Salty Pirate Island (Ilha do Rato, Lisbon/Montijo)
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This cache is hidden on an island near Lisbon...
This is my first cache. And a tough one it is! The cache is hidden on a tiny island which is only accessible by boat. Welcome to the Salty Pirate's Cache! The tricky part is not to find the cache itself - however getting to the island is a different game. If you don't have a boat yourself you will have to find somebody to take you there! The island is called "Ilha do Rato" (Portuguese for "Mouse Island") and located between Lisbon and a town called Montijo. There are no inhabitants, no houses, no electricity, no water but thousands of shells, stones and some plants. So bring some water and food if you plan to stay for a couple of hours! (During the summertime sun protection is also recommended.) Some ruins of a building and man-made channels tell a story of the island being used as a saline many years ago. You may enjoy sitting on a small beach and look at Lisbon's skyline at the horizon or even see flamingos flying by with a little luck. If you find the cache quickly you may even have enough time to do some fishing or have a picknick there. IMPORTANT: You cannot access the island by swimming or a toy rubber boat. Use a proper motor/sailing boat or a kayak to get there. Also you must stay in the buyoed channels to get there as the waters around are very shallow. Please use official sea maps for advice (Contact me if you don't have any, I can also send you a route of GPS waypoints.) and be as careful as you have to be to navigate a boat safely. Make sure to act according to the weather forecast and the tides. Cache In - Trash Out: The Island is sometimes visited by locals or tourists who unfortunately do not take their trash back with them when they're leaving. Therefore you will find black plasticbags in the cache which I kindly ask you to fill with trash and take it back to the land to dispose of properly. No boat? There are different ways to solve this problem. You might ask around in Lisbon's marinas if somebody can take you there. Also there are sometimes tourist cruises to the island on a beautiful and old wooden sailing boat which start from a quay in Seixal. If you don't succeed here you may -as a last resort- ask me to bring you there with my little motorboat (would be nice to share the costs for gasoline then). Just send a message and I'll try to arrange something. Enjoy your hunt, but remember: All on your own risk - and please don't leave any trash behind. This is what I put into the cache: - Log-Book, pencil & geocaching info - Pirate stickers - Glass stones - $10.000 Dollar note (Chinese play money) - Chalk - A shell - A weird doll - plastic bags for cache in - trash out
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