Today I did something I haven't done before and I doubt it has been done by any other geocacher: I claimed a FTF (First to Find) while lying in bed!!!
For non-geocachers (called muggles by us) I will explain what you normally do. If you get notification that a new cache has been hidden you run out of the door, as any good geocacher does, and hope to be the first person to find that particular cache. So, how did I manage to claim a FTF while in bed, you wonder? Well, this happened to be an earth cache, which is a different type and you don't find a hidden container, but ordinarily you have to visit the site and answer a few questions in order to claim a 'find'.
I had been reading in bed and been playing a bit of Wordfeud and started to look if there were any more caches to be found in the area. Imagine my surprise when I see a cache close by that I hadn't seen before. Why? It was only published two days before!
The Pinkest Lake (#1649)
I have seen the pink lakes before, when I was travelling in South Australia with Patricia and the explanation and more pictures can be found here.
The rest of the day was spent quietly, talking, reading, etc. while Dianne had visitors.
We went out for dinner to the Coobowie Hotel. Dianne and I shouted Pat and Allan dinner for all they had done for us during the week.
Tuesday 30 May, 2017
Dianne makes breakfast for a change and I tend to a few chores, taking in water and emptying the grey water tank amongst other things. Patricia does her washing and adds a few items of mine.
Dianne wants to visit a cave at Troubridge Point (for personal reasons) and Pat, Allan and I join her for the trip. What luck, because the container for one of the multi caches I solved at the cemetery is hidden near the lighthouse and on the way back we find two more caches. One at precisely the spot where we had been standing just before when looking for the cave I mentioned before.
Clan Ranald 1909 (#1650)
Turn Left (#1651)
When we return I try to start the engine of the camper, because we haven't driven anywhere for a week and I am worried about the batteries. No problem. The engine ticks over a first go!
Wednesday 31 May, 2017
Did I mention batteries yesterday? I did try them, but..... at the crucial moment, when Dianne needs to be dropped off at the bus station at 6 am they are dead!!! Luckily Pat is awake, grabs her dressing gown and car, and all three of us drop Dianne off. At least she's alright and at the bus stop with plenty of time to spare.
A lot later I ring the RAA, the South Australian equivalent of road service, and a kind young man comes around and does his very best to get the engine to start, but it takes a lot of effort and a long time before he is successful. End result: drive to his garage at Stansbury and get two new batteries.
The only reason why they worked the day before and not in the morning is most likely because the temperature was really low and too cold for old batteries... Learned something new today.
Patricia and I take our leave from dear Pat and Allan, who have been such fantastic hosts and drive to Stansbury first, to get the batteries. That done we drive on to Port Clinton Reserve where we arrive at 12.15h and have lunch. We also find a cache.
The King's Port (#1653)
From there it's quite a trip to our camp spot for the night, but first we stop at Wakefield to get fuel and find a dump point.
Then we have a long drive along a dirt track, which eventually brings us to Burra Creek Gorge Reserve (Worlds End) (#215) S33 49 52, E139 02 44, where we arrive at 16.30h. It's a beautiful secluded spot and it's a shame that we only can stay here for the one night. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the campsite, but the following two may have been taken in the area:
Thursday 1 June, 2017
We leave at 08.00h, but not before I have scraped the ice of the windscreen! It is so terribly cold that we decide to leave in our nighties and dressing gowns and have breakfast later when the camper has warmed up sufficiently.
For that we stop just past Burra. We also find a cache:
STOP, TAKE A BREAK, HAVE A KITKAT AND FIND A CACHE (#1654)
We have morning tea at Oodla Wirra and want to drive on to Broken Hill, but.... I remember that the options to obtain fuel along the Barrier Highway are few and far between. My fuel app says there is one close to the quarantine check point. We can drive past this without having to hand in fruit, so we keep going until we discover that we must have passed the petrol station. We drive back, but have to tell the officer at the check point that we have no intention to go back other than to get fuel, so we don't have to hand in the fruit that we obviously carry with us. However, the fuel station has closed down and we have to turn again and cross the check point one more time. The nearest fuel station, it appears, is Yunta and I have enough fuel left to make it that far.
We have lunch at Yunta as well as a little rest and we might as well stretch the legs. There are two geocaches in the area, which is very helpful. The closest is at a children's playground, occupied by a toddler and its parents. The next one is at the local airstrip and a bit further out of 'town'. We decide to walk anyway. It's an easy find and on the way back we pick up the cache at the playground, which wouldn't have been such an easy find if it wasn't for Patricia having a bright moment, because the description, and container size were wrong, as were the coordinates! :-)
Yunta tales - The Airport! (#1655)
Yunta tales - YTC (#1656)
Manna Hill (#1657)
And when we stopped for lunch at Thackaringa I again had to lie down, this time a bit longer to be sure I got rid of the cramps, and when feeling better we found a nearby cache here as well.
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