Leap Day is of course a one-in-four year event. Geocachers get excited about it as it enables them to fill that elusive missing day in their “finds by date calendar”. In 2012 I hosted the Essex Meet Leap Day event and had my arm twisted to do it again this year.
This morning was also the day that my pesky car decided to die again – the third time in 5 months! Argh! What to do?
I knew I wouldn’t have time to get it sorted out today, so just left it sulking on the drive and hopped on the train to Ingatestone to find a couple of Kitty!!’s new caches in her old Mamma Mia loop.
The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Thankfully it wasn’t too windy or muddy underfoot. And thanks to the generosity of a couple of caching friends, I got a lift to and from the pub in Mountnessing where the event was held this evening – it would have been very embarrassing not to turn up at my own do!
Today’s outing was a trip to Witham by train (and bus to the station from home). I got all the clues for the long multi, Witham Perambulate but then stuffed up doing the numbers properly, so didn’t actually look for it. Having re-crunched them at home I see it’s because I can’t add up! D’oh. Anyway, geo-check has now confirmed the location, so I can find it another day.
I did manage two quick finds though, Bowled Over #2 and Church Micro #4240, so it wasn’t a fruitless trip!
A few days ago I noticed I would qualify for an interesting Challenge cache if I could keep up a streak of 15 days (not a problem) AND find one Puzzle, Multi, Virtual, Letterbox, Trad, Church Micro, Challenge, Whereigo and Earth cache during the streak (only one type to be used each day).
Having looked at my recent finds I realised that the period starting on 24th November had in fact already accomplished most of this – I just needed a Whereigo and an Earth to complete the requirements.
The nearest Whereigo accessible by public transport was the Mersea Island Meander, set for the UK Essex Mega week, which I had not had time to find then. So a bus, train and another bus later (nearly two hours!) and I was standing at the start point with my iPhone app fired up and started following the instructions.
I was mighty pleased that it all worked OK and I found the pot at the end, after about an hour’s stroll around West Mersea.
It’s only the second Whereigo I’ve done, but there are a few more of interest not too far away, so I may give them a go in the near future.
There was just time to bag the Multi, Watertower #21 before the bus was due to take me home again.