A snowy day is no for caching   8 comments

The title is adapted from that well known Irish saying of which my father was so fond.

“A windy day is no for thatching”.

A snowy day

A snowy day

I’ve been reading quite a lot on wordpress about geocaching, so found myself last night going over to the geocaching.com website and having a look round. If you don’t know what geocaching is take a look at the site yourself.

There are several geocaches quite close to me, so I thought I’d go out and take a look. Indeed 3 of them are on or just off the Long and Winding road of my previous post. I have an old Garmin emap GPS which I bought in 1999 but haven’t used for a couple of years which I thought could be given a new lease of life.

Isn’t the Internet a wonderous thing. I went into Google and found the instruction manual for my old Garmin, and most importantly, how to manually enter GPS coordinates. I know I could download a geocaching app to my GPS enabled smartphone, and if I catch the geocaching bug I might well do so.

So there I was, a couple of hours ago, wrapped up in a warm coat and ready to go out. It’s snowing. I decide to leave the GPS at home and just take a walk down to the first cache site and see what I can see. I didn’t really search very much as I immediately realised where it was and the snow was getting heavier. Sneakily the geocaching.com map seems to suggest the cache is on the other side of the road.

Now I know where to look, all I need now is a dry morning. Not sure what I’d do if I found it as all the ones nearby seem to be micro caches which I suppose is no surprise in an urban area. I’d guess the drill is sign the log and replace it where it was. There are also some up on Wimbledon common, these might be more interesting but the weather needs to warm up a bit before I’m going all the way up there.

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Posted January 14, 2013 by bluonthemove in geocaching, Publishing, Walking, Wimbledon

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8 responses to “A snowy day is no for caching

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  1. Laughing. Wy didn’t you sign the log? Real geocachers (unlike me) do it in all weathers.

    Yes, that’s exactly the drill, and then you log into the gc site and record your find on there too. It’s not very snowy on that pic though is it? Says she who merely gazes at snow on the mountain ranges these days.

    • I didn’t have to worry about signing the log as I didn’t actually find any of the caches šŸ˜¦ They are all micro ones around here given it is an urban area. For example GC395GF is a shiny red pillar box on the side of the road with a hedge behind it. The hedge is on private property so probably not an idea to be seen rooting through it and I’ve examined the post box quite thoroughly but to no avail. I’m quite irritated by this one GC38NNA, the GPS coordinates show it as being in the middle of the footbridge over the railway line very much where the owner says, but I’ve examined every inch of the bridge without success.

      The third one near me is by the entrance to a tunnel under the railway line. Its on a bit of scrub land but its all very filthy and I’m not rooting around there until it is a lot less muddy than it is now. Its also where cars stop as the tunnel is too narrow for two way traffic, so the drivers sit waiting in full view of what one is doing.

      There are some on Wimbledon common. Since it seems I’m going to be here until April I might investigate these if there is a warm sunny day at some point, unlikely though as this is the UK.

  2. A had a look at rioja prices for you today:

    Lealtanza Reserva 2007 – 6.89

    Lagunilla Reserva – 10.59

    Romeral 4.99

    ViƱa Eneldo Crianza – 6.79

    I think the one litre stuff is ViƱa Sol at 1.99. Think its a valdepeƱas.

    • I often buy something called Vinedos de Espana at Ā£10.99 for a 3 bottle sized box. I presume that its the same as Vin de Pays de France. Its a Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% alcohol by volume from vineyards in Central Spain.

      Its very drinkable with food. If I’m having a glass of wine pre-dinner it will often be a white pinot grigio from a box that lives in the fridge.

      Thanks to A for looking at the prices for me.

  3. Hah–the ‘cranky’ inside of me likes the fact that you left the GPS at home. After all, it’s your walk. Your walk–your rules :>)
    BTW–I am struck by the gate (no, not literally but at times I am actually stupid enough to do that). It reminds me so much pf by Grando’s gate back in Killester…so far away now, both in time and space.

    • I was struck by some similarities in our backgrounds. My father was from Nenagh in Co Tipperary and volunteered for the UK airforce during world war 2. My childhood holidays were in Cork, my Uncle had a business there selling hats and caps which was affected by the “troubles” in Northern Ireland, as the number of US tourists declined. My father took a job in England after the war which is where I was born and brought up.

      I joined a start up company publishing medical and scientific information on CD and subsequently the web. That move into technology was good for me and allowed me to retire early. They say everyone has 5 degrees of separation, well we have one, roughseasinthemed, as I’m planning to move to Gibraltar once my house is sold, which is where I know K from.

      Oh yes, not forgetting the gate!!

      • Not just one degree. We actually have two ones. I spent a lot of time in Cork too. (as well as Killester, Dublin) Twenty-one Drawbridge street. Something I haven’t mentioned–I sort of have three grandfathers. I, too, will write about it some day. In the meantime have a quick look at this off-the-cuff post to explore that other degrees of separation…this one not exactly from Cork but no matter.
        http://wp.me/p2wfiL-c

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