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Day #250 – Challenge Accepted!

Trad: 6 Challenge: 18
Walked: 10.6 miles

Alistair is not a great fan of challenge caches and tends to ignore them, so I hadn’t made much effort to find them when out caching in his company during my stay. But he had to go to work today, and I was on my way home, so I made the effort to pick up as many Challenges as I could in the North East, which I had already qualified for.

I managed 18 in total, across various locations, so was pleased with my haul for the day. The Church Micro Jasmer Challenge was near an imposing looking church near Sedgefield.

Church Micro - Jasmer Challenge
Church Micro – Jasmer Challenge

The longest circuit of the day was the DCT series near Wynyard. I had qualified for about 12 of the 16 on the route so thought it was worth my while stopping off to find them. I’m not sure why I didn’t think locations around a Wind Farm wouldn’t be windy – but it was blowing a gale for the most part!

DCT Challenge Circuit
DCT Challenge Circuit

I finally finished my searches around 4:30pm and then began the long drive home south. But the roads behaved and I arrived in good time, tired but satisfied with the day’s 24 finds, and a fitting way to spend Day #250 of my geostreak.

Day #247 – Crawcrook Creepies

Trad: 25
Walked: 10.2 miles

We had lovely outing with Durham-based caching friend M.Kingfisher. Mick got into caching a couple of years ago thanks to me and Alistair and has not looked back since. Sadly I don’t see him often enough, but today we arranged a meet up to tackle the insect-themed circuit, Crawcrook Creepies. It turned out to be a great little walk.

All of the pots had insect or arachnoid guardians – this was my favourite (mainly because the pot was purple!)

Purple Pot!
Purple Pot!

Alistair and Mick pose with a grasshopper along the way:

Alistair & Mick Make A Friend
Alistair & Mick Make A Friend

We also found an Alien landing pod!! Hope he’s comfortable…

Aliens Are Among Us!
Aliens Are Among Us!

One cache had added horsey – of course, Alistair decided to make friends:

Cache With Added Horsey
Cache With Added Horsey

We finished up the last of the circuit with a big fly at No. 10. And then retired to the pub for a hearty lunch in Crawcrook!

Big Creepy Crawley!
Big Creepy Crawley!

Once we had munched, we decided there were more caches to be found, so an impromptu visit to the Blaydon area was hastily arranged and we found a few more along the Tyne, up Blaydon Burn and back via some Stella Explorer hides.

Blaydon Races?
Blaydon Races?

There were a few hairy moments requiring some scrambling to get a couple of caches along the Burn, but we made it out alive and nothing broken. Can you see we are relieved?

SMIIIIILE!
SMIIIIILE!

So a grand day out and lovely to catch up with Mick again while caching.