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Day #359 – Waterloo Wander

Trad: 4 Earth: 1
Walked: 5.3 miles

I was back in London today, on one of the hottest days of the year so far, for a meeting in Millbank. Afterwards, I took the opportunity to find the recently-placed Earthcache at the Buxton Memorial Fountain. It’s a location I know well but the EC has only been out a few weeks.

Buxton Memorial Fountain EC
Buxton Memorial Fountain EC

Well one little earthcache didn’t seem like enough, so I took a wander around the Waterloo area to bag a few more urban hides.

Peekaboo! London Landmark
Peekaboo! London Landmark

The most surprising find wasn’t a cache – but this rooftop camel on the way to Side Tracked Waterloo!

Camel On A Rooftop!
Camel On A Rooftop!

My poor feet were killing me, as I’d really worn the wrong shoes for a long walk, but I trudged on towards Waterloo bridge to pick up the Waterloo Sunset nano which I had DNF’d a while back – basically due to my incompetence, I had been looking at the wrong sign! An easy spot this evening, which was great.

Waterloo Sunset
Waterloo Sunset

Eventually I hobbled back to the tube station and caught a train home, weary but satisfied with the evening’s expedition.

Day #352 – Walking On Water

Trad: 4 Earth: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 6.3 miles

I had a meeting in London this afternoon, so I went up earlier in the day with Alistair so we could grab a few boxes beforehand. It started well enough, with us finding a couple of the Lost River Fleet series north of the Thames.

Then we crossed Blackfriars bridge to look for Father Thames & The Mermaid. Good job it was low tide, as access was only from the river bank beach!

Low Tide On The Thames
Low Tide On The Thames

I did the admin while Alistair explored the detritus on the beach.

Alistair Explores
Alistair Explores

The log was rather soggy, but I managed to make our mark.

Soggy Log Sheet
Soggy Log Sheet

Then it started pelting with rain. Of course! (Alistair is convinced I’m a Rain Goddess as it frequently rains while we are out caching together). We needed to complete the tasks for the nearby Earthcache too, so we sheltered under the jetty while gathering the information we needed.

Earthcache Under The Jetty
Earthcache Under The Jetty

See, he’s still smiling (sort of), even though it’s raining!

Behind Me!
Behind Me!

Eventually it stopped so we headed towards Westminster. Along the way, we found a bargain BOGOF, two pots for the price of one, at West End Trail – Bridges and Statues (2).

Two For The Price Of One!
Two For The Price Of One!

Then it was time for my meeting, so Alistair went off to explore the Thames Flood Barrier, while I sat in an office along Millbank watching the river go by and listening to my colleagues debating various stuff. Eventually, the work bit was done, and I arranged to meet up with Alistair again at Blackfriars Bridge.

We headed south of the river once more to attend the London Event: Over from Hanover @ River Thames in a nearby pub. Camilla the Camel came to say hello, she seemed very friendly but slightly perturbed that her glass was empty.

Camilla The Camel Says Hello
Camilla The Camel Says Hello

Alistair met another duck – he’s always a bit wary, given the capers he’s had with Mr Duck over the years!

Alistair Meets Another Duck
Alistair Meets Another Duck

Lots of chatter and a few pints later, we staggered away to get the train home.