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Hartswood & Thorndon

Trad: 8
Walked: 9.0 miles

Today I had a great roam around the outskirts of Brentwood and then Harts Wood and Thorndon Country park, finding 8 traditional caches, which were some great hides.

I started off with two caches to the north east of Brentwood. The first was called Jumbo and was a particularly on-theme container!

Heffalump Hide!
Heffalump Hide!

Next up was a little box which went by the name of DEH1 – not sure what it all meant, but it had some nice little goodies inside.

Pretty Things In The Box
Pretty Things In The Box

I moved the car and parked just to the north of Hartswood itself. The Autumn colours were out in full force!

Autumn Colours On The Way
Autumn Colours On The Way

My first cache attempt in the woods was a DNF, but I met a couple of  cachers there while I was looking. None of us could locate the box, but we had a good chat and moved on our separate ways.

A Leaning Tree In Hartswood
A Leaning Tree In Hartswood

Thankfully I had more success with other hides in the wood, including this box with a travel bug which I picked up to move along. Someone’s  celebrating their 10,000th find with this traveller!

Travellers In The Box
Travellers In The Box

I’m a bit stingy and the parking cost in Thorndon Country Park is rather steep, so instead of moving the car again, I continued walking south and carried on to a few more hides in the centre and west of the park which I haven’t visited before. This one was a riot of choice – but I did find the right pine cone in the end!

Whiche Cone Is It?
Whiche Cone Is It?

Thorndon One is an excellent hide – a nice big ammo box awaits. But what’s this? How do I get in? The answer is, you have to find the keys which have been hidden close by to unlock the log inside! A very well crafted cache which certainly deserved a favourite point.

Tricky To Unpick!
Tricky To Unpick!

There were more travellers to be seen in another hide nearby, this time a conventional Tupperware box.

More Swag & Coins
More Swag & Coins

Another well-crafted box was this fake birdbox – which looked very convincing – until you pulled the front off to reveal a pot inside!

Another Cunning Hide
Another Cunning Hide

I was aiming for a minor milestone of 6,600 today, and the birdbox took me to 6,599. So I hot-footed it over to Warley for a final find to bring up my total. Then I had a long walk back to the car! But it had been a fun day out.

Final Box Of The Day
Final Box Of The Day

The Ballpoint Pen

Trad: 2 Event: 1
Walked: 2 miles

The M25 is 30 years old today. Some mad cachers had arranged several events around the motorway to celebrate the event, and I decided to attend the one in Warley, being my nearest.

One of the hardest parts was finding somewhere to park and walk to the venue! But once I arrived, I saw it was a small but select gathering under a gazebo in Warley Country Park.

Ballpoint Pen Event
Ballpoint Pen Event

We were given some nice wooden coins celebrating other notable events which occurred on 29th October in other years. In this case, it was dedicated to the Ballpoint Pen. Fred the geo-dog has got his and won’ let it go…

Geo-Fred Holds His Wooden Coin
Geo-Fred Holds His Wooden Coin

I stopped off for another couple of nearby while I was in the area. One was in the old Lorne Cemetry where the little chapel looked a bit sorry for itself.

By Lorne Lawn
By Lorne Lawn

Day #384 – Urban Bimble

Trad: 5 Earth: 1
Walked: 3.0 miles

I headed out this morning to pick up my nearest unfound earthcache to continue my Unusual 15-day streak (I just need one more tomorrow to complete the run). It was an unusual site – two locations along Brentwood High Street. One was just outside Argos!

Earthcache At Argos?
Earthcache At Argos?

And the second was at the drinking trough near Wilson’s Corner. I gathered the required info and took selfies, and will send my answers shortly.

Granite Trough
Granite Trough

I also picked up a few trads, one of which was this cunning camo’d little pot, hidden in ivy in a tree. No idea how I spotted it, quite a miracle!

Cunning Camo
Cunning Camo

I got back home in time for lunch with friends Rob & Sue, who took me to the Woolpack before we went off to hunt for my puzzle cache, I’m A Little Teapot. I’ve known them for nearly 20 years but it was a few months ago that I was chatting to them about geocaching. They seemed intrigued and found a few on their own and now seem to be hooked! Hooray, more converts!

Muggles No More!
Muggles No More!

Day #370 – Testing The Geo-Bike

Trad: 5
Walked: 6.0 miles

I love my mountain bike, it’s great for going places close to home. But it’s rather a faff if I want to take it any distance in the car and then ride. So I’ve invested in a second-hand folding bike, won a couple of days ago on eBay – I went to collect it this morning from a guy in Springfield!

I thought I should give it a spin to test it out, so I parked a little bit away from the handily-named Chelmer Village Cycle Path hide, unfolded the machine and set off. Thankfully, it was a quick find just before the path became infested with muggles from all directions!

LQ And TheFolding Geo-Bike
LQ And TheFolding Geo-Bike

After a break back home, I went out again this evening to look for a few hides around King George’s Park in Brentwood. One was supposed to be a clever cache up a tree, with a line and counter-weight, but it was in rather a sorry state – the two previous finders today have already logged a Needs Maintenance, so I saw no point in adding another one.

Sad Little Pot!
Sad Little Pot!

Still, even in that state, the find earned me my first August souvenir (for finding a cache with ten or more favourite points).

