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Day #308 – Dengie Smörgåsbord

Trad: 6 Multi: 3 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 5.9 miles

I was back on the Dengie Peninsula again today (there are plenty more caches to tackle in the area), picking up a mixture of Church Micros, puzzles, village signs and any other random caches I was passing.

Burnham On Crouch Sign
Burnham On Crouch Sign

I finally rounded up enough information to finish off the Multi Church Micro at Mundon (which requires five other specific CM finds before you can work out the co-ords). The weather wasn’t up to much, but I did pass the famously spooky petrified Mundon Oaks.

Moody Mundon Oaks
Moody Mundon Oaks

On the way home I stopped for a quick cache and dash at the festive Happy Christmas hide. I liked the idea here!

Happy Christmas?!
Happy Christmas?!

I had also crunched the numbers for the final Bolting Round Ulting Bonus cache, which was a great big box hidden in a great big tree!

Bolting Round Ulting Bonus
Bolting Round Ulting Bonus

The cache is a D3, so it was the perfect place to leave this geocoin I picked up a day or two ago – which wants to visit D3 or higher caches. This one also gets plenty of visitors, so hopefully the coin won’t stay in the box for too long.

Leaving A Trackable
Leaving A Trackable

Day #305 – Dengie Drive-Bys

Trad: 4 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 2 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 3.5 miles

I slightly twisted my ankle yesterday after my caching walk, so decided to do some Dengie peninisula drive-bys today to give it bit of a rest.

FTF No. 26 - Yay!
FTF No. 26 – Yay!

I didn’t get going until nearly 6pm, just as a notification for a new Village Sign in Bicknacre dropped into my inbox. Oooh, you never know – might be on for FTF. I’m not normally one to chase them, but as I was going that way anyway, it would seem rude not to give it a shot.

It was a simple nano on a park bench, but yes, the log was blank when I arrived. Yay! FTF No. 26 in the bag.

There were a few Church Micros on the list, two in Latchingdon and one in Althorne, all picked up with ease.

CM107 - Latchingdon
CM107 – Latchingdon
CM531 - Althorne
CM531 – Althorne

I also found a couple of puzzles this evening – another new Really SideTracked, Cold Norton and the final Mr Mercator hide I hadn’t yet found, Lucky Eight.

On The Way To Lucky 8
On The Way To Lucky 8

There was also a lovely Letterbox hide in Althorne, Cheats Never Prosper. The cache title didn’t make much sense until I saw the great big stamp in the box! Bean & Sprout’s letterboxes always have the best stamps I’ve seen. I left a trackable for the mice to look after too.

Cheats Never Prosper
Cheats Never Prosper

Day #295 – 1000 Days Of Caching!

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 1.4 miles

Last night, I was idly flicking through my profile stats on Project-GC when I noticed that I had so far been caching on 999 days out of 2802 since I began back in September 2008. So that meant today would be day 1000!

Rather than going for a random cache and dash, I wanted the find to be  a bit more memorable, so chose to go and pick up the penultimate of Mr Mercator’s Projections, 12b, which I haven’t already found.

It was a pleasant stroll to a GZ near Danbury, which my geo-buddy Tot66 had visited a few days ago (we’ve been working on the 12’s together via email). I found a lot of cash in the cache! But decided to leave it for the next finder 😉

Am I Rich Now?
Am I Rich Now?

So here we are, Project-GC now shows  I’ve been caching on 1000 days!

1000 Days Caching!
1000 Days Caching!

The other thing I’ve been doing today is dipping my lovely new Life Begins geocoin into some of my favourite caching adventures. It’s a great mantra for life, and I wanted it to remind me of all the fun I’ve had over the last 7.5 years.

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone
Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve been spurring myself on to do more daring caches of late, to complete my DT Grid, and it’s been great fun to have a go at something a little more challenging than a film pot thrown in a bush.

Day #280 – The Big 5K!

Trad: 10 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 6.7 miles

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!

Cheshunt Park Scenery
Cheshunt Park Scenery

I had decided that I would find chiptheduck’s Ducks 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!

Slow Ducks?
Slow Ducks?

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:

5000th Find!
5000th Find!

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. 🙂

With My 5K Gong
With My 5K Gong

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.