When Brandi came to stay in Moseley we were looking forward to Geocaching. It may sound nerdy, but it is pretty fun. On September 11th, not two weeks after she had been here, we set out on a weekend day to find a Geocache.
The first one we looked for was difficult. We looked all around the trees and bushes, but it wasn't to be found. We decided to go onto the second hope. I was a bit worried about this one, for two reasons. Firstly, it was called "St Mary's Church", when the GPS pointed to another church. Secondly, it was a "nano". If we couldn't find the normal, I didn't expect to find a nano.
The church as just off a road that was used a lot. We didn't want to start looking around too obviously, as we would draw attention to ourselves. Thankfully, there isn't too many places you can hide one, and we surprisingly quickly found it, attached to the bottom of a gate with a magnet, was "Moseley St. Mary's Church Nano".
Towards the end of September, on the 18th, Brandi's mom and brother came to stay with us. Trying to show them some of England's countryside we went to the Peak District. We had a nice walk along a disused railway, and decided to search for another Geocache.
This one, "Clapgun is 40 #3 – MR Clapgun", is by far the easiest we have found.
During Brandi's stay we met up with Lee and his girlfriend Gemma a few times. Lee is a guy I got on really well with when I worked at Birmingham Midshires, and endeavoured to stay in touch with. He is a really good laugh, and we have a very similar sense of humour.
We had told them about Geocaching, and they liked the idea of it, so on Saturday 24th September we decided to help them find one to introduce them to it.
This was easier said than done. The Geocache we were trying to find was in Kinver. Kinver is a really nice countryside area, and one of the few places in England where you can find snakes. The snakes weren't a problem though... but the trees and the lack of GPS when in the was.
We decided to cut away from the path to save time, and literally follow the compass. This led us up a pretty steep hill, and having to jump over a barbed wire fence. We gave up with the initial Geocache after the GPS would tell us it was a meter away, and then decide it was 50. We carried on walking in hope of picking up another signal that will be more definitive.
We walked into more trees. Thankfully the GPS was being a little better here, giving us more chance to find it. After a quick search we managed to find an ammo box (how cool!) hidden under some foliage. Finding it was almost as hard as figuring out how to open it!
After finding "'End Of The Way' Kinver" I now only have one more left.