Success Our first hide was well received and looks like I did everything right! I submitted the Walden Wander (GC2DF6A) series at 9pm Sunday night and they were published early on Monday morning! That’s some very fast work from the reviewer. We had 2 cachers out Monday evening after their FTF’s. One got 8 FTFs and the other changed tactics after they realised another cacher had logged #1 so they diverted and grabbed FTF’s on #10 an #9! Clever
I got some nice comments about my coords (the thing I was most paranoid about!) as well as a few about some hides being clever and my boxes well camouflaged. I was a bit evil and hid one under wood and then under dead leaves which was mean, but I don’t imagine it will stay under the leaves, that was just my sneakiness for the FTF!
In the evening we went for dinner near Harlow with friends to the Plume of Feathers (There is a multi there where you need to get clues from outside the pub so we did that before going in! Hehe!) Just when we were tucking into our dinner an email popped up in Sawbridgeworth, on the way home! So at 10:30pm we stopped off for it. It was dark, but we had a few torches. We spent half hour searching for the b*oody thing! There was nowhere to hide a cache and nothing obvious and we knew we had the right spot as it matched the clue. We expanded the search just incase the coords were off but that didn’t get us anywhere either. In the end we called it a night. When I went to log a DNF I found that one of the people after our series tonight had been there before us. They logged a DNF too and we both came to the conclusion that the cache couldn’t have been there! From his profile picture the CO obviously worked at the garage where the cache was hidden just off of (behind a sign for their garage) and they only had 6 finds. It was the same reviewer that had been quick in reviewing ours so my theory is he didn’t think the cache would get published so soon and planned to drop the container off this morning on the way to work. I emailed him (nicely!) to ask what’s going on.
I know you have to be nice to newbies and I’m not p*seed off about it as some may get. As someone who waited until 900 finds before submitting I couldn’t imagine hiding one after my 6th find! I wouldn’t have a clue! I will keep my eye on it and see how it unfolds. Maybe give him a few pointers. I know of a nice young lady with a fab blog on caching who has a great article on hiding your first cache!!!