Sunday, 29 May 2011

Bearing Up!

One or two things to talk about…firstly, an excellent new cache that I found a couple of weeks ago called "Back to Basics" (GC2WEKH) by HollynCharlie. Having solved the superb "Pirates of the Sole Bay" (GC2PDVP) by Mr Lifeboat recently, I'd begun to develop an interest in puzzles that involved taking bearings to find caches. "Back to Basics" is just that sort of cache. Really enjoyed working out the spot and was delighted to find that I was only 11 feet out once I found the cache! That isn't the only thing that's great about this cache, though…the walk isn't very long, but it's delightful, and the views once you get to gz are really lovely. One of my favourites.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon in the company of sedwardson as we walked "Rowney Wood Ramble" (GC2FRC7) by Cassandy. This is a very nice walk and includes 14 caches of varying sizes and shapes. We had a very enjoyable couple of hours walking the four-mile route. Great stuff!

Today, I walked the "Goldhanger West" (GC2P7Z8) series by Schoolfrenz. This was another excellent walk. I started off on what I was intending to be a six-mile walk and then realised that I'd forgotten the nature reserve bit, which consisted of three multis! I'm vary glad I did, because this bit was superb! A lovely couple of miles, walking through the reserve, gathering numbers, and three very nicely hidden caches.

Back on the main route, I only had one DNF from 28 caches, so that wasn't bad going. Couple of highlights for me were watching a kestrel hoving for what seemed like hours, just a few feet away, and seeing a baby adder. I picked up a cache, signed the log and, just as I turned to replace it, the little fella slithered into the place where the cache had been. Needless to say, as soon as he saw me, he was off!

What a day to forget my camera!

All-in-all, a pretty good weekend's caching!

Monday, 16 May 2011

New Space…

Now, I've been living in Colchester for about 25 years, and yet again, I've been taken, by geocaching, to an area that I've never seen before. Not a particularly large bit of greenery, but a very pleasant one, was discovered this evening, thanks to GC2VTCJ "david and GOLIATH #1". Quite amazed when I emerged from the footpath to find a lovely green field!

Caching just keeps surprising me…

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Eastly Does It!


Nice event yesterday hosted by Simply Paul at the most easterly point in the British Isles. It was a bit blustery, and we dodged a couple of heavy showers, but it was a great little meet. Picked up a few more of the Walberswick Jaunt series by Mr. Lifeboat, on the way there. Really can't recommend this series enough; it's a really lovely walk with some cracking hides.

On the way home I picked up a few Church Micros and the latest Bassett cache. If you haven't tried any of the Bassett's caches, you're in for a treat! Easily my favourite caches of all time. They are, quite simply, brilliant!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

24-hour caching for charity

A few of us are planning on caching coast-to-coast for charity in September. Visit www.justgiving.com/24hourcaching for details…and please donate!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

It's been a while …


Blimey, didn't realise how long it's been since I wrote anything on the blog. It's been a bit busy!

Most interesting thing that's happened that's caching related, is my first event as host. I held a Flash Mob in Colchester, outside the castle gates. Seems to have been a success … 70 mad geocachers turned up on a decidedly unpleasant night, weather-wise! My camera decided it was going to pack up about an hour before the event, so we were reduced to using Mrs G's little digital. The result wasn't brilliant, but at least you can see that a few people turned up.

We followed this up with an event at a local pub, which the reviewers saw fit not to publish. Still can't see the harm in having a follow-up event. Apparently it was too close in time and distance to the FlashMob, which is, of course, exactly the point! Nevermind, we still had a good time at the pub, and helennbrian set a couple of micros to make up for the disappointment of not getting the pub event published.

Other than that, I've walked 16 miles around the Mega 2 series with andy_uk63 and kevanjue, which was a really good day out and made all the more special by the meal we had at the Star Inn in Bentworth. A really wonderful pub; the beer's very well kept and the food is fantastic. Throughly recommended.

I've also had a wander around the new PUBS series by Grimmer Scotting. This is a really good walk. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to investigate any of the pubs on what turned out to be a ten and a half mile walk, because I was driving, but the walk is really nice and the caches interesting and varied.

Looking forward to the first Essex Meet Event in January. It's been a long time coming, and helennbrian have leapt in and started the ball rolling. Should be a really good night.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Les Paul

Really sorry to hear about the passing of Les Paul. He was an amazing man and an inspiration to many, many guitarists the world over.

Rest in Peace.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Mega!

Spent the weekend in Weston-super-Mare doing a spot of caching and visiting the 2nd UK Mega Event.

Was great to catch up with my old mate Satellite Kid and meet some other camping/caching nutters. Spent the Saturday evening sitting around a blazing(!) fire on one of the campsites in the illustrious company of House of Boo, Birdman of Lisketraz, Bambography, Satellite Kid, flying420uk and lots of others. Brilliant night.

I've been to a few events, but I've never camped at one. I do believe that I shall be doing a bit more of this when I can! Had a great laugh … pity the beer was crap! (not yours Jon, that was lovely!) The campsite shop was a trifle lacking in the alcoholic beverage department.

The weather was just about as perfect as it could be and I went of with S.kid to do a couple of caches early on before going to the camping event at 4pm. Met up with the Cartooners en-route and teamed up with them for a while.

Then we sat on the beach for a few hours, drinking beer, watching kites and generally having a laugh. Then off we went (when it started getting a bit chilly) to sit around the fire.

Got a few silly pics that I'll post as soon as I get 'em off the camera … you'll love the cache queue!

The next day, I got up ridiculously early, packed up the tent, and trundled off to W-s-M to bag my first Wherigo cache before the start of the main event. Wandering around Weston on a Sunday morning collecting clues proved to be just what I needed to blow off the previous nights cobwebs. That completed, it was off to the Mega.

Well organised event, with a few stalls and talks going on. Nice to see so many cachers all in one place. Nipped out with Satellite Kid and flying420uk to bag a few cachers locally before going back for the opening ceremony at 1pm(!).

This cache hunt was a real experience … basically, all we had to do was spot the crowd! God only knows what the locals thought was going on … the only thing that was possibly more unusual than twenty people standing around a rock signing small bits of paper, was the presence of the Sealed Knot who were there for a re-enactment.

All good fun, though, and there really is a cracking bus shelter to look at … there's a cache there, but it has to be the most over-the-top bus shelter ever.

All-in-all, a really enjoyable day.

Oh, and I said I'd say something disparaging about a certain person, but I really can't think of anything. So Pete, if you're reading this, you're perfect … honest!

On the other hand …