Here it is! van "Kluis tot Kookhuis"
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van “Kluis tot Kookhuis” — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2JV5X
by Rebel & the Bandits
Difficulty:
3
Terrain:
1
Location:
Limburg, Netherlands
N 50° 51.091 E 005° 41.410
An idyllic town square in Maastricht
An idyllic town square in Maastricht

The town of Maastricht in the Netherlands has an impressive number of 1677 national heritage sites, which is the second highest number of a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. It’s become known as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro.

A lovely row of buildings
A lovely row of buildings

As with many European towns, there is a idyllic town square in Maastricht. On the perimeter of this area sits a lovely row of buildings. One building in particular has an impressive history. Over the years, this building has been:

  • Butchery
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Rehearsal space
  • Savonnerie (rug seller)
  • Soap merchant
  • Glass and pottery store
  • Piano seller
  • Housing casualties of World War II
  • Mayor’s residence
  • Location of signing of Treaty of Maastricht
  • Bank
  • Cookware retailer (current use)
Currently a cookware shop
Currently a cookware shop

This geocache has 6,891 logs and 2,733 favorite points, earning it unofficial cult-status amongst devout geocachers. Since it was formerly a bank, the thick walls of concrete and steel prevent accurate coordinates from being received. To find this geocache, you’ll need to guesstimate the location, take note of the address, then head inside.

Formerly a bank
Formerly a bank
Can you figure out which box is the geocache?
Can you figure out which box is the geocache?

It’s placed with permission of the owner (who’s also a devoted geocacher), and there are limited hours, so plan accordingly. What you find shall be worth more than all the riches in the Netherlands: a smiley. Just make sure you don’t get logged out, or locked in.

The geocache looks exactly like one of these...
The geocache looks exactly like one of these…

K-WAY (translated from German)
After the visit of the marvelous market, you can also see what it is all about in “Kluis tot Kookhuis”. When visiting the cache, of course, should not be forgotten, which I like to give an FAV. WOW. I was just thrilled and would have no idea how long to stop me. TFTC Karsten

Cabo da Roca
This cache has been on my wishlist for a long time! Today KatnissTonks and I went on a trip to Maastricht. Right at the beginning of our tour we looked for the old vault room. Really awesome, that there is such a nice cache! Thank you for the exceptional experience and the showing of this interesting place!

Micweig (translated from German)
Today we are together with Team “bone crusher” started from the Eifel to graduate from our personal 3-country Challenge. Maastricht was our first stop of the round and on this one we were first aware that Favi points speak for themselves. 😉
After some Sucherei we were still able to find. Brilliant. Something we have not seen. Secured as Fort Knox, we have registered us in the logbook. Of course, we leave here a bow and thank you for this great start!
For me personally memories were awake. Here I have but spent many weekends in my youth, a great city, again and again!

Found it!
Found it!
Always sign the log
Always sign the log
This is one of Signal's favorite geocaches!
This is one of Signal’s favorite geocaches!
Make sure you don't get locked out (or locked in)
Make sure you don’t get locked out (or locked in)

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People from all over Europe and the world
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“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache type

“You have to be odd to be number one”
— Dr. Seuss

The first to be something, now that’s something. Although a few of these geocaches are open for a spirited discussion, we’re fairly confident these are the “firsts” for each geocache type. Keep in mind that in the early days of geocaching, it was easier to change cache types after publication. Nevertheless, these geocaches should be fairly “pure”. Check out our list:

First Traditional Geocache

The Original Stash
GCF
May 3, 2000
Oregon, USA

Dave Ulmer's original description
Dave Ulmer’s original description restored from the sci.geo.satellite-nav newsgroup.
Dave Ulmer at location of The Original Stash
Dave Ulmer at location of The Original Stash when the tribute plaque was installed

First Mystery Cache

Octopus Garden
GC70
October 30, 2000
North Carolina, USA

The reason for the name of the Mystery Cache
The reason for the name of the Mystery Cache
The contents found in the first Mystery Cache
The contents found in the first Mystery Cache

First Multi-Cache

Tour of Stone Mountain
GC1E
June 11, 2000
Georgia, USA

And here it was, deep in the woods of Georgia
And here it was, deep in the woods of Georgia
Nice use of the ammo can for the world's first Multi-Cache
Nice use of the ammo can for the world’s first Multi-Cache

First Virtual Cache

Rift Valley
GC53
6/15/2000 (The user carved his initials in a tree, years prior and listed it as a virtual cache in September of 2000, backdating to June of 2000. It’s possible that “Virtual Dublin” GC60 may be the true first.)
Kenya 

Driving to the world's first Virtual Cache in Kenya
Driving to the world’s first Virtual Cache in Kenya
Virtually amazing?
Virtually amazing?

