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Day #385 – Dengie Dally

Trad: 12 Multi: 3 Puzzle: 4 Letterbox: 1
Event: 1
Walked: 6.1 miles

Another Sunday, another Beastmarsta “Meat”, this time at Bradwell Waterside. There was a good turn out again, with quite a few of the usual suspects turning up.

Another Beastie Meet
Another Beastie Meet

Shifty and Little Quacker met some other ducks who are still taking part in the HQ Duck Dash. There wasn’t much rivalry, but quite a lot of quacking going on.

Ducks Everywhere!
Ducks Everywhere!

During the meetups, infinson and I managed to extract a little nugget of information from Gilly Bean & Sprout about her D5 cache, 9 PLUS 5.  It has had us both fooled for some time, but with new intelligence, we headed off there after the event and had another go at it – and what do you know – we got in! Finally!

We're IN At Last!
We’re IN At Last!

I found a couple of other caches with Ian and then we went our separate ways. Next on the agenda was King Of The… Hill? which required a little climb on an old tanker – job done.

Scaling The Heights
Scaling The Heights

Another great themed cache was Fish Supper, which I had solved quickly a few days ago. There was a nice surprise when I eventually fished out the pot.

Fishy Business
Fishy Business

There were some more straightforward hides too, this one was an easy find and Little Quacker made a lady friend.

LQ Meets A Lady Friend
LQ Meets A Lady Friend

Another highlight of the day was finding my 100th Letterbox cache, which now qualifies me for a letterbox-based challenge cache. A good day out.

Day #353 – Magic Wanderings

Trad: 12 Multi: 3 Puzzle: 2 Letterbox: 1
Event: 1
Walked: 8.8 miles

Alistair needed to head back to Newcastle this afternoon, so we both drove to Shalford, north of Braintree, to do a couple of caches before going our separate ways. Our first location was to visit Infinson’s Magic Wand. I had heard great things about this clever field puzzle, and knew Alistair would enjoy having a go. I got about half way before getting stuck, then handed it to him. A bit of twiddling later and we had the log in our hands in about 5 minutes! Pretty good going if you read some of the previous logs 🙂

Magic Wand Magically Open!
Magic Wand Magically Open!

We had picnicked on benches around the village green, looking for clues to another cache which we soon polished off after faffing with some numbers (despite being one short).

View From A Bench
View From A Bench

After Alistair had gone, I headed to Gainsford End to pick up a new VS and Fine Pair which Infinson had set to coincide with today’s meetup in nearby Toppesfield. I bumped into Vanguard3, Happileigh and Starguider (TeamSOS) for the first time today, on my way back from one hide. I would see them again later.

VS Gainsford End
VS Gainsford End

The CM at Stambourne has been on my to do list for ages, as it helps me qualify for a Church Micro Challenge cache. Having found that, I have just one more specific CM to collect, but not today.

CM4644 Stambourne
CM4644 Stambourne

Next I found a parking spot in the tiny village of Toppesfield itself, which was already getting tricky as other Essex geocachers had begun to arrive early for the meetup.

I teamed up with TeamSOS to find the Church Micro and a few other new ones. We parted briefly again as we had done different bits of the circuit already. I almost didn’t get to look for VS Toppesfield as a muggle was right at GZ trimming her bush! (Ooh-er!) But she eventually pushed off and I made a quick find.

VS Toppesfield
VS Toppesfield

I also bumped into Goldpot again this evening (having seen him at yesterday’s meetup in London), and we searched for a couple of hides together before I headed to the pub for my pre-ordered dinner. Being hard core, he headed off for Hard, Harder and Hardest instead.

CM1332 Toppesfield
CM1332 Toppesfield

Shifty The Mega Duck had been patiently guarding the car all day but he was allowed in the pub provided he behaved himself. Which was barely – I saw him eyeing up other people’s pints and dinners all night! Pesky duck!

Shifty Contemplates Ryan's Dinner!
Shifty Contemplates Ryan’s Dinner!

Day #346 – A Stinker & Multi Madness

Trad: 3 Multi: 4 Letterbox: 1  Earth: 1
Walked: 4.9 miles

Well that’s a relief! Finally, after three unsuccessful visits, I’ve found infinson’s wretched 2! I was being rubbish only on the first visit, as it seems it was missing for two and three. Ian had recently replaced it, so I thought I would strike while the iron was hot, so to speak. Here’s the evidence, although it won’t help you much!

Argh! 4th Time Lucky!
Argh! 4th Time Lucky!

Bouyed by the success there, I headed to Tiptree for a new earthcache which has only been out a few weeks.

Tiptree Earthcache
Tiptree Earthcache

I was also chasing any four multi caches, to complete my qualification for the 30 Days & 30 Nights Challenge. A few church micros later, and I had done it.

CM Salcott-cum-Virley
CM Salcott-cum-Virley

The most fun cache of the day was this cheeky Letterbox hide – easy enough to find the big bucket, but then you had to wade through all the little eggs to find the logbook!

Argh! Which Egg?!
Argh! Which Egg?!

I lucked out – it only took 10 eggs to find what I was looking for!

Yay! Quickly Located
Yay! Quickly Located

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 #328 – Walmington Wander

Trad: 1 Puzzle: 15
Walked: 6.5 miles

A few weeks ago, I had noticed a new puzzle series, Walmington Wander by Infinson, pop up on the map a few miles to the north of Chelmsford in the rural outback around Littley Green, Hertford End and Ford End. I set about solving the Dad’s Army themed puzzles (16 in total) last week, and decided they would be my target for my afternoon outing.

As usual, Infinson hides are not always the easiest. He doesn’t often give hints. So I struggled at a few places but luckily only ended up with one DNF (which actually turned out to be Missing In Action). I met two cachers a few times along the route, local Karate Ken and Surrey-based Kitey, It was nice to have a bit of company during the search at times.

The biggest hide was this one, marvellously camo’d in the side of a huge branch!

Brilliant Camo!
Brilliant Camo!

There were also field puzzles to overcome – how to open this one? Don’t Tell ‘Em!

Still Another Problem...
Still Another Problem…

As usual, I saw a few livestock along the way. These sheep looked on in a bemused fashion as I rummaged under a tree stump close to their field’s fence.

Bemused Sheep
Bemused Sheep

The penultimate hide was rather a stinker – hidden deep within a hedge. Heaven knows how I spotted it! But it did mean I was certainly living up to my friend’s disparaging name for geocachers – Hedge Fiddlers!

Dangling In The Hedge
Dangling In The Hedge

Day #126 – Letterbox Reward

Trad: 2 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 2.4 miles

29th November 2015
29th November 2015

Trying to continue my streak of Unconventional hides, today was supposed to be Day 9 out of the 10 I need to qualify for the Challenge Cache. I had a puzzle lined up to find, plus a backup, before going out to lunch with a muggle friend.

I knew I wouldn’t have time to look after we had eaten, so made a point of setting off early to search. A frantic hour later, I still hand’t found either of my intended targets!

The only other non-trad hide which was on my GPS was 6 miles away (as the crow flies) but I thought it would be worth the 10-mile detour by road to pick it up – it was a Letterbox cache along The Essex Way. I know from experience that these are rarely difficult to find, so thought that was my best bet.

Letterbox Hide - Essex Way 245
Letterbox Hide – Essex Way 245

Thankfully, it was indeed an easy find! And I even had time to look for a couple of Infinson’s Number Caches nearby, before heading home to get changed into my posh togs for lunch. So only one more day to go!

Also, find number two today brought up my 900th cache since I started my geostreak on Day #1!