17 November 2012 – Urban Caching in Durbanville

105 Development 1

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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