When a new series of geocaches were posted along the length of one of Dunkirk's many canals, I decided it would be a great way to make the most of a fabulously sunny autumnal Saturday afternoon.
The canals are criss-crossed with bridges so I was slightly concerned we'd end up on the wrong side, unable to reach the caches !
As we wandered along, we saw a line of geese swimming downstream (or downcanal !).
We caught up with them again at the lock, paddling in the shallows !
There was also an impressive trio of cormorants who appeared to be sunbathing, drying out their wings in the warmth. I don't know where they've all come from but there seem to be loads of cormorants around town lately, diving for fish in the port, standing sentry on the posts in the middle of the canals, ...
Now, which way would the geocache trail take us ?
They were all micro geocaches in this series - the smallest ones - so they could be hidden anywhere. They are usually tiny metal cannisters just big enough to fit in a rolled up piece of paper (just like the ones attached to dog collars with the owner's address) so they are often stuck onto signs with magnets. We soon found the first one, behind this roadsign.
Some were harder than others though and we had a fair few DNFs (did not finds). Some involved clambering over the barriers and trying not to fall in the canal !
As we passed a park that we already knew, we popped in for a bit and saw absolutely loads of ducks and geese.
Plus a lone chicken !
They all seemed really hungry and were fighting over the bread that people were throwing them !
I like the way this photo came out, with the light playing on the water.
As we continued on our way, following the canal, we saw lots of splashes of colour, from poppies ...
To pumpkins ... a definite sign of autumn.
There were also zillions of enormous spiders in huge webs... so I didn't bother retrieving this cache that was peeking out of the rusty pipe because I didn't want to brave the arachnids !
This was the final cache - can you spot it?
We could see it peeking out of the leaves but couldn't reach the branch (and didn't want to try too hard and fall into the canal !)
It was a nice walk, even if we only found 7 of the 15 caches, and we managed to rack up 14km on the FitBug !