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Dorset Dally

Trad: 5 Challenge: 6 Virtual: 3
Walked: 11 miles

It was my last day in Hampshire and Dorset today, so I made the most of it by running round like a mad thing picking up the last caches which were on my list – a mixture of virtuals, challenges and a few others as I was passing. I started off heading further south west, to pick up a D1/T4 Loop 2 grid filler, The Bear Necessities Of Life. There were even bears inside! Awesome.

Bear Necessities!
Bear Necessities!

Next I headed to Minstead Church, situated in a quiet village just off the busy A31.

Minstead Church
Minstead Church

I was looking for a Virtual cache dedicated to the author of a famous Detective. Can you guess who?

Elementary, My Dears
Elementary, My Dears

Next I headed for another Virtual, this time on Hengistbury Head, an outcrop of rock overlooking Christchurch Harbour. Just as I got out of the car, it started raining! Drat.

Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head

The rain continued, on and off, for much of the day. I also enjoyed locating several trads and Challenge Caches along the route of the old railway between Upton and Broadstone, north east of Poole. I was particularly pleased so spot The Fat Controller – or perhaps he is a frustrated commuter – in one of the caches.

The Fat Controller?
The Fat Controller?

Other wildlife spotted included this huge red beetle! Thankfully, it was just plastic.

Big Bug!
Big Bug!

The irony of walking past a solar farm in the pouring rain is not lost on me! By this time I was east of Ferndown looking for a trio of Challenges by DizzyPair. There are one or two more in the area which I don’t yet qualify for, so perhaps I will be back on a sunny day sometime!

Not Generating Much Today!
Not Generating Much Today!

My final find, as it turned out, was another Virtual at Florence Nightingale’s Grave. Here I am, posing under a brolly!

With Florence, In The Rain
With Florence, In The Rain

As if I wasn’t already wet enough, I decided to attempt another grid filler – this time a D2.5/T4.5. I even donned my waders, but the cache was out of reach and I didn’t feel it was safe to go climbing on my own, so I left it be – it’s only a cache!

It was a rather soggy drive back home, but I had a great 4 days finding some unusual stuff in an area I don’t get to very often. A grand road trip!

Sweet Fanny Adams

Trad: 5 Challenge: 4 Virtual: 1
Walked: 6 miles

I have been staying in Alton over the past couple of nights, and had noticed there was a Virtual Cache in the cemetery nearby. So this morning, it was the first cache on my list. Sweet Fanny Adams was found quickly in her resting place – it took longer to park the car!

With Sweet FA
With Sweet FA

I then headed off to pick up some more Challenge caches around East Tisted and East Meon. The countryside is quite bumpy around here!

Rolling Hills Near East Meon
Rolling Hills Near East Meon

Having done that, I headed to Liphook to meet my muggle friends for the birthday event during the afternoon, at the Hollycombe Steam Collection, followed by a curry in the town. It wasn’t really dark when we wrapped up, so I took a little wander around Liphook itself to find a handful more, before finally heading back to my hotel for the night.

Hampshire Challenges

Trad: 1 Puzzle: 1 Challenge: 4
Walked: 7 miles

It’s a friend’s birthday party on Sunday, in the Southampton area, so I decided to make a long weekend of it and booked a couple of nights in the local Travelodge. I headed down today via a Challenge cache in Woking and then a few more around Eastleigh, which I had qualified for. The first was a nice big Ammo Box (not quite the largest I’ve seen, but getting there) which was for a Half Jasmer Challenge. I love finding old caches and qualified for it easily. The box itself was in a bit of a sorry state when I arrived:

A Huge Ammo Box!
A Huge Ammo Box!

It had been semi-muggled – the lid was off and I had to tip lots of rain out of it. But the contents were safe, just no log book. [It turns out that that was found by another visitor a few days later, about 20ft away].

Goodies Inside
Goodies Inside

I dried things off as best I could and re-hid it under some natural camo I found in the area. Hopefully it will remain safe now!

Covered A Bit Better
Covered A Bit Better

Talking of old caches, there was one hidden in 2005 not too far a walk from the Half-Jasmer, so I made my way there next. Thankfully, the local bovines were safely behind a fence! So I walked on unhindered.

Beware Bovines!
Beware Bovines!

Even when a cache has survived for a decade or more in the wild, it’s unusual to still find the original log book. But here it was – a little damp but still readable!

2005 Vintage Log Book
2005 Vintage Log Book

I added my signature a few pages further on.

Adding My Mark
Adding My Mark

Next up, after a short drive, was the Double Digit Blockbuster Challenge – which I had been working towards for several months, targeting finds on specific dates to fulfil the requirements. A lovely 5/5 DT was the reward! I was relieved there was no tree climbing involved to actually pick up the cache today.

Goodies In The Box
Goodies In The Box

After finding a couple more in the vicinity (a regular puzzle and another Challenge), I finally headed off to my hotel for the evening, satisfied with an interesting day out, despite the rain.