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Day #369 – Mopping Up In Maldon

Trad: 2
Walked: 0.7 miles

A very lazy day today, partly due to being rather sore after falling off my scooter yesterday. But also because I had to sit at the computer and get stuff done.

By the evening I was wanting a trip out, to I headed over to Maldon to try and clear up the final couple of unfound caches there.

The first was a very quick find – finally – at a nemesis cache which I have already DNF’d TWICE! No idea why, since it was as plain as day when I arrived at GZ this time. C’est la vie.

LQ Has The Log
LQ Has The Log

Little Quacker was pleased to find the Really Side Tracked – Maldon West pot, after we had a short search. That’s it, Maldon is done! (Until someone brings out a new one, then we’ll be back).

Day #359 – Waterloo Wander

Trad: 4 Earth: 1
Walked: 5.3 miles

I was back in London today, on one of the hottest days of the year so far, for a meeting in Millbank. Afterwards, I took the opportunity to find the recently-placed Earthcache at the Buxton Memorial Fountain. It’s a location I know well but the EC has only been out a few weeks.

Buxton Memorial Fountain EC
Buxton Memorial Fountain EC

Well one little earthcache didn’t seem like enough, so I took a wander around the Waterloo area to bag a few more urban hides.

Peekaboo! London Landmark
Peekaboo! London Landmark

The most surprising find wasn’t a cache – but this rooftop camel on the way to Side Tracked Waterloo!

Camel On A Rooftop!
Camel On A Rooftop!

My poor feet were killing me, as I’d really worn the wrong shoes for a long walk, but I trudged on towards Waterloo bridge to pick up the Waterloo Sunset nano which I had DNF’d a while back – basically due to my incompetence, I had been looking at the wrong sign! An easy spot this evening, which was great.

Waterloo Sunset
Waterloo Sunset

Eventually I hobbled back to the tube station and caught a train home, weary but satisfied with the evening’s expedition.

Day #344 – Orphans In Fyfield

Trad: 3 Multi: 1
Walked: 2.6 miles

Today’s expedition was to pick up some orphan caches around Blake Hall and Fyfield. I managed four with no DNF’s. The first was the relatively new Really Side Tracked – Blake Hall, an easy enough hide.

Blake Hall Station
Blake Hall Station

Then I moved on to Fyfield for a chance to grab the Fine Pair (which actually is located very close to the Village Sign, but there isn’t a VS cache at the location at all).

In Fyfield
In Fyfield

I took a short wander around a footpath circuit for a few more, including finding this one which had lots of small change inside – all foreign coins. Plenty more room here!

Cash In The Cache!
Cash In The Cache!

Day #318 – Of Abbots And Kings

Trad: 6 Puzzle: 1 Letterbox: 1 Virtual: 1
Walked: 7.5 miles

This evening I took a trip over to Kings Langley and Abbots Langley to pick up a few specific caches. The first was a letterbox hide, which is part of a series in Kent – yes, really! It was an easy enough find, but I made the mistake of not wearing long sleeves and got nettled to death for my troubles. Ouch.

Nettled To Death!
Nettled To Death!

The next stop was an old Virtual in the grounds of Kings Langley church. There’s supposed to be a “sword” up there somewhere! Couldn’t see it, but found the info to enable me to log the find.

Virtual Up A Tree
Virtual Up A Tree

Then I took a little potter around the town and along the Grand Union Canal to find a few more trads.

Reflecting In The Grand Union
Reflecting In The Grand Union

After that successful mission, I relocated to Abbots Langley a short drive away, to look for a cache with D5/T4 rating, Something In The Pipeline. I had come prepared, so was able to find the little blighter without too much trouble! Must be getting good at this!

Tricky Beast, Tamed
Tricky Beast, Tamed

In preparation for my visit, I had already solved the puzzle for the nearby Side Tracked – Kings Langley hide. I passed this wind turbine on the way, just as dusk was falling. A good evening’s hunting with only one DNF.

Windy Miller At Dusk
Windy Miller At Dusk

Day #305 – Dengie Drive-Bys

Trad: 4 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 2 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 3.5 miles

I slightly twisted my ankle yesterday after my caching walk, so decided to do some Dengie peninisula drive-bys today to give it bit of a rest.

FTF No. 26 - Yay!
FTF No. 26 – Yay!

I didn’t get going until nearly 6pm, just as a notification for a new Village Sign in Bicknacre dropped into my inbox. Oooh, you never know – might be on for FTF. I’m not normally one to chase them, but as I was going that way anyway, it would seem rude not to give it a shot.

It was a simple nano on a park bench, but yes, the log was blank when I arrived. Yay! FTF No. 26 in the bag.

There were a few Church Micros on the list, two in Latchingdon and one in Althorne, all picked up with ease.

CM107 - Latchingdon
CM107 – Latchingdon
CM531 - Althorne
CM531 – Althorne

I also found a couple of puzzles this evening – another new Really SideTracked, Cold Norton and the final Mr Mercator hide I hadn’t yet found, Lucky Eight.

On The Way To Lucky 8
On The Way To Lucky 8

There was also a lovely Letterbox hide in Althorne, Cheats Never Prosper. The cache title didn’t make much sense until I saw the great big stamp in the box! Bean & Sprout’s letterboxes always have the best stamps I’ve seen. I left a trackable for the mice to look after too.

