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Sarah | 18116 comments 2016 Annual Challenge – Geocaching through the World Heritage Sites

I will be bobbing around the world in my boat (I wish) in 2016 discovering new sights and visiting some old haunts.

I've created a number of posts below. All of the challenge continents, sites and tasks are included to help gophering a bit easier. But i will record my read hooks in the progress post and I've also got a post outlining my travel possibilities (strategies).


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Sarah | 18116 comments My Progress - Places I've been and Things I've collected along the way

COMPLETED SITES

3. Europe
Denmark:
a. Stevns Klint
1) Set in Denmark - Mercy COMPLETED
2) Asteroid hits/threatens Earth - Leviathan Wakes COMPLETED
3) About fossils - Jurassic Park COMPLETED

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) by James S.A. Corey Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1) by Michael Crichton Mercy (Department Q, #1) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

4. Africa
South Africa
a. Vredefort Dome

1. Set in South Africa - Marabou Stork Nightmares COMPLETED
2. Post-apocalyptic genre The Fireman COMPLETE
3. Set in space - Caliban's War COMPLETED

The Fireman by Joe Hill Caliban's War (Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh

5. Asia
China
b. The Great Wall
1) Set in China - The Three-Body Problem COMPLETED
2) There is an army - The Twelve COMPLETED
3) More than 500 pages. - Under the Dome COMPLETED

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) by Liu Cixin The Twelve (The Passage, #2) by Justin Cronin Under the Dome by Stephen King

6. Australia / South Sea Islands
c. Lord Howe Island Group
1) Set in Australia - Big Little Lies COMPLETED
2) Set on an island - Shutter Island - COMPLETED
3) Bird on the cover - The Last Town COMPLETED

The Last Town (Wayward Pines, #3) by Blake Crouch Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Completed Sites: 4
Number of Continents Visited: 4


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Sarah | 18116 comments COMPLETED ORPHAN SITES (ONE TASK FROM EACH SITE)

NORTH AMERICA
Canada
d.Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
3. Haz a musical instrument in it - Iron Kissed COMPLETED

a. Dinosaur Provincial Park
3. "Bone” in the title - Bone Crossed COMPLETED

SOUTH AMERICA
Argentina
a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
2. Main character spends a lot of time on the road - Life or Death COMPLETED

b. Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
3. Hand on the cover - Skin Deep COMPLETED

Mexico
b. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
3. Alcohol plays a significant role - Faceless Killers COMPLETED


EUROPE
United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland)
a.Tower of London
1. Set in England - Terror Kid COMPLETED

Germany
a. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
3) Spears were used as weapons. The Blade Itself COMPLETED

Poland
a. Auschwitz Birkenau
3. A devout character - Carrie COMPLETED

Italy
a. Venice and its Lagoon
3. Predominantly red cover - Fahrenheit 451 COMPLETED

AFRICA

Ethiopia
a. Konso Cultural Landscape
3. With the word “Wood” in the title - Norwegian Wood COMPLETED

Mali
a. Timbuktu
3. Book about books - The Library at Mount Char COMPLETED

Senegal
a. Island of Gorée
3. Series book - This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It COMPLETED

ASIA
India:
a. Taj Mahal
2. About a great love - The Reluctant Fundamentalist COMPLETED

Afghanistan
a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

2. There are caves - This Census-Taker COMPLETED

Iran:
a. Persepolis
3) Multi coloured cover - SpeakCOMPLETED

Japan
a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
1. Set in Japan - After Dark COMPLETED

China
c. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
3. Middle Grade/Young Adult in which an animal plays a significant role - Charlotte's Web COMPLETED

Thailand
Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
1. Set in Thailand Crux COMPLETED

AUSTRALIA

d. Tasmanian Wilderness
2. A penal colony or prison is significant - Life or Death COMPLETED

h. Macquarie Island
2. Exploration - Sand Omnibus COMPLETED

g. Sydney Opera House
2. Read a book set in a harbour city - The City of Mirrors COMPLETED

New Zealand
a. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
2. Fantasy genre - InterWorld - COMPLETED

