Sunday, 28 September 2008

Cacheless weekend

No caches this weekend!

Had friends round for dinner yesterday, and jobs around the house needed doing today. I have, however, been able to get the ball rolling on my first earthcache and I've done a little research on the location and requested permission. Have to wait and see.

Other than that, no much to report this weekend. I do have a power trail planned soon, though … I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Thursday night, Friday morning

Bagged a couple of great church-based caches on Thursday evening after work. One of them, a micro, was an excellent hide and had been annoying me for ages, ever since I'd missed out on a FTF quite simply because I couldn't find it! A very good but simple hide and well worth a visit, even if only to look at the picturesque church (GC1DH6A).

The second was a new multi, which involved me collecting clues from a graveyard at twilight … I loved it! Took me about twenty minutes to find the clues and the final was fairly straightforward, but an immensely enjoyable cache all the same (GC1GFN8).

Always a glutton for punishment, I was up early on Friday morning to try for a FTF on a new micro. There'd already been two DNFs on this, so I thought I'd give it a go before work. Took me about fifteen minutes of wandering up-and-down before the penny dropped and I found the cache. A clever hide (GC1GJRH) and worth a go. If you study the description well before you go, you might even make it a cache and dash!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Saturday morning, Sunday morning

Awake at 5am, up by 6am and on the road by 6.50am! Off I went to Billericay and by 12.30 I'd found 10, very diverse, caches, walked several miles and had a very good morning. I must say, it's been many years since I've been to Billericay, and I was pleasantly surprised at what a nice little town it is. I had an excellent day, wandering around the area, and discovered some lovely woodland areas and some fascinating historical features, including two excellent earthcaches; Norsey Wood Tumulus (GC18FZ7) and Norsey Wood Deer Bank (GC18G0Q). Check 'em out, they're really interesting.

Getting up early also gave me time, in the afternoon, to pick up some excellent swag for the cache that I'm planning at the moment. It's going to be a corker, if I do say so myself, so keep an eye out.

This morning I was checking out locations for the new cache, so I walked more miles. Geocaching must have improved my fitness, the number of miles I've walked in the past year. Mind you, it won't have been difficult to improve!

Sunday, 7 September 2008


I'm going to give up trying for first to finds!

Parked near a cache today which had not been published more than half an hour, and I was a little uncertain at where my GPSr was pointing me. As I sat in the car, I checked my pda, only to find that none of the cache data had transferred! Right, I thought, I'll 'phone home. Just as my call was answered, my GPSr ran out of battery, closely followed by my 'phone losing connection! Scrambled around for some spare batteries, 'phoned again, confirmed co-ords… by now it was tipping it down with rain. Oh well, on we go. Crossed the busy road (because I wasn't sure if I could park down the road that leads to the cache … you can!) and just as I came up to the turning, I saw another local cacher drive down.

I found him signing the log, so I had to make myself scarce while they replaced it. Not the first time this has happened, I think I'll retire from FTFs!

Good cache though!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Garmin Geocoins

Hoping to release my collection of Garmin geocoins this weekend. Merlin, Pugin, Gormley, Ferris and Brunel will hopefully be visiting lots of places of historical and architectural interest. Of course, they'll be joining God knows how many others of this ilk that have been recently released, but keep an eye out and you might find one in a cache near you!

Thursday, 4 September 2008


Well, it's nearly done. I've just approved my first go at designing a geocoin and I've only got to wait for the samples to be minted and I should be able to post the pics on here. If anybody likes the look of it (which I hope that hundreds of you do!), it would be worth getting on the Coins and Pins mailing list as soon as possible …