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Harry Potters Abenteuer — Geocache of the week

By on December 17, 2019

first_img“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” — J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneIf you’ve ever read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies, you’ll know non-magical people are called muggles. You may also know in the geocaching community, muggles are non-geocachers. This is not the only thing that geocachers and Harry Potter lovers have in common. They both share the same excitement in creating magic and discovery in everyday life. Now, you too can discover what it’s like to be a Hogwarts student while on the epic Multi-Cache journey to find Harry Potter’s Abenteuer.The journey begins just 60km north of Frankfurt, where the cache is located in the picturesque hills of the Lahn valley. There, you will embark on a series of 18 stages that are each inspired by a different scene of the Harry Potter books and movies. Each stage was designed in detail by the cache owners, blackschneck, also known as Harry, Ron, and Hermione.One such stage invites you to embody the appearance of Harry Potter himself with a Gryffindor scarf, broomstick, round eyeglasses, and wand. There is so much detail to this cache that there are certain items that must be carried from one stage in order to complete the next stage. Because of this, only one team of 2-4 people are allowed to find the cache per day. To prevent multiple teams on the same day, there is a calendar to schedule your visit. Before you come, the cache owners will email you with all the information you need for your magical experience.In their words: Ever since we started to cache we’ve always wanted to make a Harry Potter inspired cache. Because we are big fans of the books and movies. After two visits to the original movie sets in England, we started getting ideas how we could make it happen. We’re extremely happy to see all the positive feedback in the logs by old and new Harry Potter fans. They give us new energy to keep repairing and improving the cache. And now it’s your turn to come and explore Harry Potter’s world in Hessen.Things to take with you:Mobile phone or GPSRechargeable battery packQR code reader UV lamp 2.0 liters of waterUmbrella and/or rain gear Food and drinkLong pantsA good mood and a love for puzzling There is not a short log on the cache page, but AR-Team’s thoughts on Harry Potters Abenteur summarize the experience well:We had thought we were normal cachers, as Harry believed he was a normal boy. At least we thought that until the 11th of August when the owl letter reached us and called us to play GC6ACTD —Harry Potter’s Abenteur. The trip to the magical land of the Harry Potter cache was an unforgettable experience for us. Like Harry, we jumped into the adventure, which brought us to many different spectacular stages where we fought against beasts, classmates, and fabulous creatures. At the starting coordinates we arrived at the land of cachers, witches and wizards. At each stage, we were surprised with how the dedication and detail that was put into this cache and all of its stages. Awesome. After a good 7 hours we completed the amazing cache and we will always remember this experience.We find here is a magical cache of the category “exceptional cache – exquisitely recommended”! And the bar is truly raised to a new level of quality. Thank you blackschneck for the endless effort and time that has been put into every single detail!After 5 km (3 mi), 18 stages, and a  6-10 hour re-creation of the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter, you will surely want to sit back and enjoy some butterbeer. Now grab your broomstick and wand and be on your way! Difficulty:4Terrain:3.5 Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe magical world of Harry Potter cachingNovember 20, 2018In “Community”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Bienvenido al mundo de la brujería, la hechicería y el geocaching…November 20, 2018In “Español” Location:GermanyN 45° 26.069′ E 012° 20.332′ Multi-CacheGC6ACTDby blackschnecklast_img read more

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Auditor general takes aim at Liberals fighterjet plan with new probe

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA — Six years after the Harper government blew up its own plans to buy F-35 stealth fighters without a competition, auditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s tumultuous attempts to buy new fighter jets.This time, the focus is expected to be on the long-term implications of the Trudeau government’s handling of the file, which includes adopting several stopgaps while taking its time on a competition to buy new planes for the Canadian Forces.Ferguson is expected to report specifically on the financial and technological costs of flying Canada’s venerable CF-18s — plus a handful of second-hand Australian jets — into the early 2030s, at which point the aircraft will be nearly 50 years old.The auditor general is also expected to train a spotlight on the air force’s problems recruiting and retaining fighter pilots.Ferguson’s report follows years of criticism of the Liberals’ decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s, which first started flying in the 1980s and were supposed to be retired by 2020.The Liberals, who plan to invest more than $1 billion to extend the lives of the CF-18s and buy 25 used Australian fighters, insist they are taking an appropriate amount of time finding replacements.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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