I headed to Gosfield today to find some caches in the area, it’s not somewhere I find myself very often. My first target was the Village SIgn trad – and I got a bonus two for the price of one on film pots here!
Next I went searching for a trio of trads in the little woodland to the east of the village. I found some great hides and some natural sights too – including the first spot of a decent Fly agaric specimen this season.
Next I relocated to the footpath north of Great Spanseys Wood to find another trio of trads. Two were in the Something Fishy series – and I certainly found something here, although it wasn’t fishy!
The next was supposed to be a Mighty Oak, but all I found was a small plastic tree! Well, it was inside the cache, so I guess that’s OK.
Broak’s Wood was next on my agenda. The hides were a bit tricky, and some of the undergrowth was a bit hard going. I was amused to stumble across this “seat” dedicated to Vera along the way!
Autumn is really taking hold now, with turning leaves and dampness in the air, but it’s a very photogenic time of year, so I’m not complaining.
I had to go to Elstree again today for work, but had a bit of time to spare before arriving this morning. Just enough time to bag a couple of trads in London Colney.
The first was along the river but the co-ords seemed to be a bit wayward, so it took a little bit of faffing about to locate the box. Eventually it was in my paws!
The second was along the river in the opposite direction, called The Wind In The Willows. Well I saw the willows but there wasn’t much wind!
After I had finished at Elstree, I relocated to Radlett for a series called Into The Woods. It was a mixed bag of success, with a few finds but a couple of annoying DNFs. There were also cows, but thankfully they were the other side of a sturdy fence, even if it did look like they wanted to gang up on me!
I had a great haul this evening, having finished work on time and the weather was looking good. I decided to go back to south of Aldenham (around North Watford) and finish off the last of the Moosey’s Trail caches, plus find a few of the intertwined Bernard’s Stroll series. It ended up a curious mix of urban caches and more rural hides.
Above was some appealing peeling plaster under a bridge close to one cache. Below, the sun was beginning to set as I passed this copse of trees.
There were some decent sized boxes as well as a few micros thrown in. I was able to find somewhere suitable for this trackable burger to continue its journey.
I was pleased to be able to find 14 caches this evening, this is bringing my total closer and closer to the elusive 5000 mark. I’m thinking about which cache I would like to find for the milestone. Watch this space!
When The Essex Way Series was archived suddenly a few weeks ago, I was quite disappointed as I still had at least half of the 450-cache 81-mile route to walk.
Other local cachers were disappointed too, and a couple have now “adopted” the cache locations and republished them, to give 81 hides between Willingale and Pleshey.
At lunchtime I decided to have a little walk to collect the first seven, starting in Willingale. it was a lovely day for it, even though the going underfoot was rather muddy in places – a bit different from when I last walked this stretch back in July!
Back to caching solo today. I decided to go to Epping Forest and Chingford to search out caches of all seven sizes, which would qualify me for two Challenge Caches. To include a virtual as well as the physical sizes, I targeted Lizzie’s Hunting Shack in Chingford, and then saw which other caches were available nearby.
The “Not Chosen” size was covered by the Loughton Camp Earthcache, interesting earthworks in the depths of the forest.
The next cache was an oldie from 2005 with a nice big box.
Pick Up A Penguin was my favourite of the day, a new Letterbox hide with a lovely stamp and lots of goodies in the box.
From rural hides to start with, I moved on to urban hides in Chingford to grab the final two sizes which I needed. Job done!
In the last five days, despite it being January, I’ve cached in Kent (twice), Berkshire, Oxfordshire (twice), Bucks, Milton Keynes and Herts; found 131 caches and walked a little over 46 miles. So today I thought I had earned a rest and would find something much closer to home to maintain my geostreak!
The new hide in Galleywood, Licence To Ride by The Avenue Two fitted the bill nicely. It was a quick find and I was able to tick off a cache for the geostreak then get home to get on with the things I should have been doing over the past five days!
Another cache I decided to revisit after DNF’ing a while ago, A Metaphorical Needle In The Proverbial Haystack. I completely fouled this up the first time and have been ignoring it ever since! I was nearly barking up the wrong tree again this time, having mis-interpreted the clue.
This time I decided to trust the GPS rather than taking notice of the hint. And there it was. Yay!
There was some lovely evening light along the footpath at the side of the Golf Course.