Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Geocaching - a secret world

Went to meet SWMBO for lunch in Dunstable which was bathed in glorious sunshine - at 3:00pm Redbourn was still shrouded in gloomy mist!

Went along the Nicky Railway Line towards Harpenden to enter the mysterious world of geocaching for the first time:

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online.

Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.

The original cache type consists, at a bare minimum, of a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container for example filled with goodies, or a smaller container ("micro cache") such as a 35mm film drum, too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the geocache web page are the exact location for the cache.The general rule of thumb is, "If you take an item, leave an item, and write in the logbook."

All very mysterious...

I went on the web page, found 'Nicky Line No.5' (there are 7, plus a bonus you can find after searching out all the rest and solving a combined clue).

I entered N 51 degrees 48.445 W 000 degrees 23.129 and set off.

There is an optional clue which I opted for as this was my first cache, which was 'under some sleepers'.

Amazingly I found it quite easily (it was listed as a simple one), the above photo is obviously taken from the boundary fence as the box was totally invisible from the footpath.

I was completely unprepared, of course, and didn't take anything to put in the box - probably not expecting to find the thing at all.
So...there you go, my first geocache and I'm still not sure about it all.
There are millions and millions worldwide and this series was 'planted' by the Berko Monkeys.

If all that's not sad enough, my best buy today was 5 kilos (kilos!) of potatoes from Aldi for 49p!

By the way - 4.26 miles walked today.

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