geocaching

mobile geocachers

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just for info, this was taken in the UK in the summer.  not sure why i’ve only just got around to posting it !  Those scooters now have a new home …

geocaching

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we finally felt well enough to go geocaching yesterday which marked a significant stage in our recovery.  here are the girls singing and dancing to a cache.

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signing the log.  possibly this one

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the route

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and another log with two of our little stickers stuck together in a jaunty way.

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red (hot) october

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yesterday afternoon was spent geocaching with friends, and the weather was goooorgeous.

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i recon it’s something to do with iceland.  their financial crisis has reduced the amount of cold weather they can export and as a result we’re sweltering in october.

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this was a strange thing.  it was a giant field full of lovely lawn.  turns out it was a turf farm

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all the kids carried sticks (it’s a violent world out there, so the kids need to tool up to protect themselves).  they had much fun splashing them in this bit of river

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and we found a nice xmas fairy geoaching travelbug

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as well as lovely pieceful woods.

funkyphoto – big ben bonanza

my first geocache will say something like this:

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It’s fairly easy to come to london and take the standard tourist photo of london landmarks like the one above of Big Ben.  This cache is to help you get a slightly more unusual picture you can be really proud of.

The coordinates are for The Clock Tower itself (Big Ben is the bell inside the tower). You won’t need to go anywhere you shouldn’t and you probably won’t need your satnav !  Nearest tube station is Westminster (which itself is a fantastic site if you arrive by the Jubilee Line).

You need to work out where to stand to get the photo shown below.  To claim the cache you need to take and upload a photo to prove you found the right spot.

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You’ll get the best results if you take your photo in the afternoon as the sun moves round to illuminate the tower from the right direction.  And if you’re lucky enough to have a really nice day, get there just before sunset to watch the houses of parliament glow a glorious yellow !

Photoing tips – always take a few shots so you can chose the best one, why not include some people in the foreground to give it some scale ?  if you’ve got an SLR camera, use a small aperture to get Big Ben and the foreground nice and sharp.  Landscape mode will probably do the same on a compact camera.

Most of all, enjoy taking photos, and always look for something a little different !

spoiler:

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looking the wrong way !

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update: but it appears the rules of geocaching might not actually allow this type of geocache, so never mind.  still, you might find it useful.  or something

geocaching

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another weekend another load of geocaching.  this time with one of jane’s work colleagues

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geocaching

yesterday we went for a 4 hour walk on the ridgeway.  we didn’t expect it to take that long.
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of course, it was all down to geocaching.  we found 13 yesterday

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i think we walked about 12km up and down hills, and kezia only needed two short carries.

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travel bug in
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travel bug out

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didcot power station

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and it was nearly dark by the time we finished

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new year’s eve geocaching

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another couple of geocaching with jane’s parents and sister’s family, one of which took all 11 of us well over half an hour to find.

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thomas took full advantage of the deep puddles and his wellies

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even granny got involved in the ford paddling

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ooh. more geocaching. who would have thought

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here’s esther with a giant geocache with katie and olivia

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and here they are with chloe in the afternoon (taken with my compact camera which i seem to have lost the ability to use properly!)

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