Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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The Geocaching trip to Lake Wainamu led by Laurie King and Peter Osborne was a great success. Fourteen geocaches hunted were found. A perfect day as thirteen keen hunters gathered at the Te Henga car park for introductions before setting off. Peter gave us an introduction to geocaching and demonstrated this with his GPS,  guiding us to the first geocache of the day. Laurie organised the group to work in pairs, each group were given a GPS and two geocaches to find. They had to select the correct code in the GPS then go for it. We stopped for a snack break across the stream from spectacular sand  hills, children were having great fun sliding down on their boogie boards.

More hunting took us to a nice little picnic spot by the Wainamu stream waterfall  and a geocache nearby, then it was off to our lunch spot GC42EB6. Val Osborne gave us a very interesting talk about ‘Letterboxing’. Val and Peter did a lot of this in the UK. Using compass and clues to find the treasure then recording the find. Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that's part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp into the letterbox's logbook.

After bit more hunting we came to a nice little clearing in the bush where Laurie gave a short devotions - The Greatest Geocache. He retold the story of the birth of Jesus and the’ Good News’ given to the Shepherds.(Luke 2:8-20)
DOWNLOAD. A geocache description is downloaded from the Website. Angels from heaven announced the Good News of the Saviour, Christ the Lord.
LOCATION.    A position in Lat. Long. is given. The Shepherds were told, the City of David. Bethlehem.
HINT. Eg. Under a rock. Shepherds were told that a baby boy would be wrapped in cloths and laying in a manger (An animal feeding trough usually found in a shelter or stable.)  
GO TO  The GPS gives a compass direction and distance to the cache. The Shepherds said "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about".
FOUND  The found button on the GPS records the date and time of the find. The Shepherds found Mary and Joseph and the baby who was lying in a manger, just as they had been told. The greatest Geocache was found - spot on! The Shepherds returned glorifying and praising God.
CODE.  Every Geocache has a code Eg. GC71TG5   Code  JOHN 3:16. Jesus is still the Saviour of the world and he invites us to come to Him. He is the only way to heaven and eternal life. Have you logged onto this great geocache? To find a cache you must follow the instructions and trust your GPS to lead you to it. Many people want to get to heaven but are not prepared to follow the instructions, they prefer to try their own way and get lost. Jesus is the Way.  Read the code JOHN 3:16 in the Bible and don’t miss out on finding the Greatest Geocache of all time.  
At the end of the talk Laurie gave each person a Chocolate Éclair sweet from his cache container if they could tell him the Code. (All remembered)

We returned to the car park at 3.00pm where Laurie and Val  prepared afternoon tea from the Ute Café. Thanks Val for the muffins. Congratulations to all our participants, you all did very well. Special thanks to Peter Osborne for sharing his two GPS Units for the activity. David Walker for sharing his GPS and Land Search and Rescue for lending us two GPS units for the day.

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