I enjoyed your cache, but I need to come back again on a little cooler day.
I left a travel bug that has taken the long way to get here from Durham. Here's the story:
Before traveling to Germany on a business trip, I looked for a Travel Bug that was heading that way. Traveling in a foreign country can be a lot of fun, especially if you Geo-travel. The first cache I attempted was a virtual but was just a short walk from the hotel. Even though Cologne is very flat, I found the only hill with a 360 degree view in the city, thanks to Geocaching.
The second cache was a little more difficult to get to. It was about 7 miles from the hotel. We did not have cars but were given a train pass to go anywhere we wanted. The problem was, we worked 12 hour days and then had social obligations each night. I got up at 5:00 am several days and took different subway trains each day getting a little closer. Each day the cache was still a little too far to safely get to and back in time for work. (I needed a BIGGER hour glass!)
Finally, on the next to last day, we finished early and I rented a bike for the evening and the whole next day. I knew exactly how to get there and by 7:00 am there was the cache... on the shore of an island in the middle of a lake! So that’s why it was a 2/5! You need a boat!
The next cache was only a few miles away, so I followed the GPS pointer through the woods across fields and small towns, all the while on small bike paths that aren't on any map. The cache was in the woods at a centuries old castle. It’s hard to describe the woods. They were beyond old, beyond stately and majestic, full of vines and deep underbrush. They were the kind of woods that families have played in since before the dark ages! After searching for about an hour, I gave up. I'm sure the cache is there, but it was just too well hidden for me to find. Besides, the next cache is just a few miles away.
That next cache turned out to be another virtual. The coordinates pointed to a stone wall that surrounded a beautiful old state that has been turned into a golf course and outdoor restaurant. But the next cache is just a few miles away.
The GPSr led me to the banks of the Rhine River, just 1.8 miles short of the cache. There were no bridges in sight so I gave up on crossing the river. But, just a few miles later there was a passenger ferry that carried bikes. I went across the river, back-tracked toward the cache and was once again was presented with an obstacle. The cache was on the other side of a German Air Force Base and the airport. That's when I noticed that the hour glass had broken. The sands of time were gone. It was time to head home!
During the day's travels, I noticed that few stores were open and more and more people seemed to be out enjoying the bike trails. As I rode down river back to the city, it became obvious that there was a great celebration going on. I don’t know any German but finally figured it out. It wasn't just the first warm sunny day in weeks, it was father's day! They actually get a holiday (a Thursday this year) for father's day.
When I got home, I found that sometimes, you CAN replace the sands of time. The TB is rested and ready to continue its great adventure. The sands of time have traveled over 7,000 miles only to end up right back here in Maine!
So, remember the sands of time run out quick and are easily lost but the memories last forever! Perhaps, someday, they will get to the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Please, be carefull, I repaired the hour glass, but is very fragile. A more crafty person may be able to make it a little less fragile.