Caching One Day At A Time
I’m still trying to get to 100 Wherigos found and as usual, I‘m casting my over the Kentish town of Ashford which to me is Wherigo City, thanks to the efforts of local cacher mankybadger. In between Challock and Ashford, in Kings Woods, managed by the Forestry Commission, I noticed a series of 46 mystery caches which had four Wherigo caches attached to it. This looked right up my street. I solved all the mysteries and selected the day to go.
The only problem was the weather.🤔 The Met Office had issued a Weather Warning for Kent of heavy rain and high winds. I scanned the forecasts and noted that the main storm would have passed through by 07:00. This wasn’t a problem because dawn was thirty minutes later.😀 There looked to be a worrying rain cloud appearing about one but it looked as if Kings Wood would be on the outer edge.
I reckoned I could get away with it so set off at 06:20. However, the storm slowed everything down although it was going away from me towards the channel. I didn’t get to the designated car park for Kings Wood until 0830 but at least it wasn’t raining.😀 I reckoned that wellies would be a necessity but decided to leave my cagoule behind.
There were two wherigos to be sorted out in the car park which I did. I set off, estimating four hours for the walk, and started picking up the caches. The paths were excellent as they were also used by the Forestry vehicles. Most of the hints were “base of tree” or “have a root around” so fairly straightforward but I could see that there could be a problem with leaves. The Forest was made up of conifers and hornbeam and we were in autumn.🥴
I came unstuck at #5 and after twenty minutes of leaf turning, I moved on. The cache was supposedly hidden under bark but I couldn’t find any. I made good progress up to #31 and then there were two trads before #32. I quickly found Kings Wood Wander #8 and then started looking for the golden oldie Kings Crater. I soon found this well hidden cache which had been hiding since June 2005.
I found #32 but had no joy at #33 but I am sure that this is MIA or even hidden in action. It was in a coniferous area and there was a huge pile of chippings next to the tree. I took a slight detour to look for the Kings Wood - Groundhog Day wherigo. This was a quick find but I was joined by an inquisitive hound out for its morning constitutional.😀
I trudged back up the hill collecting the caches up to #37. It was here that I would be in the starting zone for the next two Wherigo caches. I had one that I had solved earlier to find first and Kings Wood - Rock Scissors Paper was a quick find. I timed this ons as 12:51 and almost on time the heavens opened and the rain dropped in buckets.
I sheltered for a while but decided that I had to move. I had made the fundamental mistake of leaving food and water in the car as I didn’t think that I would be this long.🤫
2 Traditional 3 Wherigo 43 Mystery
We were out for a bit of a drive to Tilbury for a futile shopping trip and took the scenic route via the little hamlets on the way home. As I crossed the level crossing near my RST - Low Street, I remembered that there was a cache up the road that I had failed to find twice. 🥴
It was MIA though so I thought that I should have another look. There were no problems with the SS7 (Scout Stroll): The Path To Nowhere, here this afternoon.
I had unfinished business in Chislehurst to attend to. I had solved some multis last week whilst attending SkiCyle’s event so I’m back to collect. However, I am still slowly adding to my Wherigo tally and there is one more in town to look for. Here’s how the morning went.
Sun up (or first light) was at 07:24 this morning and at that moment I was parking the car close to the start of the CM Chislehurst ~ Christ Church wherigo. This turned out to be a linear route and took me down lanes and visiting places that I hadn’t been before. Who would have known that Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte aka Emperor Napoleon III of France, lived at Camden Place, Chislehurst, from 1870 until his death in 1873?
Whilst following the wherigo route, I passed the Drinking Fountain and Trough multi and found it later near the end. Luckily the final stage of the wherigo was on the way back to the car and not further away.
For the next few caches, I was leaving Chislehurst behind and next up was ST - Chislehurst. JTB’s off the rails 1. This was a 1/2.5 trad but cunningly placed up a steep slope in a Victorian drainage vestibule. This was well worth a fave for the fun.😀 By the way, I hadn’t seen a painted station sign before. This one is on the wall of the railway bridge.
