It's hard to believe that we've only been geocaching for less than a year - we only started in April last year and have already racked up 133 geocaches and countless adventures. It's taken a real backseat during the autumn and winter months sadly, partly because many of the caches are off the beaten tracks and the paths are too muddy at the moment and also because it gets dark too early for going out for long walks. We managed to fit in a very quick bit of geocaching when we were in Hastings though and even took the Madhouse grandparents and Auntie Em along for the ride on the last day of the year.
When I spotted the name of a local cache - Ye Big Ole Toy Chest - I thought it sounded good. When I saw that it was categorised as large and the description mentioned a 35 litre box covered in camo netting, I still didn't really appreciate how big it would be. When we spotted an enormous toybox in the undergrowth, we all squealed ! Would it have anything inside it though?
Now that's what I call a well stocked geocache ! Luckily I always have a backpack stuffed with toys to swap so we took lots of things to appeal to all three of the Madhouse kids (even the two who had stayed home in the warm in their onesies with Madhouse Daddy !) and dropped off lots of new treasures.
When we unpacked our finds back at home, it was like Christmas all over again ! I think we may have to revisit this one every time we come to visit the Madhouse grandparents now, to see if there are any new treasures to exchange !
We decided to revisit another cache that we had already found in the summer on our way home because it was supposed to have a travel bug in it, but unfortunately it had been moved on but not logged out.
It was certainly a fabulous end to our first year of geocaching. I wonder where this year's adventures will take us ?!