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6K And Counting!

Trad: 12 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 5 miles

After yesterday’s outing, I was 13 finds short of my 6K milestone. I decided to head to the Flitch Way around Braintree, so I took my geo-bike to see if I could tip the total across the line.

One of the first caches I found was Using The Right Tools by flossregularly. It was a brilliant field puzzle which had me chuckling at the cheek for the rest of the day, definitely a fave for that one!

Street Art On The Flitch Way
Street Art On The Flitch Way

I had a few DNFs but the numbers gradually ticked down until I was just 1 find away from the number I needed…

Another Cache Closer To 6K
Another Cache Closer To 6K

I had chosen Boom! by infinson as the target for my 6000th cache. It is a Letterbox and I needed a new type for my milestone to qualify for a challenge cache. I parked a little way away and hopped on my bike again for the rest of the journey. Passing this burned-out van along the way, I hoped my car would still be in one piece when I returned! Thankfully, it was.

Is This A Nice Neighbourhood?
Is This A Nice Neighbourhood?

I approached GZ and after a short search, the pot was located! I had brought along my two stamps for the logbook and my newly-earned 6000 Finds Geo-Achievement coin. Job done.

Boom! Made It To 6000 Finds!
Boom! Made It To 6000 Finds

Of course, there is always time for one more, and on the way home I stopped off for another cache and dash hide, to bring my total up to 6001.

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 #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 #161 – Fun Box

Trad: 1
Walked: 0.7 miles

If I thought yesterday was wet, today the rain followed on in spades. I waved Alistair off on his journey home just as it started in earnest. So I thought I would nip around the corner for a newly-released cache less than a mile away. It was not to be! The rain made me give up after about 10 minutes. I was very soggy.

So onto one of my reserve caches which I’ve been keeping for such crap weather days – the Chelmer Village Fun Box. The find was easy enough, thank goodness, but then the “fun” began – inside the main container were half a dozen identical small tubes which had to be searched to find the actual log!

Fun-box Innards
Fun-box Innards

Mission accomplished, I retired home to change clothes, dry out and contemplate being back to solo caching for the time being.

Day #157 – Endurance Puzzles

Multi: 1
Walked: 3.4 miles

What Do We Have Here?
What Do We Have Here?

Today we went for quality rather than quantity and tackled barbie6803’s brilliant multi Endurance Puzzles near Capel St. Mary in Suffolk.

There were five field puzzle stages in all, each ingenious in their own right. We weren’t 100% sure we got the right numbers at a couple of stages, but we ploughed on anyway only to find we were correct!

Time For T
Time For T
Breaking Eggs
Breaking Eggs
You Get Nothing For Buttons
You Get Nothing For Buttons

It was with great satisfaction that we reached the end successfully and found the final hide. I would have given each stage a fave if I could – a cache well worthy of the D5 rating.

Twirly Twirly!
Twirly Twirly!

Day #124 – Little Critters Cash Box

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 1.6 miles

27th November 2015
27th November 2015

Time for just one cache today, but hardly dash… The Little Critters Puzzle Bonus has been bothering me for ages – but it wasn’t until the recent Essex Meet that I got an inkling of how to go about solving it. Numbers crunched, I headed off today to see if I could find it.

The co-ords led me to a film pot, inside which were co-ordinates for the main hide and a key! Once I had searched that out, I found a lovely well-stocked cash box, waiting to receive visitors.

A Well-Stocked Cash (Box)
A Well-Stocked Cash (Box)

Another great little puzzle ticked off the list! And that also means day 7 of my mini 10-day non-traditional cache streak is complete.

Day #120 – Harry Pottering

Trad: 11 Puzzle: 7
Walked: 6.3 miles

23rd November 2015
23rd November 2015
H Is For Harry
H Is For Harry Potter

I’ve had solutions for the seven Harry Potter puzzle caches set by Stones2005  in Littlebury Green for a couple of months, but today was the day I decided to make a trip to go and look for them, plus some other traditional caches nearby. The puzzles weren’t too difficult to solve, just enough to stretch the grey cells after a bit of Googling!

I stopped off first to pick up Q is For Quendon, part of the ABC of Essex series, close to the pretty church (I’ve already found the CM there).

Quendon, A Pretty Church
Quendon, A Pretty Church

At Harry Potter #5 I hit my 3900th find – well on schedule for 4000 at my birthday/New Year event. #5 was a tricky hide with a clever field puzzle element – how to get the cache out of the tree? The hole through which you grasp the chain the cache is attached to is not big enough to get the cache out!

Thankfully, I figured it out…

How Do I Get It Back In?
How Do I Get It Back In?

This scary dude was hiding the cache at #6! Not sure who frightened whom…

Argh!
Argh!

The final cache was nicely themed with the whole Harry Potter films. My second pen had run out (the first a few caches previously) so this selfie had to suffice for logging the cache.

In lieu of a pen
In lieu of a pen

All in all an enjoyable day out, despite the mud! My new wellies came in very handy today.

