15 Years of Geocaching

Another busy bank holiday weekend for us, but we did manage to squeeze in the finding of a quick geocache in order to get the 15 years of geocaching souvenir.

15 years of Geocaching

15 years of Geocaching

In order to get this you simply had to find any geocache on May 2nd or 3rd. The reason for this was that on May 2, 2000, the United States government disabled selective availability—increasing the accuracy of civilian GPS devices. The very next day, May 3, the first geocache was hidden, so the weekend of May 2nd & 3rd was the 15th anniversary of geocaching.

I managed to get lots of work done on Saturday morning, I also tried setting up my new iPhone 5s which had arrived repaired on Friday – That didn’t last long though as it soon went back into the endless blue-screen of death / reboot cycle that it had done when it first arrived and was the reason it had been sent back for repair. Time for a refund I think as it’s now been nearly 2 months since I bought it and I still don’t have a new phone.

We had visitors coming over in the afternoon so we didn’t have much time for geocaching, but we did need some supplies from the shop in the form of chocolate for pudding, so I managed to drag Morgan away from Minecraft for a while and we headed into Tre Ddol where we bought the supplies we needed and then went to find the Church Micro Geocache that was supposed to be there. We had looked for it several times in the past but had never been successful. However, looking through the logs it looked as though it had been missing in action when we looked before but had now been replaced. Sure enough, we went straight to where we thought it shold have been in the past and ‘fourth time lucky’ we found it. We signed the logbook, logged the cache online and headed home. We’d found a geocache and earned a new souvenir. We also unlocked a ‘Geocaching Road Trip’ mission for the summer too. The Geocaching Road Trip runs between June 19th and September 2nd during which time we have to find five souvenirs to unlock a special sixth souvenir. This is what we have to do:

  • June 19 – Sept 2Find a geocache with 10 or more Favourite Points
  • July 3 – Sept 2Attend an Event, Mega-Event or Giga-Event
  • July 17 – Sept 2Find a T5 or D5 geocache
  • July 31 – Sept 2Find an EarthCache or attend a CITO
  • August 14 – Sept 2Find a Mystery Cache

Should be fun, and hopefully the lure of souvenirs will convince Morgan to get out and find them too.

Once back at home I did a bit of work in the garden before Annamarie and Evie-Rosa arrived and then we had a pleasant afternoon and evening here with them. Morgan looked after Evie really well and played nicely with her. They stayed for dinner and the chocolate fondant puddings went down particularly well with Annamarie.

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Alan Cole

Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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