UK Mega 2013

Yesterday I went to this year’s UK Mega. Bob drove us (that’s Bob, me & Del) in his Range Rover Classic, which was great on two counts. Firstly because it’s a Range Rover Classic and secondly because our destination was the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon.

This way for Land Rovers

As you might expect, there was a large Land Rover presence at the venue. I had my eye on one of those Defenders 🙂

Land Rovers

We also saw this Series I. Bob wanted to take it home.

Land Rover Series I

Oh, I forgot why we were there! The Geocaching Mega Event. This was excellent. The organising committee had done a superb job, securing a marvellous venue with lots of interesting stands, etc.  We found a couple of caches on our way there and then spent a while looking around the halls, picking up some souvenirs and chatting to other cachers before  heading outside to grab some local caches. We joined forces with a couple of cachers we knew well from our local group and struck off into the countryside. After that, we headed to Gaydon itself to try our hand at a Wherigo.

This was my first ever Wherigo and it turned out to be a hoot from the start. Of the three of us, with all our technology, my iPhone 5 was the only device which seemed to work with this cartridge so I ended up as defacto navigator. There followed an amusing meander around Gaydon village with me looking at the iPhone, muttering a sort of abridged narration and then the three of us reacting to the latest bit of information when it popped up as we arrived at each pre-programmed “zone”.  If you’ve not heard of a Wherigo, it was a bit like a treasure hunt (or more likely nearly a murder mystery!) as we encountered a succession of virtual characters and undertook their tasks in an effort to find Signal’s car keys. At one point we had a frog, a vicar, a couple of drunks, a small boy and a hamster on the adventure with us; however it all worked out alright in the end.

Oh, yes. We were still stuck with the frog:

wherigo

We also got stopped by some very curious locals who asked why there were so many people wandering around their village and peering at the lamp post outside their house. I should point out that the Wherigo wasn’t the only cache in the village!

After that we bagged a few more caches, then it was back to the Range Rover and time for a bunch of drive-bys en route to the M40. In total we got 22 finds. That’s a lot by my standards 🙂

A most excellent day out.

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