Day #231 – Devil’s Porridge, Plus

Trad: 2 Whereigo: 1
Walked: 5.6 miles

I’m on a bit of a roll with Whereigos at the moment. The Devil’s Porridge in Wat Tyler Country Park by Grimmserscotting has been on my radar for a while. So when Kitty!! suggested a caching outing today and asked if I had ideas for a location, we decided to head to Pitsea and try it out.

Little People
Little People

The Whereigo was excellent, one of the best I’ve done to date. It told us the history of the old munitions and dynamite factory which used to stand on the site, through the narration of Grimmerscotting’s Great Grandfather, Ted Baker, who used to work there. It was a really well put together story and much more engaging than just walking around the footpaths reading the notice boards which are scattered about.

The only trouble we had was getting into the right location for Zone 13 – but we were fore-warned from previous logs. Kitty rather gamely bushwhacked our way through with her secateurs and determination!

Bushwhacking To Zone 13
Bushwhacking To Zone 13

Eventually we arrived at the right spot so we could continue our journey – nothing was going go stop us at this point! But the selfie below does show we looked rather relieved to have got this far!

Relief! We Made It!
Relief! We Made It!

We had nearly completed our mission when there was a nasty incident with Kitty!! being mauled by a mutant Cockroach along the path…

Kitty Gets Mauled By A Giant Cockroach!
Kitty Gets Mauled By A Giant Cockroach!

She managed to escape its clutches and we homed in on the final prize, a lovely, big, well-stocked ammo box hidden in a corner of the park where few visitors would venture.

The Final Prize
The Final Prize

So there was quite a lot of effort involved, but it was a really rewarding cache to complete. All too often, people want the instant gratification of a cache-and-dash, but sometimes slowing down and working for your reward really pays off in satisfaction value.

To celebrate our success, we stopped off in Pitsea for the SideTracked hide which Kitty!! found almost immediately. Thank God, as I, and many others, have DNF’d it recently! We bumped into another couple of cachers who were looking for it at GZ who were also very glad of Kitty’s cache-sniffing abilities.

After an expensive trip to Go Outdoors nearby, we picked up another Church Micro in Vange on the way back to Kitty’s for tea and cake.

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