Hard to find

‘Why don’t we go find some of those geocaches?’ he said.

Well, because I was planning on cleaning or paperwork, or or or ….

‘We could go on the bus, IF YOU COULD FIND YOUR ID CARD,’ he added pointedly. The one that has been missing for weeks and was probably hidden under all the unfiled paperwork.

‘Or we could drive,’ he finished with.

Needless to state that last one motivated me to have yet another search for the ID card. I can see no point in driving anywhere when a) I have two legs that don’t get used enough and b) the bus is free whereas fuel is not.

And needless to state yet again, I couldn’t find it in all the places I had looked before, not in my bag, not in any pockets, not slotted between the paperwork, not carefully stored in a drawer. Where could it be?

I checked out a bag I use on the extremely rare occasion I visit the supermarket. Yes! There it was. I’m sure I looked there before.

So off we set for the walk to Rosia where there was one cache, and another just up from there at Little Bay.

I like Rosia, especially when it is quiet in winter. Good time to lurk around suspiciously trying to find hidden tat pots of treasure. The co-ordinates on the geocaching page were for the ramp to the bay, but not the actual cache. Hmmm.

I don’t know how many times we walked up down and around the ramp, but no joy. I decided to walk out to the bay hoping inspiration would drop down onto me. It didn’t. We left without finding the cache.

I knew roughly where the next one would be, so through the tunnel and down to Camp Bay and then Little Bay. ‘Under a rock’ said the clue. We followed directions, got to the top of the steps to be faced with a lot of rocks. Or rather some rocks, some stones. We upturned them all. And found stuff all.

Result so far 0/2. Not going well.

So then we hiked on up to Europa Point. We couldn’t end the hunt without at least one cache, and there were two around the point. Again, I had a pretty good idea where this one would be. Although that hadn’t helped with the last two.

Down the spooky steps we went. Across the cliff tops, keeping well away from the edge. Over a spooky bridge (anything suspended in the air is spooky to me) and towards ‘the last wall’. Yet more Gib fortifications and gun emplacements on this southerly point of Europe.

spooky bridge
spooky bridge

This time we were looking for a magnetic cache ie, it is stuck to something metallic with a magnet in the container. Well, it clearly wasn’t going to be hidden in the wall. But there was a huge long pipe running along there. Partner clambered up to look for cache-style objects hidden on top.

‘Is the pipe metal?’ I asked, rather sensibly in my opinion. He felt it.

‘Er no.’

‘What about the brackets?’

‘Yes.’

Well that narrowed it down a bit.

For once I had the GPS. Partner set off to check out some brackets and I zoned in on a likely one.

‘Here,’ I said. ‘What’s that?’

‘It’s a bolt, don’t be stupid.’

‘Well the other brackets don’t have a bolt on them.’

‘You stay there, I’ll get up and look,’ he said bossily.

So I did. He took it down.

‘It’s a bolt, I told you so.’

‘Give it here.’

I unscrewed the top and pulled out the log to sign. Haha!!

An extremely clever cache.

Success. At last.

A Gib monkey
A Gib monkey

So off we went to the next one which was just off Europa Road, allegedly.

Walking around the eastern cliffs of Gib, we seemed to be heading away from it, so back we headed. And were still nowhere near it.

‘Let’s get the bus,’ he said. So we turned round and headed for the bus stop (which had moved).

I was busy trying to take some photos of the revamped Europa Point when the bus pulled in.

I’m not sure I like the revamp. I’m not a revamp person. It always looks too squeaky and artificial for me.

What they should really have done was put up a load of information boards, build a decent bar/cafe/restaurant, some free public toilets, and tidied up the promenade – in keeping – instead of making it all look so bland. Not that anyone ever asks my opinion. Sadly.

Nice, but ....
Nice, but ….

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44 comments on “Hard to find

  1. Well done on your cache find :-) shame it was only one, but it looks like a good day out.
    Ha ha, your photos description ‘Gib Monkey’ made me splutter.
    The revamp reminds me of the same revamp that happened around the canals in Birmingham. All nice clean and tidy, but lacking in character, that the original had.
    I’m surprised you took a pic of the ravine, it looks quite a drop.

