We almost did. Really. I know this is supposed to be a geocaching blog (sort of – at least I’ve had the decency to edit our byline!!!LOL), so I thought perhaps we ought to go geocaching. PB is on call this weekend and can’t go too far from the hospital so we went to try one of our few remaining local caches. Unfortunately we were muggled out for the third time at this cache, so after a few photos of waves and seagulls we went away again.
So I’ll show you some photos from last weekend in the city and a few of the caches we did on the hills there. We only had a couple of hours of daylight after PB finished at his conference, and we decided to head for the Port Hills.
We had been after a cache called Sunset Siesta GCRF0T placed by Grandalf, on a previous trip. We’d had no trouble with the first WP. After a short but steep haul straight up the hill in a blustery wind, we dropped below the ridge, the trig point and the strange building that was up there. (As far as we know for a Grandalf cache this was indeed a very short hill climb. His caches are locally renown for being either a good hill-climb, or deviously difficult – or both.) But we still needed to catch our breath while PB dived into a bush and got the container with the final co-ords. Fortunately the final was downhill from where we were and on the not so breezy side of the hill!! However, search as we might we could not locate the final, tho’ we were fairly confident we found Grandalf’s secret picnic spot.
THIS time, we went armed with the extra knowledge scrounged from reading previous logs, and modified our search and after about 5 minutes scrapping around under ‘large’ rocks, my fingertips passed across that strange smooth plastic surface of a cache. Hooray! This cache had not beaten us for a second time.
From Grandalf’s picnic spot there is a great view to the west across the city – and although we haven’t yet been here at sunset it would be a glorious spot to watch from.
As we probably had another hour or so of daylight left we thought we could grab a few more. Now I’m fairly certain all these could be got from the Crater Rim Walkway and a few detours off it, but due to the lack of light left and that I had already spent the whole day walking around in the city, we opted for the ‘drive-by’ option. Not that it was totally drive-by as we still had to do the up and down hill bits!!
Next we headed to Lava Nouveau which was an easy little stroll from the road, but more awesome views and a superbly constructed camo ‘container’ – but I shan’t say more in case any locals read it. Then we proceeded to Possum Palace. A quick find here, but a steep steep downhill on rough terrain, so it was a good thing we still had enough light. Our remaining three Port Hills/ Victoria Park finds were pretty quick and easy which was a good thing in the rapidly fading light.
The caches we did: GCRF0T Sunset Siesta, GCRNBG Lava Nouveau , GCN3T7 Possum Palace , GC1MNBX The Rock Of …, GCY1AW Pack of Puzzles and GC1MV82 Latters Layby.