I’m still suffering from the lurgy and wanted a fairly short walk for today’s find, while surveying another square for The Big Pathwatch. The Sir Hughes Bridge cache fitted the bill, a modest hike from the north west.
Forewarned in previous logs to the presence of thick brambles, I went tooled up – long sleeves, thick gloves and a pair of secateurs – and I needed them! It was great to get revenge on vicious brambles after so many recent scratching incidents. The cache was hiding safely under the footbridge.
I’ve had the co-ords for Quite Near Kitty sitting on my solved pile since Feb 2014, and I meant to have a look for it during my Catwalk Capers a couple of weeks ago, but we didn’t have time. So today was the day.
I’ve been coming down with a nasty cough and cold so a short drive and a little walk was just what the doctor ordered. I had DNF’d the hide back in 2014 but went more or less straight to it today. The railway bridge nearby provided a shot of a curious plaque.
Back on Day #34 I had hoped to find a series of solved puzzles in St. Albans by mjcross, which I had been working on for several weeks, but we ran out of time. Alistair needed a ride back to his parents’ to pick up his car today, so we decided to look for them during the afternoon.
And besides, the CO had spent such a long time carefully plotting a big, fat question mark on the map, that I just had to turn it into smileys as soon as possible! 🙂
Thankfully, the hides themselves were much more straightforward than the puzzles to solve the co-ords! Out of the 8 Perplexity puzzles, I solved six myself and had help with one from Alistair and one from my Dad. Very satisfying to have ticked them off the list. We also picked up a couple of trads in the area while we were there.
During Mega Week, I had heard great things about the caches in Hatfield Forest by Run Around, but sadly hadn’t had the time to look for them then. So I decided this would be a good place to go with Alistair for today’s caching expedition.
We weren’t disappointed! As well as the usual hides in trees by other cachers, Run Around’s series was inventive and very well put together. We had to work hard to extract the logs at each cache and the feeling of satisfaction when we succeeded was great! Each one was a little different and thankfully we managed to crack them all.
We also found a few caches along the Flitch Way nearby, including Start Hill Sums which I had solved over breakfast this morning.
The planes coming in to land at Stansted flew right over us as we searched for the cache – we got a bit distracted watching them but found it in the end!
I was at the mobile conference Over The Air 2015 today in Hoxton. Mid-afternoon I went for a little geo-walk with my friend Leeky along the Grand Union Canal to bag a couple of caches. It was a very pleasant stroll. This was the view from the Sturt’s Lock hide:
I only had time for a few caches near Great Leighs on the way to my photo club this evening – the light was fading and I finished my hunt by torchlight. This was the view of Chelmsford City Racecourse from When Two Poles Meet.
I haven’t completed the section of The Essex Way through Cressing and White Notley yet, but I knew there were some Infinson caches just off the route, so they were my main target for today, as well as a few drive-bys.
Part of my route took me past Fambridge Hall, where I found another wonderfully wonky window:
Just a quick cache and dash today, to keep up the streak. Another return to a cache I DNF’d in 2011, and haven’t been back to since. Found the pot no trouble today! No pictures of the cache but I did encounter some curious cows during a walk earlier in the day: