After convincing Madhouse Daddy to come along geocaching in the Dunes de Cabourg with us last Thursday (which was a bank holiday in France, followed by a "pont" or "bridge" day, which is a great French tradition of creating a long weekend when a bank holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday!), I was surprised but also really pleased when he suddenly piped up the next day with "Who wants to go geocaching again?"! I think we have a new fan ! Well, he is very good at sniffing out the well-camouflaged ones like this box, cunningly disguised underneath a fake log !
We headed off into the dunes behind Dunkirk beach which are a geocacher's paradise. We had the choice of numerous circuits but we picked one that had 20 caches to find.
It's a natural reserve of protected wildlife and I was surprised by the different landscapes we saw, from sandy dunes to muddy paths, scrubland and even this marshland.
In the distance, we could also see lots of World War 2 bunkers.
We've noticed that once you head out of town and into the countryside, you're more likely to get bigger and better filled caches, which always puts a smile on the kids' faces.
We were surprised to see that the GPS was taking us right up into the bunkers.
These concrete sentries always look out of place in such a beautiful setting and it's quite strange to think of the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives on these expanses of sand.
We admired the views of the beach from above.
Before squeezing down a little path next to the bunkers to get to the beach.
Funnily enough, this took us to exactly the same bunkers that we'd visited from the beach a few weeks ago (that I told you about here).
Time to head back up into the dunes away from the beach and the bunkers.
Who knows what's hiding around the next corner when you go geocaching ?!
This was our haul for the day - the bullet wasn't in a cache, Madhouse Daddy found it down the side of the bunker but goodness knows how old it is, it may be quite recent.
Running up and down sand dunes was more tiring than walking on solid ground so after doing 9 of the caches (just under half) we decided to call it a day. We'll come back and do the rest another day.
Totals for the day : 9 caches, 14455 steps, 7.2km, 378 calories burned !
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