Climate Chaos: The Triumph
After last weeks disaster when I still didn’t manage to find the final I’d been twitchy at work all week! I wanted to find it immediately. If it hadn’t been so dark in the evenings then I would have been out to get that cache! Saturday was the day, however. We set off pretty early in the morning and parked up at a very familiar place!!! I couldn’t believe how windy it was, I think we must have actually flown to GZ! The coords for this series are always good and it was no surprise when finding GZ took only a minute to locate and then far less to retrieve. Victory was ours!!!
By finding each box you get a username/password for a secret area on a web site. Each different box has a different site with tons of information that the CO has prepared. There really has been tons of work done to set up this cache series. To get the final cache you have to find all of the previous caches so that you can use the web pages to work out the final username/password to get into the final web page to get the coordinates for the final cache (Are you still with me?) Well, solving puzzles to get the username wasn’t a problem. However, working out what the password may be is a different matter. I’ve been trying all week to work it out, but haven’t got anywhere yet. The problem is it doesn’t look like there is a puzzle to solve to get it. It looks like you need a flash of inspiration to work out what it is. I’m still waiting for the flash… 😦
A few more finds…
After finding this we headed off for a few caches here and there. I began to think we were losing our touch when we attempted Church Micro 677 and spent 5 minutes trying to find something all others had said was easy. All became clear when we found the magnetic cache that was meant to be attached to a rail lying on the floor. Just as we signed the log the church bells rang. How did they know? 😉
It was then onto a Bill&Ben puzzle, ‘On Operations‘. It was a fab puzzle, very original and a bit like Sudoku on steroids. It consumed quite a lot of my time, however I had a brainwave whilst solving and quickly knocked up a computer program in C# to solve it! It’s times like these I’m pleased I’m a complete Geek! 😉 It’s always great to find a puzzle that you’ve slaved over!!!
We then headed off to another Church Micro, this was number 700. A nice feature of this church was a little porch with some stained glass windows on display. I loved the fact that I could see them without having the enter the church. Don’t get me wrong, I like churches, but they’re always so cold so I always end up needing a wee after I’ve been in one (hehe! You know what I mean!!! Too much information? Sorry… ;))
Our final quick grab was another church micro, number 686. This was a nice hide as it’s wasn’t centered on the church, it was centered on a little structure in the middle of Ardeley green with an old waterpump inside.
The Walkern Walk Series
Next it was onto "The Walkern Walk Series" this was 19 caches over about 5.5 – 6miles. Although it is less than half an hour's drive from home I hadn't considered it in the past as it's a pile of multicaches. The idea is that you go to the parking coords, find a hydrant sign with 8 numbers on and then work out where each cache is using those numbers! God, effort! 😉 Each forumula for each cache was different and so I printed off a table of each forumula for each cache so I could scribble down the numbers of each cache after getting the hydrant numbers. I know I don’t do many multis, but I do see the point of trekking around a town looking at historic features to gain numbers to find the cache. However, I fail to see the point in driving to one place and then spending 15 minutes working out the numbers and then inputting them into the GPSr! Despite my moaning (cassandy#2 was snoozing in the car whilst I was calculating!) we eventually had the numbers…
The trail isn’t a full circular walk, there’s a bit of back tracking, however it was enjoyable. We started off by grabbing caches C1 and C2 which were a linear walk. This was a nice stroll however and we went through a little field of curious ponies. Naturally I was scared of them (Cute little ponies and I’m scared!! What a chicken!)
It was then onto an Indiana Jones moment where we had to tip toe along a log to avoid falling into a huge puddle. I like doing things like this!! 🙂
The first cache was hidden in a fabulous location, inside a huge bowing tree.
After grabbing C1 and C2 we headed back to the church for R1. We should have got this before really, but with the pile of multis and waypoints all over the screen it was tricky to actually see where this cache was! We had to giggle as we approached as whilst we were in the car calculating we saw a woman at a spot looking around suspiciously. Cassandy#2 said “It’s a geocacher, I bet there’s a geocache there” Turns out she was looking around as her dog had just had a poo! I think she was checking to see if anyone saw so she could get away with not picking it up! Anyhoo, we thought nothing of it as we approached it and the GPSr ticked down to zero. It was indeed the hiding place!!!
After these caches we headed onto the first big look. These caches stretched from B1 to B7. It was a lovely stroll through a quaint little woodland and then around the fields.
We got to about 500ft from B4 and our hearts sank. The cache was called “The tell-tale tree” and we could see that tree in the distance, surrounded by about 8 horses. We stood and watched for a bit coming to terms with the fact that we probably wouldn’t be able to get near it, however a woman started walking up the field. She had a blanket in her hand and obviously owned the horses. From the distance we could see a horse ws laying down. At first we thought it was asleep, but as the woman got close to it we thought it may have been ill. The horses moved away from our tree anyway so we thought we’d give the cache a go. We approached and saw the woman go up to the sleeping horse, however the sleeping horse didn’t move an inch. It was clear to us now we were closer that the horse was actually dead!!! We asked the woman if we could help, but she told us she was ok. She said that the horse was as still as a board and it looked like there was blood under her. Something must have attacked the horse. The horse looked so huge though, what could kill a horse that size??? We left the lady and went to our tree, aware that she was still very close, however she was distracted by dealing with the horses. I saw the cache immediately as we approached the tree. I signed the log so quickly that I don’t think I even wrote the right date, but managed to quickly replace it. Phew! We felt very sad as we walked away from here.
There was a lovely memorial at the end of the footpath in this field. Nice to bump into pretty things like this when you don’t expect them. I was also pleased to see some interesting coloured tree fungus growing on one of the massive logs at GZ.
When we walked down the lane to the next cache we were welcomed by the cutest dog (Don’t tell Teddy!) I just had to snap a photo of him!
The next cache was at a tree with many holes in it. Luckily it didn’t take too much hunting to spot it, although it could have been absolutely anywhere!!!
Near the end of the trail we made our 2400th find. We were very happy! It was on quite a different cache as well.
We finished the day by a few quick grabs before it got dark. This included one of the ‘Pedal Power‘ caches (There are many around this area) it was a bit of an awkward one under a bridge right next to brambles, but we got it! 🙂
And then we attempted a couple of caches from the Enigma series. There are 7 in this series dotted around. I’d solved them ages ago as code breaking puzzles are my absolute favorite. We attempted to grab Enigma 4. I had to DNF this though as I got to a spot that obviously matched the hint, found a pile of rotten logs piled up suspiciously, however there was no cache underneath! 😦 Enigma 5, however was much more successful and a quick find. It was in a huge container as well.
A lovely day of caching where we found 29 caches. Much more successful (And less eventful, thank God!) than our last trip…