Found: 14 Feb 2012
We didn’t find this one until the 14th, though we had searched on the 11th after much success at the Arched Pine. On that day, and with thunder still rumbling around the hills we decided to sneak in just one more cache for the day before the weather broke. Almost 2 hours later we left.. rained on, soaked, and somewhat defeated. This was a multi cache, so we needed dates from the info board to be able to calculate the new co-ordinates to locate the actual cache, but somehow it just didn’t seem to be coming together. We worked out two different co-ordinate possibilities and searched both, extensively. After returning home I emailed the cache owner and asked for some advice and/or reassurance. Did the cache beat us? Yes, but only temporarily..! Round 1 to the cache.
The wonderful CO decided to take a trip over to WWW the following day to sort out the coordinates and check on the cache. End result was that the original info board has been replaced, and the new one carries a different (needed) date. Great!! So we really were never going to find it with the coordinates we had.. oh well, at least I felt better about posting up the DNF (Did Not Find).
The original info board gave the date of 1854. The newly replaced sign says… actually no, I’m not telling. You’ll just have to wander out there for yourself, but it is certainly a lot different to the original date. Actually the whole story is a bit of hoo-har anyway. The ‘white woman’ story is repeated in many, many different pioneering areas, and absorbed into local folklore until it becomes pseudo fact. I personally don’t believe this particular local story. I could write pages about why, but there is a thoroughly excellent piece in the La Trobe Journal, which puts all of the facts forth. An absolute must read for anyone contemplating being caught up in the hype. Still, I guess calling it “White Womans Waterhole” is a much better alternative to “Secret Mozzie Breeding Facility”. And I have to admit, it’s an absolutely brilliant and serene spot for a cache!
We had some spare time on the 14th so off we went again, armed with the updated info. This time success was ours!! No campers around so we had the place to ourselves to wander around and explore.
Was really nice to wander around and see how well the bush has regenerated after the Black Saturday fires. Certainly a sobering thought as we signed the cache log, remembering that at the same time 3 years previously, this whole area was still ablaze, and remained so until March.
Big thanks to Jimmymaff for doing a maintenance run so quickly after my initial email. I read the logs of the cacher who came along with him to check things out, and couldn’t help but feel a wee bit guilty about the cache owner being bitten by bull ants whilst trying to remove the cache from its original hidey spot… Oops!
A quick stop at the Road To Nowhere was made, to drop off the Tuit Geo-coin I’d picked up a few days earlier, before heading home again, happy with the prospect of crossing WWW off for good. Round 2 to the geocacher!!