We both enjoyed a long weekend and that was with a special reason because we visited the Netherlands. We left already on Thursday and started with a visit to Wertheim Outlet village which wasn’t as good as we expected. From there we drove up to the Holliday Inn Express in Essen, Germany. We selected this hotel because we both didn’t felt like driving 679 km at once.
After arriving in Essen we had 2 things on our agenda, getting the Starbucks City Mug ‘Ruhrgebiet’ and get a donut at Dunkin’ Donuts! From our hotel it was a short walk to the city center where we also found 2 GeoCaches. At around 22 o’clock we were in our beds since it we would wake-up really early the day after.
This was the first 6th of September (my father’s birthday) without him and that was the main reason for our trip to the Netherlands. We wanted to have a fun day with my mother, my sister and little Jop-Jannes. Hugo my brother-in-law would join us in the evening since he needed to work. We woke up really early so we could take some donuts with us to enjoy together with my family. Further Jop played with his brand new noisy toy (I guess my sister and brother-in-law hate me at this moment), we went to a restaurant at the Heide, we visited an amazing below water surface bridge, found a GeoCache, had dinner at my sister’s place before we watched “The Voice of Holland” together with my mother.
On Saturday we woke up a bit later and a 10 o’clock the house was full with visitors! Little Jop, Moniek, Hugo and Ronald joined us for a coffee, we made some great pictures of Jop and I played a while with him on the floor. What an amazing started. Afterwards we went to the annual fair in Steenbergen with my sister and had some typically dutch things to eat.
In the late afternoon we took our car up north to the family Schagen! On the way over there we found 2 Carpool caches which is something typically Dutch we believe since in our area there are none. After arriving in Nieuwegein we chatted a while over the past and how long it has been since we had seen Merlijn and Kay. Ria and Ruud we had seen once or twice more the last years. At least Kay didn’t remember us so it was some time… After fries and snacks and the special Kay Cache, where we scored our TTF, we went out for another 2 geocaches, we had a ride with a cable ferry and enjoyed a delicious ice-cream at Luigi’s in Vreeswijk. From there we walked back and soon it was close to eleven. Due to road works we took a detour to Steenbergen which led us a cross some highways: A2, A12, A20, A16, A15, A29 and the A4 close to midnight we arrived at my mother’s place.
The sunday morning started with packing our stuff, we visited Jop and I believe Hugo and Moniek where there too! And then it was celebration time, my mother-in-law celebrate here 57th birthday today so we could join. After the first piece of apple-crumble pie we went to see Danielle her grandfather and mother and before we left to Germany we got another piece of pie. The way back home was as boring as usual and at the end we were both really tired and happy to jump in our beds!
Our completely booked vacation is coming closer and closer. Although we didn’t want to do a lot of driving by car we’d planned to drive north from Miami over the State Road A1A, but then we were looking at the map and thought about visiting Key West, the “SOUTHERNMOST POINT CONTINENTAL U.S.A.” accessible by civilians. So we’ve changed our hotel stays! We start with 2 nights in Miami Beach at the Crowne Plaza South Beach Z Ocean Hotel:
And after driving about 625 kilometer up north to Lake Buena Vista we stay there for the remaining 17 nights at the Staybridge Lake Buena Vista:
We can’t wait to get into the plane and take-off for Miami!!!
A couple of days ago we grabbed a couple GeoCaches near to our home and so we thought it would be a cool idea to find a couple this weekend. Yesterday we started and ended up with 6 new GeoCaches from which a couple where really neat! During the tour (by car) we planned a spontaneous date with the Fam. Adling for a harvesting tour through Altdorf! We checked out 3 GeoCaches we had done before so no new finds for us except for a new Italian place near our house!
In the evening Danielle could only think about how to get to more as 200 finds before we fly to Miami. So I told her to look for a so-called power-trail. A power-trail is a trail with a lot of easy to find geocaches to raise your number of smileys! Smileys is similar to the number of finds. I thought she would never find one close enough for a sunday tour but only a couple of minutes later she found a tour located less than 15 km from our home. So we went to bed earlier as usual on a Saturday evening to wake up early on sunday.
Sunday morning 9:00 o’clock we drove out of our garage! After we bought some candy for during the tour we went to a parking-place from where it was only a couple 100 meters towards traditional cache number 1 from 38! Danielle had it in her hands before I knew it so we went on to number 2 which I had in my hands after Danielle didn’t look close enough. After the first 10 traditional caches it was time for the first bonus-cache, a mystery which was really awesome! It made music, there was a special themed logbook. This is really promising for the next 28 traditional and 2 bonus-caches.
But after continuing the variety of the stashes went down it was more of the same, the 2nd half could have been called a bit boring but this was all about the numbers and the 13 km walking you need to do to find all the caches. After 5 hours and 32 minutes we found all of them including the 3 bonus-caches and a traditional which didn’t belonged to the trail. With one of the bonus-caches we made a mistake in calculating and we lost about 15 minutes searching on the wrong spot here but in the end we found out that we were 1,2 km away from the correct spot.
After finding the 42 caches we were really hungry and a bit tired so we walked back to our car and drove to an American Diner. The American Diner wasn’t that great so this was the last time we visited this place! But after sitting a while we both felt like let’s hit the 50 caches today! And so we did we drove with our car to be as close as possible to the GCs and hit 5o at 17:42!
And so we called it a day!