We have no new physical caches to report this week, but Event Season has begun, between now and New Year the local social geocaching scene is going to be very busy. Not only do we have Community Celebration Events, GIFF, CITO Season 2 to fit in but also this months N&N and of course Christmas Dinner.
For this years GIFF we are in Talysarn Community Centre, a bigger venue with plenty of parking but it is a lot more expensive to hire. 9US funds are not in a very healthy position so to try and alleviate this problem, as well as the raffle, we will be having a ‘Bring & Buy’ table. If you have any items that you wish to sell please bring them along, already priced, and any sales will be subject to a 10% 9 Usual Suspects Tax. There maybe some 3D printed containers…… For more details please contact us.
Confirmed Diary Dates GC9G662 Aberystwyth: Meet on the Prom! by Rusty_Rustlers 17.10 2021 2.30-3.00pm GC9H7A8 9 Usual Suspect – Nosh & Natter 42 by 9 Usual Suspects 26.10.2021 7.00-9.00pm GC8ZDAZ Community Celebration Event / Halloween Special by martin&lindabryn 30.10.2021 6-11pm GC9H8N8 GIFF Geocaching International Film Festival by 9 Usual Suspects 20.11.2021 2.15-4.30pm
Events to be published All dates, venues and times of the following events to be confirmed on publication: No Date Community Celebration Event by Moseley_Bach 6.11.2021 Community Celebration Event: Belated Halloween by Ann@Birdbrook 14.11.2021 CITO Season 2 by 9 Usual Suspects 30.11.2021 Christmas N&N by 9 Usual Suspects 31.12.2021 Community Celebration Event: New Years Eve by Naturesbyte
Bob and Judy are now settling into their new home in Lancashire and will no longer be regular attendees at our events. To remind them of the good times we have had over the years here is a video of the some of our adventures:
Just one new local cache this week, and it’s not on Anglesey! No guessing needed for who got the FTF!
GC9GYTZ An Oak Goal by gosodcoeden83 Traditional D1.5/T1.5
Just a quick reminder this weekend, 9th – 10th October, is International Earthcache Weekend by logging an earthcache you will earn the above souvenir.
West Midlands Mega 2022
EARLY BIRD camping deals are available from the Mega shop. This offer is only available till the end of the year. A FULL 7 night deal for only £140 and a three night weekend deal for only £65, both these deals include electric hook up (EHU). More flexible options will be available in the new year but are unlikely to be at these Early Bird deal rates. Book now and join us for a week of Mega madness.
GC7ZR5T JOKER PDGT – COASTAL WATCH – P. Delgada CANONS by PALHOCOSMACHADOD D5/T4
This letterbox cache explores a WWII defence post high on Pico da Castanheira over looking the city of Ponta Delgada and its harbour. Portugal was neutral throughout the war but the Azores Islands laying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 870 miles west of Lisbon and 1,200 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada were strategically very important to both sides.
After meeting the cache owner, Luis, at an event we took up his kind offer for a guided tour of this fascinating place. The three guns are all still in situ and in remarkable condition seeing they have been in place since 1940 with no maintenance since 1969 when operations here ceased.
On the cache page there is a map of the underground tunnels and rooms, it is advisable to bring a copy, as well as studying the attributes. The condition of the tunnels is remarkable, no sign of damp and seeing they are open to all there is no vandalism or graffiti.
The hunt for the coordinates of the final hide guides you around the battery exploring the different rooms and tunnels. As with all military establishments your rank determined conditions and facilities, with the Battery Commanders having proper toilets!
The tunnels eventually lead to the underground observation post which would have been manned at all times, here there was a machine gun, only the concrete mount remains today. All defences of the battery were positioned for a seaward attack.
This is another one of those places that we would never have known existed let alone visited if it had not been for Geocaching. Having Luis as a guide with his knowledge of the history of the fortifications added to our understanding of how it operated and its position strategically.