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!
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!
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was my chosen location, as I haven’t cached there in ages and all of the previous caches I had found in the area have been archived now.
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.
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 🙁
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.
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.
I spotted attractive snowdrops growing next to the track in several places but stopped to photograph this particularly big clump.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Today I decided to tackle a fairly new hide in the south of Galleywood, Mummy’s 3 Boys. I certainly needed my wellies – but I managed to get to GZ eventually, despite several false starts! Great to have another one ticked off the list.
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.
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?