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    • Haha! one find was pretty poor really but better than nothing.

      Great time out though, even if it was hours of doing nothing :D

      A is a monkey anyway, his arms are so long they nearly drop to the floor! He has found his niche in Gib!

      Crap revamp huh? I liked the original, must do a before and after post at some point.

      It was a drop. But I’m tough. I come from Yorkshire.

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  2. I have to admit I feel just slightly exhausted reading about this adventure, but that’s the good part of it all. You get to visit and hike around all these locations looking for stuff, and I get to sit here on my a$$ and read about it. :-)
    Thanks for taking me along!

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  3. Another trip, and and small adventure with little gifts being found. and yes I think the revamp is a tad bit sterile and no character..but your trips are always enjoyable.. ;)

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    • Thanks G for your comment. To me, a revamp should be retaining as much of the old as possible. Your use of the word sterile is spot on. Hopefully more revamps will be a bit less so. It was a good Sunday walk, thanks for tripping along :)

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    • I thought you were going to look up some local ones? As I’ve said before, it gets us out for a walk, so that’s the main attraction. I usually take a photo of the full mosque with the minaret but I loved that fretwork, and the inscription so thought it would make an interesting change. I love Moorish architecture. One of my very faves is the mosque at Cordoba.

      I liked the simplicity of the gun emplacement, which in its own way, also had beauty.

      It’s a good walk down the cliff top though because it’s a dead end, so few people go there.

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    • Haha! Yes, keys are another one, aren’t they? I’m normally not too bad with them, but Partner tends to ‘misplace’ his from time to time. We have them on a neck thing, but I’m the only one who ever puts them round my neck. If Partner did, he’d probably still not be able to find them ;)

      It was a beautiful day for a walk and we were out for hours :)

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  4. That was fun! Glad you find your ID-card. Cool that the buses are free there! Beautiful photos! I think I must try the geo-caching …
    Here, in SJ, they could do with some revamping … sterile or not, anything would be an improvement. They can’t afford it.

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    • I was pleased to find it too. Didn’t feel like the hassle of getting a new one. Buses are only free for residents, hence the need for the card. Tourists/visitors have to pay, although it’s still pretty cheap, £1 single ticket and £1.50 for an all day pass.

      Thanks, the walk is a fairly easy one, but it’s lovely being by the sea all the way. As I said to Jo above, the geocaching is just a motivation to get out for a walk. There must be loads near you.

      I think the plans for Europa Point revamp were much more grandiose, but the new govt has cut back on a lot of public expenditure on cost and priority grounds, which I have to say I agree with. It was just before the works, there was more of a natural and rugged beauty to the place. Like I said a cafe/bar and toilets would have been fine. It’s the anodyne paving that hits me in the face.

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  5. It is important to stay calm when searching for a lost item. I rarely do. I get frantic and start looking in bizarre places, double checking without looking and unhelpfully moving things about. The thing I am looking for usually turns up in a place I have already looked several times.
    This geocaching thing – it sounds a bit like the treasure hunts I used to organise for work social events in the 1970s?

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    • Absolutely about things turning up where you have normally looked before. I am far better at finding things that A has lost than the odd item I lose. I don’t lose things that often.

      Yes, it’s treasure hunting but using a GPS, that’s the only difference. I always thought treasure hunting sounded fun. There are puzzles GPS caches too which are a nightmare, far worse than an ordinary cryptic clue, I am useless at them.

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  6. Hard to find, well my panasonic battery charger fits that bill. Now, what is it doing there ?
    Found, so two AA batteries on charge. Once charged these will go in my old Garmin GPS and I might just try a little geocaching.

    Looked at the map on geocaching.com. There are some caches near me, including one within 20 metres of where I took one of the photos on my most recent blog post.

    I think the old GPS will be easier to use than the GPS on my new smartphone, although I have found a load of geocache apps from Google. It doesn’t have a camera which is useful in London as the police don’t much like people acting suspiciously and possibly taking pictures. Might have a go tomorrow and see what happens, weather permitting.