Cheats Never Prosper
Cheats Never Prosper

Day #226 – Ellie Phants & Others

Trad: 2 Multi: 1
Walked: 7.1 miles

Ellie Phant!
Ellie Phant!

Back in London again for my weekly stint at Millbank, this time I decided to see if I could catch a few on the way to work. I did the numbers for a multi, Loony Londo’s Thai Elephant Cache, but didn’t actually find it until I escaped again at lunchtime.

I also managed to pick up SideTracked Victoria and the Westminster Chapel Church Micro on the way back to the tube afterwards. Not a bad haul for urban finds.

Day #225 – Weeley Wander

Trad: 15 Multi: 1 Earth: 1 Letterbox: 1 Puzzle: 1 Whereigo: 1
Walked: 9.5 miles

I took a trip further east from Wivenhoe today to find some caches around several villages in the area. The first stop in Alresford was for the Village Sign – this isn’t it, but it did make me smile! The sign was also my 4500th find!

Not Quite The Village Sign
Not Quite The Village Sign

I also picked up the SideTracked hide while I was there. I was very careful to take this image when I knew there were no trains coming!

SideTracked Alresford
SideTracked Alresford

The Church at Great Bentley not only has a Church Micro multi, but also an earthcache. Both of which I found easily today. Two for the price of one!

Two For The Price Of One
Two For The Price Of One

Then it was on to Weeley for a walk around a loop taking in several types of cache, including a Whereigo which took me to a curious “stone” circle and “Easter Island” heads! What a find. Eventually, I made rather a meal of the actual finding even though the Whereigo was easy enough!

Easter Island Comes To Weeley?
Easter Island Comes To Weeley?

All in all, a nice haul of 20 finds with a few more DNF’s. C’est la vie.

Day #205 – A Brace Of Sherlocks

Trad: 1 Multi: 2
Walked: 5.4 miles

I had just enough time to grab a couple of “virtual” multis and a SideTracked hide on my way to work this morning. The first was SideTracked Charing Cross, which I had failed miserably at a few weeks ago. A bit of armchair research when I got home and I knew immediately where I should be today. Voilà!

Then onto the nearby Sherlock 4 – I cannot live without brainwork! which is listed as a multi but in reality is an old virtual which contributes numbers into an actual multi at the end, when you have found all 6 feeder caches. Thankfully it was a quick find today.

Sherlock 4
Sherlock 4

Sherlock 5 – If you eliminate the impossible… was the next one, just around the corner. What a hash I made of it! I had to return later after work to have another go, but got there in the end. Phew!

Sherlock 5
Sherlock 5

Having done Sherlock 2 back in 2013, and picked up No.1 a few weeks ago, I now just have Nos. 3 and 6 to find to get all the numbers I need for the actual physical multi. I’ll work on those over the next few weeks when I’m in the Capital again.

Day #181 – Purfleet & Pitsea Potter

Trad: 9 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.2 miles

I decided to kill two birds with one stone today – I needed to visit Purfleet to find the SideTracked cache and also pick up a Church Micro somewhere along the way, both helping me towards Challenge cache qualifications.

My first stop was Purfleet where I managed to find three caches in the end, including the SideTracked hide. Knights Of The Round Table, was at a very curious spot!

Table For Two?
Table For Two?

On to Pitsea, where St Gabriel’s Church has a new CM by Cettis12. This was an easy find. The church is a modern design, quite pleasant in its own way.

St. Gabriel's, Pitsea
St. Gabriel’s, Pitsea

I noticed that In Memoriam, Pitsea War Memorial by Grimmer Scotting was also close by. Since I’m on a long term mission to find more multis (again with the aim of Challenge Cache qualification), I thought I would give it a go. The memorial looked lovely in the contre jour lighting this morning. I found the numbers quickly and the cache was also a swift locate once in the right place.

Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget

I had allowed myself the morning to “play”, and since there was still some time left, I did a few more drive bys and cache & dash in east Basildon as I worked my way home.

I was going to look for another of Cettis12’s new Church Micros but as I approached I saw a guy loitering around outside the church, trying to give out leaflets about Jesus to anyone who would take them. Having politely declined, I was told “God loves you” and I made a swift exit. Frustrating, as I could easily see the bison tube in its hiding place, but feared trying to retrieve it would attract too much attention from the zealot… So I decided to leave it for another day.

Day #172 – Shoebury & Thorpe Bay

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 1.9 miles

Another errand to run took me to Southend today. I’ve gradually been hoovering up the caches around the east of the town and beyond, but there were still a few left I wanted to have a go at today.

Moody In Shoebury
Moody In Shoebury

I finally found CM St. Mary’s Shoebury which I had DNF’d a few weeks ago – but had had a chat with the CO at last night’s Essex Meet, so had a better idea of where it was this time.

Phone Home?
Phone Home?

The CM at South Shoebury was a multi which lead to a strange hide indeed – the remains of an old Nokia phone!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t very water tight and the log was quite soggy, despite being double-bagged.

Good to have another few CM’s under my belt – I needed to find at least 10 during January as part of a challenge cache qualification.

"Signal Box"
“Signal Box”

I also picked up SideTracked Thorpe Bay – which I needed for a SideTracked related challenge (just one more to find to qualify for that one).