Leap Day is of course a one-in-four year event. Geocachers get excited about it as it enables them to fill that elusive missing day in their “finds by date calendar”. In 2012 I hosted the Essex Meet Leap Day event and had my arm twisted to do it again this year.
This morning was also the day that my pesky car decided to die again – the third time in 5 months! Argh! What to do?
I knew I wouldn’t have time to get it sorted out today, so just left it sulking on the drive and hopped on the train to Ingatestone to find a couple of Kitty!!’s new caches in her old Mamma Mia loop.
The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Thankfully it wasn’t too windy or muddy underfoot. And thanks to the generosity of a couple of caching friends, I got a lift to and from the pub in Mountnessing where the event was held this evening – it would have been very embarrassing not to turn up at my own do!
I had a bit of an epic walk today – as you can see! I contacted Kitty!! to ask if she thought the bridleways on her Catwalk 50 Series were still passable – and she offered to do the walk with me to do some maintenance checks. I was glad of the company.
She also made me a deal – if I spotted the caches which she had placed up trees, she would do the climbs (felines are so much better at shinning up trees than Cazes are).
There was a good selection of custom pots as well as the more usual hides. One of my favourites was this slithery critter hiding in a tree branch. It made me jump. Kitty just stood there cackling!
55 caches today makes that my best day since May 2013 when I completed the epic NoCMoC Series around Hanningfield Reservoir with 58 finds. Catwalk #26 was my 3500th find – half way to the next big milestone of 4K! And by the end of the day, I had found 504 caches during my current streak. But it’s not about the numbers, right?