I just had time for a quick find on the way to work today, Brentwooddogwalker’s hide, Beam Me Under. After a little bit of a false start, which saw me trying to hack through an impenetrable thicket, I finally found a much better (but less obvious) path and arrived at GZ to make a quick find.
The other evening, Kitty!! and I had managed to work out the solution to a couple of Mr Crow’s impenetrable puzzles. As she’s not allowed to find them before anyone else, it was left to me to give it a go today. Rally Round 204 Murder was my first target. It was a quick find but I had been beaten to the FTF by 24 hours. Oh well, I wasn’t really surprised.
Then I stopped off in Witham to mop up a few stragglers. Ice Breaker – Bucket Of Fun was a big cache – another easy find next to the golf course. I found a stray ball which I’ll keep for Kitty who needs them for an evil cache she’s planning.
Waterworks was across Whet Mead which required a trip under the A12 via a tunnel – and I found a troll looking at me! At GZ, I randomly found another golf ball in the grass! Odd, as it’s miles from where you would expect anyone to be hitting a golf ball…
The final target of the day was Rally Round 203 Missing Numbers. I approached with trepidation, but was delighted to find an empty log sheet – yay! I wasn’t actually chasing the FTF but it’s nice when it happens. No. 25 in nearly 8 years of caching!
Today was one of those grim “cement lid” days. Whilst not actually raining, it took some effort to drag myself out, so I set off for a couple of hides in The Rodings which would only need a short walk.
I should have read the logs properly first – the Church Micro at White Roding was obviously gone with 12 consecutive previous DNF’s! I added my name to the list.
My backup option was another in the ABC Of Essex series, A Is For Abbess Roding. Thankfully the caching trolls were kind and I found the box easily. Inside was Terry The Tiny Triceratops! He’s purple so I felt compelled to bring him home.
I left a film pot in exchange – hopefully someone will use it to place another cache soon.
I had a great walk today caching around Little Burstead near Billericay. The majority of these caches were placed by Bean & Sprout – and were a great collection of quirky, individual caches – very few film pots in evidence. It must have taken a long while to set them all for the Mega event.
I met a troll while searching under a bridge (the usual place for finding trolls, to be sure). The scenery was lovely and the walk of just over 9 miles was a little hilly in places, but definitely worth the stroll. I had made my own route since the caches aren’t specifically given in a particular order.
One of the best containers I found was this beautiful wooden heart-shaped box:
However, the most unusual occurrence of the day was before the main outing – I actually managed another First To Find! My 24th in nearly 7 years of caching, The Robin Is Watching is a tricky little hide in Galleywood. I needed two visits this morning before the penny finally dropped, but thankfully it dropped before anyone else could get their paws on it! I don’t particularly chase FTFs (it’s been 540 days since my last one) but it’s nice when the opportunity arises.