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Day #156 – Heybridge Pair

Trad: 2
Walked: 4.9 miles

Today’s location was Heybridge and I have my caching buddy Alistair staying for a few days, so we set off to find a few boxes in the area. The first two were ones I hadn’t found before, starting with Stumped #8 and then Draper’s Field 1. Both were easy enough hides, although one had a very soggy log.

Soggy Log At Stumped #8
Soggy Log At Stumped #8
Frog, Skip & Jump!
Frog, Skip & Jump!

I’m still counting down to 4000 finds on 1st January, and don’t want to peak too early, so that was my “ration” done for today.

We took a longer walk to find another three hides around the marshes which I had already picked up. The fun one was mel-ray’s Frog, Skip & Jump! which made him jump, and me – even though I was expecting it!

The light was fading but after Alistair found Punt Gunners (another mel-ray hide, and one I had retrieved back in 2010 as my 800th find!), we were treated to a lovely sunset over the Blackwater looking towards Maldon Hythe. A nice end to the day – and neither of us slid over in the mud! Result…

Sunset Over Maldon
Sunset Over Maldon

Day #118 – A Mini Challenge

Trad: 3 Multi: 1
Walked: 3.4 miles

21st November 2015
21st November 2015

Today I chose Maldon and Heybridge for my caching trip, to mop up a few stragglers which have been bugging me for ages.

One fun cache was Hop, Skip and JUMP, hidden along the mud flats. It holds an excellent little surprise in the container, I won’t spoil it if you intend to visit!

Maldon Mudflats
Maldon Mudflats

The daily streak continues, but it can become a little tedious just grabbing a cache and dash, boring trad each day. So I have decided to have a few little challenges to help things along.

For starters, I have published my New Year/Birthday Event cache at the local pub, and have set myself the target of reaching my 4000th find at the event. That’s about three per day, which isn’t too bad – especially as I can do one a day for most days, then have a bigger walk/caching day out at the weekends.

I’ve also been looking at various Challenge Caches around the UK (most of them in the South East), and seeing what I need to do to qualify for them. On is the Unconventional Streak Challenge which requires you to find at least one non-traditional cache (multi, puzzle, virtual, event, earth, etc) for 10 days in a row.

Annoyingly, I almost qualified for this in the first 10 days of my current geostreak – I got 9 consecutive days with lots of different types of caches. But I didn’t know about this challenge then, and day 10 was just 5 trads – RATS!

So today is Day #1 of my mini-streak of unconventional finds – today’s qualifying cache being a multi, The Tower.