Day #76 – Tricky Trio, Part 2

Puzzle: 5
Walked: 5.2 miles

10th October 2015
10th October 2015

After writing my two DNF logs on the Tricky Triskaideka hides yesterday, Mr Mercator confirmed that I was almost certainly at the right places where the caches should have been. He wanted to do a maintenance check on them anyway and suggested we meet up for a stroll this morning.

Having arrived at the rendez-vous point, I navigated us to the first suspect. Sure enough, Rob confirmed that it was the right GZ and after a thorough search of the vicinity, he admitted the cache was gone.

Rob Checks For The Cache
Rob Checks For The Cache

So he replaced it with a new box and I signed the fresh log sheet before we moved on. Great to have my calculations confirmed for 13a!

Shortly afterwards, Rob had a call from one half of gillywig, Grahame, who had seen my DNF on two of the hides yesterday and been spurred into action. He had previously found the one we had just replaced, with Mr Crow, but although he had worked out the co-ords for 13b and 13c, he’d never had the opportunity to pick those up until now. No time like the present! He was on the trail and promised to meet us as we walked in his direction.

Sure enough, a short while later there he was, happy to have found 13b at last (the one I picked up yesterday).

Tricky Trio (aka Three Grinning Fools)
Tricky Trio (aka Three Grinning Fools)

The band of fools chatted happily as they made their way towards our plot for 13c – thankfully Grahame’s and my calculations agreed and we had both frisked the tree in question already. So Rob had to concede again that the cache had gone AWOL and allowed us both to sign the replacement.

We then walked on to pick up a couple more of Rob’s hides which I had solved recently. Grahame drove us back to our cars and then Rob and I headed off to grab one last puzzle of his which I finally worked out last night.

Not In That Tree!
Not In That Tree!

All in all a grand day out, with great company along the way. And I’m feeling super-smug to have solved this Tricky Trio (and a few others) – I’m in very limited but quite esteemed company!

Day #63 – Fun In The Forest

Trad: 18 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 6.6 miles

27th September 2015
27th September 2015
Run Around - Locked Out
Run Around – Locked Out

During Mega Week, I had heard great things about the caches in Hatfield Forest by Run Around, but sadly hadn’t had the time to look for them then. So I decided this would be a good place to go with Alistair for today’s caching expedition.

We weren’t disappointed! As well as the usual hides in trees by other cachers, Run Around’s series was inventive and very well put together. We had to work hard to extract the logs at each cache and the feeling of satisfaction when we succeeded was great! Each one was a little different and thankfully we managed to crack them all.

Alistair Breaks The Code
Alistair Breaks The Code
Run Around's Combination
Run Around’s Combination

We also found a few caches along the Flitch Way nearby, including Start Hill Sums which I had solved over breakfast this morning.

The planes coming in to land at Stansted flew right over us as we searched for the cache – we got a bit distracted watching them but found it in the end!

Planes At Dusk
Planes At Dusk

Day #37 – Bradwell Bimble

Traditional: 12 Multi: 4 Puzzle: 2 Challenge: 1 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 9.3 miles

1st September 2015
1st September 2015

For today’s expedition I planned a visit to Bradwell-on-Sea in Dengie Peninsula to pick up a variety of caches which were placed for the Essex Camping event a couple of years ago. The majority of our finds were Bean & Sprout hides, again with some ingenious twists rather than lots of film pots. We parked up by the Marina and started our walk.

Bradwell Marina
Bradwell Marina

I particularly enjoyed the Lengthy Log Challenge, as well as caches which completed another two squares in my D/T grid: A walk on the wild side, continued… (an ingenious 5.0/3.0 field puzzle which had us going for about 20 minutes) and Mill End Dandle (a 4.5/3.5 multi which could have had us running around for ages, but we quickly spotted its cheeky 2nd stage).

However, we were defeated by the fiendish 9 PLUS 5 along the way – another field puzzle where we actually found the cache but couldn’t figure out the combination to get at the log. Much head scratching but we drew a blank. Ah well, another time…

Wonky Window in Bradwell village
Wonky Window in Bradwell village

I confess I read the cache page for Sir Henry Bude Dudley and was rather overwhelmed by the information it contained to sort out the second stage of the multi. So I didn’t – but found it by conjecture, which pleased me way more than it should have!

Bradwell Turbines
Bradwell Turbines

Our route took us along the old Roman road almost as far as St Peter-on-the-Wall church, but we turned around short of the end as we needed to be back at a reasonable time.

Yellowcar!
Yellowcar!

When we are out and about, Alistair and I play a silly game called “Yellowcar” where I have to spot yellow cars and he has to spot Minis. Here’s an old Citroën 2CV van we saw along the way, but he wouldn’t let me count it! Spoilsport!

We enjoyed a tasty dinner at a nearby pub but, of course, there’s always time for ONE more cache on the way home… A drive-by which required a photo of us and the GPS next to a post box! Why not?

2 Fools At A Postbox
2 Fools At A Postbox