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Cold, Colder, Coldest

Trad: 5
Walked: 1.8 miles

A set of five new “Cold” caches by nathanjhunt have recently been published near Cold Norton, so today I thought I would head over there for a walk. First up was Cold Shoulder.

Cold Shoulder
Cold Shoulder

Next it was Cold Feet. But luckily not for me, although the lane was muddy I had wellies and thick socks on, so the only cold feet was the name of the cache.

Cold Feet
Cold Feet

Cold Blood was the alarming name of the next hide, but nothing gruesome came to light, just more mud!

Cold Blood
Cold Blood

If I had had enough of caching, I would have gone Cold Turkey. But I hadn’t and I did.

Cold Turkey
Cold Turkey

Last in the line, with the longest name, was Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey. Thankfully no monkeys were harmed in the finding of this cache!

Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey
Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey

Gosfield & Broak’s Wood

Trad: 11
Walked: 6.4 miles

I headed to Gosfield today to find some caches in the area, it’s not somewhere I find myself very often. My first target was the Village SIgn trad – and I got a bonus two for the price of one on film pots here!

BoGoF At VS Gosfield!
BoGoF At VS Gosfield!

Next I went searching for a trio of trads in the little woodland to the east of the village. I found some great hides and some natural sights too – including the first spot of a decent Fly agaric specimen this season.

Fly Agaric En Route
Fly Agaric En Route

Next I relocated to the footpath north of Great Spanseys Wood to find another trio of trads. Two were in the Something Fishy series – and I certainly found something here, although it wasn’t fishy!

Stick 'Em Up
Stick ‘Em Up

The next was supposed to be a Mighty Oak, but all I found was a small plastic tree! Well, it was inside the cache, so I guess that’s OK.

Odd Little Tree
Odd Little Tree

Broak’s Wood was next on my agenda. The hides were a bit tricky, and some of the undergrowth was a bit hard going. I was amused to stumble across this “seat” dedicated to Vera along the way!

For Vera
For Vera

Autumn is really taking hold now, with turning leaves and dampness in the air, but it’s a very photogenic time of year, so I’m not complaining.

Autumn Is Here
Autumn Is Here

Day #102 – Raining In Runwell

Trad: 4
Walked: 3.0 miles

5th November 2015
5th November 2015

I aimed for five caches in Runwell and Wickford for today’s hunt. Just as I found No. 1 (in the Park), it started to rain – but I had my brolly so just carried on!

First Find Of The Day
First Find Of The Day

The Church Micro was nestling quietly in a nice hidey hole…

Church Micro, Runwell
Church Micro, Runwell

Trickiest find of the day was at the Memorial Arboretum, nearby were lots lof lovely russet fallen Autumn leaves.

Lovely Leaves
Lovely Leaves

Day #98 – Langdon Plotlands

Trad: 10
Walked: 5.6 miles

1st November 2015
1st November 2015

A series of 15 caches was laid to coincide with the Essex Mega CITO event at Langdon Plotlands back on Day #7, but I only had time to search for one of them then. So I thought I should go and have another look for the rest today.

There was plenty of evidence of the homes which used to sit on the plots:

What Remains...
What Remains…

I had a rather a lot of DNF’s on the series – the GPS was bouncing around due to the tree cover and none of the caches had any hints, which wasn’t very helpful, given the multitude of trees. Oh well.

Too Many Logs
Too Many Logs

In the middle, I took a brief detour to find two unrelated caches – one of which was hidden in this cool bird box inside a lovely tree.

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

One of the series was a decent sized box and thankfully an easy find!

An Easy Find
An Easy Find

All in all, not a bad day out, but it may well have been more successful if there were hints for the hides. They are mainly billed as D1.5 caches, but clearly if the tree cover is bad and the co-ords are 30ft or more off, there’s little chance of a find unless you strike it very lucky.

Day #97 – Indy’s Stroll

Trad: 9
Walked: 4.0 miles

31st October 2015
31st October 2015

Today’s target was a nice little series of 9 caches by Indy Walker, set in North Benfleet. I didn’t leave home until early afternoon, but since sunset is around 4:30pm now the clocks have changed, I knew I had to get a move on to get them all found in daylight.

The start of the walk was along a lovely tree-lined byway.

On The Track
On The Track

I took a brief detour from the 9-cache loop to find Geisha’s Gallop (by the same CO) – a rather cool little owl hanging in a tree!

Twit-Twooooooo!
Twit-Twooooooo!

One cache was guarded by a troll at this unusually-constructed bridge.

Unusual Bridge
Unusual Bridge

Another hide had had several DNF’s logged previously, but I dug a big deeper than most and voilà! There it was!

Tricky Find
Tricky Find

I found all but one of the caches – I have suspicions that the last one is gone. It was getting dark by the time I was able to look properly, but sometimes the hunch that it’s missing is strong and you don’t keep searching forever.

Sunset On The Way Back
Sunset On The Way Back

Day #83 – Doddinghurst Dawdle

Trad: 1
Walked: 2.1 miles

17th October 2015
17th October 2015

It was another one of those grim weather days today but as I was going to visit a friend in Ingatestone this afternoon, I forced myself out of the house a little bit earlier than I needed to to have a look for a duo of traditional hides in Doddinghurst/Hook End.

Autumn Comes To Wyatt's Green
Autumn Comes To Wyatt’s Green

At least there was plenty of Autumn colour on show with these lovely Maple trees.

Thankfully it was a quick find at the first hide but despite a thorough search I drew a blank on the second. Here was a sign on the way to No. 2 – at least it doesn’t say “no geocaching”!

Doesn't Say No Geocaching!
Doesn’t Say No Geocaching!