As most will know, the weather in the UK hasn’t exactly been kind over the last few weeks, rain and wind damaging people and property.
In all that time I had no inclination to get out Geocaching! What with woodturning, work and Christmas, I was either too tired to head out or just really couldn’t be bothered to battle the inclement weather.
There’s always an exception and today was that day.
Timeline of the afternoon of 05 January 2014:
1530 I am sat at the PC, editing the newsletter for Portsmouth and Southampton Mini Owners’ Club, ready for release to the members before the meet tonight.
1532 Notification email arrives showing a new cache has been published.
1532 Read the email and realise it’s “Captain Cache” and is 2.2 miles from home.
1533 *In a whiney begging voice* “Rach, a new cache has been published up the A32, can I go for it?” “Yes” comes the reply. Literally 45 seconds later, caching bag in hand I am getting in the car.
1540 Arrives at parking for GZ. Jump out of the car and walk down. I am only using the iPhone for this and am a little nervous of the coordinates*.
1544 Awe crap, there’s people coming. Put the phone away, tie the shoe laces that were thrown on so quick they weren’t done up.
1544 *Voice from behind me* “Are you looking too?” I smile and respond affirmative. “Thought so, the second shoe lace tying gave it away”.
1547 Signing the log, having luckily gone the right way and found the cache, I introduce myself and the other cachers turn out to be Issi Noho, a name I have seen on lots of logs but the first time we have met.
1600 Having said goodbyes and headed our separate ways, I am now at home, calming from the excitement of the hunt** and putting the kettle on.
1700 I have published the Mini Club’s newsletter, updated my caching stats (via GSAK!) and am now writing this post.
Thanks to the CO (The Harley Rebels) for the cache. They’ve only been caching 4 months and have found almost as many caches as I did in my first YEAR!
28 minutes from publication to being back home in the dry. 15 minutes from publication to FTF – hat has to be a personal best for me!
* Coordinate nervousness – when you are hunting a new cache by a fairly new cacher, you haven’t found any of their caches previously and you’re not sure if the coords are accurate or not.
** Yes, it can be an adrenaline rush when going for FTF and it can take up to an hour for me to properly calm down after the event!