Another fun day of Essex Mega events today, kicking off with a trip to Mersea Island to find several trads, an unusual Virtual which moves around the country (it wasn’t actually in North Yorkshire when I found it, but at the end of Mersea Island!) and an Earth Cache. Alistair explored the cliffs along the coastline:
Boats near the Survey Monument at the end of Cudmore Grove (close to the location of the Virtual).
This evening we headed to Barleylands to enjoy Pie and Mash for dinner and pitch our camping spot.
Then it was time to attend the Flitch Trials – with a caching flavour. Three caching couples were cross-examined about the truth of their DNF logs – and the “jury” voted them Guilty or Not Guilty after hearing the evidence.
A busy day today! The first event Alistair & I attended was Glaciers & Gruffalos in Thorndon Country Park. We found a few caches on our way around the park. Alistair made friends with some fun characters:
Next up was a trip to Hadleigh Country Park for Rocky Ride Extreme. We didn’t ride bikes but had a picnic and then went for a quick look for a few caches.
The Olympic Mountain Bike course still has its medal podium in situ – so Alistair decided to pose as he know’s he’s a winner!
The final event of the day was at the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch. We had the run of the place for our event which meant the Committee were able to dress up as ghouls and zombies and scare the bejeezus out of us all! It was fantastic!
There were too Essex Mega events to visit today, first off was the Caching & Nature walk in Hatfield Forest. Kids were taught to make fire (responsibly!) with the Rangers. I met Marley the Geodog – just about the sweetest-natured pooch you could hope to find.
I had the opportunity to find a few caches in the forest. There were plenty of other folks finding tupperware too!
The evening saw the Stargazing Picnic back at Barleylands. Alistair arrived from Newcastle in time for the interesting talk from cacher and astronomy buff, Loony Londo. Sadly the clouds closed in and it was too overcast to do any stargazing.
However, the clouds didn’t stop us being visited by Interstellar beings! This was at GZ of a great puzzle cache released that evening.
It’s finally here – the UK Essex Mega 2015 week-long festival of geocaching. The very first event was the Imp’s Meet & Greet at Birchanger Services on the M11, but the next one was my first – UKME2015 – Welcome To Essex.
The event during the evening was held at Barleylands. There was a BBQ and an opportunity to see old friends and new.
I also found a couple of the new caches placed around Barleylands – A Damp Welcome and the excellent Grand Mega Bug Hotel.