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Day #367 – Evening Trio

Trad: 3
Walked: 1.3 miles

I was stuck at home working all day, unable to play. But I skipped out a bit early this evening on the way to my friend’s for dinner, and headed to Crays Hill and Noak Bridge to search out handful of caches. With just one DNF, I managed to bag three quickly. Job done.

First up was a musical girls’ cache, where Little Quacker was pleased to make the acquaintance of a Mr S. Cargo.

LQ And Mr S Cargo
LQ And Mr S Cargo

We found an older cache in the little nature reserve at Noak Bridge – LQ was very surprised to see Santa!

LQ Meets Santa!
LQ Meets Santa!

Day #331 – Two “Greats” Gadabout

Trad: 16 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 8.7 miles

I headed north today, to visit caches around Great Leighs and Great Notley. It was a productive day. My first stop was back to Infinson’s hide, Private Godfrey, which I had DNF’d a few days ago while doing his Walmington Wander. It was actually AWOL but he replaced it very quickly. And that made for a quick find this morning!

A Bit Flooded Here
A Bit Flooded Here

Then it was onto several of CHUNKY-BMW’s Ancient Byways series. I found Pooh guarding one box, happily smiling:

Pooh Is Always Smiling
Pooh Is Always Smiling

I was also pleased to be able to test my shiny (spotty!) new full-length wellies. I finally killed my half-calf pair last week!

New Wellies At A Waterfall!
New Wellies At A Waterfall!

This one was a tricky little whatsit at Great Notley, but luckily I had found a similar one recently in Kent, so it didn’t have me fooled for long.

You Are Tricky
You Are Tricky

This old nag was concealing the cache near the Chelmsford City Racecourse!

Gee-Up!
Gee-Up!

I polished off a few of Repton1973’s Metalhead Mysteries, which I had already solved, with a few more I need to work on now. There were some other tricky finds around Great Notley, I nearly missed this one in all the ivy.

Hiding In Plain Sight
Hiding In Plain Sight

And the last one I wrapped up with was a multi with Bryan the Snail guarding the final hide. He wasn’t real, but very much looked the part!

Bryan's New Home
Bryan’s New Home

Day #147 – Shifty Coffee And More

Trad: 4 Multi: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 5.5 miles

20th December 2015
20th December 2015

I enjoyed an outing today with Shifty The Mega Duck to the GeoCoffeeClub #12 – Festive Flavours event in Braintree Freeport this morning. Shifty got a lot of attention, as usual! He was dressed smartly for Christmas:

Shifty In This Christmas Regalia
Shifty In This Christmas Regalia

Then off to White Notley and Cressing to try and mop up a few stragglers around The Essex Way – mixed success with Infinson’s hides – they are usually tricky and he refuses to give any hints! At least I got Slow Down – and a nicely themed container it was too.

Slow Down And Say Hello To Brian
Slow Down And Say Hello To Brian

Day #146 – Wickford Walk

Trad: 2
Walked: 2.9 miles

19th December 2015
19th December 2015
Come Out, Brian!
Come Out, Brian!

With the car now back in action it was much easier to get to Wickford than by public transport, so I thought I would have a look for a couple of caches there today.

First up was the SideTracked hide, which took a bit longer than it should have. Then onto a trickier cache, “the trail” which I predicted would be in a snail shell – and it was! Hurrah! The previous cacher had had a DNF here a few months ago so I did wonder if it was still in place, but a bit of cunning saw me find it in the end.

And I had yet another half-hearted look for Bolted Out Of Wickford (no luck again) but it’s now less of a priority since I’ve recently bagged a D4/T1 Earthcache to fulfil my challenge requirement.

Day #47 – Rayleigh Ramble

Trad: 3
Walked: 2.9 miles

11th September 2015
11th September 2015

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!