Speak by Louisa Hall Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3) by Patricia Briggs The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie This Census-Taker by China Miéville Carrie by Stephen King After Dark by Haruki Murakami Skin Deep (Legion, #2) by Brandon Sanderson Charlotte's Web by E.B. White InterWorld (InterWorld, #1) by Neil Gaiman Sand Omnibus (Sand, #1-5) by Hugh Howey Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) by Justin Cronin The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins This Book Is Full of Spiders Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2) by David Wong Crux (Nexus, #2) by Ramez Naam Life or Death by Michael Robotham Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1) by Henning Mankell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) by Patricia Briggs


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Sarah | 18116 comments 1. NORTH AMERICA:


Canada:

a. Dinosaur Provincial Park
- Read a book set in Alberta Under This Unbroken Sky
- Read a book about dinosaurs (living or fossils) Jurassic Park The Lost World
- Take home item – Piece of petrified bone: Read a book that has the word “bone” in the title Bag of Bones

b. Glacier Bay
- read a book set in British Columbia
- read a book that has sea life in it (whales or seals)
- Take home item – Glacier Ice: Read a book that is about diamonds. It must be a significant part of the story - i.e. a diamond heist, diamond mines, etc.

c. Historic District of Old Québec
- read a book set in Quebec
- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction) Elizabeth Street: A novel based on true events
- Take home item - French Food: Read a book that has French food it in (bring home a taste of old France).

d. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
- read a book set in Maritime Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick)
- read a book where fishing or whaling is a large part of the story
- Take home item – Fiddle: Read a book that has a musical instrument in it.

United States of America:

a. Yellowstone National Park
- read a book set in Wyoming, Montana or Idaho
- read a book about a vacation in the mountains.
- Take home item – Bear Tooth Pendant: Read a book that has wildlife (bear, deer, moose, elk, or wolf) on the cover.

b. Grand Canyon National Park
- read a book set in Arizona or Nevada The Andromeda Strain
- read a book that has a significant river in it.
- Take home item - Arrowhead: Read a book about First Nations life where arrows were used. Will accept arrowheads on the cover.

c. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Read a book set in Hawaii Micro
- Read a book about volcanoes
- Take home item – Coconut: Read a book that has coconut in it, whether it’s on the cover, in the tree, cooked/baked into food

d. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Read a book set in New Mexico
- Read a book where caves play an integral part of the story
- Take home item – bat wing: Read a book with the word “Bat” is in the title/subtitle, or on the cover.

Mexico & Caribbean:

a. Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche
- Read a book set in Mexico
- Read a book about the Mayans.
- Take Home Item – Mayan Calendar: Read a book with the word Calendar in the title/subtitle.

b. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
- Read a book set in Mexico
- Read a book where agriculture plays a significant role
- Take Home Item – Bottle of Tequila: Read a book where alcohol plays a significant role.

c. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
- Read a book set in Mexico
- Read a book about migration (human, animal, insect)
- Take Home Item – Butterfly: Read a book where a butterfly is on the cover or the word is in the title.

d. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
- Read a book set in the Caribbean
- Read a book where conservation is key.
- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word coral is in the title/subtitle, the author’s name, or a character’s name.


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Sarah | 18116 comments 2. SOUTH AMERICA:


Brazil:

a. Iguaçu National Park
- Read a book set in Brazil
- Read a book with that has a waterfall on the cover or in the story
- Take Home Item – Rainbow: Read a book with a rainbow on the cover.

b. Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
- Read a book set in Brazil
- Read a book that has a statue in it.
- Take Home Item - Photograph of Christ the Redeemer Statue: Read a book where a main character is a photographer

Argentina:

a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
- Read a book set in Argentina
- Read a book where the main character spends a lot of time on the road.
- Take Home Item – Pin of Argentina’s Flag: Read a book with a sun on the cover.

b. Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
- Read a book set in Argentina
- Read a book set in prehistoric times, or about prehistoric times
- Take Home Item – Hand Petroglyph Facsimile: - Read a book with someone’s hand on the cover.