Day #361 – Brentwood Scoot

Trad: 4
Walked: 2.3 miles

A new weapon in my caching arsenal arrived today! It’s a Hudora 205 Big Wheel Scooter! You probably think I’m mad, and you’re probably right. I took Little Quacker out for a spin with it this evening to find some urban hides around Brentwood.

The New Geo-Scooter
The New Geo-Scooter

We didn’t go all the way by scooter, it was a mixture of scoot and walk (some of the hills are rather steep around there!). But I was getting the hang of it the more we did. It certainly makes getting around between caches much quicker.

LQ Finds A Keysafe
LQ Finds A Keysafe

The pavements have to be pretty smooth for an effective scoot – if the tarmac gets too rough, it’s a very bumpy ride for me and little ducks!

LQ With A Nano On The Geo-Scooter
LQ With A Nano On The Geo-Scooter

LQ objected to being called an Ugly Duckling, until I pointed out that was actually the name of the cache we had just found!

Ugly Duckling - Who, Me?
Ugly Duckling – Who, Me?

There was one hairy moment towards the end of our outing, where I nearly went over the handlebars after hitting a protruding paving slab. Somehow, I managed to safely “walk off” the board and there was no damage done. Phew!

A Cache Just LQ's Size
A Cache Just LQ’s Size

So our first outing by scooter was fun, tiring and slightly dangerous. That definitely qualifies it to have my ‘Life Begins…’ Adventures Coin dipped in today’s finds!

Day #351 – Ingrave Ingress

Trad: 6
Walked: 4.1 miles

Today I was a good girl and finally got around to doing some maintenance on my own caches. It helped that Alistair was chauffeur so I could just jump out and quickly change a log book when required. But we also found some boxes too!

Our first stop was to revisit and old location in Brentwood. The cache that used to be there was a lovely little multi with a doorbell push at Stage 1, and you had to navigate to Stage 2 by pressing the bell. We found it – just – at the end of last year, but the bell’s batteries kept dying and the CO archived it. However, Stage 1 is now reset as a trad, so we went to pick that up.  We also got some bonus slugs!

Slugfest!
Slugfest!

Then we relocated to Ingrave/Thriftwood for a walk to find another five in the area.  We encountered more wildlife here, this time a load of snails had colonised the camo bag!

Anyone For A Snail?
Anyone For A Snail?

Day #257 – Locked Up

Trad: 6 Earth: 6
Walked: 8.5 miles

Today’s caching location was Thorndon Country Park near Brentwood. I last visited during Mega Week and found a few caches, but we didn’t have time to stay long that day, and ever since I have been meaning to return to find the five Earth Caches in the Pebble Walk series, which were placed for the event.

There’s an Earth Cache Challenge in Kent which requires you to have found at least 50 earth caches, 5 in one day and with at least 20 different DT combinations. I needed the five-in-a-day and a few more to make me up to 50, so this seemed the perfect solution.

First Of Six Earthcaches!
First Of Six Earthcaches!

I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours pottering around collecting the information for the five earths, and I also detoured to find a few other physical boxes while I was in the vicinity. My favourite of the day was Thorndon Four – a lovely old Ammo can which held a surprise!

Thorndon Four
Thorndon Four

Yep, even once you had found the box, that wasn’t the end of it – you had to select the correct key to open the inside and get to sign the log! It didn’t take too long to figure out which it was.

Get In!
Get In!

So now I’ve done all I need to qualify for the Challenge, which I intend to go and pick up tomorrow – especially as it will enable me to fill in another DT square!

Day #158 – Ding Dong Merrily On High

Trad: 1 Multi: 2
Walked: 6.3 miles

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.

Ding Dong!
Ding Dong!

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!

Day #140 – Brentwood Bimble

Trad: 4
Walked: 7.0 miles

13th December 2015
13th December 2015

Today’s outing was a trip to Brentwood on the bus. It took some careful planning as the 351 only runs every two hours on a Sunday.

I had mixed success with the urban hides. It was finds at the bus stop hide, Next Stop Barking, and Brentwood School but sadly nothing doing at Ding Dong. (I think the battery is dead which is a shame).

Success At Brentwood School
Success At Brentwood School

Another successful find was Hope For Humphrey, inhabited by this cute horsey (who wants to stay in the cache to meet other visitors).

Hello Humphrey!
Hello Humphrey!

It was rather a grizzly day (grey + drizzle) and sadly I didn’t find Scouting Out Merrymead or the next two hides I looked for, but in the end I managed four finds for the day, could be worse.

Merrymead Park
Merrymead Park

Thankfully the bus was on time to take me home, so another successful outing.

Day #116 – Larchwood Trail

Trad: 2
Walked: 4.0 miles

19th November 2015
19th November 2015
Cool TB Hotel
Cool TB Hotel

It dawned rather wet this morning but I knew I would be busy this afternoon, so headed out before noon for a few finds in Brentwood.

I’ve been to Weald Park before, but never the north eastern corner, where the Larchwood Trail series is located.

The first stop was a rather smart TB hotel which was a quick find in the rain. No. 1 of the Larchwood series was also found easily enough, but the other three were all DNF’s. Mind you, it was pouring with rain, and I eventually gave up when I was thoroughly soaked, so perhaps I will have more luck if I return in the dry.