Sunday afternoon and some planned cache time, having sorted out schedules with the lady of the household. What to do and where to go ? First, time to fill up a seat in the car, so I dropped a quick line to BingBongLong, who happened to be in our area hoovering up a few of my MKBW Yellow series. Yeah, of course he was up for a few more in the afternoon, especially if someone else was driving there. Must be his turn next.
We decided to head over to a series near the Cardington Airship Hangars and a nearby circuit in a very immature community woodland at Shocott. The weather could best be described as gandiegow, if you’re of the Scottish persuasion.
- Cardington Airship Hangars was a pretty easy stop off next to the A600
- Springing around Shocott #8 Hazel didn’t look like it was going to be there, from others’ logs, so we had a quick shufty but didn’t linger.
- Springing around Shocot #7 Ash was a bit easier, verging on the simple.
- Springing around Shocott #6 Rowan was more than simple. You could see it straight away as you approach.
- Springing around Shocot #5 Silver Birch was thought not to be there by several previous finders. We concur.
- Springing around Shocott #4 Hawthorn was hidden behind something we saw from 30 yards away, but was big enough to drop in a natty little Stealth Bomber trackable I picked up in Blackpool in the week.
- Springing around Shocot #3 Wild Privet was strange. It wasn’t actually covered up much, and actually was too easy.
- Springing around Shocott #2 Oak was noddy. It involved a bench and not much cover.
- Springing around Shocott #10 Pine was definitely not in a pine tree. It was also on public view.
- Springing around Shocot #9 Dogwood was not under a dogwood. There were several logs about it being a long from the given coords, but BBL managed to find it under the second tree he examined.
- Springing around Shocot #1 Field Maple was easily found, but required some special equipment that we’d left in the car. As it happened, we moved the car before going here so it wasn’t far to walk back.
- Church Micro 3006…Wilshamstead was quite easy once we found the right church. Funny that.
- The Future’s Bright………. was another that involved parking right next to the cache.
- The Wonders of Wixams? is one that BBL failed at some time ago when he was maybe less experienced. This time around it was quite easy a find, both of us having found similar caches elsewhere.
I have to wonder whether the spelling of the wood is subject to debate, seeing as the cache owners chose to spell all the even numbered ones with a double “t” and the odd numbered ones with a single “t”. It would probably be irritating if you were a bit OCD, but my main problem was that the boundary of my pocket query of “1000 caches closest to home that I haven’t done” runs right through the middle of here. So when I first looked at the phone I got the western 5 caches only. I had to run my Bedford PQ for the first time in a few months to get all of them loaded.
So not a bad afternoon overall. A couple of misses on caches that were almost certainly not there anyway. 12 finds, and that took me past 100 this year and 2200 in total.