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Day #331 – Two “Greats” Gadabout

Trad: 16 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 8.7 miles

I headed north today, to visit caches around Great Leighs and Great Notley. It was a productive day. My first stop was back to Infinson’s hide, Private Godfrey, which I had DNF’d a few days ago while doing his Walmington Wander. It was actually AWOL but he replaced it very quickly. And that made for a quick find this morning!

A Bit Flooded Here
A Bit Flooded Here

Then it was onto several of CHUNKY-BMW’s Ancient Byways series. I found Pooh guarding one box, happily smiling:

Pooh Is Always Smiling
Pooh Is Always Smiling

I was also pleased to be able to test my shiny (spotty!) new full-length wellies. I finally killed my half-calf pair last week!

New Wellies At A Waterfall!
New Wellies At A Waterfall!

This one was a tricky little whatsit at Great Notley, but luckily I had found a similar one recently in Kent, so it didn’t have me fooled for long.

You Are Tricky
You Are Tricky

This old nag was concealing the cache near the Chelmsford City Racecourse!

Gee-Up!
Gee-Up!

I polished off a few of Repton1973’s Metalhead Mysteries, which I had already solved, with a few more I need to work on now. There were some other tricky finds around Great Notley, I nearly missed this one in all the ivy.

Hiding In Plain Sight
Hiding In Plain Sight

And the last one I wrapped up with was a multi with Bryan the Snail guarding the final hide. He wasn’t real, but very much looked the part!

Bryan's New Home
Bryan’s New Home

Day #247 – Crawcrook Creepies

Trad: 25
Walked: 10.2 miles

We had lovely outing with Durham-based caching friend M.Kingfisher. Mick got into caching a couple of years ago thanks to me and Alistair and has not looked back since. Sadly I don’t see him often enough, but today we arranged a meet up to tackle the insect-themed circuit, Crawcrook Creepies. It turned out to be a great little walk.

All of the pots had insect or arachnoid guardians – this was my favourite (mainly because the pot was purple!)

Purple Pot!
Purple Pot!

Alistair and Mick pose with a grasshopper along the way:

Alistair & Mick Make A Friend
Alistair & Mick Make A Friend

We also found an Alien landing pod!! Hope he’s comfortable…

Aliens Are Among Us!
Aliens Are Among Us!

One cache had added horsey – of course, Alistair decided to make friends:

Cache With Added Horsey
Cache With Added Horsey

We finished up the last of the circuit with a big fly at No. 10. And then retired to the pub for a hearty lunch in Crawcrook!

Big Creepy Crawley!
Big Creepy Crawley!

Once we had munched, we decided there were more caches to be found, so an impromptu visit to the Blaydon area was hastily arranged and we found a few more along the Tyne, up Blaydon Burn and back via some Stella Explorer hides.

Blaydon Races?
Blaydon Races?

There were a few hairy moments requiring some scrambling to get a couple of caches along the Burn, but we made it out alive and nothing broken. Can you see we are relieved?

SMIIIIILE!
SMIIIIILE!

So a grand day out and lovely to catch up with Mick again while caching.