Happy 5th Cachiversary to Me!

Happy 5th Cachiversary to Snuva! On 21 March 2004 my sister was visiting from California.  She’d been telling me about this geocaching thing, and I just didn’t get it from her description.  Also she wasn’t the most brilliant with technology.  She had brought a travel bug with her, however her odd way of using a GPSr meant we didn’t find any physical caches. (She would stare at the numbers and try to determine if we were getting closer or further away from the cache based on whether the numbers were going up or down – remember, this is long before Google Maps!).  So my first log on a geocache was on a virtual, Trigpoint Scenes 1.  Since it was a virtual, part of me is a little disappointed.  On the other hand, maybe it was a great cache to have as my first.  Back then there were only a couple caches in the Hobart area, and this one is on top of Mt Wellington – my beloved mountain, which overlooks my life here in Hobart.

View of Mt Wellington this Morning 

In any case, fast forward 5 years to 21 March 2009, and here I am truely addicted to caching.  This time my visitor from California is Geokashers – just some random cacher I’d invited to stay at our place as he mentioned in the GBA forum that he might be headed to Oz.  🙂  I was looking forward to showing off Mt Wellington to him, so we headed to the summit and cached our way down – through different climates, views, terrain, flora, and historic locations.  Sound like the best place to go geocaching in the world?  Absolutely! 

Most of these caches I’d found already.  Some I added a note so I could upload photos of Geokashers with the note, but some I haven’t.  All logs are mine; go to the cache page if you’d like to see Geokashers’ comments.

Trigpoint Scenes 1

Cache Details
GCD402 by Rastas and the Tassie Contingent
S 42° 53.759 E 147° 14.238
Difficulty is 1 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Virtual
Container size is Virtual
It was hidden on: 12/02/2003
Snuva found it on: 21/03/2004
Our Log
I celebrated my 5th cachiversary by taking a trip from the top to bottom of Mt Wellington with Geokashers, a Californian cacher. As this is the top of the mountain – and as this is the first cache I logged 5 years ago – this had to be the first cache of the day!

Rocket Ship

Cache Details
GC14M4D by Tassiebear and DingoTim
S 42° 53.847 E 147° 14.161
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 25/07/2007
Snuva found it on: 29/06/2008
Our Log

Get On Your Skates

Cache Details
GC19225 by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 53.591 E 147° 13.536
Difficulty is 1 and Terrain is 3
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 2/02/2008
Snuva found it on: 29/06/2008
Our Log
I was out showing off Mt Wellington to Geokashers and had to take him to this spot. He was quite interested in climbing the rocks on the hill nearby but eventually decided to log a find.

Currawong View

Cache Details
GC1922D by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 53.486 E 147° 13.500
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 3
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 2/02/2008
Snuva found it on: 29/06/2008
Our Log
I visited this cache while taking Geokashers around Mt Wellington to show him why Tasmania has the best caching in the world! He rewarded me by being a bit of a ham and letting me catch a few silly photos of him.

Geokashers, about to be blown off Mt Wellington's Trig Point

 
View of Hobart from Mt Wellington's Trig Point

Rocket Ship & Trig Point, Mt Wellington

Geokashers Hunting for 'Currawong View'

Geokashers Taking in the View at 'Currawong View'

 Those first 4 caches were only short walks (although Geokashers has already found out that denium shorts aren’t really the go for Tasmanian flora!).  Next we did a few walks – to Sphinx Rock, then out on the North – South Track (a mountain bike track I love because the trail construction impresses me so much) and back via the Shoobridge Track.

Egyptian Monolith

Cache Details
GCNXY9 by Malbena
S 42° 54.313 E 147° 14.840
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 3
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 15/05/2005
Snuva found it on: 22/05/2005
Our Log

Bicep

Cache Details
GC1DMAF by red tag
S 42° 54.473 E 147° 14.868
Difficulty is 1.5 and Terrain is 1.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 28/06/2008
Snuva found it on: 29/06/2008
Our Log

Once Was Firetrail

Cache Details
GC18DAH by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 54.228 E 147° 15.143
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 3.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Regular
It was hidden on: 5/01/2008
Snuva found it on: 12/01/2008
Our Log