I drove down into Bickley, finding the CM ~ Bickley mystery and then the ST ~ Bickley mystery. The latter, although only being a 1.5/1 had a string of DNF entries but I put my hand on the cunning cache first time.😀
I drove back into Chislehurst and up Prince Imperial Road, named after the Emperor’s only legitimate son 🤔 and parked close to the final stage of the CM Chislehurst - Methodist multi. This was a quick find so I carried on through the wood to get the Chislehurst 2.8 Up off the floor trad.
Now I was on a series of drive bys, collecting the multis that I had solved last week but didn’t have time to collect. The FP was a bit of a stretch and the CM St Nicholas was on a bench that I sat on last week whilst getting wherigo clues.🥴 The final cache was the cunningly placed 4/1.5 VHs cache.
Now I thought that was the end of today’s caching but that wasn’t to be, I was adding to the Challenge Cache section of my blog when I realised that I hadn’t claimed a mystery cache in nearby Scadbury Park. I had signed the log of the 4.5/1.5 Prodigious: An Assiduous Cacher Challenge on 14/7/19 but not claimed it.🤯 I was more than happy to put the record straight.😀
1 Wherigo 2 Traditional 3 Mystery 5 Multi
This is a special day in the geocaching sense. Firstly, there is a official souvenir for finding an Earthcache today and secondly, it’s the tenth anniversary(ish) of the publication of the first cache in the A Fine Pair series.😀
It’s a special day today geocachingwise. Firstly, there’s an official Groundspeak souvenir for finding an Earthcache today and secondly, it‘s the tenth anniversary of the publication of the first A Fine Pair cache today. There’s an unofficial souvenir for this one.
So I scanned the maps and came up with a couple of Earthcaches and an AFP Anniversary meeting in Chislehurst in Greater London. Add in a couple of Wherigo caches to the mix and there was only one place for me to be this morning.
I parked up opposite JTB‘s Earthcache, Millennia Rock, Chislehurst, a few minutes before dawn and soon had all the answers to the COs questions on this particular lump of metamorphic rock. I would send these to the CO later. I drove up the road and took advantage of the free parking near the CM 3051 ~ Chislehurst 2.10 trad. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the cache so made a start on the CM Chislehurst ~ St Patrick wherigo. I had a good walk around this part of town and at the end of the route, I had the cache in hand.
I drove to the other end of town and parked just up the road from where the event would be held. I made a start on another wherigo, Chislehurst Constitutional. This route would pass by three multis so I would be gathering info as I went.
i picked up CM Chislehurst and then gathered the info for CM ~ St Nicholas and then the 4/1.5 VHs. Luckily I got enough answers right to be able to claim the Wherigo which I grabbed on the way to the meeting.
I could see a crowd by the Fine Pair but ducked in a coffee shop for an Americano. I approached the throng and introduced myself and was taken aback by the members of the Geocaching aristocracy who introduced themselves. The numbers kept rising and it was good of RamsPadge and SkiCycle to point out everyone to me. I was particularly pleased to see RubyShoos and agrajag2007 who had found some of my Church Micro caches yesterday.
1 Earthcache 1 Event 1 Multi 2 Wherigo
I needed to kill a bit of time this afternoon whilst waiting to pick my wife up from a hospital appointment. Twiddling with the Geocaching app, I noticed a 1.5/1 trad about 400 yards away that had escaped my attention.☹️
I drove down to the search area and immediately knew where I would be looking and for what. After a while, I was non the wiser on the which. I googled the name of the dude in the title and then I soon had the cache in hand.
As I was signing the log sheet, Cally from across the road came over and asked if I was ok. I said that I was geocaching and she had heard of it but didn’t really understand what it was about. So I explained the hobby and showed her the clever cache. She was most impressed.