Lost Lagoon and Vancouver Aquarium

What a day to pick for a walk along the Lost Lagoon! It was raining, but not too heavily so that we actually enjoyed our little walk there. We also made a short detour and grabbed a great geocache.

Back at the Lagoon again, we saw two swans and a blue heron minding their own businesses.

And last, we had to say hello to Jack and Daisy at the Aquarium before going home and enjoying a nice hot cuppa.

Beaver Lake, Vancouver Aquarium and Lost Lagoon

We decided to do some geocaching in Stanley Park and especially chose everything around Beaver Lake.

On our way to Beaver Lake, there were two squirrels having late breakfast or early lunch. And then, we were finally there and could enjoy the beautiful lake full of water lilies. There even were some ducks – and we saw a blue dragonfly!

We then decided to pay a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium – and we even saw a little squirrel on our way. Once there, we saw Jack, the harbour porpoise, playing with a leaf, Helen and Hana, the Pacific white-sided dolphins, performing in front of an audience and the sea lion swimming endlessly.

Of course, we had to return to the Lost Lagoon (where we saw a blue heron, ducks and a swan) to round up our wonderful day. It’s always so peaceful and quiet there, and we are enjoying each visit there so much.

By the way, we did find some geocaches!

Our visit to Bodiam Castle and Pevensey Castle

Today we went from West Sussex to East Sussex where our first destination was Bodiam Castle, a moated castle near Robertsbridge, dating back to the 14th-century. Our second stop was Pevensey Castle, a medieval castle in the village Pevensey.

The walk to Bodiam Castle was very pleasant itself, especially as we could always see the castle on our way there. Crossing the wooden bridge into the castle was great, too, and lots of ducks and carps were in the water saying hello to all the visitors. Once inside, we could see all the remaining parts of it and had a fantastic view of the countryside around it from one of the towers. In one of the towers there even were some bats. Once outside again, we had lunch on one of the benches with a great view of the water, the water lilies, the ducks and, of course, the castle itself.

Some miles away a public footpath led us to Pevensey Castle where we spent some time exploring the grounds. Afterwards we had a lovely walk around the outer curtain wall of the castle. As we were ready to leave, the sun came out and gave us one final look at the castle in the sunlight.

It was a very beautiful day we enjoyed very much. Oh, and we found some geocaches at both castles, too.

Back to Middleheath Copse

Our boys both like to be around water, let it be the sea, a lake, a pond or a stream. That’s why we decided to take them onto another geocaching tour we already did – and so Middleheath Copse it was.

We had to walk through an enchanting forest to get to the stream, and once there our boys had so much fun jumping across the stream to get to the little island in the middle of it.

One of the caches we didn’t find last time was still missing. Therefore we replaced it with one of our own and let the boys choose the perfect hiding spot near the spot of the missing cache – and then we found the missing cache (we had replaced ourselves!)…

Anyway, we had a great day together!

Once again at Coates Common

We definitely had to take our boys to Coates Common as we knew that a lot of piglets would be waiting there at one point of our walking tour. Besides, it really is a great walking and geocaching tour combined.

This time we thought we didn’t see correctly as there were cows in the middle of the woods. That was a strange sight! Not too far away, we came to the piglets which were running away at first, but then they came back nosily. That was so cute!

Some stiles needed to be climbed, too, and then we had lunch and sat on really great tree stumps.

Finally we got to the bonus cache and the boys were happy to have found such a big one!

Our second walking tour through Clapham Woods

As this was another great geocaching tour we already did in spring, we decided to take our boys along to give them the fun of finding lots of geocaches on their way – and there were quite a lot to be found. Our boys especially liked the stiles on which they sat to have lunch. Of course, we re-found all geocaches!

Back to Pulborough Brooks

As we tremendously enjoyed the walk around Pulborough Brooks, and as there were such amazing geocaches hidden, we took our boys and my mother-in-law on this special walking route – and they all liked it a lot. We let our boys search for all the caches, and with some hints from us (only sometimes) they had them in their hands.

This time the Highland cattle were even closer to us and so we took the opportunity to take some close-up pictures.

All in all a very great day out!

An amazing hike over the Junipers and Box Hill

First of all, we really had a really great time doing this circular route, although it was very exhausting at times, too, especially as we missed one special turning point and had to head back to the original one – and I absolutely wanted to take the planned route in order to get all the geocaches placed there.

As this was a pre-planned geocaching tour, we came well-prepared with all the puzzle caches solved already and only to be found now. Besides the traditional caches, there also were some letterboxes and great multi-caches – and we found each single one of the various kinds of caches! Yay!

Anyway, on this route there were some steady climbs to be managed – and as we probably couldn’t get enough, we decided to additionally tackle a fairly steep walk near to Box Hill which led us to Broadwood’s Folly, built in around 1820. Once there, we said that this climb had definitely been worth it! Not only could we admire Broadwood’s Folly with the tree having grown inside of it but we also had a spectacular view over the Surrey countryside. And we saw what distances we had overcome to get to this point. Well, we had to get down there again…

Just as an interesting side note, Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, and the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race included loops around Box Hill.

Two smaller hiking tours on one day

The first little tour we tackled today at Woolmer Copse, near Stedham, was really easy on flat terrain and very beautiful with so many rhododendrons in bloom, well, except for that part where we were searching for one special geocache and we had to somehow find our way to it which included some little bushwhacking – and all because we came from the wrong direction…

The second little tour took us to Middleheath Copse as part of the South Downs National Park, not far away from the first one. We especially liked that part of this route followed and crossed a stream, even if it was a bit muddy (or a bit more) at same places. Anyway, near the water we also saw some amazing dragonflies.

All in all a very beautiful day!


A walk through the heart of the South Downs

Once again we headed towards a location where we could both enjoy the nature and find some geocaches. This time our hiking tour took us to the South Downs National Park where we had an amazing but also quite exhausting walk around West Dean.

Along the way we came across several of those huge chalk stones which were sculptured by Andy Goldsworthy and then placed along the Chalk Stone Trail, a self-guided trail on the South Downs. And these were really impressive!

Of course, we also experienced some of the English rain – but nevertheless it really was fun!