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Introducing Mr and Mrs J_Sch …

Just married … And already you can tell the groom’s thinking about geocaching.

But it’s not so surprising when you consider that newlywed was German tourist Jan Scholten (GC handle: j_sch), whose March 21st geocaching-themed nuptials in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds featured in It’s Not About The Numbers last week.

According to the 34-year-old IT network engineer from Fürth, it was a wonderful day. “I did not forget my text, she said ‘yes’ and the rings were there. Even the weather was much better than the day before and the day after.”

After vowing to love one another in good times and did not finds, the couple took their two daughters, Isabella and Anna, and the best man (GC handle: nogannets) on a sailing trip through Kenepuru Sound to view the scenery, “some dolphins and lots of sandflies”.

A gift for the muggle bride.

But come 7pm, it was time for the other big event of Scholten’s day, GC3E226 Wedding: Bring The Bride A Present. His geo-reception at picturesque accommodation facility Hopewell Lodge was listed as a terrain level five due to the remote venue, and a difficultly level of 2.5 because of the need to bring his muggle bride a gift.

Though several Kiwis regretfully declined the kind invitation due to scheduling issues, three cachers have since received a smiley for attending: the groom, his best man and local couple Gary and Pauline Graham (GC handle: GeoPopNZ) who live in Moetapu Bay “just on the other side of the sound”.

“They took a two-hour drive to join us. I hope they liked it, it was a nice experience. And, as I noticed two days later, it seems as if they were caching that night (or the following day) in the region, as GeoPopNZ found some caches on Kenepuru Rd,” Scholten says.

“It was a great evening with some nice chats about caching, life and many other things. Gary and his wife Pauline brought yummy cinnamon oysters and a bottle of fine sparkling wine, which we drank all together. Our hosts at Hopewell even baked a wedding carrot cake with passionfruit topping (every marriage needs passion).”

In their attendance log, the Grahams noted that their long journey was justified once they “met the bride and groom and the wedding party”. “The evening was a delightful and relaxed affair with wine, cake, and lots of sharing of information. We wish you all long, happy, successful, and fulfilling years ahead,” they told the happy couple.

With his new bride’s permission, Scholten logged more finds the following day and “had a good run while doing the weekly shopping in Blenheim – 20 caches on that day, while driving for five hours and shopping”. He even managed to locate GeoPopNZ’s first cache – GC2NWF5 Graham’s #1 in Blenheim – and one of their multis (GC2EBHY Sounds Paradise) in Moetapu Bay.

Although the Scholtens’ month-long stay in New Zealand is nearly over, its patriach is pleased to have already boosted his geo-tally by 170 local finds.  This weekend, the family are visiting the capital of Wellington (and kjwx’s hometown) before they head home.

So please join It’s Not About The Numbers in again raising a toast to the visiting newlyweds. May their future involve much laughter and geocaching.

 

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