Chile:

a. Rapa Nui National Park
- Read a book set in Chile
- Read a book where an extraordinary feat of engineering is key.
- Take Home Item – Feather from a Headdress: Read a book with a feather on the cover, (Feathers on a bird do not count.)

b. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
- Read a book set in Chili
- Read a book that is a Rita Award winner or nominee. (You’ve got to know where this inspiration comes from.)
- Take Home Item – Bottle of Water: Read a book that has water on the cover.

Cuba:

a. Old Havana and its Fortification System
- Read a book set in Cuba
- Read a book with a dictator in it.
- Take Home Item – Cuban Cigar: Read a book with a cigarette or cigar on the cover, or where the character smokes. 

Peru:

a. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Read a book set in Peru
- Read a book set in a mountainous area. And the Mountains Echoed
- Take Home Item – Ceremonial Knife: Read a book with a knife on the cover. The Blade Itself

b. Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
- Read a book set in Peru
- Read a book set in space. Old Man's War, Ancillary Justice
- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word bird in the title or the author’s name. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The Thorn Birds

c. Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
- Read a book set in Peru.
- Read a book about the Incans
- Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with pottery on the cover, in the title, or a character in the story is a potter.

Ecuador:

a. Galápagos Islands
- Read a book about the Galápagos Islands, or are featured in a book
- Read a book with one of the following animals/birds on the cover or in the title: Turtle, Iguana, Albatross, Pelican, Flamingo, Whale, Dolphin.
- Take Home Item – Egg: Read a book where the main character is a cook or baker.

b. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
- Read a book set in Ecuador
- Read a book with llamas in the title, on the cover, or in the story in which there are working animals (llamas, horses, oxen, dogs, etc)
- Take Home Item – Sarape: Read a book where someone is weaving textiles or there is a blanket of some kind on the cover.


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Sarah | 18116 comments 3. EUROPE:


France:
a. Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche
- Read a book set in France Sarah's Key The Lollipop ShoesThe Painted GirlsAll the Light We Cannot SeeThe Paris Architect
- Read a book about painting The Goldfinch
- Take Home Item: - Piece of Charcoal: Read a book with a dark grey or black cover (70%) Dark Eden, Half a King, Enchantress, Aurora, The Harvest Man, The Grace of Kings

Austria:
a. Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
- Read a book set in Austria
- In honour of Mozart, read a book in which a real life famous composer is a character and has a significant presence.
- Take Home Item – Sachertorte: Read a book that has a cake on the cover.

Belgium:
a. Stoclet House
- Read a book set in Belgium
- Read a book with Art Nouveau as a subject
- Take Home Item: Pressed Rose: Read a book with a rose on the cover or as a word in the title

Denmark:
a. Stevns Klint
- Read a book set in Denmark Mercy
- Read a book about meteorites, comets, astroids that have hit the earth or threaten the earth. Evolution, The Last PolicemanRendezvous with Rama, The Hammer Of God, Lucifer's HammerLeviathan Wakes
- Take Home Item – Fossil: Read a book about fossils. Evolution, Jurassic Park Remarkable Creatures

Germany:
a. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
- Read a book set in Germany The Dark Monk
- Read a book about the Roman invasion of Europe Clash of Iron
- Take Home Item – Spear: Read a book in which spears were used as weapons.

Greece:
a. Archaeological Site of Olympia
- Read a book set in Greece
- Read a book based on Greek mythology
- Take Home Item – Fig Leaf (some of those statues are missing something): Read a book with a statue on the cover or the word is in the title.

Iceland:
a. Surtsey
- Read a book set in Iceland Last Rituals
- Read a book about a volcano Pompeii
- Take Home Item – piece of lava: Read a book with a black rock on the cover.

Italy:
a. Venice and its Lagoon
- Read a book set in Italy
- Read a book set in Venice
- Take Home Item – Gondolier’s Scarf: Read a book with a predominantly red cover (70%) The Gargoyle

Netherlands:
a. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
- Read a book set in the Netherlands
- Read a book with the word “Windmill”, “Wind” or “Mill” in the title
- Take Home Item – Tulip: Read a book with several flowers on the cover.

