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Cold, Colder, Coldest

Trad: 5
Walked: 1.8 miles

A set of five new “Cold” caches by nathanjhunt have recently been published near Cold Norton, so today I thought I would head over there for a walk. First up was Cold Shoulder.

Cold Shoulder
Cold Shoulder

Next it was Cold Feet. But luckily not for me, although the lane was muddy I had wellies and thick socks on, so the only cold feet was the name of the cache.

Cold Feet
Cold Feet

Cold Blood was the alarming name of the next hide, but nothing gruesome came to light, just more mud!

Cold Blood
Cold Blood

If I had had enough of caching, I would have gone Cold Turkey. But I hadn’t and I did.

Cold Turkey
Cold Turkey

Last in the line, with the longest name, was Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey. Thankfully no monkeys were harmed in the finding of this cache!

Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey
Cold Enough To Freeze The Balls Off A Brass Monkey

Day #267 – Muddy Troll’s House

Trad: 1
Walked: 5 miles

Just time for a quick find after work this evening. The target was Rabley Ramble, a venerable old cache which I now realise was approaching it’s 10th Birthday – if I had waited until 22nd April for the find, we could have had a party!

It's Under There!
It’s Under There!

Never mind – I had fun anyway. The cache was placed deep under a bridge with very steep, very muddy sides to the little stream it crossed. The mud nearly claimed my wellies off my feet, but I managed to scramble out again with them still attached!

Day #251 – Tiptree Totter

Trad: 10
Walked: 5.3 miles

I decided to take it easy today after yesterday’s epic haul and long drive home from Newcastle. Tiptree was my chosen location, as I haven’t cached there in ages and all of the previous caches I had found in the area have been archived now.

Muddy Paths!
Muddy Paths!

I enjoyed a pleasant walk around west and north Tiptree, bagging 10 finds. Some of the paths were a bit muddy, but it was OK for the most part.

Art Deco Architecture
Art Deco Architecture

I had a couple of DNF’s, one sadly right by a bird’s nest which had been abandoned. I do hope that it wasn’t my search in the area which caused the bird to abandon the three, perfect, blue, speckled eggs 🙁

Empty Nest :-(
Empty Nest 🙁

After my walk, I enjoyed tea an bikkies at the new Crow’s Nest where Mr Crow has recently moved. A lovely end to my geo-wanderings.

Day #229 – Essex Way There & Back

Trad: 21
Walked: 4.5 miles

Time for another spin along the revamped Essex Way today. I picked up where I last left of just north of Willingale to do caches 8-28. However, parking is tight at No. 8 so instead I went to the other end and did a there-and-back walk, picking up the even numbers one way and the odds on the way back.

Which Way For The Essex Way?
Which Way For The Essex Way?

I spotted attractive snowdrops growing next to the track in several places but stopped to photograph this particularly big clump.

Snowdrops En Route
Snowdrops En Route

In general, the going was pretty good, apart from one nightmare section where a farmer had been doing lots of ditch remodelling and his tractor and digger had really churned up the mud to wellie-swallowing proportions! Thankfully I made it through each way and remained upright, with both my boots!

The Track Is A Mess
The Track Is A Mess

I had left the house a bit later than originally planned, so by the time I was nearing the end of the walk, the sun was getting lazy and slowly sinking into bed.

Sunset Now
Sunset Now

It was still a nice stroll and good to be back picking up a few more of these, even though I’ve visited once before for the original caches.

Day #213 – Essex Way Reborn

Trad: 7
Walked: 2.8 miles

When The Essex Way Series was archived suddenly a few weeks ago, I was quite disappointed as I still had at least half of the 450-cache 81-mile route to walk.

Which Way To Willingale?
Which Way To Willingale?

Other local cachers were disappointed too, and a couple have now “adopted” the cache locations and republished them, to give 81 hides between Willingale and Pleshey.

Big Sky & Sunshine
Big Sky & Sunshine

At lunchtime I decided to have a little walk to collect the first seven, starting in Willingale. it was a lovely day for it, even though the going underfoot was rather muddy in places – a bit different from when I last walked this stretch back in July!

Which Way For The Essex Way?
Which Way For The Essex Way?
My Walking Companion
My Walking Companion

Day #38 – Puzzled By fr8ys

Puzzle: 2
Walked: 5.9 miles

2nd September 2015
2nd September 2015

I’m back to solo caching again today as Alistair has gone home to the North East.

I’ve had Doremi Fasol Latido on my solved list for a while (admittedly I had to have a nudge in the right direction to even attempt it) and quickly polished off Are You On Our … myself yesterday – so today was the day to go out and find them.

Puddles!
Puddles!

No problems at Doremi but the ground was quite uneven around the other cache GZ, I managed to lose my balance and ended up sitting down in a large patch of stinging nettles – ouch! Ah well, it wouldn’t be a good day’s caching without some sort of minor CRI, would it?