I needed just three cache finds today to reach 3999 to be ready for 4000 tomorrow. So we went to Brentwood and mopped up a couple of hides which I had recently DNF’d and the long multi, Brentwood Town Trail.
The first one we managed to find was the doorbell multi, Ding Dong – the batteries were rather flat but we got there in the end. The Town Trail took quite a while so we stopped off for some lunch after finding that, and then set off for Scouting Out Merrymead, which was an easy find this time. No idea why I missed it last time!
Today we went for quality rather than quantity and tackled barbie6803’s brilliant multi Endurance Puzzles near Capel St. Mary in Suffolk.
There were five field puzzle stages in all, each ingenious in their own right. We weren’t 100% sure we got the right numbers at a couple of stages, but we ploughed on anyway only to find we were correct!
It was with great satisfaction that we reached the end successfully and found the final hide. I would have given each stage a fave if I could – a cache well worthy of the D5 rating.
Today’s location was Heybridge and I have my caching buddy Alistair staying for a few days, so we set off to find a few boxes in the area. The first two were ones I hadn’t found before, starting with Stumped #8 and then Draper’s Field 1. Both were easy enough hides, although one had a very soggy log.
I’m still counting down to 4000 finds on 1st January, and don’t want to peak too early, so that was my “ration” done for today.
We took a longer walk to find another three hides around the marshes which I had already picked up. The fun one was mel-ray’sFrog, Skip & Jump! which made him jump, and me – even though I was expecting it!
The light was fading but after Alistair found Punt Gunners (another mel-ray hide, and one I had retrieved back in 2010 as my 800th find!), we were treated to a lovely sunset over the Blackwater looking towards Maldon Hythe. A nice end to the day – and neither of us slid over in the mud! Result…
Today’s outing was to Rettenden for the Essex Boys – Rettenden Murder hide.
It was straightforward enough, but to be honest, this one has been on my ignore list for some time as I’m not particularly happy about a cache which was placed somewhere where murder victims’ bodies were dumped… I never found the original hide and was a little bit surprised when it was reinstated. But I’m beginning to run out of single hides close by, so needs must, eh?
I took a walk down to Wivenhoe Quay before lunch today, the weather was rather better than I was expecting, which is always a bonus. I found a couple of straightforward urban hides on the way back to Mum & Dad’s. It was nice to stretch my legs for almost 5 miles.
I thought I might not be capable of having walk after munching Christmas dinner, so set off just after breakfast for a festive cache hunt. My chosen target was a D4 – my reasoning was that if it was going to take a bit of searching, it would be best to do it on a day when hardly anyone was about.
However, I struck lucky and almost tripped over the cache on arrival at GZ. It was well camouflaged but I was glad to have found it so quickly. Now home to my parents’ to stuff myself with Christmas fodder!
I managed a trio of finds today on my way to Mum & Dad’s for Christmas. The first two were were another couple of Church Micros – Aldham and Ardleigh – which I needed towards a Challenge cache qualification.
Aldham was a straightforward find just as the sun came out (it had been pelting with rain this morning).
Ardleigh was a little more involved – and turned out not to be a micro at all! But a good old Ammo box hidden at the edge of a field. Another find under my belt, this time looking over a lovely sunset and listening to the peel of bells from the Church tower calling the parish to the Christmas service.
There was a Letterbox hide nearby too, and I’m always partial to a Letterbox. Dusk was beginning to fall but I managed to find the box after grabbing the information. Now onto the folks’ for the Christmas hols!
I had to run an errand to Southend again today and thought I would stop off in Westcliff on the way to pick up a couple of Church Micros I needed for a Challenge Cache. It requires finds in every numbered 100 between CM001 and CM5000 – I have a few gaps but these two filled the 4001-4100 and 4801-4900 slots. The remaining can hopefully be picked up around Colchester when I next visit, and a couple in Kent.
I solved Fenners 1984′s cricket-themed puzzle Stumped On A Sticky Wicket a while ago and thought I should revisit his hide today, since the CO had been kind enough to check it was still there after my recent DNF. Sure enough, I put my hand straight on it today – how come I missed it last time? Must be sheer incompetence! Argh!
I spent a little time wandering around Great Waltham afterwards, to make some pictures.