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Forty In The Bag

Trad: 39 Multi: 1
Walked: 12 miles

I teamed up with Kitty!! and Mr Crow for another outing today. We decided to go for the latest section of Essex Way caches to be revived, between Cressing and Coggeshall. Handy having two cars, leaving one at each end.

The Long Path Ahead
The Long Path Ahead

Most of the pots were easy enough but one or two needed a bit more of a search.

Hmm. Where's The Cache?
Hmm. Where’s The Cache?

Mr Crow was usually up ahead so we often spotted him grovelling in a bush or behind a telegraph pole before emerging with a pot in hand.

Mr Crow Found It
Mr Crow Found It

We spotted some fluffy friends along the way – Alpacas, I think.

Fuzzy Locals!
Fuzzy Locals!

Occasionally, when Mr Crow couldn’t find one, Kitty would dive in and have a look instead. I think I got to look for a couple!

Send Kitty In...
Send Kitty In…

We enjoyed our walk and the views – especially the rickety old bridge along the river.

Kitty & Crow Near Coggeshall
Kitty & Crow Near Coggeshall

There was also a hilarious incident at No. 18, which is probably best explained by reading my log. A fave for sure! Forty in the bag today, but that was definitely the most memorable.

Climbing & Wading With Kitty

Trad: 6
Walked: 4 miles

Kitty and I may be ladies who are approaching a certain age, but we’re not beyond having a little adventure from time to time. Today as Kitty’s birthday, and we had earmarked a few highter DT caches to have a got it – either with a ladder or our waders.

With an aggregate age of 100, the pair of us decided that pure tree climbs were rather too much for us, so we came “tooled up” and ready to scale new heights. This D5/T5 was soon in the bag – and we replaced a soggy log while we were about it.

Up There Somewhere!
Up There Somewhere!
Soggy Damp Log - We Replaced It
Soggy Damp Log – We Replaced It

Bouyed by our success, we headed to the next target with renewed vigour. This time it was my turn to go up the tree. Undoing the pot one-handed was OK but doing it up again was rather tricky!

The Little Prize :-)
The Little Prize 🙂

We had scouted out Do Look Down!!!, a wading cache, a few weeks ago but didn’t have our gear with us. So we came well prepared today. Kitty went in first to grab the cache, then it was my turn to put it back again.

Kitty Goes In First
Kitty Goes In First
My Turn
My Turn

Marvellous! Job done. I’m looking rather pleased with myself to have bagged this D2.5/D4.5 pot!

Done It! :-)
Done It! 🙂

Our final location was around an old gravel pit at Bradwell. I had had a little trad on my GPS for ages, which I picked up quickly on the way – only to discover when I got home that it had been archived the day before due to a non-responsive CO to maintenance! Ah well, it’s still there.

Then we walked around to the main attraction. Gone Fishing!! 4. The GPS was all over the place around GZ but we hacked our way through lots of brambles and eventually got to somewhere which fitted the hints. Kitty gamely walked the plank. I wasn’t going anywhere near it. But to no avail. We scouted another one, much thinner and more feeble, but decided that couldn’t be it. On reflection, it probably was, but neither of us was keen to teeter out on that one, with the evil-looking black gloop below. Hmmm. Might have to give up on this one after all! It was a disappointing end to the outing, but we know our limits!

Still There!
Still There!
Miserable Failure!
Miserable Failure!

Silver End Search Plus

Trad: 7 Puzzle: 2 Event: 1
Walked: 9 miles

This morning I finally managed to vanquish one of Mr Crow’s more annoying puzzles which has been bugging me for months. But I was glad to finally have it ticked off the list.

Uneven At Last!
Uneven At Last!

Then I headed along the A12 to Silver End, for a walk around some more rural caches. The farmer was busy harrowing his field as I passed.

Out In The Fields
Out In The Fields

It was very warm out in the open, but in Kelvedon I was grateful for some tree cover as I walked along this attractive boardwalk to my next find.

Boardwalk In The Trees
Boardwalk In The Trees

Finally, on to Coggeshall – to find a puzzle cache which I had first attempted in 2011 but it turned out to be AWOL. No idea why its taken me so long to have another crack at it. But the big grin proves I was successful, at long last.

I Found A Rickety Bridge!
I Found A Rickety Bridge!

Having sorted that unfinished business, I headed to the little chapel for another of geotrowel‘s Utterly Pointless events. Two horses were at GZ, both blindfolded – or are they fly hoods? Not sure!

Two Hooded Horses
Two Hooded Horses

A few other folks turned up too. A nice little gathering and a sociable way to round off my caching day.

A Pointless Gathering
A Pointless Gathering