Day #66 – Bramble Ramble

Trad: 1
Walked: 3.1 miles

30th September 2015
30th September 2015

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.

Brambly Bridge
Brambly Bridge

Day #65 – Proximity To The Cat

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 2.2 miles

29th September 2015
29th September 2015

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.

A Plaque On The Bridge
A Plaque On The Bridge

Day #64 – Perplexity Potter

Trad: 2 Puzzle: 8
Walked: 5.5 miles

28th September 2015
28th September 2015
All The ?'s Are Smiling :-)
All The ?’s Are Smiling 🙂

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! 🙂

Harrowing The Fields
Harrowing The Fields

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.

Day #63 – Fun In The Forest

Trad: 18 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 6.6 miles

27th September 2015
27th September 2015
Run Around - Locked Out
Run Around – Locked Out

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.

Alistair Breaks The Code
Alistair Breaks The Code
Run Around's Combination
Run Around’s Combination

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!

Planes At Dusk
Planes At Dusk

Day #58 – White Notley Wanderings

Trad: 9 Multi: 1
Walked: 4 miles

22nd September 2015
22nd September 2015

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:

Wonky Window
Wonky Window