I’ve been looking at the Earthcache near Westminster Bridge on the London map for months. It’s just around the corner from where I’m working and today the tides were just right – low tide just before I started in the morning and high tide just after I had finished. So I finally pulled my finger out and visited the spot to make my measurements.
Job done, I then headed off to pick up the trad in Ham Yard, another one ticked off the list.
I needed to find and Earthcache today for my International Eartcache Day souvenir. The nearest unfound was at Tollesbury, so that’s where I headed. The EC itself was quickly sorted out, then I went for a little walk around the town.
The Lightship is a familiar sight in Tollesbury, so of course I had to make a picture.
Before heading off for my big walk around the Essex 100 Section 4, I needed some fortification, so stopped off at the excellent café near the boatyard for a tasty bacon sarnie and a pot of tea.
Then I was off around the sea wall looking for caches as I went. It would have been quite a walk, but I had taken the geo-bike with me.
Plenty of boats and things to see along the way, and fluffy clouds floating above the salt marshes.
With the familiar shape of Bradwell Power Station in the background, I made quick progress along the sea wall on the bike. Although about half way round I saw a sign saying “no cycling”. Oops. Well, too late now!
It was good to get this section of the Essex 100 ticked off, I’ve been meaning to visit for ages. 16 finds today will do very nicely.
I enjoyed my day off yesterday, and said goodbye to Alistair who was off back home to Newcastle. Not finding a cache was a bit weird, but a relief at the same time!
Today I was back in London for meetings, but started a bit later than normal, so I made the most of the morning by going into Westminster Cathedral to tackle the Earthcache based around the different marbles inside. It’s quite eye-opening!
After work it was still fairly light, so I took a walk around Southwark and Bermondsey to pick up several caches which have been on my to do list for a while.
First stop was CM8005 St. George. An easy find once I had crunched the numbers. Then onto a solved puzzle and trad CM before heading to the Cathedral for the Earthcache, Southwark Flintstones. I didn’t spot Fred or Wilma, but did gather enough info for the cache!
My last port of call was the SideTracked Earthcache at London Bridge station, which I eventually found when on the right level. More info gathered, ready to fire off emails to the CO’s when I get home. So I’m easing back into it gently after finally breaking my streak!
I’m heading to Imber Village in Wiltshire this weekend (more of that tomorrow), but first I had to drive to Margate in Kent for meeting this afternoon. You never know what the motorways are going to do, so I set off super early and had time for a few finds in Kent before the meeting. Since I was passing, I stopped off briefly for the 13th Day Of Every Month Challenge just south of Whitstable. Then the T3.5 Earthcache near Reculver was high on the agenda.
I had lunch next to the pretty little Church at Reculver before doing the Church Micro.
Once my meeting was done, it was back on the motorways, but I had time for one or two on my way to my hotel in Berkshire this evening – the payoff for travelling on the M25 on a Friday night!
The CM at Eversley was hardly a Micro! Little Quacker met a blue friend in the big ammo box we found. Why Eversley? Well I needed just one CM in the CM44xx range to finally qualify for The Mega Church Micro (CM) Challenge Cache and this wasn’t too far off my planned route. Job done!
The last stop of the day was to Burghclere Memorial Chapel for the CM there, before turning in for the night and settling down to log the day’s finds.
Today I set myself the challenge of climbing The Monument in London, to finally log the Virtual cache which is at the top. I haven’t been up the thing in several years, but today looked perfect – lovely weather was promised.
But first, I started my walk from Liverpool Street and picked up information for a Multi I’ve been meaning to do for ages (sadly a DNF today) plus bagging a trio of Earthcaches before I began my climb,
At the bottom, it looks like a long way up!
Finally at the top of the Monument, Virtual Cache in the bag.
That wasn’t it for Earthcaches though, I did another couple after my climb, and also picked up five trads as I was pottering about.
