So the last two days of our lives have been dominated by Pokemon Go and the new Generation 2 pokemon release! When it released late on Thursday I knew that we’d be busy collecting for a few days, but I hadn’t realised quite how much we’d manage to do!
It is amazing how quickly the kids can get dressed, clean their teeth and do all the other morning jobs that normally take ages (and lots of nagging!) when new pokemon are released and we were out of the house well before 11am yesterday! We absolutely loved having shadows on our pokemon “nearby” again (having all completed the Gen 1 Pokedex over the last month) and it was so exciting finding and catching new pokemon.. kind of reminded me of when we first started playing and it was all new. We walked and walked and over two hours later realised we should stop for lunch at some point! We bough a random selection of food from a supermarket and ate in a local park where there were three lures on a group of pokestops. After lunch we set off again and did another 2+ hours of hunting. We got home some time after 5pm, and we’d walked around 15km in total!
We had caught 22 new pokemon… Sentret, Furret, Hoothoot, Noctowl, Ledyba, Spinarak, Chinchou, Lanturn, Natu, Xatu, Marill, Hoppip, Aipom, Wooper, Murkrow, Dunsparce, Sneasel, Swinub, Piloswine, Remoraid, Mantine and Skarmory. I also managed to evolve Blissey, Slowking, Espeon and Umbreon and the kids hatched a Slugma and evolved a Porygon2.
Yesterday evening was spent quietly recovering .. well for me and Gordon anyway, the kids seemed fine!
Today I wasn’t sure whether to go on another big hunt, or have a quieter day and go tomorrow instead. But with the 6 hour lure event finishing today, and the big two claiming to be “fine” after yesterday, we decided that Jasmine, Thomas and I would go into London while Ben would stay at home with Gordon who had some work to do on his motorbike.
We left the house at around 10:30am and got the bus and tube to London Bridge. We walked from there to the Tower of London and immediately found 3 new pokemon! So we grabbed some takeaway lunch from Costa and stayed around the Tower for a while. As we finished our food we spotted another new pokemon a short walk away so went to find that, found another at the same time and then walked back to the Tower to find more! In just over an hour we’d found Sudowoodo, Gligar, Snubbull, Phanpy, Teddiursa and Octillery. I also hatched Pineco and Tyrogue.
I was also keeping an eye on trackers and fb/discord chats about sightings and discovered that Hyde Park was a Houndour nest, so we decided to get on the tube to St James Park and walk over to Hyde Park next. The last 2 times we’ve been to London pokemon hunting we said we’d go to Hyde Park but never actually got there, so this was quite an achievement! And both Jasmine and Thomas really liked it. We didn’t see much as we were pretty tired by this point so we stayed close to Hyde Park Corner and didn’t venture far, but using Pinap berries and tracking we got enough candy to evolve Houndoom reasonably quickly. We also found a Skiploom and a Cyndaquil (which the kids caught but it ran from me.)
Thomas declared he was far too tired to walk back to St James Park (and to be honest I was getting that way too!) so we got on the tube at Hyde Park Corner and once back at Morden phoned Gordon to come and pick us up from Morden Hall Park. We had just enough energy to get to the park and catch a Shuckle and a Wobbaffet (again not me as it ran).
Back at home we really were tired this time! While we’d not covered the distance we did yesterday we’d still walked around 9/10km. So this evening was a very quiet affair! We each did some evolving – I got a Crobat, the kids got Azumarill and Crobat and Gordon did Umbreon, Espeon, Azumarill, Quagsire, Politoed and Crobat. We watched TV, I read Harry Potter aloud and the kids went to sleep in record time!
So as you can see, the last 2 days really have been taken over with Pokemon Go! So much so that it is now 11:30pm and Gordon has just taken all our phones out as I spotted another “shadow” on our nearby!