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Day #324 – High Point (Herts)

Trad: 5
Walked: 4.8 miles

Today’s mission was for a few drive-bys around Elstree. I stopped off for a quick find in Shenley before work, and then another 4 around Radlett and Aldenham on the way home.

HightPoint (Herts) was the biggest box I’d found in a while, and a golden oldie from 2002. It was probably a nice spot when it was originally placed, but the location now suffers a bit from fly-tipping. Sad, but the box is still hidden pretty well, so the muggles haven’t noticed it.

High Point Big Box
High Point Big Box

I also picked up a 2005-vintage cache from someone’s front garden today. If you phoned a number they were supposed to come out and give you a prize token of some sort, but nobody was in when I rang! Oh well…

Day #276 – Aldenham Amble #4

Trad: 14
Walked: 7.4 miles

I had a great haul this evening, having finished work on time and the weather was looking good. I decided to go back to south of Aldenham (around North Watford) and finish off the last of the Moosey’s Trail caches, plus find a few of the intertwined Bernard’s Stroll series. It ended up a curious mix of urban caches and more rural hides.

Abstract Art
Abstract Art

Above was some appealing peeling plaster under a bridge close to one cache. Below, the sun was beginning to set as I passed this copse of trees.

Sunset Through The Trees
Sunset Through The Trees

There were some decent sized boxes as well as a few micros thrown in. I was able to find somewhere suitable for this trackable burger to continue its journey.

Burger In A Box
Burger In A Box

I was pleased to be able to find 14 caches this evening, this is bringing my total closer and closer to the elusive 5000 mark. I’m thinking about which cache I would like to find for the milestone. Watch this space!

Day #270 – Aldenham Amble #3

Trad: 12
Walked: 7.2 miles

Going for a hat-trick of caching expeditions around Aldenham, this time conentrating on the west and south west portions of Moosey’s Trail and Wall Hall Walk.

The expedition started badly, as I managed to drop my GPS, which hit the tarmac just as I was leaving the village and I think is now terminally sick, as it won’t turn on. Drat.

So this evenings’s finds were achieved with the iPhone – thankfully I usually have the day’s search area caches downloaded to the phone as a backup before setting out.

Strange Fungus!
Strange Fungus!

The woodland walk was fine, with most caches being easy finds. But one called MI-5 Reservation (Herts), towards the end of my walk, (not part of either trail but a veteran from 2002), caused me no end of trouble. The iPhone didn’t want to update my location and needed a restart before it played ball. Then there were multiple hint items in the general vicinity of GZ which didn’t help me narrow it down very much!

Eventually, I found the box. But sadly it’s no longer watertight and the log inside was a sodden mess. A shame for such and old cache, which could be kept going for many years to come, given a little TLC.

Soggy Loggy
Soggy Loggy

Day #269 – Aldenham Amble #2

Trad: 10
Walked: 7.5 miles

Back to Aldenham this evening, with more of the trails to complete. I concentrated on the northernmost caches today, filling in another good section of Moosey’s Trail and Wall Hall Walk.

Tee Not Tea?
Tee Not Tea?

There were some great hides along the way 🙂

Cunning Hide
Cunning Hide

Eventually I gave up as dusk was falling and the Moon came up over the trees. Another great walk and 10 caches in the bag for today, more than I was expecting.

Moonrise Over The Golf Course
Moonrise Over The Golf Course

Day #268 – Aldenham Amble #1

Trad: 10 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 5 miles

While scouring the map for caches suitable for an after-work foray, I had noticed there were two intertwined trails around the village of Aldenham which I could attempt over several evenings.

The first cache of the evening was to collect the Church Micro puzzle cache in the village itself. It’s an impressive building which looked lovely in the long evening sun.

Aldenham Church Micro
Aldenham Church Micro

Then I started on the Wall Hall walk to the north west of the village, which took me across wide open fields on good solid paths.

Around The Fields
Around The Fields

I passed through the Wall Hall estate – now converted into posh housing. The building looked very grand in the setting sun!

Wall Hall - Now Posh Housing
Wall Hall – Now Posh Housing

I worked my way back to the car via a series of Moosey’s Trail caches, again along firm gravel paths and no trouble with the mud, or the finds! The light was fading, but I was glad I hadn’t had any DNF’s.