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Day #330 – Back To Brookman’s Park

Trad: 9 Earth: 1
Walked: 7.8 miles

After a fairly frustrating visit to the Brookman’s Park area on Day #289, I thought it was about time for a re-match due to the unfinished business I had there. It had been wet and miserable this morning, but perked up by the time I knocked off work.

Hiding In A Bush
Hiding In A Bush

So I pottered about picking up some more of the Brookman’s Park Stroll series. Thankfully, I had a much more successful day, even finding a couple which gave me grief last time.

Lovely Evening
Lovely Evening

One of the oddest finds of the evening was near BP 21 – this weird “beach ball” in the woods! It was very heavy and I think filled with sand. Reminded me of Rover from The Prisoner.

Odd Find In The Woods
Odd Find In The Woods

Final cache of the day was an earthcace in the water meadows. Was it any wonder that much of it was flooded after this morning’s deluge? I had to backtrack to return to the car as I didn’t have my wellies with me, but we got there in the end.

A Sink Hole Earthcache
A Sink Hole Earthcache

At the earthcache, The Mimmshall Mystery, just as dusk was falling.

Earthcache - Wet Underfoot
Earthcache – Wet Underfoot

Day #289 – A Quartet Required

Trad: 4
Walked: 5.0 miles

I left work a bit later than planned this evening, with a target of finding four caches. This would bring my aggregate finds for all 10ths of the month to 100, which would finally qualify me for a Challenge Cache I’d been working on for a while. Sounds simple, yes?

I chose a circuit of caches between North Mimms and Brookman’s Park – the BP Stroll – as the hides seemed reasonably close together and the weather was looking threatening.

With two down, things were going well. But then I hit a brick wall! The next FOUR were all DNF!! Argh! How can I be so rubbish?

Sneaky Metal Sneaker
Sneaky Metal Sneaker

In my defence, the light was pretty poor and they were tricky hides – I wasn’t the only one to DNF some of them in their history. The hints were rather cryptic too, so I just plodded on and finally reached three finds as I was heading back towards the car. Enough of this series!

Grazing Near My DNF
Grazing Near My First DNF

My final find of the evening was closer to North Mimms, a straightforward film pot, Coal Post 32, so it was a relief to finally meet my target at 21:08 – by which time I was searching by torchlight!