Today’s target was a nice little series of 9 caches by Indy Walker, set in North Benfleet. I didn’t leave home until early afternoon, but since sunset is around 4:30pm now the clocks have changed, I knew I had to get a move on to get them all found in daylight.
The start of the walk was along a lovely tree-lined byway.
I took a brief detour from the 9-cache loop to find Geisha’s Gallop (by the same CO) – a rather cool little owl hanging in a tree!
One cache was guarded by a troll at this unusually-constructed bridge.
Another hide had had several DNF’s logged previously, but I dug a big deeper than most and voilà! There it was!
I found all but one of the caches – I have suspicions that the last one is gone. It was getting dark by the time I was able to look properly, but sometimes the hunch that it’s missing is strong and you don’t keep searching forever.
I had a couple of meetings in London today and took the opportunity to find a few caches while killing time in between. I started off with the Church Micro near Aldwych, a cunning urban hide, but it didn’t prove too difficult.
Aiii que dolor was an interesting old virtual in the Bedford Square area – looking for connected Blue Plaques with a medical theme.
Then onto the final location for Digital Information, a fiendish 4-layer puzzle which I finally solved a few weeks ago. The cache was in the first place I looked! I love it when that happens…
I seem to have walked 12 miles today, mainly because I didn’t bother using the Tube, just Shanks’ Pony from one location to the next.
Lucky’s Trail is a nice little set of six caches around the recreation ground in Rawreth, set by Tot66. I’ve had them on my radar for a while, and today they bubbled up to the top of my list.
They are a good variety of hides and difficulties. I found all but one – well, actually, I found the other one too, but it was too far up a tree for me to retrieve. The CO contacted me after my “Write Note” log to say I could claim it as a proper find if I wanted to. I did, but I will take Alistair there when he’s next down south and send him up the tree to sign the log!
One cache was snuggled under a bridge, a quick find.
The view from the ditch!
The next one was great – a huge, fat, furry spider lurking up a tree on a piece of fishing wire! Just find where to drop the wire down and there it is…
Another more friendly critter was hiding in a bush.
I had to wait around to find the last cache as there had previously been muggles at GZ training their puppy, but at least the wait meant I was able to catch a rather spectacular sunset.
I managed to accidentally leave my GPSr in the car park of the Village Hall after yesterday’s event, so I headed over there first thing this morning to look for it. Luckily it was safe and sound. A great relief!
While I was in the area, I decided to try a few caches. One I attempted (but didn’t find) in Little Braxted was close to a Trig Point which was nice – haven’t seen one of those for a while.
Another cache highlighted an old K6 phonebox which has been re-purposed to be a little gallery filled by local kids’ art. It was rather funky outside too!
I finished off with a few caches near Inworth, the village sign is rather attractive.
This evening I went to the fantastic murder mystery CLUEDUNNIT – find out whodunnit…in a flash! event organised by local cachers HollynCharlie. When we said we would attend, each of us was allocated a character to be and, although not compulsory, we were encouraged to come dressed (up!) for the part.
Poor Lord Butler was murdered shortly after our arrival and our job was to sleuth it out to find out whodunnit. I felt particularly pressured to figure it out as I was Miss Marple!
There was a diverse array of costumes on show. the attendees made a great effort!
Here is a gallery of the other nefarious characters who were in attendance (click the thumbnail for a bigger version).
I’ve been looking at my smiley map recently and noticing an anomaly – I had only found 3 out of 8 caches along Mr Crabby’s Blackwater Rail Trail, a footpath along the old railway between Wickham Bishops and Langford.
Closer inspection revealed that my finds in 2012 were followed in 2014 by the series being expanded, so today I decided to go out for the remaining unfound boxes along the route.
It’s a pretty tree-lined walk, mainly on the flat, sometimes on an embankment, sometimes in a cutting. The Autumn colours are beginning to show themselves.
There is also other evidence of the former railway line having run through the area, like this old bridge.
Fortunately the five caches I still had to find in the main series were all fairly straightforward and they were quickly signed.
I had also worked out the co-ords for the bonus cache in the series – which was filled with goodies, including a computer HDD left by Dr Solly!
The last cache of the day was a drive by which I had DNF’d a few weeks ago. I largely ignored the clue this time (it was rather misleading) and found the bison quite quickly.