Expired Domain..!

So my whatsthecache.com domain expired. Some time back in January or February I think, which was also when I was without a computer. My poor old Dell finally decided to chuck it in, and I was only half-arsed about getting a new one. But now that I have, I had to decide what to do about the domain. Apparently if I’d re-registered within 18 days it would be the usual $26 or so, but because it went so far over, it’s gonna cost $106..!! So basically I can’t be bothered with that. I’ll stick with the default whatsthecache.wordpress.com I reckon. For now anyway. Besides, I never did use this thing much.

As for cache write-ups, I’m basically just expanding here on what I basically wrote in my ‘Found’ logs on geocachaching.com anyway. I thought about writing about our newest cache creations on here, but then that gives the game away for what you may be looking for if you go hunting for any of our caches. Geez.. what good is this place then? 🙂

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Where has the time gone?

Well it’s been just on two months since my last post, I can’t believe where the time has gone. We’ve had lots of fun caching adventures since – one that included blood pouring down my arm and the appearance of mysterious bruises that took weeks to fade. But I found the box, and that’s what really matters!! 🙂

Took the geo-daughter up to Foster last week for a day trip, it seems she really only likes the caches with treasure inside them, so she quickly skimmed over the eclipse tin sized offerings! The fun is in the finding, and how clever a challenge it can be, but I have to say that deep down I agree with her. It’s fun to swap something in the cache and bring home a memento of your efforts – even if it is only a scruffy orange plastic dog. 🙂

In knowing what it is we like to find, it helped come up with ideas on what we wanted to hide. I’ve now released 2 caches out into the wild. One of them has been found twice, the other only the once. The excitement was high when they were first approved for listing, and I have to say I checked constantly to see if they’d been found and to read the comments about how fabulous they are… but now the reality has set in that, yes, since we’re out in the sticks, the caches WILL sit there for months between visits, and that’s just how it is.

Although, I did run into another cacher that I had been in touch with. We met her and her lovely daughter quite by chance, and she’s been fabulous to chat with and learn from. It’s also great to share the passion with someone who actually understands and thinks caching is 1000 different kinds of fun too!! Some people just don’t ‘get it’ but those who do, really ‘do’.

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Leapcaching 2012

In celebration of having a whole extra day of caching added to the year, anyone who logged a cache on Feb 29 received a souvenir (designed by Roxxy) to add to their online GC gallery. Thanks to the Sale caches, this popped through into my account soon after logging:


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ZebraCache? CrossCache? Cross Zebra?

Found: 28 Feb 2012

Back into the geo-mobile and on the hunt for a cross looking zebra, we zeroed in on what turned out to simply be the spot where zebra’s cross the road. I had an idea that this one was a teeny tiny one so I was keen to see if Geo-daughter would even spot it.

No Zebra's, but the flowers were a nice touch.

We looked around for a few minutes before I spied the cleverly hidden cache. I waited for Geo-daughter to see it but she was looking in the wrong spot, so I gave her the clue and she still didn’t see it!! Knowing that time was running out for us to get back home by 7pm, I grabbed the cache and handed it to her, saying, “Welcome to your first Nano.” Geo-daughter just stared at it in her hand for a while, as it all sunk in. We unscrewed the lid, quite excited about signing this one… but wait. What was that? That thing that just fell out and bounced away!?!? Oh no… the magnet. We searched and searched but it was a DNF. What do we do now? I looked for somewhere safe to put the cache while I let the owner know, but there wasn’t really a good (safe) spot.

Geo-daughter looked up another of the owner’s (Wyldman92) caches and found that he had hidden a cache outside of his workplace. Off we went, but as luck would have it, Wyldeman92 wasn’t working tonight. There was nothing to do except bring the cache home with us where I at least knew it would be safe. I emailed Wyldman92 straight away and the reply I received was so fantastic. He told me it had only been a cheap Nano and to just keep it, and that he would disable the cache until he had bought a proper one as a replacement. At least he wasn’t angry, although I was still feeling pretty rotten about it all. Well I guess you live and learn…

Note: 9 days later the cache was re-enabled and has had 4 more finds since. Hopefully our little fiasco will quickly disappear down the log page as more cachers find this one and add to the log!

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Port of Sale 2: The Signal Box

Found: 29 Feb 2012

With the skies still threatening to open up at any given moment, we quickly made our way around to the old signal box – a very familiar landmark in Sale. What I love about caching is that these things are hidden right under everyone’s noses. How many caches have you walked past and never even known were there? Hundreds, or if you’re well travelled, likely thousands. Or if you’ve covered most of the globe, you may have gone past any of the 1.6 million caches that are hidden worldwide. And. Never. Even. Known.

We were able to parkright behind the signal box, which was great as we planned a grab’n’dash so we could sign the log in the safety/warmth of the geo-mobile, then another dash’n’replace back again.

All signals indicated that we were looking in the right spot.

This is actually the site of the old Sale Railway Station which was demolished in 1983 to make way for the new shopping centre to be built. The new Station now stands slightly west of the town centre but the old signal box was left here, along with the signals and large timber railway gates, to mark the original site. The Signal Box is now used as a rail museum which can be opened by appointment. The shopping centre manager has details on how to make an appointment if anyone is interested.

The shops were mostly closed by now so not too many muggles out and about to notice us poking around. Strangely enough the cache was in the first place we looked – we’re either getting good at this or we fluked it. Probably the latter.

We took out the pinky purpley linky clippy thing (i know it has a name and just can’t think of it right now!!) and left a highlighter. Time for just one more before heading home…

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Port of Sale 9: Sale Saleyards

Wow, still trying to catch up on writing about previous finds. Seems that every time I get a step closer we have a day out and come up with more caches to log! Got a quiet day today so I’ll just keep plodding along.

Found: 29 Feb 2012

Well what better way to spend a day that only comes around every 4 years, than with a spot of caching?! I had to take Geo-daughter down to Sale today so after we had finished with the necessary, we were off to hunt caches!

Whipping out her iPhone geo-daughter seemed surprised that Sale was so cache-saturated. Lots of Multi’s though, so as we had to be back home by 7pm we figured we’d just do some drive-by’s. Plus it was cold, windy and threatening to rain!

No Sales at Sale's Sales today.

I’d never been around to the Sale Saleyards before, although I shouldn’t really have been surprised how big the area was, considering the farming community it serves. A bit of traffic around but luckily I could pull off and drive along the gravelled parking/driving areas of the yards, and take our time to cruise closer to GZ without overshooting it. Luckily Geo-daughter had her nose buried in her iPhone counting down the metres to GZ and didn’t spot the great big dead sheep that was laying on its side in one of the yards. Even I wrinkled my nose up at that.

Cruising on past the dead sheep we closed in on GZ. Stopping the geo-mobile, Geo-daughter jumped out and headed quickly to where the cache should be, had a bit of a search around before turning to me with an expectant look on her face. *sigh* Yep, looks like I was going to be the one to stick my hand into uncharted waters. Without giving common sense time to put on its sensible jacket with matching sensible shoes, and rear its sensible head, I shoved my hand in and just hoped for the best. Wrapping my fingers around the cache I pulled it out as quick as I could.

WELL! What a treasure trove this one was… not! We had the glorious choice between a tampon (thankfully un-used), a Brisbane Lions (AFL) card from a pack of chips (well I guess they tried, but the Lions?? Seriously??) or a used piece of chewing gum carefully wrapped in a dirty bit of paper. Of course I took the tampon and chewy out and replaced with a couple of ‘friendlier’ swaps. I left the Brisbane Lions card in there just in case one of their 6 fans happens to be driving past. But seriously… why put that sort of crap in there? Makes you wonder what swap items they took, that made them think these items were worthy replacements…

I remember reading on the GCA forum about a card a fellow cacher designed about fair trading. I guess this cache is a good example of why the cards were created…

Rules to cache by...

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St. John’s Anglican Church – Port Albert

Found: 18 Feb 2012

Not quite ready to go home, but not enough time to tackle the other multi at Port Albert… what to do, what to do. I suddenly remembered there was a Geocaching Australia cache down here at the Church.

Around the road we went, only to discover a car parked directly outside of the church, with someone waiting in the passenger seat. Could it be another cacher? Couldn’t see anyone in the Churchyard, so in we went to have a look around. The man in the car was watching us, so we started taking photo’s and discussing the architecture of the Church. We were still being watched as we disappeared around the back of the Church.

We checked the hint so that we could keep our search time to a minimum. Eventually we located what simply had to be the hiding spot, but we didn’t stand a chance whilst our avid spectator was around. As we were standing there trying to decide what to do, a voice behind us asked if we would like to come inside the Church and have a look around. Well… since we were playing at being tourists, why not?!?!

Say your prayers, cachers!

A lovely lady gave us a tour and running narrative about some of the more interesting items in the Church. The gorgeous stained glass window behind the altar is dedicated to the memory of Foster Griffiths, who died in 1872 aged just 6 months. His father was Griffiths Griffiths who lived at Port Albert for upwards of 20 years as a painter and decorator, before heading off to Foster to turn his hand to prospecting after gold was discovered in Stockyard Creek. After his infant son died, Griffiths had this window made and as there was no Church at Foster, Griffiths gave the window to the Rev. Betts, who brought it down to Port Albert and had it installed in this Church.

What I personally found more fascinating though were the altar chairs and the Communion rail. They’re absolutely gorgeous! They are 2 elegant saloon chairs, and the rail was part of a ships decking rail, and both are from the wreck of the ‘Clonmel’ – a luxury paddle steamer which was on only it’s 2nd inter-colonial voyage when it struck the sandbar just off the Port Albert entrance. After futile attempts by the crew the stern sank heavily into the sandbank and has remained there ever since. The crew and 80-odd passengers were rescued, and the steamer was stripped of anything salvageable before being left to the ravages of nature. The reports of the surrounding land and the bay were enthusiastically welcomed, and in the end the wreck of the Clonmel was instrumental in opening up the port at Port Albert, which became the centre of trade for south eastern Victoria throughout the 1850’s and 1860’s.

Yes the altar really is that cosy.

After thanking our tour guide, we headed back outside together and said our farewells. They hopped into their car and drove away, which left us to make a very quick find of the cache. YAY!! Our very first GCA cache!

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