Yesterday we went out geocaching. With the couple I wrote earlier about in How Bizarre. We should have known that this would lead to some strange things occurring again. This couple is as much gadget fan as we are hence with two GPS systems it was all systems go.
We’d selected two caches and as it turns out we could do them at the same time. They were pretty much at opposite ends of a dyke around a large lake. As summer has hit pretty early this year, it was warm. We came prepared with hats and hiking boots and lots of drinks and emergency rations. Only to be greeting by our friends in a dress (her) and shorts (him) and sandals. Hmm clearly none of us knew what to expect.
We parked the car in the village and started cache one. Lots of puzzling and as you can imagine with 4 engineers (yes we all hold the title of engineer) in the field, the calculus to find the coordinates was a piece of cake. No mistakes were made……………. Well, let’s just say double and triple checks were needed a few times, but in the end the calculations were all 100% correct. We found the first cache at the same time as another team, that had caught up with us. It was hidden in a rather public place, so all people there knew where it was and sort of told us. Which, though helpful, takes away some of the fun. Mind you, so did the mosquitoes in full attack mode. We had a nice play with a dog and something to drink. Then we took off on the second leg of our cachetour
The second cache we had started already during the first tour, and basically involved walking back along the same dyke. It required recognizing 5 pictures of fences and using their numbers (all fences have a number) to calculate the cache coordinates. We’d been warned, by both the other people and on the website, that fence A was hard to find.
But we found it! It wasn’t that hard, just not as obvious as the other 4. So we had to take a picture to show the world WE can geocache. All coordinates were correct again and after fighting off some nettles, SO found the cache.
By that stage we were thirsty and started to get a little peckish. In the village only one snobby restaurant was open and no, not just for drinks. I mean really, we did not look that shabby at all. So, we headed into the car and selected a restaurant from the navigation system. We’d had good experiences with that a few weeks back.
The first restaurant was fully booked, at least on the waterfront. So we selected another nearby. We drove there, according to the navigation system. All road names matched. Yet, somehow we got the feeling something was not right. It may have been the sheep that we found on the road, which made it reminiscent of New Zealand. It may have been the the total lack of people and buildings. But the navigation pointed us to this spot and said at the end of this road turn right. Like where to? At the end of the road there was, well, nothing! Where is the restaurant?
After getting out of the car and having a good look around, into the distance and not seeing anything remotely resembling a restaurant, we decided to investigate a third option.
Ah that was the one. On the water (literally), in the sun. Nice basic food. We had blast before going home.
Today my last day at home for a while. Back to work tomorrow. Looking forward to it.