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CITO & Southminster

Trad: 9 Puzzle: 1 CITO: 1
Walked: 6 miles

It’s CITO weekend so a few of us headed to Danbury Country Park to help the rangers clear some invasive shrubs. There were lots of willing volunteers!

Danbury CITO Working Hard
Danbury CITO Working Hard

Ian was hard at work digging a drainage ditch too.

Ian Shovelling
Ian Shovelling

Jill got busy hacking bushes while Rob cleared up.

Rob & Gill Hard At Work
Rob & Jill Hard At Work

Meanwhile, Shifty Duck was doing his best to “help” clear up the cakes which had been left unattended!

Shifty Duck "Helping"
Shifty Duck “Helping”

After a couple of hours hard work we all posed for a picture!

CITO Crew
CITO Crew

The event done, I headed towards Southminster to find some caches by bike. Village signs, Church Micros and other random hides which had been staring at me on the map.

Southminster Sign
Southminster Sign

It was quiet at the station today – hardly any traffic at all!

End Of The Line
End Of The Line

The bike was handy to get to a few outliers around the town.

Out On The Geobike
Out On The Geobike

This was a fun cache, guarded by a rubber snake!

Snaky Snake
Snaky Snake

Mopping Up Some Orphans

Trad: 5 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 4 miles

I get annoyed by green boxes (or worse, blue fronwies) in my sea of yellow smileys on the map. So every now and then I have a blitz and try to clear them up. Today was such a day!

My first find was avenging a DNF on Danbury Common from a few days ago. Grand. Then on to Frederick’s Green for a hide which was accessed by walking through the arches and tunnels of this hump backed bridge. What a great location.

Under We Go!
Under We Go!

Another CNL (Could Not Look) avenged from a few weeks ago in Wickham Bishops, then it was on to Witham to pick up a trio of loose ends around the town. The crocuses are looking good.

Lovely Crocuses
Lovely Crocuses

I also spotted this fine fellow, mellowing out on a new kiddies’ playground.

Witham "Wildlife" :-)
Witham “Wildlife” 🙂

I continued on to The Old Fella, who was harbouring a nice little box with a few goodies inside. A half dozen new smileys today, that will do!

Goodies In The Box
Goodies In The Box

I’m A Common Genius!

Trad: 6
Walked: 5 miles

Last night I noticed a bunch of new traditional caches had appeared on the map, scattered around Danbury Common, the Common Genius’ series by ThorntonGenius. I wasn’t in a hurry, and set off just before noon. The first cache had already been found late last night, and I was fully expecting the rest to have signatures on the logs too. But I got to the second one on my list and was surprised to see a lovely blank sheet, once I had figured out the field puzzle to get me into the pot. Great, FTF No. 29.

FTF No. 29
FTF No. 29

A little walk later, and FTF No. 30 was also mine, with another fun field puzzle, easier than the last, but still tricky to get into the box. I think they are Quirky Caches, which are always fun to do.

FTF No. 30
FTF No. 30

As I made my way around the footpaths on the common, I picked up another three FTF’s, giving me five in total today, more than I’ve ever found in one day in 8 years of caching. And all of them, largely a surprise! A good day out.

FTF No. 31
FTF No. 31
FTF No. 33
FTF No. 33
FTF No. 32
FTF No. 32

I’m not really a FTF junkie, but I was rather pleased to have picked up so many today. Wheeee!

Day #356 – Danbury Dally

Trad: 1
Walked: 4.9 miles

Today I’ve been more preoccupied with hiding my own new caches, rather than finding other people’s. I’m having a picnic on Day 366 to celebrate reaching my target (barring disasters in the next week or so), and I thought it would be good to set a few new caches for folks to find around the area. They will form part of a new ongoing puzzle series I’m calling Brains Not Brawn.

So I only really had time for a quick find today – this time another of my standby caches which I’ve had on the to do list for months and months. Being in Danbury, on the A414, I’ve passed it enough times, but usually on the way somewhere else. Another quick find this evening, hooray.

CM4966 - Danbury English Martyrs
CM4966 – Danbury English Martyrs

Day #295 – 1000 Days Of Caching!

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 1.4 miles

Last night, I was idly flicking through my profile stats on Project-GC when I noticed that I had so far been caching on 999 days out of 2802 since I began back in September 2008. So that meant today would be day 1000!

Rather than going for a random cache and dash, I wanted the find to be  a bit more memorable, so chose to go and pick up the penultimate of Mr Mercator’s Projections, 12b, which I haven’t already found.

It was a pleasant stroll to a GZ near Danbury, which my geo-buddy Tot66 had visited a few days ago (we’ve been working on the 12’s together via email). I found a lot of cash in the cache! But decided to leave it for the next finder 😉

Am I Rich Now?
Am I Rich Now?

So here we are, Project-GC now shows  I’ve been caching on 1000 days!

1000 Days Caching!
1000 Days Caching!

The other thing I’ve been doing today is dipping my lovely new Life Begins geocoin into some of my favourite caching adventures. It’s a great mantra for life, and I wanted it to remind me of all the fun I’ve had over the last 7.5 years.

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone
Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve been spurring myself on to do more daring caches of late, to complete my DT Grid, and it’s been great fun to have a go at something a little more challenging than a film pot thrown in a bush.

Day #290 – Not Stumped

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 0.6 miles

I’ve been chipping away at the final trio of unsolved Mr Mercator caches over the past few weeks. Mercator’s Projection no.12 The Disciples’ Clock c had been eluding my understanding for a while, but I’d had some email correspondence with another local puzzler, and eventually we got some plausible numbers. He found it a few days ago, and today I thought I would make it my target.

Not Stumped Any More!
Not Stumped Any More!

The hint was stump, and I was delighted to find said stump in the general locality of my co-ordinates. I find Mr Mercator’s caches can have a margin of error rather further away than I would normally like, but Rob is usually generous with his hints, and so I was very chuffed to have found the correct place today, once the rain had stopped. Now I need to work on 12b and No. 8 – the last two which are still bugging me!