Day #354 – Three Little Critters

Trad: 3
Walked: 3.2 miles

I left it late in the day for my walk today. North of Chelmsford on my map has had four of Kris&Co’s Little Critters series outstanding for months, having DNF’d them a while ago when they were missing. She has recently done some maintenance and re-enabled them, so I went out hunting bugs in the hope of polishing them off once and for all.

It didn’t start well – a DNF at Ladybird. Too much ivy, too many trees, not enough of a hint 🙁 However, Scorpion was all present and correct, even if it doesn’t look much like its name any more!

Not Much Like A Scorpion Now!
Not Much Like A Scorpion Now!

The walk along the track at the edge of the fields was pleasant in the gradually setting sun.

Track Along The Fields
Track Along The Fields

I walked past this rather serious-looking wooden dude on the way to the last couple of caches, Praying Mantis and Butterfly.

Wooden Dude
Wooden Dude

The paths to these two don’t really seem to be public footpaths, although they are marked on OSM. However, they were very overgrown today, and I had to struggle along to get anywhere. I was pleased to be rewarded with quick finds at both, which was a bonus as they could have been stinkers.

I guess I will return to Ladybird another day, when the leaves have died back a bit. But for the moment, I’m happy enough with 3/4 today.

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