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 Pot A has now been archived, and since then, I suspect nobody had even attempted the final with half the info missing.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 I finished my 10-day non-traditional caches mini streak, which now qualifies me for the Unconventional Streak Challenge Cache near Shoreham in Kent. That’s the last of the set of five which I needed to qualify for, so sometime soon I will go and pick them up on a challenge day in Kent.
My target for the day was Warley Wander by hair225, a nice little puzzle cache south of Brentwood. I was also pleased to effect a revival here, as it’s not been found since September 2014.
I planned a grand walking route of just over 14 miles today around Cone Engaine and Earl’s Colne.
I had spent several weeks looking at the various puzzles in the area by gillywig. I had gradually chipped away at the answers, as I knew I would be visiting close by in the evening for the Essex/Suffolk Border Piffle #28 meetup in Mount Bures.
Gilly and Grahame always have some surprises up their sleeves when it comes to puzzles, and I wasn’t disappointed today. I particularly enjoyed solving and finding Sequences & Series 2 : Black Adder – a comedy show which I have loved for years. I also picked up some traditional hides along the way, including reviving This Pudding Is For Christmas, Not For Life!!! which had not been found for over 17 months!