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Billericay & Boo!

Trad: 5 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 6.6 miles

Around lunchtime today I noticed a few new caches had been published in Billericay, so I had something to eat and then headed out on the hunt for FTF. I bombed out on one, but managed to locate Caching Crew #5 by ljgeofinder935, which I discovered had a nice blank log sheet on arrival. Hurrah, FTF No. 49.

FTF No. 49
FTF No. 49

Then I headed over to Colchester to explore Westlands Country Park – not an area I have ever visited before. There is a series of caches locally by Boo!!!, which I thought I would look for, and grab any others which were on my way. One such was The Gates Of Eden by foxscout, which was a bit of a pain to find, but I got there in the end.

The Gates Of Eden
The Gates Of Eden

Some of the other Boo hides were guarded by interesting characters! I spotted this duck…

Quacking Good Cache
Quacking Good Cache

… and also this bunny, which was quite difficult to spot. I persevered and eventually found him tucked in a hole.

Bunny Hops!
Bunny Hops!

The evenings are drawing in now, so the sun had set by the time I had finished my searches. I also ended up with a few DNFs – but I suspect that was more to do with my incompetence rather than the fading light.

Sunset Over Westlands Country Park
Sunset Over Westlands Country Park

Day #382 – Musical Girls’ Medley

Trad: 4 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 2.9 miles

I went for a short stroll near Billericay this afternoon, to collect a few of the replaced UK Mega caches around Barleylands. The new hides, by Musical Girls, were imaginative and fun.

LQ Takes A Bite
LQ Takes A Bite

The letterbox hide was definitely a must for today, as I was trying to maintain my Unusual types streak. Job done here!

Stamp It Up
Stamp It Up

Little Quacker was delighted to find a new place to live! Perfect fit. Although in the end, he decided to make it just a holiday place, and came home with me.

LQ Finds The Perfect Birdhouse!
LQ Finds The Perfect Birdhouse!

Day #367 – Evening Trio

Trad: 3
Walked: 1.3 miles

I was stuck at home working all day, unable to play. But I skipped out a bit early this evening on the way to my friend’s for dinner, and headed to Crays Hill and Noak Bridge to search out handful of caches. With just one DNF, I managed to bag three quickly. Job done.

First up was a musical girls’ cache, where Little Quacker was pleased to make the acquaintance of a Mr S. Cargo.

LQ And Mr S Cargo
LQ And Mr S Cargo

We found an older cache in the little nature reserve at Noak Bridge – LQ was very surprised to see Santa!

LQ Meets Santa!
LQ Meets Santa!

Day #182 – Stuck In The Mud

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.7 miles

I had a rather sticky experience this morning, trying to find Peachick’s Puzzle in Mill Meadows Nature Reserve in Billericay. It’s been several years since I was last there for a previous cache, which took several fruitless visits before finally locating the prize. But that cache got archived ages ago.

Today I made the mistake of heading into the reserve from the nearest footpath to where I had parked. This turned out to be at the bottom of a very steep, muddy hill. It was a quagmire of boot-sucking mud which, at times, I wasn’t sure if I would get out of with both Wellies still on my feet!

Eventually made my way up the hill but found myself obstructed by a fence running around the little patch of woods, with 190-odd feet still to go. Argh!

So I had to backtrack through some more evil mud, and finally made it to a much firmer (but still muddy) path. Once at GZ I was most relieved to find the cache quite quickly. Phew!

Finally Got It - Phew!
Finally Got It – Phew!
What's In The Box
What’s In The Box

The way back was much more obvious (I wasn’t going back the way I came in!) and the path led out to the main road without much mud at all. Now why hadn’t I found that in the first place?

Day #111 – Bailey’s Trail

Multi: 1
Walked: 3.3 miles

14th November 2015
14th November 2015

I’ve been meaning to get together with nearby cacher rachel’n’rio for ages to go out for a tupperware walk. Today we finally managed to co-ordinate our diaries.

We decided to go and look for Bailey’s Trail, a multi just on the northern boundary of Billericay, which neither of us had attempted before.

Found One!
Found One!

Originally there were 5 stages but one went missing before we searched, and we had terrible trouble finding another couple, so in the end we only found two of the hides. A pity, but we thought that was enough to claim the find!