This is my first hidden cache and of course still my favorite one. Remember the shear joy when your first cache's first log appeared on the gc.com site?
After finding my first 4 caches in the late summer of 2001 I started looking for a place to hide my own. About that same time I happened to stumble across an outdoor magazine article about this Sahara-like area called "Loonse en Drunense Duinen". Even though it's only a 45 minute drive from my home I had never been there. It looked like a great place to hide a cache and I decided to pay the area a visit. I remember hiking up that sandy hill, not knowing what to expect, and then the sudden surprise of this breathtaking view on the desert and dune landscape unfolding itself beneath me and reaching towards the horizon. It has become my favorite place in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Sahara cache can be considered one of Holland's "classics", and is one of the most visited caches in this country.

"Loonse en Drunense Duinen a.k.a. Dutch Sahara"
by Johny Cache
N 51º 38.325'  E 005º 06.730' (WGS-84)
Country: Netherlands
Hidden on: September 5, 2001

The "Loonse en Drunense Duinen" GPS-Stash is hidden in the beautiful area of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park near Loon op Zand. The hunt takes you through areas with heath, forest and shifting sands.

We recommend you start the hunt at restaurant "Bosch en Duin" at N 51 38.130' E 005 06.708'. There are parking places near the restaurant.

Then go to N 51 38.325' E 005 06.730' and find a small grey tube. Inside this tube are the coordinates of the cache. The tube is hidden behind some pieces of bark under a fallen tree log.

The cache is a blue, tupperware-like container wrapped in a dark-grey plastic bag.

Please respect the beautiful nature and follow the park regulations! Don't leave the paths or the shifting sands until you're close to the cache! On the shifting sands you're free to choose your own route. Digging is not needed.

Good luck and Happy Hunting!

This cache approved by Vereniging Natuurmonumenten
More information:
Ranger Frans Kapteijns
Office de Moer: +31 (0)13-5159345
Mobile: +31 (0)6-54295330
E-mail: f.kapteijns@natuurmonumenten.nl

Additional hints: [tube] Va n gerr fghzc , pbirerq ol cvrprf bs onex naq fbzr yrnirf. [cache] Haqre snyyra gerr, arne gur sbbg, pbirerq jvgu fbzr cvrprf bs onex.

Decryption Key
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

Travel Bugs seen in this cache

Latest News

November 8, 2003
In a discussion between Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (the organization that manages the Loonse & Drunense Duinen area) and the cache-owner it was decided by both parties to make this cache a multi-cache. The reason for this is that with this measure the geocacher is forced to take a certain route, as Vereniging Natuurmonumenten were worried that self-chosen routes might cross certain vulnarable and protected areas.

March 7, 2003
Unfortunately, the micro-cache mentioned in the news of Jan. 16th has been stolen. We did place back the regular large cache today, but at a slightly different location as we were worried the thief might return. The new location is not far from the old hiding place.

January 16, 2003
The regular large cache container has been taken home for maintenance. On the same location however, at exactly the same spot, a micro-cache has been hidden as a temporary replacement. So if you want you can still hunt and log this cache. The micro-cache does not contain any goodies due to its small size. There is a logbook in which you can write your name and the date/time. We will place back the regular container as soon as possible.

June 30, 2002
After a short period of absence the cache is back at its old location. As an extra bonus it contains the brand new travel bug Cheechako.

May 24, 2002
Team Johny Cache retrieved the Cache Cart 8 travel bug.
We also made the Loonse & Drunense Duinen cache temporarily unavailable. The cache has been taken home for maintenance. The contents will be properly dried, a new logbook and cache cam will be added, and the cache container will be cleaned. We hope to place back the cache in a couple of weeks, ready for a busy summer season of geocaching. A notification will be posted on the cache page on geocaching.com when the cache is available again.

May 23, 2002
Legrandbleu from the US placed the travelbug Cache Cart 8 in the Loonse & Drunense Duinen cache. It traveled 4163 miles to get here from the Rock Cut Cache (GCE9A) in Illinois, USA!!

May 1, 2002
Results of the second cache cam published on the photo page.

February 2, 2002
Inspected the cache. Added a new disposable camera.

November 29, 2001
Inspected the cache. Added the micro-cache Hitchhiker 42 (GC1A74).

October 27, 2001
Replaced the cache's disposable camera with a new one. The results of the first camera are shown on the photo page.

October 19, 2001
Cache inspected. Added some new stuff including Loonse & Drunense Duinen Stash souvenir cards. Saw a mole in the woods near the restaurant, and three roedeer near the cache location.

October 5, 2001
Cache inspected. Cache is in good condition. Walked back after sunset (not recommended unless you use a good flashlight).

September 20, 2001
Cache inspected. Cache is in good condition. Some extra goodies added.

September 9, 2001
Cache gets first visit! Congratulations to Dolech for being there first.

September 7, 2001
Cache listed on www.geocaching.com.

September 6, 2001
Cache reported to www.geocaching.com. Awaiting approval.

September 5, 2001
Cache hidden in Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park.

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