Day #182 – Stuck In The Mud

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Walked: 1.7 miles

I had a rather sticky experience this morning, trying to find Peachick’s Puzzle in Mill Meadows Nature Reserve in Billericay. It’s been several years since I was last there for a previous cache, which took several fruitless visits before finally locating the prize. But that cache got archived ages ago.

Today I made the mistake of heading into the reserve from the nearest footpath to where I had parked. This turned out to be at the bottom of a very steep, muddy hill. It was a quagmire of boot-sucking mud which, at times, I wasn’t sure if I would get out of with both Wellies still on my feet!

Eventually made my way up the hill but found myself obstructed by a fence running around the little patch of woods, with 190-odd feet still to go. Argh!

So I had to backtrack through some more evil mud, and finally made it to a much firmer (but still muddy) path. Once at GZ I was most relieved to find the cache quite quickly. Phew!

Finally Got It - Phew!
Finally Got It – Phew!
What's In The Box
What’s In The Box

The way back was much more obvious (I wasn’t going back the way I came in!) and the path led out to the main road without much mud at all. Now why hadn’t I found that in the first place?

2 thoughts on “Day #182 – Stuck In The Mud”

    1. At least I came well prepared, I just wasn’t expecting the mud to be nearly up to the top of my Wellies! 🙁

      And thank goodness for my walking pole – I would have been flat on my face (or butt) several times if I hadn’t got it for extra stability!

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