Find #2000 for me!
I wanted to mark this milestone find with a memorable geocache. This is one that Taoiseach and I have meant to do for a long time, and I think it was the perfect choice.
After a long day of caching the day before, I was sitting at 1,990 finds so I needed to knock off 9 more before attempting this one. We spent a couple of hours scurrying around Orleans picking off easy finds to start the day, and then turned our attention to this one.
We opted to park at a gate along Innes, where there was a safe place to park. This brought us about 500m away from WP1. On the way in we had a nice chat with someone working their garden - the NCC has rented some land in here to an organization that gives people the opportunity to try their hand at farming. They have an irrigation system set up, and are sharing some other equipment as well. They're still encouraging other public use of the land - the garden plots have space between them for walking.
We quickly made our way to WP1, and after a few minutes of searching we found the tag. The view here is wonderful! After a bit of math in the field and some work with our GPSrs, we determined that we should go back to the car before approaching the final. It turns out that our initial calculation was a little bit incorrect (well, about 8km incorrect - oops), but we probably would have opted to go back to the car anyway. Glad we double-checked our work!
To get to the GZ, the trail map we had led us a little astray and we ended up on a bit of a mixed-terrain bushwhack for the last 100m. I guess it wouldn't be a real Binthair experience without a bit of off-trail trekking. Happily, as we reached the GZ, the cache was easy to spot. Our DEET was wearing off, so the mosquitoes deterred us from spending too much time with the cache, but we did take a moment to look through the logbook and snap a couple of pictures. Cache is in great shape and everything was safe and dry.
Hard to believe it was four years ago that we were working on the Binthair Challenge! The little boy I once had to pawn off in order to go Binthair hunting is now an energetic 8-y-o who happily keeps up with us on and off the trails. Thanks for this cache, and all you've done to keep the other ones going too.