Poland:
a. Auschwitz Birkenau
- Read a book set in Poland
- Read a book about WWII where Auschwitz is either the setting, the destination, or the threat. The Red Magician
- Take Home Item – Prayer Shawl: Read a book with a devout character

Spain:
a. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
- Read a book set in Spain Winter in Madrid
- Read a book about a pilgrimage
- Take Home Item – Scallop Shell: Read a book with shells on the cover.

United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland):
a. Tower of London
- Read a book set in England Whispers Underground
- Read a book involving the Tower of London Dissolution
- Take Home Item – Crown: Read a book with a crown on the cover or the word in the title.Red Queen

b. Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
- Read a book set in North Ireland or Ireland The Likeness
- Read a book with a giant in it. The BFG
- Take Home Item – Emerald: Read a book with a predominant green cover (70%) - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Relic

c. New Lanark
- Read a book set in Scotland
- Read a book about child labour.
- Take Home Item - Ball of wool: Read a book with wool or clothing made from wool (i.e. sweater) on the cover, or with the word “Wool” in the title.


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Sarah | 18116 comments 4. AFRICA


Botswana:
a. Tsodilo
- Read a book set in Botswana
- Read a book set in Prehistoric Times
- Take Home Item – Quartz: Read a book where the title begins with the letter Q, or the word Quartz is in the title. Quicksilver

Democratic Republic of Congo:
a. Okapi Wildlife Reserve
- Read a book set in the D.R. of Congo
- Read a book with elephant(s) in the story.
- Take Home Item – Feather: Read a book with a feather on the cover or the word in the title.

Ethiopia:
a. Konso Cultural Landscape
- Read a book set in Ethiopia
- Read a book involving agriculture
- Take Home Item – Small Wood Carving: Read a book with the word “Wood” is in the title, or the author’s last name is “Wood”. Norwegian Wood

Gambia:
a. Kunta Kinteh Island
- Read a book set in Gambia
- Read a book involving a fort
- Take Home Item – Ivory: Read a book with the word “Ivory” in the title, or the subject of the book is about ivory. (Please note, no animals have been killed in the pursuit of this geocache item.)

Kenya:
a. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
- Read a book set in Kenya
- Read a book set near a lake
- Take Home Item – Flamingo Feather: Read a book with the word flamingo in the title, a flamingo on the cover, or the cover is predominantly hot pink (70%).

Madagascar:
a. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
- Read a book set in Madagascar
- Read a book set in a forest
- Take Home Item – Frog: Read a book with the word “frog” in the title, or a frog on the cover

Mali:
a. Timbuktu
- Read a book set in Mali
- Read a book set in a university
- Take Home Item – a Book: Read a book about books. Shadow of Night

Nigeria:
a. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
- Read a book set in Nigeria
- Read a book with a shrine in the story
- Take Home Item – Wooden Mask resembling a Idol: Read a book with a mask on the cover, or the word “mask” in the title

Senegal:
a. Island of Gorée
- Read a book set in Senegal
- Read a book with slaves in it
- Take Home Item – Link of Chain: Read a book that is linked to another because it’s in a series. (Thought you were done with that, didn’t you?) MANY OPTIONS

South Africa:
a. Vredefort Dome
- Read a book set in South Africa Zoo City or Marabou Stork Nightmares
- Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre The Twelve
- Take Home Item - Piece of Meteorite: Read a book set in space Aurora

Egypt:
a. Memphis and its Necropolis
- Read a book set in Egypt
- Read a historical fiction about one of the Pharoahs
- Take Home Item – Scarab: Read a book with the word “Scarab” in the title or the subtitle

Morocco:
a. Medina of Marrakesh
- Read a book set in Morocco
- Read a book that is about food, glorious food.
- Take Home Item – Olive: Read a book with the word “Olive” in the title, or pictured in a drink on the cover


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Sarah | 18116 comments 5. ASIA:


