Day #135 – Did The Earth Move?

Puzzle: 1 Earth: 1
Walked: 6.9 miles

8th December 2015
8th December 2015

I knew I needed to bag an Earth cache today to complete my 15-day streak of unusual hides for a Challenge Cache. The nearest accessible by a bus route was the other side of Basildon, at One Tree Hill. Thankfully the No. 100 bus passes the end of my road, so although it took an hour each way, there weren’t any changes to be made. And I got to ride shotgun on the way there with a great front seat view:

Caching By Bus
Caching By Bus

First on the agenda was the trickly puzzle cache, Poly Knows It All!!! by Unobtainium, which I had press-ganged Alistair into solving for me a few weeks ago.

Polly's Prize
Polly’s Prize

Next up was the Earth Cache at the huge Trig Point on top of One Tree Hill (I was disappointed – it has many more than its name would suggest!).

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill

It was a bit murky across the Thames Estuary when I was up there, but it did brighten up later when I was on lower ground looking for a dead rat!

The Thames Eatuary
The Thames Eatuary

I was hoping to revive Deceased Rodent today – which meant a hike of just over a mile from One Tree Hill via VERY muddy paths. After all that effort schlepping through the quagmire, I was a bit gutted to DNF the little critter in the end.

Mud! Mud! Mud!
Mud! Mud! Mud!

I made it back to the bus stop (having thoroughly cleaned my boots in some long grass) and sat for another hour on the way home. Job done for the challenge, which can now be moved from the “in progress” to the “qualified” pile. 🙂

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