Boulder Field

Cache Details
GC1A6V4 by pjamesk
S 42° 53.933 E 147° 15.084
Difficulty is 3 and Terrain is 3.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Regular
It was hidden on: 12/05/2008
Snuva found it on: 6/01/2009
Our Log

Squidly Diddly

Cache Details
GCW85W by Aloysius7
S 42° 54.348 E 147° 14.992
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 26/05/2006
Snuva found it on: 25/06/2006
Our Log

 Geokashers near the 'Egyptian Monolith' geocache

Geokashers Logging the 'Boulder Field' geocache

View from Boulder Field

North - South Track

Geokashers at Squidly Diddly

When we got back within sight of the cacheWagon at Shoobridge Bend, we faced an unwelcome vista: a stretcher about to be inserted into the back of an ambulance, a police car, miscellaneous cyclists with bikes strewn all around, and police officers interviewing a young couple with a rental car.  It didn’t look like a good scene, so we just kept out of the way until the ambulance had gone.  However we realised some of the cyclists – now being interviewd by the police – were pointing to the back bummper of the cacheWagon.  Oh dear.  We entered the fray and found out the story.  Having cycled up to the summit earlier, the cyclists were heading down Pinnacle Road when one of them came around Shoobridge Bend, hit a pothole which threw him against a rental car headed uphill (and somehow broke off the mirror on the opposite side of the car), the impact of which then sent him straight into our rear bumper, and he landed underneath our car.  Oh dear.  His mates said he wasn’t too badly off – nothing broken they thought, but some really nasty scrapes and bruises.  However his carbon fibre bike was totalled.

While waiting around so be sure all was clear, the totalled bike would get back transported down on civilisation, etc I was able to take a quick snap to help Geokashers remember the occasion:
Geokashers Meeting Tasmania Police
 

Next up my husband and Geokashers headed to Rocky Whelan’s Cave (Rocky Whelan was a bushranger who hid out on Mt Wellington) while I found a wide enough spot to park the car, then we had a walk to the obigatory waterfall cache.

Paddy’s Fallen and he cant reach his Guinness.

Cache Details
GCW85N by aloysius7
S 42° 54.618 E 147° 15.230
Difficulty is 1.5 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 26/05/2006
Snuva found it on: 25/06/2006
Our Log

Rocky Whelan’s Cave

Cache Details
GC10ZHG by Dippedidooda
S 42° 54.800 E 147° 15.131
Difficulty is 1 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 16/02/2007
Snuva found it on: 2/06/2007
Our Log

View from Bracken Lane Fire Trail

Skink on Geokashers' Shoe, Bracken Lane Fire Trail

O'Grady Falls

Geokashers hunting near 'Paddy's Fallen'

Yes, there are leaches near Paddy's Fallen! 

After this Scott headed back to where the car was now parked at the head of Bracken Lane while we searched in vain for the track to Jackson’s Bend.  I didn’t have a good map with me as I thought I knew all the tracks we’d take.  Several different generations of sinage in this are meant one sign promised the track was ahead but others didn’t mention it.  We woudn up taking the Fingerpost Track to Huon Road and walking along that to Jackson’s Bend.  Not ideal, but it did the job.  And so I was able to log my only finds for the day. . .

Jackson’s Ferns ‘n’ Logs

Cache Details
GC1AHJ5 by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 54.872 E 147° 15.710
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 3.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 25/03/2008
Snuva found it on: 21/03/2009
Our Log
Well, you said it’s OK to log a second time, so Snuva has put her paw print in the log at the new location. Today was my 5th cacheversary, and we spent the day with geokashers, who is visiting from California. We had tried to come down from Bracken Lane after finding Paddy’s Fallen, however took the wrong track down to Huon Road. Eventually made it back up the hill after a find at Jackson’s Tunnel. geokashers enjoyed being in amongst all the ferns.While part of the team was headed to the cache, the other part of the time had the pleasure of observing some noobies heading towards Jackson’s Tunnel.. No idea of caching name as the response to ‘I’m Snuva’ was to give me a muggle name; whoever it is will soon learn I’m only interested in their name in the caching world.Thank you for the cache!

