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Bergie5737: Due to time limitations, this one has now come to its end. There is still a container to be removed. Free for whoever gets it. Maybe one day in the distant future it will be nice little time capsule.


Cache a Nova

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Hidden : 9/5/2012
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A nostalgic trip to where a childhood home once stood.

Notice: Currently it costs R20 per person to enter the museum complex.

For R20 there is currently three geocaches to hunt.

This cache have two locations with two physical containers.

You must sign both logs to claim this cache

Why this name for the cache:

Its sort of named after the original geocacher. Below some of his story. (History tweaked somewhat for today's discerned reader.)
**Long long ago before the invention of the battery powered GPS** In 1500, Pedro d'Ataide sougth shelter in Mossel Bay after losing much of his fleet in a storm. **I lost a cache after a recent storm** He left an account of the disaster in an old shoe  **It was the spare left from Peg-Leg Wilson** which he suspended from a milkwood tree (known today as the Post Office Tree)  **And here comes our hero to save the day.** Incredibly, the report was found by another explorer, Joao da Nova, in 1501**Ag shame. Only one FOUND after a full year**  and the tree has served as a kind of a postal clearing house ever since.
Imagine sailing for months around Africa, to find a letter under a tree. I doubt if I would have picked up an old shoe I found in a bush, let alone look what's inside. An incredible feat if you can imagine Mossel Bay as a wild overgrown place. Well, you won't get mentioned in the history books for finding this cache, and  unlike Da Nova, you won't find an account of a disaster - or a smelly shoe. I however will find accounts of your visiting this spot!

Now for my own personal story:

The first cache: The level area towards the beach is where our house once stood. It had to make way for the Diaz Museum complex. (The bones is not the left-overs from our braai's!) The milkwood tree you stand under was my favourite and even had a foefie slide once - although I burned my hands on the pipe I used to slide over the rope. There was a carport under this tree. Well now you can find a whale bone there.

The second cache: This spot was our favourite for shooting with a "kettie" (catapult) over the railway tracks into the sea. We used to see who can shoot furthest. You will notice there is no round pebbles in the vicinity, they all lie on the bottom of Munro's Bay before you. Munro's Bay run from the Boat Club to your right, to the rocks just to your left. Ja... Good old days, now it costs R20 a pop to relive some of it!

Warning:Coordinates may be off under the tree.

Now that the cache has been found by "catmousses", I think its pretty fitting that a cacher from the sea got it first. As multiple cache owner, I think it is my favourite FTF log I have seen. Happy huntings

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gurer jrer ab TCF, zhttyrf (be uvagf) va Qn Abin'f qnlf. Fnzr sbe guvf bar.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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