I had a day off caching yesterday, as I had to go to London for work. But today I went out for a great 44-cache stroll around Mr Crow‘s Essex 100 – Loop 5 between Tollsebury, Salcott and Tolleshunt D’Arcy. Neither myself nor Kitty had previously done this section of the extended series, and Crow said it needed a maintenance walk, so we agreed to wander round and replace any missing pots where necessary. In the end it was a splendid day out.
For reasons I never really understood, Kitty had kidnapped Mr Crow’s Raccoon and was threatening to post it back to him. We just couldn’t fit the damned thing through the slot!
This penguin was a rather more modest critter found lurking in one of the pots.
We ended our walk just as some glorious light was highlighting the fields, with moody sky behind. We were glad to get back to the car!
For today’s expedition I planned a visit to Bradwell-on-Sea in Dengie Peninsula to pick up a variety of caches which were placed for the Essex Camping event a couple of years ago. The majority of our finds were Bean & Sprout hides, again with some ingenious twists rather than lots of film pots. We parked up by the Marina and started our walk.
I particularly enjoyed the Lengthy Log Challenge, as well as caches which completed another two squares in my D/T grid: A walk on the wild side, continued… (an ingenious 5.0/3.0 field puzzle which had us going for about 20 minutes) and Mill End Dandle (a 4.5/3.5 multi which could have had us running around for ages, but we quickly spotted its cheeky 2nd stage).
However, we were defeated by the fiendish 9 PLUS 5 along the way – another field puzzle where we actually found the cache but couldn’t figure out the combination to get at the log. Much head scratching but we drew a blank. Ah well, another time…
I confess I read the cache page for Sir Henry Bude Dudley and was rather overwhelmed by the information it contained to sort out the second stage of the multi. So I didn’t – but found it by conjecture, which pleased me way more than it should have!
Our route took us along the old Roman road almost as far as St Peter-on-the-Wall church, but we turned around short of the end as we needed to be back at a reasonable time.
When we are out and about, Alistair and I play a silly game called “Yellowcar” where I have to spot yellow cars and he has to spot Minis. Here’s an old Citroën 2CV van we saw along the way, but he wouldn’t let me count it! Spoilsport!
We enjoyed a tasty dinner at a nearby pub but, of course, there’s always time for ONE more cache on the way home… A drive-by which required a photo of us and the GPS next to a post box! Why not?