A busy day today attending an event and a CITO, plus bagging various caches around Mersea Island. My first stop was to DNF infinson’s2 for the thirdtime – not even the presence of Kitty!! this time could help us locate the cache, just a hook where it had been!
So we headed off to console ourselves at the Geo-Coffee Club meet in Little Braxted. Shifty insisted on coming too, but was disappointed when I ate all the cake. Cantankerous bird!
Having consumed the delicious cake, we set off to the CITO event at Cudmore Grove on Mersea. On arrival, Geotrowel was busy fanning the flames to get a brew going for all the hard-working litter pickers.
I followed along behind a few folks and for the first half mile or so, the beach was spotless as they had already picked it clean. But there was evidence of much recent cliff-fall along the way – a sobering thought considering how firm it had all looked back in August when we were last here for the Mega CITO event.
Eventually I got to a spot where the others had turned back with full bags and carried on from there, with my trusty companion, Larry The Litterpicker! He was soon set to work munching discarded rubbish and putting it in the bag.
After our litter-picking was done, we returned to base camp for more well-earned tea and cake. Then I had a lovely potter around various bits of the island picking up some more orphan caches which were still taunting me on the map. A grand day out.
Today’s finds also brings up the 100 days left milestone until I complete my 366 Geostreak! Gotta keep going…
A few days ago I noticed I would qualify for an interesting Challenge cache if I could keep up a streak of 15 days (not a problem) AND find one Puzzle, Multi, Virtual, Letterbox, Trad, Church Micro, Challenge, Whereigo and Earth cache during the streak (only one type to be used each day).
Having looked at my recent finds I realised that the period starting on 24th November had in fact already accomplished most of this – I just needed a Whereigo and an Earth to complete the requirements.
The nearest Whereigo accessible by public transport was the Mersea Island Meander, set for the UK Essex Mega week, which I had not had time to find then. So a bus, train and another bus later (nearly two hours!) and I was standing at the start point with my iPhone app fired up and started following the instructions.
I was mighty pleased that it all worked OK and I found the pot at the end, after about an hour’s stroll around West Mersea.
It’s only the second Whereigo I’ve done, but there are a few more of interest not too far away, so I may give them a go in the near future.
There was just time to bag the Multi, Watertower #21 before the bus was due to take me home again.
The sun was shining so I fancied a trip to the seaside. During Mega Week there had been quite a few caches on Mersea Island which Alistair and I didn’t have time to look for, so I thought I would try to mop a few more up today.
There are some lovely views of the colourful beach huts and out across the water by some rusty anchors (caches close to both, of course!).
I was particularly pleased to have found a very tricky little cache hidden in lots of ivy in a local park. I’m not sure I would have had the patience normally, but I had just enjoyed a mug of tea and tasty slice of cake at a café overlooking the prom, so I was fortified for my search!
The day rounded off with a colourful sunset at the jetty. Unfortunately, the cache there had walked, so pictures were the only thing to be had.
I’ve just realised that my 6th find today was also my 700th since starting this geostreak! BUT – it’s not about the numbers 😉
Another fun day of Essex Mega events today, kicking off with a trip to Mersea Island to find several trads, an unusual Virtual which moves around the country (it wasn’t actually in North Yorkshire when I found it, but at the end of Mersea Island!) and an Earth Cache. Alistair explored the cliffs along the coastline:
Boats near the Survey Monument at the end of Cudmore Grove (close to the location of the Virtual).
This evening we headed to Barleylands to enjoy Pie and Mash for dinner and pitch our camping spot.
Then it was time to attend the Flitch Trials – with a caching flavour. Three caching couples were cross-examined about the truth of their DNF logs – and the “jury” voted them Guilty or Not Guilty after hearing the evidence.