Back to caching solo today. I decided to go to Epping Forest and Chingford to search out caches of all seven sizes, which would qualify me for two Challenge Caches. To include a virtual as well as the physical sizes, I targeted Lizzie’s Hunting Shack in Chingford, and then saw which other caches were available nearby.
The “Not Chosen” size was covered by the Loughton Camp Earthcache, interesting earthworks in the depths of the forest.
The next cache was an oldie from 2005 with a nice big box.
Pick Up A Penguin was my favourite of the day, a new Letterbox hide with a lovely stamp and lots of goodies in the box.
From rural hides to start with, I moved on to urban hides in Chingford to grab the final two sizes which I needed. Job done!
I needed to visit Nazeinng today and thought I would take the long way round to find a couple of outstanding older caches I need for my Jasmer grid.
The first was Wildlife Cache # 2 – Tree Pipit in Epping Forest, placed in January 2005. It was a bit muddy underfoot, but I found the cache in the end.
Next up was Coal Post #19 near Nazeing which has been in the wild since July 2003. It was a quick find, thankfully.
Then I relocated to a couple of locations in Nazeing, firstly to find a Church Micro puzzle cache which I’d solved the day before (still on my non-trad streak). Then onto the Church Micro in Nazeing itself, plus another located nearby.
After my logs today my Jasmer Grid is now looking nicely full for 2003 onwards. I should be able to fill Sept 2002 and May 2001 on my next visit to Newcastle, probably next year.
The only other UK caches I can find to fill in more squares are June 2001 (near Wokingham), Feb 2001 (the first in Wales) and Dec 2000 (north of Glasgow, Scotland’s first). If I want any more, it will have to be road trips to Denmark, Chicago and Oregon. Not for a while…
I met up with muggle friends today for a picnic in Epping Forest. Of course, I took the opportunity to find a few boxes in Epping town on the way, and in the Forest after they had set off for home.
We also enjoyed lovely home made cakes and tea in the Church at High Beach. It’s a pretty spot – pity there is no Church Micro there, and it would be a great location as there aren’t any caches near enough to clash with it.
I’m glad I found some nice caches while out, as it’s my 7th Geocaching Birthday today! Seems like only yesterday I started out in this crazy tupperware-hunting game!