15 September 2012 (Saturday) - The Knight's Quest
Up, and after a quick bit of brekkie Lisa and Earle were on the doorstep. We got into the car and set off to Deal. The plan for the day was a geocaching quest. Something like Dungeons and Dragons or NeverWinter Nights, but in real life. We met up with six other members of the Kent Geocaching Facebook group and set off. I'd been looking forward to the event, but must admit to having been a bit wary of who else might be coming with us. But I had no need to have been concerned. All of our fellow questers were likeable types and were good company. Not a "normal person" was in sight.
The idea for the quest was that we would be given a location to find a geocache in which was a clue, a question and a choice of where to go next. At the next point we would find another clue, another question and another choice of where to go next. Sometimes we would have challenges on the way. At one point we had a run-in with an executioner, and at another point we got mugged for our amulet of health. I contributed to the team's efforts by answering the riddle "What is greater than god, worse than the devil. the rich don't want it, the poor have it, and if you eat it you will die". The only fly in the ointment was that one of the GPS positions we were given was wrong. After an hour;s searching and ten of us finding nothing we eventually contacted the chap who'd set the quest only to find that our position was wrong by about thirty yards.
The instructions said that if we made the right choices we'd walk three miles; if we chose poorly we'd walk eight. Those who know how to use their GPS equipment better than me assured me we walked just under ten miles. But eventually (after six and a half hours) we got to the final cache and solved the quest.
It was a really good fun day out in the sunshine; having fun playing a silly game, meeting new friends. Really must do it again. There's photos of the day here.
We slowly made our way back to the cars, said our goodbyes, and seeing how we were only half a mile from the sea front we drove down for a quick bit of fish and chips. And with some power left in the smartphones and a couple of hours of daylight left we thought we'd check out Walmer for geocaches. We found a dozen...