Bridge#206 THE OLD BRIDGE (GC46ZTX)
Near Genadendal in the Overberg, South Africa

S34°03.895 E19°33.364

We started our day early, hoping for some FTF’s at the spanking new published caches…

This cache, located at the old bridge across the Sonderend River near Genadendal was our first for the day and also our first of five first to finds – whao, that’s a lot of F’s!

Visit The Old Bridge at www.geocaching.com

207 Greyton Meander#207 GREYTON MEANDER (GC47A0V)
Greyton, South Africa

S34°03.163 E19°36.281

This interesting and fun, multi-stage cache took us on a quick tour of Greyton before delivering us a FTF and our first Letterbox cache.

Visit Greyton Meander at www.geocaching.com

208 Greyton Puzzle Cache#208 GREYTON PUZZLE CACHE (GC46A0B)
Greyton Nature Reserve in Greyton, South Africa

S34°02.320 E19°36.831

Brunette solved this one on our way to the Event Cache – nice and easy mathematical puzzle and beautiful hike into the reserve and view of the waterfall.

Also our third FTF and cache type for the day!

Visit Greyton Puzzle Cache at www.geocaching.com

209 High Living#209 HIGH LIVING (GC4621F)
Near Greyton, South Africa

S34°05.475 E19°38.974

This one was a favourite for the weekend, as what is more fun than rekindling a favourite childhood past time?  Wish we could tell you more…  Another FTF!

Favourite Point!!!

Visit High Living at www.geocaching.com

210 Greyt Oewerzicht Weekend#210 GREYT OEWERZICHT WEEKEND (GC44V43)
Oewerzicht along the Sonderend River near Greyton, South Africa
S34°06.065 E19°39.978

And we camped with the Chappies, and we braaied, and we slept in tents, and we made fire, and we had braai broodjies, and it rained, and we swam in the river, and we got caught in the rapids, and we spoke to Tricky Vicky and Mickey, and we met other cachers, and we paged through the Tricky’s awesome Geocoin collection, and we got clues to other Mystery Caches, and we fished, and we caught two barbers, and we had a flat tyre, and we had steak and chops and salad and bread and pâté… and it was FUN!

Just one question?  Does arriving first at a Cache Event count towards a FTF…?

Visit Greyt Oewerzicht Weekend at www.geocaching.com

211 Aloe Aloe What's the Difference#211 ALOE? ALOE? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? (GC46Y0R)
Near Greyton, South Africa

S34°04.310 E19°36.722

This clever multi cache is a perfect example of why one should avoid “thinking too much”…

It’s not that difficult, the solution is right in front of you…

Don’t try to make it harder than it is…

Sometimes things are really as simple as it seems…

Needless to say, we approached this one from all the wrong directions, but still managed our fourth FTF for the day!

Visit Aloe? Aloe? What’s the Difference at www.geocaching.com

212 Just for the View#212 JUST FOR THE VIEW (GC46ZRR)
Near Greyton, South Africa

S34°06.657 E19°40.497

This was a quick park-and-grab.

Loved the container.  Long time, no sea… you’d think…

And off to the next…

Visit Just for the View at www.geocaching.com

213 Power Play 6 Rural Electrification#213 POWER PLAY 6 RURAL ELECTRIFICATION (GC4749C)
Near Greyton, South Africa
S34°07.381 E19°40.987

You thought you had us, but you didn’t!

This cache was of an unusual type and one we had not seen before… with a twist.  Always interesting to add a spanner to the works by employing a decoy cairn of stones…

Visit Power Play 6 Rural Electrification at www.geocaching.com

214 Het Ziekenhuis#214 HET ZIEKENHUIS (GC46RX6)
Near Greyton, South Africa

S34°07.754 E19°42.433

This was a very cleverly constructed multi-cache that had us going for a while, but then we spotted it and it was a simple hob, knob and sticky knot and we had the coordinates for the final.

Visit Het Ziekenhuis at www.geocaching.com

215 The Lowveld Chestnut#215 THE LOWVELD CHESTNUT (GC46A90)
Near Greyton, South Africa
S34°08.514 E19°44.938

A classic example of “spot the difference”….

Odd to find a chestnut in a Bloekom tree?

Visit The Lowveld Chestnut at www.geocaching.com

216 Moonlight Wonder#216 MOONLIGHT WONDER (GC47FY0)
Near Greyton, South Africa

S34°05.988 E19°39.853

Our final cache for the day was a joint FTF go at a multi-staged night cache.

However, except for the few with UV-lights, it ended up more a mass-Exodus resembling some bright-eyed flock of sheep following their herdsman…

Regardless, we all signed the log en masse and returned to the camp site for some more braaiing and socializing…

Visit Moonlight Wonder at www.geocaching.com

Impressive day!  We proudly ended with 11 caches, including 5 FTF’s, as well as 5 different cache types (Traditional, Multi, Puzzle, Letterbox and Event) and our first night cache!

Not too bad for a day’s fun…!

(You can follow the rest of our weekend adventure in Parts 2 & 3…)