Someone, somewhere, once said there was a geocaching challenge that requires you to find 10 or more multi-caches in a day. That sounds like something that needs to be achieved, but obviously requires a location that actually has a sufficient number of appropriate caches within close proximity.

There is such a location at Walkern. There’s a series of 19 multi-caches there, all of which require the decoding of just a single piece of information – some numbers from a yellow fire hydrant at the entrance to the recommended parking spot. The good news was that a previous finder had given me the necessary information, so I’d got the final locations for all 19 happily plugged into the GPS when we arrived, which saved an eternity in working stuff out.

I had both kids with me and also was accompanied by Happy_Hunter_HP20 and Rachelle from Pat&Roch. That made for a bit of a squeeze on the back seat of my car, as the kids take up a disproportionate amount of room. Happy_Hunter got the passenger seat in the front on the basis of him being taller than Tall Jack McTall. And he got in before Rachelle.

Back at the plot, if ever there was one, it was quite a warm day but supposedly not a very long walk, as there were only 19 caches to find. Most were fairly easy and we got to walk around a bit of pleasant Hertfordshire countryside. One of them was on the distinctly unpleasant side, as it was buried under the side of a massive fallen tree trunk that was completely surrounded by neck-high nettles. HHHP20 attacked on side and I attacked the other, but I’d forgotten to take my machete with me, so we had to try to sort it out with a whacking stick (aka rambler’s walking pole) and the soles of our (thankfully very sturdy and nettleproof) boots. It took ages, did that one.

When we were done we retired to the only pub in the village for some cold drinks, a bit of late lunch (or early dinner) and a rest. The girls rested by playing in the play park.

After we’d finished we went for a single puzzle on the outskirts of Walkern and then allowed HHHP20 to lead us around to a handful of nearby puzzles he’d solved and wanted to collect.

Not a bad afternoon out. 26 finds in total without having to strain particularly. The finds were :