Afghanistan:
a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
- Read a book set in Afghanistan A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed
- Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title. The Fellowship of the RingThe DescentThe Caves of Steel
- Take Home Item – Blue Tile: Read a book where the cover is predominantly blue (70%) Delirium, Snow Crash, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Perfect People
, Night Watch,The Eye of the World, Therapy, Fool Moon, The Three-Body Problem, The Killing, Whispers Underground

China:
a. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
- Read a book set in China
- Read a book in which there are dragons
- Take Home Item – Jade: Read a book with the word “Jade” in the title or subtitle. 
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b. The Great Wall
- Read a book set in China Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Three-Body Problem
- Read a book in which there is an army. The Last Kingdom, Gemini Cell, Blood Song, The Way of Kings, The Final Empire, Promise of Blood, Rise of Empire, The Eye of the World, The Fellowship of the Ring, King of Thorns
- Take Home Item – Brick: Because the Great Wall is colossal and made of bricks, read a chunkster that is more than 500 pages. The Blade Itself

c. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
- Read a book set in China
- Read a book in which there are endangered animals
- Take Home Item – Teddy Bear: Read a Middle Grade/Young Adult in which an animal plays a significant role

India:
a. Taj Mahal
- Read a book set in India
- Read a book about a great love
- Take Home Item – White Marble: Read a book with a predominantly white cover (70%) and with minimal black on it. No other colours are allowed.

b. Mountain Railways of India
- Read a book set in India
- Read a book either published between 1800-1899 or set in the time period
- Take Home Item – Train Model: Read a book set on a train, or with the word “train” in the title Trainspotting?

Iran:
a. Persepolis
- Read a book set in Iran/Persia
- Read a book with a character who is an archeologist
- Take Home Item – Carpet: Read a book with a multi coloured cover, or with the word “Carpet” in the title or subtitle

Japan:
a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
- Read a book set in Japan The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, A Tale for the Time Being,
- Read a book set in wartime (any war) Old Man's War, Sarah's Key, Winter in Madrid, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Cryptonomicon, Nemesis, Dominion
- Take Home Item – Dove: Read a book in which a dove is on the cover, or in the title/subtitle The Plague of DovesThe Magician's Lie

b. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
- Read a book set in Japan
- Read a book with a character that is a seamstress or tailor, or has a clothing sweat shop
- Take Home Item – Silkworm Egg: Read a book with the word “silk” in the title/sub-title

Mongolia:
a. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
- Read a book set in Mongolia
- Read a book about nomadic people
- Take Home Item – Bow from a Morin Khuur (Guitar-like Instrument): Read a book where music is the central theme

Nepal:
a. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
- Read a book set in Nepal
- Read a book where a significant character is Buddhist
- Take Home Item – Prayer Flag: Read a book with the word “Flag” is in the title/subtitle, or a flag is on the cover.

Thailand:
a. Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
- Read a book set in Thailand Crux
- Read a book in which a King is a significant character The Way of Kings, Half a King, King of Thorns
- Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with a bowl or cup on the cover. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?, Just One Damned Thing After Another A Cup of Friendship,


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Sarah | 18116 comments 6. AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS:



Australia:
a. Great Barrier Reef
- Read a book set in Australia The Darwin Elevator
- Read a book set on/under the ocean
- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word “coral” in the title/subtitle, or author’s name.

b. Kakadu National Park
- Read a book set in Australia
- Read a book set in the tropics
- Take Home Item – Alligator Tooth: Read a book with teeth on the cover Jurassic Park Tyrannosaur Canyon

c. Lord Howe Island Group
- Read a book set in Australia
- Read a book set on an island Jurassic ParkShutter Island
- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word “Bird” in the title, or a bird on the cover Speaks the Nightbird, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The Thorn BirdsThe Magician's LieThe Last Town

d. Tasmanian Wilderness
- Read a book set in Australia The Darwin Elevator
- Read a book where a penal colony or prison is significant The Green Mile
- Take Home Item – Tasmanian Devil: Read a Paranormal Fantasy book (think devils, demons, etc) The Skull Throne

e. Shark Bay, Western Australia
- Read a book set in Australia
- Read a book with sharks in it
- Take Home Item – Shark Tooth: Read a book with the word “Shark” in the title/sub-title, or on the cover.

f. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Read a book set in Australia
- Read a book with Aboriginal people in it
- Take Home Item – Red Stone: Read a book where the cover is predominantly red (70%)

g. Sydney Opera House
- Read a book set in Australia
- Read a book set in a harbour city
- Take Home Item – Concert Program: Read a book where a musician is a significant character

h. Macquarie Island
- Read a book set in Antarctica
- Read a book about exploration
- Take Home Item – Penguin: Read a classic published by Penguin Classics (does not need to be the issue you read).

New Zealand:
a. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
- Read a book set in New Zealand The Luminaries
- Read a book in the fantasy genre (sorry, can’t help but think of the Lord of the Rings movies) MANY BOOKS
- Take Home Item – Chunk of Glacier Ice: Read a book where there is snow/ice on the cover, or “snow” or “ice” is in the title. Snow Crash, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Ice Princess

Papua New Guinea:
a. Kuk Early Agricultural Site
- Read a book set in Papua New Guinea
- Read a book with death as a significant theme.
- Take Home Item – Bird of Paradise Plume: Read a book set in what you perceive as paradise.

Philippines:
a. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
- Read a book set in the Philippines
- Read a book in which agriculture is a significant theme
- Take Home Item – Grain of Rice: Read a book with the word “Rice” in the title, or the author’s name. The Vampire Lestat

Singapore:
a. Singapore Botanical Gardens
- Read a book set in Singapore
- Read a book in which a garden is a significant location or gardening a significant activity The Garden of Evening Mists
- Take Home Item – Orchid: Read a book with the word “Orchid” in the title or on the cover


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Sarah | 18116 comments It's looking like I have 4 definite sites but I there are a few I could easily pack in so we will see what happens. I'm bound to change books around. I will probably keep track of the books I read that count for the tasks in case I change my mind.


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Sarah | 18116 comments Dinosaur Provincial Park in Canada, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Thailand and Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche in France are also covered.


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Sarah | 18116 comments Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand also looks like I've got it covered.


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Sarah | 18116 comments Stevns Klint in Denmark looks possible too. And Frontiers of the Roman Empire in Germany.


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Sarah | 18116 comments And we're off!


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Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments Where are you starting first? And with what book?


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Sarah | 18116 comments I haven't started any new books yet. Still finishing my 2015 leftovers. I will be visiting either China, Denmark or Alberta first. Jurassic Park I have earmarked for Denmark and Alberta so I need to decide on which I'd prefer/easier to fit books to the other tasks. Leviathan Wakes is a chunkster so fits the China task. That's all I have planned for January and I'll see what happens thereafter.


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Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments My first read for the geocaching will be Jurassic Park - yeah buddy read!


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Sarah | 18116 comments I watched Jurassic World on New Years Eve and it has got me in the mood for some dinosaurs.


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Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments I have the DVD but haven't watched it yet. I saw it at the theatre when it was here.

My grandson has always loved the movies. I was always concerned that they'd scare him when he was little, but it inspired a love of dinosaurs instead. I bought the DVD of Jurassic World for him for Christmas only to learn that he already had it so I kept it for me. When he arrived yesterday afternoon, I asked if he wanted to watch it. "No, Grams. I've seen it 8 times already!"


message 24: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Jan 06, 2016 01:28AM) (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Feeling fed up of work (although I've only been back one day) and the UK weather, I've decided to jet off to China and visit the Great Wall. A mammoth engineering feat which apparently can be seen from space. So I have started reading a mammoth book (570 pages) which is set in Space - Leviathan Wakes. I've only read the prologue so far but I think it will be an amazing trip. I only hope I can switch off my head and enjoy it.


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Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments I hope you enjoy your trip to China and the Great Wall. I expect to see lots of photos ;)


message 26: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments I was nearly to China and I decided that I'd prefer to stay close to home. Denmark in fact! I'm going to stay in Europe for a bit and work up to the long haul. Leviathan Wakes ended up counting for the Denmark, Asteroid endangering Earth, task. I finished the book yesterday.

