CacheCrazy.Com: Looking back at ~ The Best Guest Blogs Ever - Ann from ayrbrain's and My Corner of Scotland

Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking back at ~ The Best Guest Blogs Ever - Ann from ayrbrain's and My Corner of Scotland

I would like to introduce you to Ann aka ayrbrain's.
As a follower of CacheCrazy.Com and offerering excellent comments to the blog, I asked her to write a short bio and get her feet wet in guest blogging. I was excited when she agreed! CacheCrazy.Com has a strong international following with over 40% of our total readers coming from overseas (thanks to Google analytics). Ann is one of them coming to us from Scotland and she even has her own blog named "My Corner of Scotland". Her stories are light hearted and fun so go check it out for yourself but first, let me hand it over to Ann to tell you the rest.....

 Ann aka ayrbrain's, On Geocaching Adventures

I have been geocaching for just over a year and enjoy it so much as it has taken us to places even in our own home town that we didn't even know were there.  I love finding unusual ones, one close by to our house has caused such tearing out of hair and many laughs even with hints. It is over a small walk-over bridge, the cacher has used fishing wire to dangle the tiny container over the edge at the side of the river. It cannot be seen from under the bridge or from the top of the bridge as it is so well camouflaged, after we eventually found it, I posted my find on the site saying we were throwing a party to celebrate and popping champagne corks, then I got a message almost straight away from someone who was trying to find it at that moment, so there I was at home, emailing him exactly where to stand etc, it still took a while for him to find it.

Another one is in a beautiful park where we have done numerous caches, we had to find the first part where the clue was "Another Brick In The Wall", I stood and looked at a house brick which was in amongst ivy in a low wall and even though I picked it up I did not look at it all the way around, lo and behold the next co-ords were on a piece of metal fastened to the underside of the brick, I have learnt to look at things differently, if it looks like it couldn't possibly be what I am looking for, then it possibly is!

In Australia we met up with a fellow cacher which was interesting, so over a bite of lunch he said he would take us along to one that had totally alluded us, we had looked and looked and being not too many places it could be hidden, we decided to give up.  But Spindoctor took us along to help, there it was over the edge of the harbour wall where we would never have thought of looking.   We had a great holiday in Australia where my husband's sister lives.  I got a new GPS for my Christmas but I was allowed to take it with me on holiday before Christmas,  this one is so much better than my last one which was secondhand but has served me well on my geocaching trips.  This new one is so accurate and I am able to upload all the information direct from the site to the GPS which is great.

So armed with the new GPS we ventured out in Sydney to see how many we could find.  One of the bridges at Darling Harbour opens up to allow boats to pass under, so we found ourselves at this bridge to try and locate the cache.  There is a small control room and this is where the magnetic cache is located, muggle centre but good fun with hubby keeping watch for me to retrieve and replace the  cache. 

My first ever walk in TB hotel in Sydney was good fun, although we did it the long way around as the GPS was all over the place, we were just about to give up on this one when I suggested taking another road, where eventually we found the building, which turned out to be only 2blocks from our hotel in Sydney! This turned out to be a community centre with a very comfortable sofa and a extra large cache container to look through, so comfortable to sit on and write the log, beats sitting on a fallen tree   I had looked online at these caches before leaving Scotland for our trip, and never thought we would managed to find them or meet up with fellow cachers.

We had a trip to Canada in June, so I thought we could find at least one cache as that would be a first overseas cache for us. We had been given a TB by someone who had picked it up at a London airport cache and they didn't know until they were back in Scotland that it wanted to get to Canada, so by a chance meeting with this cacher he dropped the TB and I took it, so it eventually travelled to Canada with us.  We went to Stanley Park and found the TB hotel where we were able to drop the TB. We only managed 2or3 in Canada due to time.

The ones here at home have caused much laughter and such good fun to do as well.  Another favourite one was in a tree way up high (20ft), we eventually spotted it but how to get it down? The cacher had tacked tiny loops into the trunk and weaved the fishing wire through the loops which was in turn attached to a 35mm film canister. The end of the wire was wound around a tiny piece of wood and balanced in a small branch.  So we had to wind it down which was sore on the neck as we were looking up all the time, and then to wind it back up took forever! But a good laugh and fun.  I think it is very clever folk can think of these ingenious caches. Fishing wire is a very popular material here, it is almost invisible to the naked eye.

Just before we left for our Australian trip, we had been out to the large park a couple of miles from our house to find a cache, we must have passed this one a number of times whilst doing other caches not realising there was one hidden here.The container was an ammo tin underneath a wooden style, the container was nailed to a plank of wood which in turn was nailed to the underneath of the style, so without geocaching we would never have know it was there. Very very clever, and on reading previous logs we realised other geocachers had struggled to open the container once they had extracted it from under the style where you needed to lie on the ground to get to the plank of wood and the container, again this gave us a good laugh.

I have 3 caches of my own hidden, these are very easy but I plan on putting another out after seeing all the ideas I have seen in geocaching.  A fun sport, we are out getting fresh air and exercise, having a laugh and sometimes to find another cacher when you arrive is a bonus.  So far I have met maybe 4 or 5 folk when out and about. The latest being a lady who was at the same cache as we had arrived at in Gretna Green Scotland.  We all found it together then we went in her car to the next one, so I now keep in touch with this lady through this great fun activity.  I find it addictive, fun and I have learnt how to use and understand a GPS. This all started with friends of ours who have been cachers for years, when they showed us a few years back how geocaching works when we all spent a few days together in York, England.

Thanks for sharing some of your adventures with us Ann, we hope you keep on writing about all the fun here at CacheCrazy.Com.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wonderful post - welcome to CacheCrazy. It's fun to hear about caching in other places around the globe. I hope you come back and share more adventures with us!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing. I have yet to get to Scotland, but it is on my todo list for places to visit. Many parts of the UK fall under the same heading of "places I want to cache".

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

BigAl said...

Welcome Ann. This is a great post. I love reading about far away places and Scotland is one of them. I lived in England for 2 years while in the military. I wish I could have gotten to Scotland although I did not Geocache back them. I sure would now though. Hope to hear from you again in the coming weeks and months.

smithie23 said...

Welcome, Ann, and thanks for sharing this post with us. It's always interesting to compare and contrast geocaching and geocaching styles from one part of the country, or in this case-the world, to another.

Dodger said...

Ann - I'm enjoying your blog... other than that Packers jacket!! LOL!

Thanks for the article!

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