I was back on the Dengie Peninsula again today (there are plenty more caches to tackle in the area), picking up a mixture of Church Micros, puzzles, village signs and any other random caches I was passing.
I finally rounded up enough information to finish off the Multi Church Micro at Mundon (which requires five other specific CM finds before you can work out the co-ords). The weather wasn’t up to much, but I did pass the famously spooky petrified Mundon Oaks.
On the way home I stopped for a quick cache and dash at the festive Happy Christmas hide. I liked the idea here!
I had also crunched the numbers for the final Bolting Round Ulting Bonus cache, which was a great big box hidden in a great big tree!
The cache is a D3, so it was the perfect place to leave this geocoin I picked up a day or two ago – which wants to visit D3 or higher caches. This one also gets plenty of visitors, so hopefully the coin won’t stay in the box for too long.
Still in Kent staying with Julian today, we had some muggle-related business in Margate at lunch time but took the opportunity on the way back to Deal to stop off in Cliffsend, Pegwell Bay to have a little geowalk.
The first find was a Multi, The Vikings Are Coming, themed around the replica Viking lonship, Hugin, which is on permanent display on the cliff top. I collected the numbers while Julian went for a wander around the now-disused hoverport below, which he remembers well from his childhood growing up in the area. He and his friends used to take day trips on the Hovercraft to France like they were getting the bus to Canterbury! And his parents used to do their weekly shopping in Cité Europe as it was quicker, cheaper and easier to pop over there than going to the local big town. How times have changed!
After finding the multi, we went for a little potter to pick up some other nearby trads, including one overlooking a duck pond. I do like a nice duck – and this one was particularly pretty!
Then I persuaded him to drive us past the “Ham Sandwich” sign, which I’ve seen before, but wanted to take a better photograph of. We retired to the nearby pub in Finglesham for a quiet pint. I was idly flicking through nearby caches on my phone when I noticed there was one at the sign which we had missed! (I hadn’t loaded up every cache in Kent onto my GPS, despite what you may assume).
So we detoured again on the way back to Deal to have a root around. It was a tricky blighter, but eventually I spotted it safely lurking in the undergrowth.
I nearly forgot to mention that I’ve now reached the Day 300 milestone – so only 66 days to go for my full year geostreak! How time flies…
It had been raining for most of the day but it finally stopped around 4:30pm, so I headed out to find a few boxes before the Essex Meet #40 near Braintree. I hit the A12 just as the slow slog commute began, so arrived in Rivenhall End a little later than I had hoped.
Parking the car, I headed towards gillywig’sAmber along the railway line. It was a multi with puzzle element thrown in – and of course, railway themed. It didn’t take long to locate the shiny amber pot after working out what to do with the numbers!
Despite being quite wet after my waddle through damp undergrowth, I then headed towards Silver End to pick up a Church Micro which was missing when I last passed.
From the modern, to the ancient, my next stop was a very quick cache and dash at Church Micro 1102, Bradwell.
I found another couple of trads around Bradwell, as well as scoping out some hides near the meet which will need my waders again.
Finally, I got to Essex Meet 40 about 7pm, just in time to bag the last car park space and order some dinner before the event began at 8pm!
I had a great evening chatting to folks and was delighted with my 6000 Finds certificate, which Shifty The Mega Duck sat guarding for me for the rest of the evening!
The weather was rather grotty this evening but I managed to find the fun little Multi at the Shenley Cage. It has a clever way of giving you the final co-ords, which I won’t spoil here. Sadly the light was rather rubbish, so I didn’t get a picture of the curious little building. Perhaps I can another day and add it to this post later.
[add 3rd May – it was a lovely morning, so here you are:]
My area of exploration today was south of Maldon, to pick up a few stragglers. The ABC of Essex series has never been completely set out, but I was still missing C For Cock Clarks, which had been replaced fairly recently after a muggling ages ago. The pot was easy enough to spot, but first I had to traverse this rickety old footbridge! Made it without falling in…
Next up were a couple of Mr Crabby’s Bridge caches – he loves the old abandoned railway line from Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers and has lots of caches along the way.
The first one presented no problem as I was able to park close by. And then the fun started. I walked to the other but was thwarted by a very deep, very full ditch of very fast running water. In the course of my back-tracking to a different approach, I managed to slip up a muddy bank and smash my left knee on the only stone sticking out of the mud. Ouch! It’s always my poor left knee which gets it! 🙁
Anyway, I hobbled on and eventually found a way to GZ which didn’t involve swimming. At least I was rewarded with a nice big box!
Then the long hobble back to the car. My knee was feeling sore but up to another couple of short walks, so I did a layby cache and dash on the outskirts of Maldon, followed by a simple little multi near Heybridge. This was the view across towards Maldon as I made my final find of the day:
I’ve been slowly collecting the old “virtual” multi caches in rodz’s Sherlock series. Today’s target was a visit after work to the last one, Sherlock 6 – Elementary, my dear Watson! which, rather appropriately, is at 221B Baker Street.
I’ve been carrying round a Canadian geocoin for a few weeks whose mission was to visit this very cache. It’s taken nearly 6 years and over 13,216 miles to do it, but I was delighted to be able to take dip it in the cache today! I wonder what its mission will be now?
I gathered the info I needed easily enough, the final piece in the Sherlock puzzle, but the hunt for the actual booty will have to wait for another evening.
I was near St. Paul’s this afternoon and decided to finally complete the Earth Cache there which is all about the fossils on the steps. To start with I couldn’t see any, then all of a sudden, they seemed to be everywhere! Here’s an impressive specimen:
Having done that, I was able to attend a small but perfectly-formed little Flash Mob within 20 yards of the Earth Cache. Nice to meet cachers from Yorkshire, London, The Netherlands and Spain!
My final stop of the day was to pick up Sherlock 3 – The Wages Of Sin, Watson! which is the penultimate “multi-virtual” I need to find before I can go after the actual Sherlock booty.
The info was to be found near this flying horse by Temple Church. A lovely area for a quick stroll. It was then a very unpleasant rush-hour ride on the Central Line from Chancery Lane to Liverpool Street. And I wonder why I try to avoid travelling at peak times…
Another day working in London today, and the opportunity to pick up a few more boxes in town. I managed the trad in Trafalgar Square in the pouring rain on the way in. This was the view from GZ:
Once the boring work day was done, I went back to Trafalgar Square to pick up the info for the two earth caches there, Nelson’s Column and Ostra Antigua. Both easy enough to do in the dark!
My final stop was to pick up a Multi a few streets away (which I had already worked out at home thanks to a bit of googling). The first location for Who was here No 21 -Downing Street – was where a “fake” 10 Downing Street was dressed up for filming for several episodes of Dr Who.
I picked up several stragglers in Rawreth and Wickford today. The first was the final of the multi, WW1 Air Crash Site – BE 12 & SE 5a which I had DNF’d back in October when it was missing. It was an easy spot today!
Having found that one, I moved on to a trio of drive-bys in Wickford to put a few more smileys on the map. They were all quick finds – I must be on a roll today!