The beginning of the year promised much entertainment, with us already having planned trips to Tokyo, Paris and Italy at various points, however, in discussion with the girls, I have a single objective for the year. That is to find 2018 or more caches in the calendar year of 2018.

You would think that was possible, despite being considerably above any other year so far, but let’s see how it goes.

January (88 finds)

  • On January 1st we grabbed a single cache on the way home from double parkrun just so I could get the souvenir – 1 find
  • On January 14th I made the majority of finds for the month up near The Giddings (see You’ve Got to be Gidding) – 71 finds
  • On January 18th I attended a “Roundabout MK” event – 1 find
  • On January 28th we had a near-death experience on the hills above Brighton (see Close to the Edge) – 14 finds
  • On January 29th we slipped in a single cache whilst visiting Brighton – 1 find

February (36 finds)

  • February was a fairly slow caching month, with my only finds being over the period of the Tokyo marathon weekend trip with Kas from Feb 23rd to Feb 26th – 36 finds

March (434 finds)

  • On March 10th I got off to a decent start with a trip over to the Bourn Bonanza series (see Bourn Bonanza) – 56 finds
  • On March 22nd I attended a “Roundabout MK” event that I’d organised myself – 1 find
  • On March 24th I scooted over to Hertfordshire to do the Sandon Sloth series with Izzy (see Sandon Sloth) – 40 finds
  • March 28th was Day 1 of our epic journey to try to complete the MTVO series just north of Paris (see Frouville) – 120 finds
  • March 29th was Day 2 of our MTVO quest (see Livilliers) – 128 finds
  • March 30th was our third day in France and we took a day off the monster caching for A Day Off in Paris – 15 finds
  • March 31st was our fourth day in France attacing the MTVO series again after doing a French parkrun in the morning (see Hérouville) – 74 finds

April (361 finds)

  • April 1st was our fifth day in France attacking the MTVO series, and we attacked it pretty hard (see Jouy-le-Comte) – 151 finds
  • April 2nd was our sixth day in France and we managed to finish off the MTVO series (see Valmondois) – 134 finds
  • April 3rd was our seventh and final day in France, and we spent it trying to visit as many different French Departments as we could manage (see Colouring In) – 11 finds
  • April 29th I travelled over towards Royston to (see Litlington) – 65 finds

May (82 finds)

  • On May 2nd I was on a business trip to Guernsey and dashed out for a few finds in the evening – 7 finds
  • On May 19th we were in Liverpool for the annual running weekend – 3 finds
  • On May 24th I grabbed a cache on the way to the pub – 1 find
  • On May 25th I popped out to find a nearby puzzle – 1 find
  • On May 28th I drove down to Stockbridge with Pesh and the Happy Hunter (see Stockbridge) – 69 finds
  • On May 31st I made another find on a business trip to Guernsey – 1 find

June (3 finds)

  • On June 3rd I made a couple of finds locally during a lunch break – 2 finds
  • On June 9th there was a Saturday afternoon event in Milton Keynes – 1 find

July (176 finds)

  • On July 13th I was with Izzy and the Happy Hunter at the GeoNord event in Dunkirk (see Forts & Dunes) – 44 finds
  • On July 14th I was with Izzy and the Happy Hunter at the GeoNord event. We went to Lille (see A Lille More Time) – 33 finds
  • On July 15th I was still with Izzy and the Happy Hunter at the GeoNord event. We were near Dunkirk (see Deux Sans Frontieres) – 76 finds
  • On July 24th there was an event locally in Milton Keynes – 1 find
  • On July 29th we were on our family holiday in Italy and spent the day in Milan (see Milan) – 14 finds
  • On July 30th we spent the day in Bergamo (see Bergamo) – 5 finds
  • On July 31st we spent the day at Lake Como (see Lake Como) – 3 finds

August (72 finds)

  • On August 1st we were in Turin reliving the original Italian Job movie (see Turin) – 10 finds
  • On August 2nd we drove down to the Cinque Terre for a very special ice cream (see Cinque Terre) – 4 finds
  • On August 3rd we were in Pisa (see Pisa) – 3 finds
  • On August 4th we were in Florence and attended an event organised by a French family across in Montecatini Terme (see Florence) – 9 finds
  • On August 5th we were still in Florence (see Florence Again) – 2 finds
  • On August 6th we made our way from Florence to San Marino via Urbino (see Urbino) – 4 finds
  • On August 7th we were in San Marino in the morning before making our way to Bologna (see San Marino) – 8 finds
  • On August 8th we were in Bologna in the morning before making our way to Venice (see Bologna) – 7 finds
  • On August 9th we were in Venice doing the full tourist job (see Venice) – 14 finds
  • On August 11th we made our way to Verona (see Verona) – 9 finds
  • On August 12th we were heading back home again but made a random find on the way (see Lake Garda) – 1 find
  • On August 14th I attended a nearby Beds, Bucks, Herts event – 2 finds

September (48 finds)

  • On September 13th we attended an event to say goodbye to dear caching friend who sadly passed – 1 find
  • On September 15th I met up with a couple of friends to walk around a new series at Souldrop (see Souldrop Revival) – 31 finds
  • On September 17th there was a caching event in Milton Keynes – 1 find
  • On September 28th I dashed round a few local caches – 15 finds

October (155 finds)

  • On October 6th and 7th we were on a family running trip to Bournemouth – 3 finds
  • On October 27th it was Winter Geolympix day at the Ashridge estate (see Winter Geolympix) – 53 finds
  • On October 28th the ladies of the house were away so I went out caching up near Peterborough (see Morborne Monster) – 99 finds

November (12 finds)

  • On November 4th I made a single find whilst Kas was doing a run in Dovedale – 1 find
  • On November 6th there was an event in Milton Keynes – 1 find
  • On November 17th and 18th I grabbed a few caches on our lads’ weekend away (see Lads in the Lake District) – 7 finds
  • On November 26th Kas grabbed a few caches on my account while she was in Cyprus – 3 finds

December (67 finds)

  • On December 26th I made a single find at Stowe while we were having a nice Boxing Day stroll – 1 find
  • On December 30th I went for a final “big day” out for the year (see Weston Underwood) – 66 finds