Category Archives: solo

Day #16 – Celia’s Birthday

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 2.1 miles

11th August 2015
11th August 2015

This is another cache I’ve had on my to-do list for ages – I just couldn’t get the numbers right, and then the cache spent a few months disabled. I noticed it was back a while ago and so decided to tackle it again. A few false starts and then the numbers dropped out.

Once at GZ I was muggled by Binmen who were emptying the local trash cans. I wandered about for a while until they had moved on and then went in for the hunt. A bit nervous as there were plenty of potential places for muggles to appear, but I got it in the end.

Day #15 – On Reflection

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 1.5 miles

10th August 2015
10th August 2015

I didn’t get much of a walk today as I spent most of it banging my head against this puzzle. I had looked at it several times over the past few weeks and was completely stumped. But I made some progress with the anagram first thing today, and then gradually it began to reveal its secrets.

A great sense of satisfaction ensued when geochecker gave me the green light. So off I headed. It took me a good half hour to find the wretched thing once at GZ. I was just about to give up when I had one more idea and there it was. Hurrah!

So a favourite point for a very sneaky puzzle and a very sneaky hide.

Day #14 – Little Burstead Ramble

Trad: 26 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1 Letterbox: 3
Walked: 9.3 miles

9th August 2015
9th August 2015
King Troll!
King Troll!

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:

Heart Shaped Box
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.

Day #11 – A Brace In Wivenhoe

Trad: 2
Walked: 5 miles

6th August 2015
6th August 2015

I was meeting friends this evening for a photowalk around the pretty village of Wivenhoe – a very familiar location as it’s where I grew up. I was pleased to make a quick find of Stumpted 05 – Wivenhoe and to finally locate Laurel And Hardy – one which had been frustrating me for a while!

Here’s a picture I made during the photo walkabout:

Dusk On Black Buoy Hill
Dusk On Black Buoy Hill

 

Day #10 – A Few Around Kelvedon Hatch

Trad: 5
Walked: 3.8 miles

5th August 2015
5th August 2015

During Mega Week, I noticed there were quite a few new caches published around Kelvedon Hatch, but I didn’t have time to find them at that point. Today I decided to tackle a few (and I’m back caching on my own now that Alistair has headed home to Newcastle).

I enjoyed the Father Ted – themed series and my little walk around Kelevdon Hatch. Here’s a picture of the water tower:

Water Tower
Water Tower

I also set a new cache live today – Caz’s 3K Little Hyde, to celebrate my 3000th cache find a few weeks ago. It’s a pleasant 4-stage multi. Here’s a spoiler for the final!

Caz's 3K Little Hyde
Caz’s 3K Little Hyde