As always, beware spoilers below!
I found myself in Durham with some time to kill today, and so spent the time searching for some caches.
The first cache I looked for (GC4VF7E) was fairly mysterious in nature, but I soon spotted it after a hunch about the clue, and from previous comments left on the log.
I had to time the retrieval and return of this one so as not to be too overlooked, but I’m sure any one watching would have had a giggle at my expense! Wet knees and a mucky coat later, I was triumphant!
My next try (GC2CD9C) was for a cache reported to contain foreign coins and had an interesting clue, so I headed to that one next. A wrong turn or two took me to the wrong place, but I soon found what I thought was the correct location, but where was the cache? I hunted about but to no avail, and didn’t want to hang around too much because of a security camera! I made a mental note to come back later.
As it was very close by, I had a go at a multi-cache (GC1N5WQ) and found the first clue no problem. Unfortunately I was then hampered by the lack of correct technology and couldn’t accurately find the coordinates of the final reward… So close!
The next find (GC4EYT2) was fairly straightforward for me, but I loved the location in the warm and dry. It’s also fun to find a cache that’s not been muddied up outside, it was quite pristine! I discovered my first two travel bugs here, and will be moving them both on at the weekend according to their missions.
Another security camera watched over me for this one, but something tells me the people working there are already in on it… This one would be a great place to start if you are visiting Durham for the first time.
When I was looking for my next cache (GC4KHXV), I ended up on the wrong side of the river, but another look at the description led me to the right spot, where I took this picture.
I found the small cache – my first tree-based find. Some sneaky camouflage hid it from general view, but I signed the log and replaced the leaves after a quick in-situ snap.
Next I went for a couple of caches in the cathedral area, all of which turned up nothing! One had been reported as possibly missing so I didn’t hold out much hope for it, and another (GCXD4J) appeared to be behind builders’ barriers. At least I got a nice view!
I thought I could catch a break with another cache (GC416DW) down by the river, so I headed down through the trees but it started to rain heavily. I decided not to pursue the find, especially as I hadn’t worked out the clue. Any gardener would no doubt have found it immediately from the clue. I didn’t even hang around to take a picture, but I will return.
The next find was just because I was walking by. It is part of a multi-cache (GC4ADVE), but I didn’t have time to do the whole thing. At least I have one clue to start me off next time!
My last cache (GC4Q7V0) of the day was a straightforward enough find. The clue was just enough to focus the search and was not a simple extraction! With the use of a twig I managed to pull it out and log the find, hoping to remain invisible to the photographer setting up for a picture of the Durham skyline.
With the light fading, it was time to go home!