I headed out this morning to pick up my nearest unfound earthcache to continue my Unusual 15-day streak (I just need one more tomorrow to complete the run). It was an unusual site – two locations along Brentwood High Street. One was just outside Argos!
And the second was at the drinking trough near Wilson’s Corner. I gathered the required info and took selfies, and will send my answers shortly.
I also picked up a few trads, one of which was this cunning camo’d little pot, hidden in ivy in a tree. No idea how I spotted it, quite a miracle!
I got back home in time for lunch with friends Rob & Sue, who took me to the Woolpack before we went off to hunt for my puzzle cache, I’m A Little Teapot. I’ve known them for nearly 20 years but it was a few months ago that I was chatting to them about geocaching. They seemed intrigued and found a few on their own and now seem to be hooked! Hooray, more converts!
Today was time for a road trip to Llanberis to go up Snowdon. I wanted to get there quickly, so only stopped off for a couple of hides along the way. LQ liked the view at this cache in the Llanberis Pass.
The next thing was to sign the ducks into the event at the car park in Llanberis – Summit Up Snowdon. They were happy to meet the folks there. Shifty decided he didn’t want to come all the way to the top (I think he’s secretly afraid of heights) but sent Little Quacker with me to report back how it was.
But first – we wanted to log the webcam at Llanberis – Mole says “Stick ’em up” 2 – Shifty was happy enough to be in that, he had his wings up too!
We enjoyed the trip up to the top on the diesel train. I had booked ages ago as I knew it would be busy. You only get 30-40 minutes at the top, and have to go back on the same train you came up on – but there were 3 caches to log! Would I be able to grab them all? One was a trad, one a virtual and one an Earthcache.
My original plan was to try for all three and if I didn’t have enough time, I would perhaps walk down from the summit. But we got half way up and entered the cloudbase. It turned very cold and extremely windy. The view from the summit was about 3 feet! But still, there was a big group of folks gathering the info for the virtual and Earthcache.
Little Quacker helped me out with gathering the information too. Thankfully we didn’t have to search hard for the trad – I saw it i the hands of other cachers!
Thankfully, I managed to get all three in the time, and took the train back down in comfort! But seeing little trains wasn’t over yet – I looked for the SideTracked – Llanberis hide which is sited along the lovely Llanberis Lake Railway.
Dolbarn Castle was the venue for another great little cache, the view was lovely. The cache had quite high terrain rating, but it didn’t pose too many problems.
Little Quacker found the cache easily! Well done LQ.
On the way back to the Carrog Campsite (for another event in the evening), I went from cache to cache along the A5, stopping for quick finds and no DNFs, ticking off another few counties today.
The evening festivities carried on well into the night at the Sombreros After Sunset event – Shifty disgraced himself by drinking too much Tequila and somehow came away with a rather bushy Mexican moustache! He’s been wearing it proudly ever since.
I went up to London this afternoon to attend the Mad Cachers’ Tea Party event organised jointly by local pan314159 and avroair, who was visiting from the USA. Everyone was encouraged to wear a mad hat – and there were certainly lots to be seen!
Extraordinary creations were the most fun – there was a popular vote for the best and this bonkers hat was the winner! Even Nemo looks surprised!
My own creation was not a modest affair – furry bunny ears, LED lights and a full-blown tea party going on around the brim and on top. It turned a few heads. I was glad it survived the journey by train in my picnic bag.
My Little Quacker was delighted to make some new friends who were also taking part in the HQ Duck Dash. I’m sure there was a bit of rivalry going on too!
There were many tempting shinies on offer two, as several hard-core coin collectors were there with their duplicates and swaps. I was very weak!
As well as the event, I also managed to squeeze in a multi and trad find beforehand, plus another multi and earthcache on the way home. The SideTracked EarthCache – Euston Station Geology cache (also by pan314159) was another one which has been on my London target list for ages. It was still busy this evening, but a little patience eventually paid off and I got the info I needed.