29 January 2013 – Ca(t)ching up with Old Friends

164 Margot & Frank#164 MARGOT AND FRANK (GC3BE10)
Along the coastal walk in Onrus, South Africa

S34°24.961 E19°10.344

Enthused to see this cache reactivated after a nine month hiatus, we found this one amidst a white shower of Pompeii-like ash, as a large veld fire was raging between Hermanus and Stanford with a gale-force Southeaster blowing clouds of smoke and ash in our direction.

A nice cache to have in our bag, as Ms Margot and Mr Frank’s younger son and his wife actually went to University with Brunette Suikerbos.

Good times….  Good times….

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3 October 2012 – First to Stroll Past

082 Bamboo Stroll

#82 BAMBOO STROLL (GC3XZ21)
Coastal path in Sandbaai, South Africa

S34°25.330 E19°11.198

This cache, located close to our home in Sandbaai, turned out to be our first FTF – or First To Find.  That meant that we were the first cachers to discover and log it after it had been published – quite an accomplishment, as FTF’s are scarce and very rarely as accessible as this one was!

This cache took as along the scenic VOS (Vermont-Onrus-Sandbaai) coastal path.

The container was a true flash of ingenuity and earned this cache a favourite point.

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11 September 2012 – Up and Down the Overberg

#42 MEERENSEE (GC2QFP4)
Middelvlei near Fishershaven, South Africa

S34°22.123 E19°06.731

This was an unusual cache – out there, in the middle of nowhere.

Middelvlei used to be an old farm halfway between Botriver and Hermanus, and no one really knows what could have been farmed on these sand dunes. It has since been turned into a small, private holiday resort overlooking the lagoon and mouth of the Bot River – one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in the Western Cape and home to large flocks of pelicans and flamingoes.

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#43 ON-ZT 207 (GC1VNQV)
Onrust Mountains near Onrus, South Africa

S34°23.865 E19°11.160

This fun cache located on top of one of the Onrust Mountain peaks, was done on an impulsive whim on Brunette Suikerbos’s behalf…

Bored and with an unusual spurt of energy, our usual Lady of Leisure decided it was time for a “quick jog” up the mountain.

The “quick jog” contained a fair amount of “huffing-and-puffing”, but well worth the effort as she managed to save the Rosetta Geocoin that had been stuck in the cache for over two months.  It took a bit of gymnastics to take the self-portrait sitting on the beacon and an equal amount of skilful footwork to make it down before sunset.

Enjoyed this one, so thumbs-up with a favourite point!

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This was day 17 of 30 days of consecutive caching.

9 September 2012 – Lucky Penny

#40 WISH YOU WERE HERE! (GC130NW)
Along the Onrust River estuary in Onrus, South Africa

S34°24.834 E19°10.550

This micro cache is a park-and-grab next to a small clearing along the course of the Onrust River Estuary.

The Germanic and Celtic peoples considered springs and wells sacred places as they believed gods and other deities resided in such pools.  The Germanic tribes would often throw the armour and weapons of defeated enemies into bogs and other pools of water as offerings to their gods.

Some people believed that the guardians or dwellers of a well would grant them a wish if they paid a price – that price often being a coin dropped into the water.  Depending on how the coin landed at the bottom, the wish would then be granted… or not.

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This was Day 15 of 30 consecutive caching days.

5 September 2012 – A Game of Chess

#30 LESS STRESS CHESS (GC2H255)
Alongside the Onrus Lagoon at Onrus, South Africa

S34°24.981 E19°10.759

This cache is situated on a path running along the eastern bank of the Onrus River estuary.  We set off from Sandbaai, following the VOS coastal path, all the way to Onrus.

The idea of this cache is a continuous chess game played between consecutive cachers.

Chess is believed to have originated in north-west India during the Gupta empire, where its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturaṅga,  referring to the four different divisions of the military – infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would eventually evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively.

Way too complicated for the Suikerbossies, so we grabbed Signal the Frog TB instead, and decided to rather leave the game to the masters!

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This was Day 11 of 30 consecutive caching days.