Friday, March 14, 2008

Caching in Sydney

I was long overdue for some series caching, its like a drug to me. A cache here and there only wets my appetite for a dose of series caching. So with that said, I had been busy leading up to the 13th March organising fellow cachers for a day of series caching in Sydney.

It was 4.30am when we left the Illawarra, heading towards our first find for the day. The weather had been kind, actually it was probably a little too hot, but for someone who loves the heat I can’t complain. For today I had teamed up with my fellow caching mates Hoojar and Gribbly. Both of which were as keen as I was for a big day in Sydney.

Right on 6.00am we bagged our first find. The sun hadn’t showed itself as yet which was a pity as most of the places we went were thick with spider’s webs. It didn’t take long and our cache finds steadily climbed. We had started in Sydney’s west and had made a circular arc northeast. By lunchtime we had made it to Olympic park where with everyone else we soaked up the beautiful day.

There was no time for lunch, geocachers don’t stop for trivial things such as lunch. As we pressed on we made our way around the northern foreshore of Parramatta River and then up towards the Lane Cover River. Our day eventually finished at Macquarie University, I had personally bagged 34 caches in approx’ 10 hours. Not a bad days work.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

2nd Annual Illawarra Caching Get-together

With fine weather greeting us, the 2nd annual caching get-together was held yesterday at Blackbutt reserve, Shellharbour. After arriving early with the hope of securing the undercover table n chairs it was disappointing to see that I wasn't early enough to achieve this.

That aside we still had a beautiful spot in the parkland. Teams started arriving from about 10.30am onwards, many bringing family and food for a great picnic day. Plenty of people took in the customary time trial which had teams doing a 'word association' around the park. Later in the day we had the 20m measurement game which has teams testing their GPS & skill to accurately measure 20m. Congrats to Big Matt & Shell & USAT31 for winner the 2 games.

As the day progressed there were countless caching stories shared and hints told. Nearly 100 travel bugs and geocoins were exchanged with everyone managed to grab 2 or 3. A real picnic atmosphere was enjoyed by all, the kids played happily in the playground while we soaked up the sun.
Eventually the day come to an end, cachers logs from the event can be found here. Until next years event, happy caching all.

The Rats are hosting the 2nd Annual Illawarra Get-together once again. With the success of last years event we have decided to make this an annual event. Its at the same place and same coords. More details on the event can be found at the cache listing. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

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