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Cache No. 1 – Gallows Path

Submitted by on Saturday, 30 May 2009No Comment
Cache No. 1 – Gallows Path

May 30th 2009 – Gallows Path GC1RZA8 – Cache #1
The first cache I found… It isn’t the nearest one to my house, though I did walk there.
Actually I couldn’t find the nearest one to my house although I searched all over the area where it was supposed to be, but under a lot of trees using an old bluetooth satellite receiver and a public domain programme on an Axim X30 PDA I couldn’t get a signal that would get me closer than 30ft accuracy – and as at the time I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking for, nor whether 30ft accuracy was good or bad or pretty average I didn’t find the cache.

So I went on and looked for the next closest one, and got nettled by following the compass bearing on the PDA rather than walking around the path (even though I knew the path well and exactly where it went in relation to where I was). I walked about where the cache seemed to be and got some triangulating bearings… then when I got to the correct spot it was the first of my “what doesn’t seem right here” moments… a pile of twigs that were not where a pile of twigs would be unless some very strange bird was attempting to build a very strange nest… under the twigs was my first cache 🙂

I tried again to find the other one on the way home, buoyed by my success I knew what sort of thing I was looking for (as both had been placed by the same person on the same day)… but I still couldn’t find it even though I searched around until it got too dark to really see.

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