After seeing Elaine at Fun As A Gran talking about her family having a fab time geocaching, I decided to go and have another look online. The idea really appeals to me but, the last time I looked a few years ago, there were hardly any caches in France and certainly none near us. It has really taken off though because there were absolutely loads around us this time so I signed us up and we headed off on our first ever geocaching adventure today. We don't have a handheld GPS or a smartphone so I just noted down the instructions and looked up the locations on google maps before setting off. Our first cache site was located at one of the war memorials in Dunkirk.
The hints had said that we had to find a cosy place for a baby bird so we were delighted to finally spot this after walking around the statue twice !
Pierre's face was a real picture when he got to discover the first treasure !
I think I was just as excited as the kids to be honest !
We proudly filled in the log (and I'll go and add it online in a minute).
There was a tiny magnet in the box so we took that and left a heart-shaped keyring in its place. The kids had scurried around the house looking for little treasures to leave before we left ! We popped it back in its place and headed off for our second cache.
This bridge was the next site and I was convinced it would be on or around the big wooden chair that you can just spot on the right bank.
As we wandered across the bridge, we spotted a few engraved padlocks that had been attached - this one was our favourite : a double heart-shaped padlock with Marcus & Sophie forever inscribed on it.
There were quite a few people sitting around on the chair so we headed just to the side, along towards the bank of the canal. I spotted a sign and had a quick look - bingo !
Now this one had a logbook but no surprises inside - awww maybe someone not playing the game properly? - but we put one of our little toys inside anyway. We filled in the log book again and popped it back in its place.
We went looking for another one at the statue of Jean Bart in the main town square but didn't manage to find it. This was in the middle of a busy market though so we'll come back another day when it's quieter. And we failed to find the fourth one too but it's next to the theatre which has been totally renovated so I think the cache markers may be non-existent now or have moved.
We'll definitely be having another go though - it was great fun ! I'm already looking into buying a handheld GPS to make things easier !