First Letterbox Hybrid

Open Space 6
GC190
1/15/2001 (This one is the most difficult to confirm. GC2D is the oldest Letterbox Hybrid in the database, but it was never found. It’s possible it was changed to a Letterbox Hybrid after the fact.)
New Mexico, USA

En route to the Letterbox Hybrid
En route to the Letterbox Hybrid
En route to the Letterbox Hybrid
En route to the Letterbox Hybrid

 

First Event Cache

Austin Geocachers Happy Hour
GC389
March 24, 2001
Texas, USA

The first Event Cache was a rousing success
The first Event Cache was a rousing success

First Webcam Cache

Houston Webcam Cache #1
GC21DF
October 11, 2001
Texas, USA

Remember dial-up modems and websites that looked like this?
Remember dial-up modems and websites that looked like this?
Webcam image. No bull.
Webcam image. No bull.

First Locationless Cache

Please Donate Blood Cache
GC1C90
September 12, 2001
Locationless—duh! 

Blood, sweat, and cache
Blood, sweat, and cache
<3
<3

First Cache In Trash Out® (CITO)

Earth Day Cleanup at Raccoon Creek Park
GCE2F1
April 26, 2003
Pennsylvania, USA

The original CITO gang
The original CITO gang
That is a successful haul for a CITO
That is a successful haul for a CITO

First EarthCache

Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head
GCHFT2
January 10, 2004 (other EarthCaches have earlier GC codes, but they were retroactively changed to EarthCaches from other cache types)
New South Wales, Australia

This EarthCache rocks!
This EarthCache rocks!
Get one with nature with an EarthCache
Get one with nature with an EarthCache

First Mega-Event Cache

GeoWoodstock 4
GCRRC6
May 27, 2006
Texas, USA

The first ever Mega-Event had great weather
The first ever Mega-Event had great weather
If you were at the first Mega-Event, you remember these guys
If you were at the first Mega-Event, you remember these guys

First Wherigo

Where I went, Hugo
GC18FP7
January 9, 2008
London, UK

YOU SHALL MAYBE PASS
YOU SHALL MAYBE PASS
Whereveryougo, sign that logbook!
Whereveryougo, sign that logbook!

First Giga-Event

Project MUNICH2014 – Mia san Giga!
GC4K089
August 16, 2014
Bayern, Germany

Setting up for the GIGA!
Setting up for the GIGA!
People from all over Europe and the world
People from all over Europe and the world
Good fun for everyone
Good fun for everyone

What do you think of our list? Do you know of geocaches that may qualify as “geocaching firsts”?

K&K LOST Train

K&K LOST Train — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2J0H0
by K&K
Difficulty:
2
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Egypt
N 27° 22.616 E 033° 39.778
K&K LOST Train
K&K LOST Train

El Gouna is a completely man-made tourist resort located in eastern Egypt on the Red Sea. There you will find golfing, horseback riding, scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, and snorkeling. There are two main beaches, Zeytuna and Mangroovy, which attract tourists sun-seeking from around the world. El Gouna is known as the “Little Venice of Egypt” due to the canals that allow each house to have its own strip of “beach” even if you may be quite far inland.

Egyptian tuk tuk
Egyptian tuk tuk

But just 10 minutes outside of this luxurious area, you will find something very different: an old train left stranded in the desert.

Skeleton crew
Skeleton crew

Talk about lost places. There are just two dirty, rusted, and battered train cars covered in graffiti. The tracks start at a pile of bricks, go under the cars, then simply end in the middle of nowhere. The rails are just long enough for the two cars to sit upon, plus a dozen sleepers (the wood beams that run perpendicular to the rails).

Weather worn
Weather worn

The most likely scenario is that this train was part of a line that was shut down due to maintenance or repair issues, and it was easier to leave these cars here than to haul them to another location. However, accurate information about this train is difficult to, ahem, “track” down. 😉

Tracks to nowhere
Tracks to nowhere

The train cars conjure up images of an era full of romance, mystery, and adventure. If they could only talk and tell us where they have been, what they have seen, and where they wish to go.

Last call
Last call

But that part is up to you, geocachers. Where will you go next to find romance, mystery, adventure, and maybe a geocache?

