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 …

Lakes

In between the torrential downpours, I managed to fit in a few caches in and around the Lake District while we were there a couple of weeks ago. I must say, there are some excellent caches up here, including some real crackers by the Smileys.
I managed not to get scratched to bits like I normally do, which is always nice, and we managed to have a pleasant, if very damp, holiday.

One bonus was a coffee shop in Keswick which I walked the mile or so down to nearly every morning. It had free wireless internet, so I sat there in the mornings, before the rest of the family was up, with a hug cup of coffee logging the previous day's caches on my pda and reading the paper. Very civilised!

Didn't get to do as much walking as I would have liked, because of the weather, but I managed to get along a disused railway line, just outside Keswick. This had one or two caches dotted along it, but it was a really enjoyable walk, with several bridges over the river that provided some gorgeous views.

My favourite cache of the week was one I didn't find! I climbed up a hill with the eldest gt junior to find a really spectacular view of the surrounding Lakes. The bracken was obviously enjoying it up there, as it was thick and everywhere. We think we knew where the cache was, but, because of the undergrowth, the spot looked like a sheer drop. Probably wasn't, but I wasn't going to risk it! Really hope to get back to this one, as the place is a delight. GC1BPQT, Elterwater View, if you're ever up that way; I'd recommended it!