Our trip to the city was mostly for shopping, but we had a few other very important things to do too.
New Brighton Beach
The main one was to take a young member of the caching team The Grady Bunch out for some caching and some decent food! When your family lives really truly in a remote place, you’ve no choice but to go to boarding school for high school when you get to Year 9. And eat the food. But that doesn’t mean you gotta like it!
So we rescued Grady #3 from the hostel (dorms), went caching and then out for a meal.
We had some technical issues with the camera, so there aren’t too many photos.
Firstly we went to GC1T8AD Bright-On Pier where nimble young fingers were very useful! And then we went for a short stroll along the beach.
We took photos near that cache the next morning also. This is a spot that we really like – one morning we saw a paddle surfer which was kind of fun towatch. And there’s almost always regular surfers and heaps of dog walkers. If you are dog people it’s interesting to see the different dogs and whether they are running or fetching, swimming or avoiding the waves, digging or playing or just generally doing dog stuff.
This is one we took at GC24BDT Kate the Good Sheppard – just before the camera claimed that the card was full. Grady #3 did most of the hunting here while we were fussing around with the camera – but would have found it anyway, being the only one looking in more divergent spots!! Us oldies had too many expectations about where a cache on a boardwalk ‘ought’ to be!!
Swany Cache Shepherds
And next we had a DNF ….. on a cache we’d found before. LOL!
After a buffet dinner at the Oxford on Avon Grady #3 and I did a quick dash to GC20W94 New Regent Scene , while PB hovered with the van nearby! Grady #3 was very impressed with this hide, and was rather pleased to have found it.
We had to then return our young friend to the matron, but next time we all hope we can have a longer day caching. When fishing & weka hunting rather than hair-straightening is your area of knowlegde, city life is a bit tough sometimes, so a day’s caching is a good break I guess!
Two other caches we did on following days of the weekend that we really liked were GCA46 Godley
This was near a spot where we’d hoped to park for the night at Godley Head, but alas the nasty ‘no camping’ and ‘gates locked at 8:00pm’ signs turned us back. However we did walk down the track to find the cache at the historic WWII remains .
It was nearly dusk when we were here, so we didn’t stay long as we still had to find a parking spot for the night. We did investigate one part of the historic area beside where the cache was a little, but we’ll need to go back and walk around the whole place.
The view walking down towards the buildings & cache.
It’s a bit far away from the city centre for too much graffiti, but what was there seemed relevant.
All that is left are hollow shells of buildings with shattered windows.
A view out the door, over that which they hoped to protect.
Another cache we enjoyed, and which gave us a few laughs was GC1TXB8 Good Luck for Ducks
The ducks did get lucky with a bit of our bread, which is always fun to watch them fight over it. PB had a go at looking for the container – as we were fairly confident of its where-abouts – but found that he wasn’t quite bendy enough to get where was needed. By then the muggles were starting to amass, so we took a break to admire the ducks some more. Then I decided to give it ago. Just as I was about to get into the hiding spot a guy and a young boy (his son/nephew?) biked past on the bridge. The guy was on a bike quite a few sizes too small, knees sticking out the side, no helmet (cycle helmets are the legal requirement in NZ), and a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth.
All that is all very well, but what made the moment funny was that just as he went past us we could hear him giving instructions to the young lad: “ Now remember to be careful…. “ We hope that the little boy learns more from the words than the example – but I suspect not.
The car park by now was filling up with vehicles out of which were emerging late middle-age muggles – some clutching deckchairs, and some with their walking sticks. I could not quite decide if they were arriving for a walking group, or for a little rest in their chairs, but we decided that they posed no danger to the cache, so I continued my cave crawl and reached the cache in its little dark corner. This kept the muggles entertained – PB says they were pointing with their walking sticks, discussing what on earth I was doing & chuckling. I passed the cache out for PB to sign, because there was no way I could get on a good angle to write in the log book under there, and I wasn’t repeating the damage to my elbows by crawling out and in again. Your regular round shaped Kiwi girl is not ideally made for such tight spaces I have to say!!
And speaking of ducks – any duck fan who has not watched the new introductory video on the Geocaching.com home page should do so – keeping a close eye out for the swag.