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First to find race–Geocaches 141-143

My phone went off and signalled a geocache had just been published near by. Then another one came in straight after! I called Terri and off we went, after frantic discussion about which one would be the best chance to get a first to find. We opted to go for Tree’s a crowd (GC5V7MH).

Tree was a nearly a crowd when mistyduneTerri and I arrived to find another cacher already searching! Having scrambled our respective helicopters we were quite surprised to have been beaten to GZ, but we all spent a good few minutes more looking! Eventually I went the opposite way to the other two, driven by a hint, and the cache was ours! Joint FTF with our searching companion! As soon as the log was signed…”Right… See you at the next one!”


And so the challenge continued to St Benet’s (GC5V7Q7), as we raced to our vehicles…

…the drama continued as we wondered who would be the first to arrive. It wasn’t us! Our caching nemesis had unearthed it only moments before, but we shared in the FTF. It was great to meet another cacher and share the hunt!

To round off the evening, we went back to a cache we had missed on a previous hunt. Part of a series on war memorials, W.M.#62 We Shall remember them ~ Whitburn (8GC5NEB). It had not been there, but was replaced when we had our second try. We had solved the puzzle earlier. A telltale pen lying on the ground hinted that we were in the right spot! The tall one grabbed it in no time this time around!


Sunday – Geocaches 42-45

Once again enticed by travel bugs, we started at Fullwell Windmill (GC4ZA1H) with a fairly straightforward find. Terri nabbed this one quickly, and was very happy to find that the travel bug was still there!

Fullwell Mill
Fullwell Mill

Next we had a go at Fairy Dell (GC33WYA), but the search was abandoned after a while – partly due to the hovering sinister wasp who was investigating the same tree stump. We’ll have to try again…

Pretty flowers but no luck today.
Pretty flowers but no luck today.

Now we come to a slightly sticky cache – Jessie’s Field (GC4MWZT)… This was hidden, and very well disguised. Let’s just say it’s a dogwalking area. A modified…item…contained this tiny log! We also spotted some colourful locals.

Bravely excavated in Jessie's Field
Bravely excavated in Jessie’s Field

Next, we got ourselves thoroughly tangled up in the one way system and stopped at St Peter’s metro station for this awesome cache (GC53Z0G). The hide was fairly straightforward, but it definitely gets points for being out of the way in such a public spot, and for the awesomeness of the container!

How could anyone miss this one? Totally obvious right?
How could anyone miss this one? 

The next cache (GCX972) was by the beautiful and ancient St Peter’s Church. This one had us hunting for ages (the coordinates seemed to point to private property on the other side of the wall). Terri spotted an out of place fragment after we’d ferreted abot on the ground for ages.

St Peter's Church
St Peter’s Church

Plenty of finds for one day!