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    • Forgot to say on your post, I also enter the co-ords manually, I find it easier than clicking the cable and downloading each post. Yawn. I just write down the co-ords and enter them when we are near. Took me a while to work out how to do it though.

      I’ve never tried it on the iPhone.

      Can’t believe police don’t like people taking pix – thought that was repealed? Geocaching is very suspicious, well, it is the way I do it :D

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      • Finding the GPS’s manual online was helpful. I entered the coordinates manually sitting in front of the PC.

        My GPS has a ‘go to’ function which draws a straight line between you and the waypoint which constantly updates, very useful for geocaching if there is no direct path to it.

        If you are suspected of taking pictures you can end up having a conversation with a police officer who has probably never heard of geocaching. They no longer delete people’s pix as far as I know, but I have no desire to be hauled down to the police station to explain myself.

        Oh yes, some of the sites say beware muggles or something, I presume they mean muggers.

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  7. This is such a fascinating passion you have, I love how it is such a unique way to see what is around you that other wise you would not be privy to. Opening eyes to new beauties.
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    I recall several years ago the first time I heard of Geo-caching it was on some prime time series, crime drama, (or something as such) on the television. I thought even then what a fabulous urban adventure.
    I think I w would get the hang of this.,.
    Thank for letting me live vicariously through your and partner’s adventures , .

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    • I wouldn’t call it a passion – we only do it from time to time, other people do it daily or at least once or twice a week. But it is fun, and your analysis is correct.

      The first couple of hunts are the worst, because you don’t really know what you are looking for. Then when you learn the sort of places where people hide them, it becomes easier. Well, it did until that last trip above :D

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  8. It does sound a good way to get out for a walk, though with my limited patience and total cluelessness I think it might drive me crazy.

    The ID card struck a chord having spent half an evening looking for husband’s medical cards….’i just put them on the table….I haven’t moved them…they must be there…’ Yes, indeed they were, at about the level of Troy 7 under everything else ‘just put on the table’ during my absence in Europe….

    But I can’t shout too loud having spent a half hour of panic looking for my Oyster card in my handbag and finding I’d shoved it in with the bank cards leaving its holder empty…

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    • The worst thing is when you don’t find it straightaway. Normally the longer you spend looking for one, the less likely you are to find it :(

      Finding things on the table is OK I think. Moving cards around is not.

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  9. Someone should ask you – you’ve got great ideas.
    I love your hikes – the great colors and textures of Gib – comfortable even if a bit rough or worn.
    (glad you found that card. organized chaos is the only logical order…I keep telling people here….)

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  10. This geocaching sounds like a fun hobby.
    Husband does historical re-enactments, which keeps us very busy, however.
    So, do you have to sign a log-book when you find them?
    So you’re from Yorkshire. We have a lot of Yorkshire friends (around Upper Poppleton).

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    • It is fun. There are many people far more serious than me. Most people you meet seem to be ok, because basically we have something in common – usually walking and playing a childish game :D

      You sign a log book in the cache, sometimes you need to take your own pen eg if the cache is a film canister, or even smaller like the bolt in the one above. Then you log your find on the geocaching website. If it is a bigger cache, you can trade ‘treasure’.

      I know the Poppletons near York, one of my university friends came from there too. Lovely villages.

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  11. I enjoyed this post… a sort of a day in the life. The weather & scenery looks beautiful and the walk along the coast appealing but the revamp, you are correct is a bit generic… It doesn’t seem like whoever is responsible really wants to attrract people to go there. I hate those pavers, they get whacked in here at every opportunity as well.

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    • Three hours in the life actually. We spent more time searching in vain than anything else :D But I love the walk, it’s an easy one, idle people can get the bus back, and the views are always wonderful in any weather.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like boring revamps that aren’t done in keeping. Yes, do the promenade up, but NOT LIKE THAT. The street down from us and the flower beds/gardens around the gate were also revamped a few years ago, and yes, the same pesky paving stones. There was nothing wrong with the originals which were far more in keeping. Some people have no sense of history.

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