I'm going to stick with Denmark to hunt out that fossil while I'm there with Jurassic Park.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19580 comments Sarah, your challenge title makes me smile too. I can see you curled up on your couch in your long boat reading in front of your fire to keep warm.


message 28: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Cherie wrote: "Sarah, your challenge title makes me smile too. I can see you curled up on your couch in your long boat reading in front of your fire to keep warm."

That is definitely where I'm at! :-)


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Sarah | 18116 comments I just found my fossil in Denmark. I finished Jurassic Park yesterday which I loved.

I'm ahead now with 2 books already read so I am going to read something which isn't geocache related. Unless it becomes geocache related once I start reading :-)


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Sarah | 18116 comments An Orphan

I am currently reading Speak which could be used for a variety of tasks, but not in any of the sites that I am really focusing on. Putting it here as a reminder in case my plans change dramatically over the course of this challenge.
- Has a multicoloured front cover
- Has three characters who emigrated to the New World (one Puritan colonist and two from Nazi Germany)
- Set above sea (The Puritan colonist writes her journal during the crossing of the Atlantic)
- Set in a prison (One character writes his memoirs from his prison cell)


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Sarah | 18116 comments I've just started reading The Blade Itself which fits a number of tasks. So I'm on a magical mystery tour - who knows which country or continent I'll end up in.

It fits knife on the cover (peru), has spear fighting (germany), is longer than 500 pages (china), is part of a series (senegal). I'll probably either count it for Germany or China.


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Sarah | 18116 comments Ok so I can now reveal my current travel destination - Germany. Can you imagine arriving in a country having no knowledge of where you are going and then upon arrival having to try and work out which country you are in from your surroundings?! I think that would be quite a cool holiday if that could be pulled off. Anyway, that is exactly what I did with my current read The Blade Itself. I arrived in an unknown country and then started seeing a lot of fighting with spears. And realised, I was in Germany.


message 33: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14592 comments That sounds like a fun way too travel around Sarah :D

There's actually a company here (in other countries too, I'm sure) that offers something almost like it. You can go on a trip and your destination is not revealed until you are at the airport (because obviously you'll see it once you need to check-in and find your gate). They do easy citytrips within 3 hours flight time (not very common destinations though, so you might go to Krakow but not Paris), but you can also go to more unknown locations for 3 or 4 weeks. I might be able to do this for one city, although I'm pretty sure the control-freak in me would go crazy, but imagine knowing 1 hour before your flight that you will be going to Uruguay, and having nothing at all arranged for you except that flight!


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16702 comments Oh I love that idea!!

Damn the closest countries from me at least 4 hours away, mostly 6.


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16702 comments And I'm a control freak too Peggy, but I completely wing it when on holiday. Most of the time I work out where we are staying on route. It's a bit liberating.

This upcoming trip though I have most planned out. Mainly due to small places so not many options, or staying with friends and some trips with them that they need to schedule. Just one more country to work out and we are good!


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Sarah | 18116 comments After writing that post earlier I've been thinking about it more and more. And I totally love the idea of not knowing your destination. I can imagine that feeling unprepared once the destination is revealed might occur, especially if you've packed summer clothes and end up going somewhere cold or vice versa. I know it's not possible but it would be really exciting if you could check in, board the plane and arrive without any knowledge of the destination at all and then just go exploring to fathom out the country yourself by seeing the sights, trying the food, hearing the language etc. I wonder how long it would take to work it out and what would be the most likely thing to give it away. I guess it would be easier with some countries. I think the only way to do this is to become a billionaire and buy my own private jet. ;-)


message 37: by Peggy, Moderator (last edited Feb 11, 2016 02:54AM) (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14592 comments I do that too sometimes Rusalka, depending on where we're going, how much time we have, and whether it's high or low season. But to go somewhere far away and for a long time without knowing anything, not even the first accomodation or any kind of research/preparation beforehand, I don't think I would be up for that. The whole idea of those trips is to just go with it, unplanned, and see what happens, but I would just be stressing out all the time about everything I don't know and what I'm missing because I don't know it's there, and probably spend half the trip on the internet still figuring out what to do ;-) Although I think if I was dropped there and I had no possibility to do any research or plan things, and I had a relaxed person with me, I would probably still enjoy it.

