Another short day at work meant I was able to top and tail my trip to London with a bit of caching. First stop of the morning was the South Bank to finally avenge the DNF at Henry’s Lost Letter, which I failed to find a few days ago.
Another hide I was able to revisit was SideTracked – London Marylebone when, on my last visit, it was so muggle-infested I didn’t even try. Today was a different matter, and I located the prize quite quickly.
After the working day was done, I headed to Little Venice for a few more caches as dusk began to fall. My first stop was Warwick Avenue SideTracked, which didn’t pose any great problems.
I walked across to Over Troubled Water, a hide on the bridge over the Grand Union Canal. It was a little bit tricky but eventually the muggles thinned out sufficiently for me to have a proper look, and there it was. A nice spot to spend a few minutes watching the world go by.
The last port of call was the SideTracked hide at Royal Oak, which I bagged on my way to the tube station and to make my way home.
I get annoyed by green boxes (or worse, blue fronwies) in my sea of yellow smileys on the map. So every now and then I have a blitz and try to clear them up. Today was such a day!
My first find was avenging a DNF on Danbury Common from a few days ago. Grand. Then on to Frederick’s Green for a hide which was accessed by walking through the arches and tunnels of this hump backed bridge. What a great location.
Another CNL (Could Not Look) avenged from a few weeks ago in Wickham Bishops, then it was on to Witham to pick up a trio of loose ends around the town. The crocuses are looking good.
I also spotted this fine fellow, mellowing out on a new kiddies’ playground.
I continued on to The Old Fella, who was harbouring a nice little box with a few goodies inside. A half dozen new smileys today, that will do!
I just had time for a quick find on the way to work today, Brentwooddogwalker’s hide, Beam Me Under. After a little bit of a false start, which saw me trying to hack through an impenetrable thicket, I finally found a much better (but less obvious) path and arrived at GZ to make a quick find.
Sadly I was working today, so no time for a long geowalk for me. Instead I chose the recently placed Mountnessing Bridleway cache as my target on the way to work this morning. Better to get it under my belt early in the day, as I wasn’t sure what time I would be finishing this evening.
Just time for a quick find after work this evening. The target was Rabley Ramble, a venerable old cache which I now realise was approaching it’s 10th Birthday – if I had waited until 22nd April for the find, we could have had a party!
Never mind – I had fun anyway. The cache was placed deep under a bridge with very steep, very muddy sides to the little stream it crossed. The mud nearly claimed my wellies off my feet, but I managed to scramble out again with them still attached!
Just time for another quick cache and dash during a diversion on the way home this evening. My target for today was one of the Lost River Fleet series, #15 Railway Cutting near King’s Cross. I found it quickly and then poked my camera over the bridge parapet to see the tube trains trundling past below.
We all have those caches where we DNF them and then don’t return for weeks, months or even years to see if we can turn that blue frown in to a yellow smiley.
Well today I resolved to do just that for one cache which I last attempted in March 2012! A12-J21 Grandstand View by helennbrian was my target. It’s not that far away, but it’s always on the way to somewhere more interesting, so I hardly ever have an incentive to stop. It’s been bubbling up to the top of the To Do List for a few weeks now, as I’m beginning to run short of closer caches I can do as drive bys or single cache and dashes to keep my daily streak going.
I knew it was under a road bridge over the A12, so whilst it wasn’t absolutely necessary, I went prepared – dressed in High Vis jacket and Hard Hat! Even if I was spotted, nobody would pay the slightest bit of attention to me if I looked like I should be there…
Sure enough, it was an easy find this time around, and actually quite fun. Now why had I been putting off a return visit for so long?
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.
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!
One cache was guarded by a troll at this unusually-constructed bridge.
Another hide had had several DNF’s logged previously, but I dug a big deeper than most and voilà! There it was!
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.
Today was one of those grim “cement lid” days. Whilst not actually raining, it took some effort to drag myself out, so I set off for a couple of hides in The Rodings which would only need a short walk.
I should have read the logs properly first – the Church Micro at White Roding was obviously gone with 12 consecutive previous DNF’s! I added my name to the list.
My backup option was another in the ABC Of Essex series, A Is For Abbess Roding. Thankfully the caching trolls were kind and I found the box easily. Inside was Terry The Tiny Triceratops! He’s purple so I felt compelled to bring him home.
I left a film pot in exchange – hopefully someone will use it to place another cache soon.