Geocaching, Travel

Saving Colleen

Poor Colleen. She’s my travel bug and she’s been trapped by the evil Dutch. I let her go in Dublin and on her first trip out she went to the Netherlands where she’s been ever since. Just bouncing around all over the place. She’ll never escape and make it to Australia.

So, Alan and I launched a rescue mission – the plan to rescue Colleen from her Dutch prison and take her somewhere more friendly, like Belgium or France.

We had received word that Colleen was located up near an old bunker used by some Jewish families to hide out during the War. We had to answer 6 questions to get the final coordinates – and naturally all the questions were in Dutch. So we spent some considerable time translating and printing out Google Earth photos of the area. It was a 3 hour drive to the north of the Netherlands, so off we went.

Lovely spot when we arrived, a small woodland. We got most of our clues fairly quickly, but the cache where she was hiding was elusive. We ended up making a quick call to get a final clue translated for us and finally found the cache.

We were excited – our mission was proving successful but then, she wasn’t there. A review of the logs showed she’d been taken two days before we arrived – if only she’d been logged, at least we wouldn’t have made that trip! Disappointed we made the trip back to Antwerp. We’ll have to rescue Colleen another day.

2 thoughts on “Saving Colleen”

  1. Hi Kersti,

    Got your Christmas card and update on what seems to have been an extremely eventful 2006. With one chapter in your life closing another seems to have opened.

    Still at Sensis and officially 8 years yesterday but still enjoying it for the time being though $$ may soon take prioirty as Tracey and I are due to have our 1st kid late next month and from July 1 will be on one income for the first time in our 9 years together. That combined with the new Federation Style house we built in 05 and have now been in for 14 months may see a higher paying role take priority over career aspirations before the end of 07.

    Anyhow cred for a fantastic website and sounds like you are very happy with life as an expat worker in Europe with all its wonderful sites and countries to spend your spare time exploring.

    Take care and will speak to you in the near future.


    Brendon Johnson

  2. Oh no, your poor travel bug!!
    I miss our caching days…

    I’m thinking of getting a GPS so i can do caching again..

    Miss you lots

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