Around lunchtime today I noticed a few new caches had been published in Billericay, so I had something to eat and then headed out on the hunt for FTF. I bombed out on one, but managed to locate Caching Crew #5 by ljgeofinder935, which I discovered had a nice blank log sheet on arrival. Hurrah, FTF No. 49.
Then I headed over to Colchester to explore Westlands Country Park – not an area I have ever visited before. There is a series of caches locally by Boo!!!, which I thought I would look for, and grab any others which were on my way. One such was The Gates Of Eden by foxscout, which was a bit of a pain to find, but I got there in the end.
Some of the other Boo hides were guarded by interesting characters! I spotted this duck…
… and also this bunny, which was quite difficult to spot. I persevered and eventually found him tucked in a hole.
The evenings are drawing in now, so the sun had set by the time I had finished my searches. I also ended up with a few DNFs – but I suspect that was more to do with my incompetence rather than the fading light.
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.
We found an older cache in the little nature reserve at Noak Bridge – LQ was very surprised to see Santa!
I had a rather sticky experience this morning, trying to find Peachick’s Puzzle in Mill Meadows Nature Reserve in Billericay. It’s been several years since I was last there for a previous cache, which took several fruitless visits before finally locating the prize. But that cache got archived ages ago.
Today I made the mistake of heading into the reserve from the nearest footpath to where I had parked. This turned out to be at the bottom of a very steep, muddy hill. It was a quagmire of boot-sucking mud which, at times, I wasn’t sure if I would get out of with both Wellies still on my feet!
Eventually made my way up the hill but found myself obstructed by a fence running around the little patch of woods, with 190-odd feet still to go. Argh!
So I had to backtrack through some more evil mud, and finally made it to a much firmer (but still muddy) path. Once at GZ I was most relieved to find the cache quite quickly. Phew!
The way back was much more obvious (I wasn’t going back the way I came in!) and the path led out to the main road without much mud at all. Now why hadn’t I found that in the first place?
This time to Billericay to pick up the Sun Corner Park Cache & Dash hide. Pity Sun Corner wasn’t sunny at all – it started to drizzle just as I arrived, but another quick find, thankfully. I enjoyed a panini for lunch in the town before hopping on the bus home again.
I’ve been meaning to get together with nearby cacher rachel’n’rio for ages to go out for a tupperware walk. Today we finally managed to co-ordinate our diaries.
We decided to go and look for Bailey’s Trail, a multi just on the northern boundary of Billericay, which neither of us had attempted before.
Originally there were 5 stages but one went missing before we searched, and we had terrible trouble finding another couple, so in the end we only found two of the hides. A pity, but we thought that was enough to claim the find!