I was lucky enough to have today off work, and this morning we all rode our bikes to drop our son off at school. He’s been allowed to ride his scooter a few times, but today was the first time he rode his bike. We’re lucky that there’s a bikepath that takes us fairly close to his school, which means we don’t need to cross many roads or worry about cars reversing out of driveways. It all went well this morning, and he wasn’t late for school.
In the afternoon I rode up and picked him up after school. The Deputy Principal (who keeps an eye on the kids as they leave the school grounds) commented on Tom’s bike, so Tom told him that today was the first day he’d ridden it to school, and that he’d got the bike for his fourth birthday. He was pretty pleased with himself.
Ready to ride!
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Bikes, bikes, bikes
In between the bike riding, my wife and I and our youngest son went out to do some geocaching. We didn’t have a very successful day – we found five caches, and didn’t find five. We’d come up with a plan for the day, but it didn’t take long for those plans to change, as we made an unplanned find on a cache that we happened to be driving past. Our next attempt wasn’t so successful and resulted in our first DNF (Did Not Find) for the day. The next cache we searched for was a multi-cache where we had to collect some information from a location and use it to determine the location of the cache. We gathered the information that we were required to find, however we didn’t get a chance to calculate the cache location as we received a notification of a newly-published cache only a couple of kilometres away. Now it’s a bit of big thing to be the first to find (FTF) a cache, so we headed off to the new cache, with me tweeting about it as we went.
Note: Ground Zero is a caching term for the area around the coordinates of the cache where you need to search.
Note: LPC stands for Lamp Post Cache, which is quite a common but unimaginative style of cache in the US. There was a lamp post which looked like it was the hiding place for the cache, hence the reference to LPC.
We logged our DNF, a bit dejected that we weren’t able to get the FTF. It was time for lunch, so we stopped for a break, and then headed off for a walk to find a few nearby caches that are part of a series that runs along a bikepath next to a fairly busy road. We found four out of the six that we searched for. After we posted our two DNF logs, the cache owner disabled the caches so that they can check on them, so there’s a chance that the caches were missing.
Later that day another cacher posted their own DNF on the cache we tried for the FTF on, and the cache owner posted a note that they’d checked the cache and it was still there. So I went out again later in the afternoon, armed with our GPSr this time, instead of just a smartphone, to see if it pointed to a different spot. But no, it pointed straight to the lamp post again, and this time there was another cacher there (the one who’d posted a DNF earlier). We had a combined search for the cache, and were joined by another cacher after a little while. The three of us weren’t having any luck, so I left the other two to it. Not long after arriving home, a notification came through that someone had found it (not one of my co-searchers). We’d love to know where it is, and will have to go back for another look.