I might try the 3-day citytrip someday :)

edit: where are you going on your upcoming trip?


message 38: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments The first time I went to Thailand, we booked our flights and that was it. We knew we'd fly in to Bangkok and we'd need to then travel from there to Koh Samui and then on to Koh Pha Gnan (where a friend of ours lives although we weren't staying with him). We assumed we'd get a train down South to pick up the ferry across to the first island but all the trains were fully booked as it was Thai New Year a day or two after we arrived. So we got a night bus which we had to wait ages for. Then we got the boats and arrived on the island. We arrived at the place our friend was staying and there was no rooms at the inn...because of New Year. There may have been some in a different part of the island but we didn't bother looking. We just crashed in our friends bungalow which was pretty tight and then after New Year and all the tourists departed, we were able to get a room. This is how we've done it every time since. Booked flights only and that's it.


message 39: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16702 comments We did it the first time in New Zealand. We booked a week in Queenstown before we left as it was the middle of winter and no where else. NZ is the best place to randomly hostel in.

We did it again when we suddenly went to the UK 2 years ago, in London, Edinburgh and then Tokyo on the way home. All of us hunting while on the train/plane to the next destination was fun.

This time, as of now... itinerary is transit the US, St Martin/Sint Maarten, Trinidad, possibly Tobago?, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Fran, San Diego, San Fran, home.


message 40: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Rusalka wrote: "This time, as of now... itinerary is transit the US, St Martin/Sint Maarten, Trinidad, possibly Tobago?, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Fran, San Diego, San Fran, home. "

Sounds fantastic!


message 41: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14592 comments Sounds amazing Rusalka! That will be one fantastic trip.

We did the same when we did our one-year world trip, so all over Australia, NZ, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam we just travelled on to a new place when we felt like it and looked for accomodation when we got there. I'm not sure why we changed.. We planned to go to Norway this summer (but will do that next year cause Norway is expensive and so is buying a house) and do it the unorganized way again. Have a general plan of what we want to see, but no strict planning of where to be on each day.


message 42: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments Going on a vacation with the destination unknown would be a leap of faith for me. I tend to plan everything to the fine details, wouldn't want to miss anything! It would be nice to leave all that to someone else for a change and just go with the flow.


message 43: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments I tinished reading The Blade Itself and found spears in Germany.


message 44: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Now jetting off to Australis to find some birds on the cover of The Last Town. It's also a serial kill so that will make me feel very happy.


message 45: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments Sarah wrote: "I tinished reading The Blade Itself and found spears in Germany."

Book 2, Before They Are Hanged could be read for war - Japan Hiroshima. Hint! Hint!


message 46: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Janice wrote: "Sarah wrote: "I tinished reading The Blade Itself and found spears in Germany."

Book 2, Before They Are Hanged could be read for war - Japan Hiroshima. Hint! Hint!"


Ooh! Nice. I am thinking of picking it up after the toppler (hopefully). I have a paperback copy of it and i LOVE the front cover. It is shiny! I will take a picture of it for you. Have you read much of it yet?


message 47: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47145 comments I'm about 1/2 way... a little more, I think.

The characters are all developing, some in some surprising ways. We learn more of what's behind the whole upheaval in the world. So far, Ardee hasn't been in it (though she's uppermost in West & Jezal's thoughts), but there are some new and interesting characters.


message 48: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Sounds great Janice. I read the blurb on the back of the book earlier to see what was in store.


message 49: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Feb 19, 2016 02:34AM) (new)

Sarah | 18116 comments Here's the picture of the front cover for Before They Are Hanged Janice.

I like the embossed shiny silver symbols :-)


message 50: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16702 comments Oh nice. That's the same cover series as my first book. But Lexx bought all the rest online and they have different covers ;(


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