"Track" ables?
“Track” ables?
Chugga chugga choo choo
Chugga chugga choo choo
The sun is setting on this train
The sun is setting on this train
The end of a day, and an era
The end of a day, and an era

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Stay strong, geocachers
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Deep Darkness — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC1QC0V
by Balla & Silly
Difficulty:
2
Terrain:
3
Location:
Islas Baleares, Spain
N 39° 28.425 E 002° 29.127
Mediterranean sea side
Mediterranean sea side
Gorgeous views
Gorgeous views

This geocache is located in Islas Baleares, Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. This idyllic area has everything you could ever dream of: beaches, prehistoric ruins, gorgeous countryside, and of course, awesome geocaching.

Awesome geocaching
Awesome geocaching

This geocache is in a former military zone which is now used by the public as a recreational area. It’s not suitable for little kids, people with claustrophobia, or people with nyctophobia (fear of the dark), but if you’re up for a hair raising adventure next to a beautiful ocean view (and who isn’t besides children, or people with claustrophobia, or people with nyctophobia), then this is your cache.

Former military zone
Former military zone
Are we sure we want to do this?
Are we sure we want to do this?
Got claustrophobia?
Got claustrophobia?

Normally for Geocache of the Week, we highlight several logs written by geocachers to give robust first-hand accounts of what it’s like to actually be there. This cache offered many amazing logs, but one in particular had to be shared in its entirety. And now ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we present to you a log by Jessex:

We were looking forward to this cache. After hiking to the GZ, and looking down the shift, Mrs J says, “I’m staying up here.” Mr J got down to the first platform and started down the next ladder. With scenes from various catacomb films flashing in my head, I stopped. I swear I heard something evil in the darkness and I climbed as fast as I could back to daylight. Mrs J was kind but I was disappointed in myself, I knew I had get this cache.

Down I went, ignoring the images of zombies, murderers and maniacs in my head. With my light in my pack, I descended into the darkness, the worst part when my body was in the tunnel but my head still in the shaft. As soon as I could I looked both ways down the tunnel, hoping to alleviate my fears of impending death but, alas, I could see nothing but darkness. With feet finally on the ground and light on, I could now see there was no danger, at least for as far as my light shone, 20 feet or so. Trying to remember the way from the cache page, with my back to the ladder and went right.

There was a door to the left very close by, I thought how wonderful. Entering the room it grew in size as the light revealed it, I knew this was not the right place. The only option was a small door with the words “dead end” written above it, emphasising the DEAD. This tunnel was hacked from the rocks and led downward. I thought to myself, “There’s no way in hell am I going down there!” if I had no scruples, I would have high tailed it out of there and logged a find, but damn my morals, I walked into the abyss.

Next I did something I knew I shouldn’t, I looked behind me. There was nothing there, of course, but now I was even more aware of the enveloping darkness and dread. At the T junction I went left as instructed but moved a bit too fast to see the cache, I had to go back and search more slowly. Eureka, I found it. But how to hold the light, cache and find a pen and open the cache without losing control. I managed but just barely. I took a TB, closed up the cache and redid it, without any monsters getting me.

I noticed a light further down the tunnel, I thought I may have an easier way out. Managing to squeeze by the boulder blocking the exit and climb a little only to see I was deeper than I thought. I could not risk climbing the cliffs back to Mrs J, on fear of plummeting to my death. Dread overtook me as I realised I must leave the glorious sunshine and descend once again into the realm of the dead.

Stiff-lipped, I slid into the tunnel and began walking into the darkness. My light was fading and I was sure I saw a being walking toward me, I sped up hoping to get to the turn before it did. I turned right and headed up the incline of jutting rocks, hearing something behind me, I refused to look, focusing on the tunnel ahead. At the door I closed it as far as I could, concentrated on getting to the ladder. Looking right, I saw the big room again, only this time a sinister feeling overtook me. I heard the door I had just shut begin to open. Don’t look, don’t look. Just get to the exit. I put the light into my pack, walking the last few steps in only the light offered by the ladder shaft. Up the ladder, up the ladder.

I am not fit, and am carrying extra weight, but fear and adrenalin are great helpers. Up to the platform, listening to heavy breathing, was it mine or the monster’s? Legs don’t fail me now! The last few rungs almost got me but finally I was bathed in light and arms of Mrs J. We did it, mission accomplished!

Favourite point, thanks.
Jessex (UK)

Stay strong, geocachers
Stay strong, geocachers
You'll be fine
You’ll be fine
Just a little further
Just a little further
Which tunnel is the correct one?
Which tunnel is the correct one?
Is that a dead end?
Is that a dead end?
Jose was here
Jose was here
Is this the cache?
Is this the cache?
Light at the end of the tunnel
Light at the end of the tunnel
And a little turtle friend to comfort you on a job well done
And a little turtle friend to comfort you on a job well done

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