Jackson’s Tunnel

Cache Details
GC1KRMV by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 54.907 E 147° 15.855
Difficulty is 1.5 and Terrain is 2
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Micro
It was hidden on: 15/01/2009
Snuva found it on: 21/03/2009
Our Log
I spent today (my 5th cachiversary) showing off Mt Wellington to geokashers (from California). I must say for such a simple cache it was rather a memorable one. Firstly, geokashers and I headed down to this one from Paddy’s Fallen while my husband retrieved the cacheMobile from Bracken Lane to meet us at Jackson’s bend. Well, um, we took the Fingerpost track instead, so then had to follow the Huon Road back to this area. We met up with Scott, then headed for this cache – and I immediately saw the wrong spot that looked like the right spot. However, alas, it was wrong. When I arrived at the REAL GZ I found the cache quickly though!Thank you for the find!(I will upload a photo or two when I’m on faster connection!)

Jackson's Tunnel

Geokashers, Scott & Lottie at 'Jackson's Tunnel' 
It was well into the afternoon at this point, so we stopped into the Fern Tree General Store for some toasted samidges. (That’s right, we actually stopped for food. Disgraceful! Call ourselves geocachers?!) Next I subjected Geokashers to a multi along the Pipeline Track that shows off the area’s old aqueducts, then we headed for some caches along the Hobart Rivulet in South Hobart.
 

Aqueducts

Cache Details
GC1M51Y by Xorg and Pixelwarrior
S 42° 55.278 E 147° 15.886
Difficulty is 1.5 and Terrain is 1.5
Cache type is Multi
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 27/01/2009
Snuva found it on: 31/01/2009
Our Log

Raise a Glass, Raise a Cheer

Cache Details
GCPQWX by Caxixi
S 42° 53.737 E 147° 17.572
Difficulty is 2 and Terrain is 2.5
Cache type is Multi
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 17/07/2005
Snuva found it on: 19/07/2005
Our Log

Linear Park #3

Cache Details
GCYKNW by Caxixi
S 42° 53.746 E 147° 17.695
Difficulty is 1 and Terrain is 1.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 14/12/2006
Snuva found it on: 18/11/2006
Our Log

Not An Ocean Cliff Cache

Cache Details
GCQN6B by Dippedidooda
S 42° 53.640 E 147° 18.297
Difficulty is 1 and Terrain is 1
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Small
It was hidden on: 22/09/2005
Snuva found it on: 27/09/2005
Our Log
 

Aqueducts

Cascade Brewery

View of Cascade Brewery, near 'Linear Park #3'

Eucalypt Flowers near 'Linear Park #3'

Lottie Enjoying a Roll near 'Linear Park #3' 

Wild Party Animals #1

Cache Details
GCJ2EC by Snuva & Chepup
S 42° 53.246 E 147° 18.147
Difficulty is 1.5 and Terrain is 1.5
Cache type is Traditional
Container size is Micro
It was hidden on: 28/03/2004
The final cache find for Geokashers of the day was a bit of Snuva history.  This cache is one of the 3 I first placed back in 2004.  This one has been re-worked a bit – in fact all three of them have in the five years since they were set out.  Geokashers tooka bunch of bug an pathtag photos before we called it a day.

 Geokashers at 'Wild Party Animals #1'

And I couldn’t resist one last photo before going to bed, the title is ‘When Geocachers Are House Guests’. More than a few of you have probably seen a similar scene before:

When Geocachers Are House Guests

SORRY!  Yes, I still haven’t figured out what’s wrong with my Google Maps plugin, so probably you’re just going to see some error messages after this sentance rather than a map.

https://snuva.tasgeocaching.com/GPX_files/CachesVisited_20090321.gpx

2 comments for “Happy 5th Cachiversary to Me!

  1. Geokashers
    28 March 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Outstanding pictures!!! And great descriptions too!! Seems like it was so long ago!! I’ll be back!!

  2. 31 March 2009 at 3:16 am

    Wow, I really like the rainbow photo and the recent one of the heron. Wish I could see a bigger versions but I guess they aren’t available. The visiting geocachers table was classic… Lots of good pictures!

    I had to look up the Wellington “rocket ship” since I was curious about it, and in the process I found out that the mountain has an interesting history. Fun stuff.

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