GCMVJA – Rotterdam, NL

Since I left plenty of time to get to the airport this evening, I continued on to find the Rotterdam Airport travel bug hotel cache. Despite the GPS running low on batteries, I managed to find it with no difficulties, and picked up a travel bug, Sea Flyer, to take up to Shetland with me. Sea Flyer has as its aim to travel the world, visiting open bodies of water, so Shetland should suit it perfectly.

GC14RZQ – Den Haag, NL

Cache Description

It’s taken some time, but finally I found my first cache in The Netherlands – a micro, near to the Peace Palace in Den Haag. The cache is just down the road from church, so I dropped in on a rainy Friday evening on my way to choir practice.

GCMG09 – Bowdon, UK

Cache Description

Back at home for the Easter Weekend… We’d planned to try and find some caches along the Thames whilst we were down South for the Asthma UK 10K on Saturday, however we didn’t have enough time before heading off back home.

Instead, Dad and I decided to look for a local cache, near the Bollin River, near the site of Watch Hill castle, a Motte and Bailey castle (or at least, the traces of one). Interesting, the things you can find a mile from home, if you only take the trouble to look. According to wikipedia, this is the most important archeological site in the Trafford borough, and yet we’d never heard of it.

The cache itself was in two stages – the first micro cache, giving the final co-ordinates to the cache itself. We found both without any difficulty, but unfortunately the cache itself had suffered damage, perhaps in the recent storms, and the contents were scattered over a couple of metres.

GCKVA3 – Roskilde, Denmark

There’s been quite a break in geocaching activity, so Mum, Dad and I decided to try and hunt a few out on a weekend break to Copenhagen.

We found this one after a visit to the Viking Ship museum in Roskilde. The cache is in a nice spot near some old half-timbered houses, and worth a visit. Given the cold and chilly weather, it was a good incentive to keep us outside a little longer.

Dad spotted the cache location, but we sent Mum on the scramble to collect it!

(Unfortunately the rest of geocaching activities on the weekend were less successful. On Sunday we tried for a couple Swedish caches, but failed to find either, hampered by building works and locked gates. Back in Denmark we had the final option of a cache at Kronberg Slot, in Helsingør, but running out of time to catch the train we only got within a frustrating 300ft of it.)

GCMR18 – Yorkshire Dales, UK

We found this cache on an Easter Monday day out, before I flew back to The Netherlands in the evening. It was a blustery day, and we had a very enjoyable walk to get to the cache.

Dad found the cache and, reading the log, I was amused to see that the first person to find the cache was also called Tasha, and had found the cache on my birthday. A nice coincidence!

GCR3GB – Altrincham, UK

This one was near home (UK home, that is) and where I took Mum and Dad on their first geocaching outing.

Mum was very proud to find the cache, and to celebrate, took the Tarka the Otter DVD we found there, which we replaced by some pens. ( I watched the DVD some months later – it’s just as much of a tearjerker as I remembered!)

GCG0PA – Shetland, UK

Visiting Shetland, we went to find this cache on Jen’s birthday. A slightly drizzly day (what can you expect from Shetland in January), but fun nonetheless and we enjoyed the scramble.

Rereading the log of my visit, I realise that we promised one of Jen’s poems… maybe we can revisit on my next trip!

(We had a quick look for another cache GCRRQE 2 days later on the way to the airport, but the pouring rain and lack of time defeated us)

GCMGGK – Madrid, Spain

I came to Madrid in an attempt to escape the dreary January weather, only to find that it travelled with me.

After the success of my first Geocache, I set out on a hunt for my second – a multi-cache, which took me on a small walk between a number of monuments – certainly a nice way of discovering some parts of the city which I might otherwise not have visited. Having found it, I must admit that I passed much of the rest of the afternoon travelling from tapas bar to tapas bar, where at least I could stay a little warmer!

Since I’m writing this two years on, it’s sad to report that neither of these two caches is still active.