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On a return visit to Rivington Hall Barn with hubby, son and daughter-in-law, they brought along a recently purchased iPhone 3Gs and were very excited to tell us about their newest hobby – Geocaching.  We have known about it for years but coming from Africa this was more about you, your 4×4 and the great outdoors.  I had not realised that it was also for urban adventurers just out for a stroll with baby in a smart new 3 wheeler and hot latte!  After showing us the application he had bought and how it identified caches in the area we thought that this was a perfect opportunity to try it out – after all we were here to go for a walk, so why not see if we could find some treasure at the same time.  Using the 3Gs and some software it was really easy to head in the direction of the first horde – who knew that you didn’t need an eye patch and parrot to find treasure!

While I stuck to the more established paths the family headed directly into the forest and stream in their quest for the hidden stash.  This was where the fun really began because the trees blocked much of the satellite signal and it kept changing its mind about the precise location.  After one shoe got swallowed up by the mud and had to be retrieved, and my daughter-in-law nearly becoming the next bog person for discovery by future generations, I was laughing hysterically from my dry and safe vantage point above the stream.  Eventually they admitted defeat and we decided to try for a tamer cache with less mud and risk to life and limb (well wellies and trainers anyway). 

The next cache was fairly close by and proved much more successful, and for me in a wheelchair it was easy as it was along a well-travelled pathway and just off the track.  This meant that I was able to participate in the discovery – until they needed to dig around the nettles and then I was obviously not able-bodied enough to assist!  After leaving a message in the book and trading one object for another of equally little value, we called it a day and headed back home.  

I think this may prove to be a very good way to build up my strength and at the same time enjoy the outdoors – hopefully our experiences will come in handy for other disabled geocachers. I have since found a great website at handicaching that allows you to rate each cache for ease of location and you can link back to the reviews from the main geocache website. With any luck, it will encourage a few other wheelchair users to be confident enough to try going off the beaten track; after all if I can do it then so can you!

Next cache here we come; arg, arg me maties…

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