I have been looking at the map and noticed several orphans around Rayleigh and Hullbridge, so today I set out to turn them into smileys. I had mixed success. This sad little box was found, out in the open, but no log or other bits. I re-hid it with some more camo, but I fear GZ may have been irrevocably compromised, since there was lots of rubbish strewn around the area.
The next target was a DNF – I’m pretty sure I found the right place but no cache. The only evidence was this bit of camo ribbon wrapped around a branch.
Oh well, Hullbridge was a bit more productive, and I saw a lovely sunset as well, so worth staying out for!
Last night I had been working on locating potential caches for a revival, as I needed another 100-odd days to tip me over the qualification for a Challenge cache. Projec-GC to the rescue. It showed me there was one in Rayleigh, the Eastwood Fields – Final Cache.
It originally had two companions, pot A and B, each containing Eastings or Northings for this final cache. Pot A has now been archived, and since then, I suspect nobody had even attempted the final with half the info missing. Could I do it?
Pot B was a bit tricky to find, but I managed to locate it after a few false starts. I took note of its precious information and did some calculations.
Given the geography of the site, and the proximity rule for Pots A and B, I realised there weren’t that many options to search, even without the Northing value. So I went on a targeted hunt. And Voilà! There it was in the third place I looked!
I was a bit nervous to open it to see if anyone else had stumbled across it in the meantime.
But I needn’t have worried – there it was, in all its glory, with the last log over 13 months ago. Job done!
It was very satisfying finding this one, and knowing it was still possible, you just had to work a little harder for it than in the past. I hope my example will encourage others to seek it out as well.
Today’s trip was another quick one, with no real photographic opportunities, but a successful hunt, three trads in west Rayleigh. The reason for heading that way? I had recently made a check of local caches which might fit any holes in my Jasmer finds-by-placed-date grid – I realised I’d only got two to go and Strod & Trods Escargot fitted the bill for one of them. I soon had the little mollusc in hand and also picked up another couple of nearby hides while I was in the area.
I still have quite a few months to go to fill my finds-by-placed-month grid. But I’m working on that!