18. Jun, 2019

It’s Got The Wow Factor

As you know I’ve been concentrating on Series caches recently. What I’m also trying to do is to raise my D/T ratio and to decrease my percentage of traditional caches found. So I’ve been looking for more multis and mysteries. I’m only going for trads if they are part of a Series or a higher D or T than 2. Unless it’s a 1/1 as I need 500 of these for a challenge. You know me.🤔

So today, I was up with the lark and heading up to Suffolk. I stopped off in Kelvedon and Feering to get a couple of Nathan’s ST caches and a VS multi and then my next stop was up past Halstead. The VR mystery had been on my solved list for ages so it was good to pick this one up.

Pebmarsh was the next port of call for a VS trad and then WM and VHS multis. Wickham St Paul was a new destination for me and I added its VS and Stumped! trads to the tally. Stumped! is a series in Essex and Suffolk concentrating on visiting cricket grounds.

On the way into Sudbury, I picked up the clever FP multi in Bulmer Tye. I found the All Saints CM at All Saints with its final on the old disused railway track and then another trad at the cricket ground. I stopped off for breakfast at one of my favourite coffee houses after checking their app to see if one was in town.☕️😀

After I’d seen off a sausage bap and a coffee, it was back to the motor for another couple of multis to the north of town. I resuscitated the Cache on the Croft and failed again at the St Gregory’s CM multi.🙁

On the way out of town, I stopped at Brundon Mill to pick up a 2.5/3 trad but it wasn’t that difficult. Up in Long Melford, I finally found the VS multi but failed on the CM. I spotted that Beagle-80 was the last and only finder of this trad. I had found a lot of his caches in Surrey last week and we had made contact over a missing cache. So I texted him and he gave me some hints. He said that it was very vulnerable and as I had searched the very place that he suggested, we agreed that it was probably MIA.🤔

I carried on visiting tiny villages that were new to me, Stanstead, Hartest, the Suffolk Boxted, Brockley etc., picking up CMs and VS caches. Stand out caches were the extremely cunning 3.5/1.5 trad at CM Stanstead which was a real git to find and then the trad CM at Boxted. The Boxted church which certainly had the wow factor. In fact that was the word that came out of my mouth when I entered. This could be a double Earthcache paradise. There were two splendid Onyx statues of gentry and two Basalt horizontal statues of a medieval Knight and his lady. This is one of the best churches that I have ever visited. By the way, the cache was a bit of a standout too.😀

2 Mystery 10 Multi 15 Traditional