Today was the day for the Big 5K! I decided I needed a series to fill the 10-cache gap and one which meant I wouldn’t have to walk too far, as I’d had a long day yesterday. There were 9 caches placed around Cheshunt Park which fitted the bill nicely. I found 8!
I had decided that I would find chiptheduck’sDucks At Dusk puzzle as my 5000th cache. It was a great little problem involving balancing ducks on their perches in the duck houses, which I spent a couple of happy hours solving yesterday. Much more satisfying than if my milestone had been a random film pot thrown in a bush. The only down side? The cache was in Hertfordshire!
Having done the business in Cheshunt, I was still two caches short, but relocated to Letchmore Heath and found a couple more of the Letchmore Loop to make it to 4999. Then onto the main attraction:
Thankfully the actual Ducks At Dusk hide was an easy spot once I got to GZ, which was a relief! I had brought along my 5000 Finds Geo-Achievement coin in readiness, and posed with it to mark the occasion. 🙂
You know how there’s always time for one more? Well the two Letchmore Loop finds meant I had enough numbers to calculate the final co-ords for the bonus of the series, even though I haven’t found all of the other caches yet. I couldn’t resist making it 5001 in total, and finishing off there for today, a very memorable day out.
Yesterday I hastily arranged an outing with Kitty!! and Mr Crow to do some more of the revived Essex Way caches today. We started a little bit west of Pleshey (at No. 21) and finished at Great Leighs (No. 75).
The track was mainly easy going, with few mud patches along the way. We met a some bikers along the way who were churning up the track.
Ray did a lot of the finding as he went striding ahead, while Anne & I enjoyed the walk – occasionally having to come to the rescue to find a difficult one which eluded him!
We were pleased with our 52-cache haul at Great Leighs and retired to the lovely Snug Café in High Easter for a well-earned pot of tea and a panini.
While we were refuelling, I mentioned that I needed 75 caches for a challenge cache and Anne suggested it was worth keeping going as I was 2/3rds of the way there already. So they dropped me at Good Easter to walk another section which they had already completed.
I bagged another 18 caches along this stretch, and realised I was still 5 short of my target, so I stopped off for some drive by caches on the way home. The first was Pleshey Boulders, a new Earthcache which has only been published for a few days.
A few more finds around Chelmsford, finishing at Sandford Mill Lock, finally brought up my best total for the day, 75 caches, and qualified me for another Challenge Cache. Plus, I also earned my 72 finds in a day geocoin, which has been sitting unactivated at home for a few months! I think that makes it a Grand Day Out.