Earlier in the week a trail had been published in Hatfield Forest, just down the road from us. It was Doodle Trail. They were obviously placed by someone working for the forest and had popped up on our notification emails as being placed earlier in the week. There had been a couple of logs in the week on the caches and most noted that they were quite obvious and easy to find so we decided to go and grab them this weekend before they got muggled! It was a nice short trail and close to home meaning that we could take Teddy, our Geodog.
We parked on the road (£4.60 parking in the forest was a little bit too much for just an hour’s caching) and strolled in. The first was down in the high muggle area. None of the caches had hints so we weren’t sure if we would be able to find them, but they were gigantic boxes that were pretty easy to find.
The log books were especially prepared by the National Trust and had space for stamps. This cache had been found by a few kids before us. I’d guess the National Trust had some little nature trail where they got them to find it. Next we headed onto number 1, however it wasn’t a smooth ride as I managed to go arse over tit on a slippery bridge. I fell and smacked my knee which is now very badly bruised and swollen (I have a cold, wet towel on it as I’m typing this!). I also landed on my camera which it really didn’t need after I smaked it on the fence when I dived over to escape from the cows yesterday. Despite the SD card being knocked out (Still don’t know how the hell that happened) it still worked. Phew! We headed over to the cache and noticed a couple with dogs going to GZ. Hmmm… We didn’t think anyone apart from cachers would go that way and when we heard the snap of a tupperware box as we closed in on them we knew they were cachers! It was hollyncharlie! It was great to meet them at last as they are local and we had done a few of their trails and exchanged emails with them. We continued the trail with them.
Cache number 2 was slightlier trickier and all 4 of us were hunting. A previous finder had noted that the coords were 100ft off and as it was in a section with a lot of trees, so we totally widened the search. I eventually got lucky. It was just a brown ammo can sitting behind a tree with no camo! EEK! My GPSr said 70ft off.
We continued to the other caches. Thankfully these were all easy finds with good coords. I guess the tree cover threw the other one off. The final cache was about a mile away so it was a bit of a trek. We headed through a field of cows, however as Hatfield forest is always packed with people I imagine these cows are quite used to the traffic. They didn’t bat an eye lid as we passed through.
We found another couple of cachers at cache 6 (This series is proving very popular from the number of people who have logged it today!) I can’t quite remember their names though. Great to bump into so many people this weekend though, it’s crazy how you usually go weeks without seeing anyone else. After saying our goodbyes we headed through the forest and back to the car.
We couldn’t resist grabbing a few in the area whilst we where there. We made a quick cache and dash of Hatfield Forest Bridge, and followed it with Fields of Gold to make it 8 enjoyable finds for the day.
So that was the end of our caching weekend. 93 finds, 3 encounters with other cachers, a scary encounter with cows, a pretty crazy attempt at an extreme cache, oh and a bump on the knee. Thank God I’ve got a week at work to recover until next weekend!!! 😉