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19 hours ago, Vooruit! said:

I couldn't resist, and booked a small trip (4 nights) to Sweden and Åland for the end of July. Hope to complete my Jasmer with GC4D.

 

Now if only they would hurry up with the vaccination passports 'n' stuff...

 

Know what you mean. Some certain not quite so young minister is really making a mess of things, starting by not providing a proof of vaccination. My vaccinations are registered in the yellow book, and my travel plans so far this year accept it.

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Iceland, from this evening! At least if my proof of vaccination gets accepted (yellow book, it should). Thanks government for making a massive mess out of things.

Plan is to stay in Grindavik for three nights, wait for end of quarantine sometime the next day and hopefully visit the active volcano along one of the hiking paths. Next day explore area and a second volcano visit on the second path (https://safetravel.is/eruption-in-reykjanes), part of golden circle and from then on hotel in Reykjavik, Thingvellir NP and whatever's left, Reykjavik and home. Lets see how this goes. Focus of course will be on EarthCaches.

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A new souvenir: Cuba.

 

It's a work trip, but I've found three so far. I'm having to make an exception to my rule against community maintenance, as without it, there'd be no caches here. Or at least, only messes. Replaced one log, replaced a second cache entirely, and CITO'd out a third cache that had been archived years back but was still sitting, lidless, in the same pillbox since its last find four years ago.

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On 6/4/2021 at 9:18 AM, hzoi said:

I was just talking about Diego Garcia at work this morning. I'd love to visit there and snag some caches.

Really?  All 4 of them?

Just curious.  How did you plan to get there?  East Coast Rotator?  You won't be flying United Polaris class on Patriot Express, that's for sure.

 

Have some equipment there for which I am responsible.  REALLY don't look forward to that trip.

https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104594/ground-based-electro-optical-deep-space-surveillance/

 

 

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I just returned from a fantastic trip to Iceland, involving active volcano watching, glorious sunshine and fantastic landscapes, and dense, superwet fog. Fab caching overall. I can't upload photos because this *kitten* system doesn't tell me how small the images have to be, or whatever else is wrong other than throwing a -200 error at me. thus here a link: https://imgur.com/a/oLuDHjS

 

 

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2 hours ago, terratin said:

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Iceland, involving active volcano watching, glorious sunshine and fantastic landscapes, and dense, superwet fog. Fab caching overall. I can't upload photos because this *kitten* system doesn't tell me how small the images have to be, or whatever else is wrong other than throwing a -200 error at me. thus here a link: https://imgur.com/a/oLuDHjS

 

 

 

Which waterfall is that in the first picture?  We missed that one on our trip a few years back, and I'd like to 'catch' it on our next trip.  Thanks.

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8 hours ago, The Jester said:

Which waterfall is that in the first picture?  We missed that one on our trip a few years back, and I'd like to 'catch' it on our next trip.  Thanks.

 

It's one of the super touristy things, on Snaefellsness, at Kirkjufell. I was lucky that the weather was so bad that nobody else was there. Otherwise there might have been masses of people.

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29 minutes ago, terratin said:

 

It's one of the super touristy things, on Snaefellsness, at Kirkjufell. I was lucky that the weather was so bad that nobody else was there. Otherwise there might have been masses of people.

Thanks.  I'll add it to our list.

 

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No more Montenegro this year. It just got too complicated. At least I could cancel everything at no costs. I've just booked a last minute package deal to western mainland Greece though. Covid infections look low and there's ample opportunity for hiking without getting too close to other people. No new country though. Oh well...

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With a lot of luck and a covid test tonight I might be able to add Albania to my map tomorrow, coming from Greece. Tours to Albania are currently not going but I found an Albanian guide with car that will pick me up at the border. Borders are open, paperwork done. I asked guide for a test and will provide the same despite being vaccinated.

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Yes, all worked smoothly. Apart from picking up the cache right at the border. I simply forgot it on the way back. But anyway, I saw some truly amazing Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman ruins, and got two caches in Albania.

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On 7/4/2021 at 4:09 PM, ecanderson said:
On 6/4/2021 at 11:18 AM, hzoi said:

I was just talking about Diego Garcia at work this morning. I'd love to visit there and snag some caches.

Really?  All 4 of them?

 

I remember there being more the last time I checked. But apparently there were only a total of six published.

 

I met a cacher in Germany who went through on a C-5. Because the Galaxy kept breaking down, she got some caching layovers in places like BIOT.

 

Like Kwajalien, I wouldn't mind visiting. But not staying. I'll get enough time hanging out in cache-poor areas during my trips to Guantanamo.

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New county souvenir: Ecuador! I'm not doing any traveling but I am racking up some souvenirs from places we have cached in the past. Pretty cool to stand on the equator:

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Had to dodge traffic in a busy street to get this:61c1a911-278a-4b8d-9f11-8e4de89126e7_l.jpg.12e3800f11aefd0803756a0a623622e0.jpg

As for the souvenir artwork I think they should have included the Galapagos hawk, they were everywhere at Bartolome and fearless:

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22 hours ago, Michaelcycle said:

New county souvenir: Ecuador! I'm not doing any traveling but I am racking up some souvenirs from places we have cached in the past. Pretty cool to stand on the equator:

Had to dodge traffic in a busy street to get this:61c1a911-278a-4b8d-9f11-8e4de89126e7_l.jpg.12e3800f11aefd0803756a0a623622e0.jpg

As for the souvenir artwork I think they should have included the Galapagos hawk, they were everywhere at Bartolome and fearless:

 

 

I got my equator crossing a bit differently... unfortunately there's no Cache at the "X"IMG_6494.thumb.jpg.1b6d9f74c81868b78cd5e457e15e3488.jpg
 

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Only one new country since the start of Covid: Aland Islands, country#37. We made a small ferry detour on our Sweden-North Cape trip.

In '22 we're hoping to add Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Canada.

Geographically closest "countries" which we don't yet have are Guernsey and Sark. But these are quite tedious to get to, especially out of the summer season.

Countries which we might get in the following years: Iceland, Malta, San Marino, Costa Rica. And if we ever get to make that Caribbean cruise...

 

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