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Day #382 – Musical Girls’ Medley

Trad: 4 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 2.9 miles

I went for a short stroll near Billericay this afternoon, to collect a few of the replaced UK Mega caches around Barleylands. The new hides, by Musical Girls, were imaginative and fun.

LQ Takes A Bite
LQ Takes A Bite

The letterbox hide was definitely a must for today, as I was trying to maintain my Unusual types streak. Job done here!

Stamp It Up
Stamp It Up

Little Quacker was delighted to find a new place to live! Perfect fit. Although in the end, he decided to make it just a holiday place, and came home with me.

LQ Finds The Perfect Birdhouse!
LQ Finds The Perfect Birdhouse!

Day #367 – Evening Trio

Trad: 3
Walked: 1.3 miles

I was stuck at home working all day, unable to play. But I skipped out a bit early this evening on the way to my friend’s for dinner, and headed to Crays Hill and Noak Bridge to search out handful of caches. With just one DNF, I managed to bag three quickly. Job done.

First up was a musical girls’ cache, where Little Quacker was pleased to make the acquaintance of a Mr S. Cargo.

LQ And Mr S Cargo
LQ And Mr S Cargo

We found an older cache in the little nature reserve at Noak Bridge – LQ was very surprised to see Santa!

LQ Meets Santa!
LQ Meets Santa!

Day #8 – Fond Farewells

Event: 1 Trad: 9
Walked:  6.4 miles

3rd August 2015
3rd August 2015

A few tears today from the hard-working UK Essex Mega committee – it was time to say goodbye to all the travellers from near and far at the Goodbye To Essex event at Barleylands.

Donna Says Goodbye
Donna Says Goodbye

Whoever is last to leave, remember to put the cat out!

Last To Leave?
Last To Leave?

Alistair has one last go in the Mega Logbook Deckchair!

Alistair In The Logbook Deckchair
Alistair In The Logbook Deckchair

Once the event was done, Alistair and I decided to have a walk and find a few more of the caches local to Barleylands which we hadn’t had time to find until now. There were the three Flitch Trials themed caches, which required a bit of brainpower to get the logs out.

Caching And Bullrushes
Caching And Bullrushes

My favourite of the day was this brilliant little box, 911 Emergency. It must have taken a lot of time to prepare!

The Brilliant 911 Cache
The Brilliant 911 Emergency Cache

We have had mega weather for Mega Week – and the blue sky continued to smile on us today.

Bird On A Wire
Bird On A Wire

The final bit of fun was the Flash Flood cache which is hidden the other side of a stream under a road bridge. We came fore-warned so I was sent across the treacherous waters in my wellies. Alistair was ready with his camera in case disaster struck – thankfully I remained upright, much to his disappointment!

Day #6 – UK Mega Essex 2015

Mega: 1 Trad: 12 Puzzle: 1 Lab: 10
Walked: 8.4 miles

1st August 2015
1st August 2015

Mega Day has come around… and much fun was had by all. Alistair and I were camping overnight – so we had some breakfast at the tent before heading over to the festivities.

Mega Camping
Mega Camping

The Mega Logbook was a huge deckchair – we had to sign the cover! Caz Woz ‘Ere

I've Signed The Log!
I’ve Signed The Log!

We particularly enjoyed some of the Lab caches on offer. Hook a duck and find the one with a code on the bottom:

Duckies - Lab Cache
Duckies – Lab Cache

Open each locker to discover if there was a code behind the door:

Lockers - Lab Cache
Lockers – Lab Cache
I Met Signal!
I Met Signal!
Alistair In The Chair
Alistair In The Chair

I met Signal The Frog during the event.

What a friendly, happy dude! And the perfect ambassador for Geocaching. Alistair had a few moments to relax in the big deck chair too.

After the main event was done, we wandered around the Mega Amble – a series of 12 traditional caches close to the camp site, which had been published especially for the event. The 12th brought up my 3100th find (my 3000th having been found just a week before the Mega).

Day #5 – Mersea & The Flitch Trials

Event: 2 Trad: 6 Earth: 1 Letterbox: 1 Virtual: 1
Walked: 6.6 miles

31st July 2015
31st July 2015

Another fun day of Essex Mega events today, kicking off with a trip to Mersea Island to find several trads, an unusual Virtual which moves around the country (it wasn’t actually in North Yorkshire when I found it, but at the end of Mersea Island!) and an Earth Cache. Alistair explored the cliffs along the coastline:

Up The Cliff
Up The Cliff

Boats near the Survey Monument at the end of Cudmore Grove (close to the location of the Virtual).

Mersea Boats
Mersea Boats

This evening we headed to Barleylands to enjoy Pie and Mash for dinner and pitch our camping spot.

Shifty The Megaduck!
Shifty The Mega Duck! [photo by Alistair]
Then it was time to attend the Flitch Trials – with a caching flavour. Three caching couples were cross-examined about the truth of their DNF logs – and the “jury” voted them Guilty or Not Guilty after hearing the evidence.

The Hanging Judge
The Hanging Judge
Selfie Time
Selfie Time
Guilty As Charged!
Guilty As Charged!

Day #2 – Hatfield Forest & Stargazing

Event: 2 Trad: 6 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 5.75 miles

28th July 2015
28th July 2015

There were too Essex Mega events to visit today, first off was the Caching & Nature walk in Hatfield Forest. Kids were taught to make fire (responsibly!) with the Rangers. I met Marley the Geodog – just about the sweetest-natured pooch you could hope to find.

Marley The GeoPooch!
Marley The GeoPooch!

I had the opportunity to find a few caches in the forest. There were plenty of other folks finding tupperware too!

Caching In Hatfield Forest
Caching In Hatfield Forest

The evening saw the Stargazing Picnic back at Barleylands. Alistair arrived from Newcastle in time for the interesting talk from cacher and astronomy buff, Loony Londo. Sadly the clouds closed in and it was too overcast to do any stargazing.

Too Cloudy For Stargazing
Too Cloudy For Stargazing

However, the clouds didn’t stop us being visited by Interstellar beings! This was at GZ of a great puzzle cache released that evening.

Interstellar Puzzle
Interstellar Puzzle

Day #1 – Let Mega Week Begin

Event: 1 Trad: 2
Walked: 2.5 miles

27th July 2015
27th July 2015

It’s finally here – the UK Essex Mega 2015 week-long festival of geocaching. The very first event was the Imp’s Meet & Greet at Birchanger Services on the M11, but the next one was my first – UKME2015 – Welcome To Essex.

Welcome To Essex!
Welcome To Essex!

The event during the evening was held at Barleylands. There was a BBQ and an opportunity to see old friends and new.

Smoking BBQ
Smoking BBQ

I also found a couple of the new caches placed around Barleylands – A Damp Welcome and the excellent Grand Mega Bug Hotel.

Mega Bug Hotel
Mega Bug Hotel

I was also official photographer for the event, you can see more of my images on Flickr.