Kitty!! and I attempted It Takes Two in Basildon a couple of months ago, but it was missing. A return mission was scheduled for today, it having been replaced recently. This time it was a lightning quick find (we had taken the right gear with us!) which filled another DT square for me – D4/T4.5. Just five to go now!
Here’s what’s left of my DT grid after today’s finds:
After that success, we headed around the park for a few more that one or the other hadn’t found. But it took at least half an hour to locate the elusive twit at Holy Cross Perching – just as we were about to give up, I spotted the little blighter! Phew!
With the car still in for repair today, I was left with caching by public transport again. I decided to get he bus to Basildon. Since I was having to go that far, I might as well choose somewhere with more than just a couple of possible finds.
The cache at the cool glass bell tower was an easy find, and then I went to find a few more in Gloucester Park. Not a bad haul for the day, half a dozen in all.
I was caching with just Kitty!! today as Mr Crow wasn’t available. We chose a lovely little circuit around Thundersley Common to tackle and it turned out to be a great set of caches. There were some really inventive hides, but we were pleased to be able to find all six in the end.
Casper the ghost was guarding one cache which was quite a way up a tree, but we found the tool nearby and he was quickly in hand.
This yappy little dog wouldn’t shut up while we signed the log at one cache, but fled into the distance when I approached it for a photo.
The last find of the day was cleverly hidden in this Tribble! Kitty was being a particularly girlie wuss at this one, so I had to do the retrieval while she stood to one side, shuddering with horror!
Sadly, our last attempt was a DNF, but it was at a high DT cache in Whitmore Park. We went “tooled up” but sadly, not quite tooled up enough. We will have to return with better equipment!
I decided to kill two birds with one stone today – I needed to visit Purfleet to find the SideTracked cache and also pick up a Church Micro somewhere along the way, both helping me towards Challenge cache qualifications.
My first stop was Purfleet where I managed to find three caches in the end, including the SideTracked hide. Knights Of The Round Table, was at a very curious spot!
On to Pitsea, where St Gabriel’s Church has a new CM by Cettis12. This was an easy find. The church is a modern design, quite pleasant in its own way.
I noticed that In Memoriam, Pitsea War Memorial by Grimmer Scotting was also close by. Since I’m on a long term mission to find more multis (again with the aim of Challenge Cache qualification), I thought I would give it a go. The memorial looked lovely in the contre jour lighting this morning. I found the numbers quickly and the cache was also a swift locate once in the right place.
I had allowed myself the morning to “play”, and since there was still some time left, I did a few more drive bys and cache & dash in east Basildon as I worked my way home.
I was going to look for another of Cettis12’s new Church Micros but as I approached I saw a guy loitering around outside the church, trying to give out leaflets about Jesus to anyone who would take them. Having politely declined, I was told “God loves you” and I made a swift exit. Frustrating, as I could easily see the bison tube in its hiding place, but feared trying to retrieve it would attract too much attention from the zealot… So I decided to leave it for another day.
Today’s outing was a damp afternoon in Basildon. We had a couple of DNF’s at caches which almost certainly weren’t there.
But we also managed two hides around Whitmore Park, the first success was a puzzle which hadn’t been found since the summer (and we found it on the ground) – I had done my homework so we knew what to do with the combination lock!
The second was a straightforward trad which we were quite glad to have found, since we weren’t having a lot of luck in the rain.
We also did a reconnoitre of a tricky D4/T4.5 hide nearby, but despite having a little go at it, we decided we were under-prepared and the deluge of rain made us decide it would be better to leave it for another day.
So, a modest two finds today for January’s “all systems go” push. Frustrating!
Today I decided to work on a challenge cache, Ecclesiastical: An Assiduous Cacher Challenge which requires you to have found 10 church micros in a day. I had noticed a cluster of CMs around Basildon which were all quite close together and which I hadn’t found. I had a few as backup too, in case any were DNFs.
The first was CM Noak Bridge which was a quick find, followed by Dunton which is now a private house.
My only DNF came at Manor Mission which was Muggle Central – despite a thorough search I just couldn’t locate it.
Next up was Basildon URC, Holy Cross, & St. Andrew’s before getting to CM Vange. The church was a lovely example and open to have a look around. I enjoyed my picnic in the car park.
Fortified by food, the next stop was CM Vange Mission, then Pitsea and Gun Hill.
The final stop of the day was St Peter’s, Thundersley, which has an unusual terraced graveyard with the church at the top of the hill. Thankfully it was an easy find so I was able to continue onto Southend to run an errand before it was dark!