Objectives

Time for the traditional “last act” of my caching year – the writing of the 2021 Caching Diary.

After such an awful year in 2020, where we all had to occupy ourselves with stuff we could do from home, I was looking forward to a somewhat more productive caching year in 2021. I still didn’t really plan anything, because it was still pretty unclear how the pandemic was going to progress. So I vowed to do my bit whilst not getting stressed if the world stayed in lockdown.

I enjoyed the caches that I found and the days out that I had. There were a few cracking days spent in the company of people I’d not cached with before, and this definitely helped to re-ignite the spark.

January (72 finds)

  • 1st January – a pootle along the “Brooklands Ridge” series – 12 finds
  • 3rd January – the European part of the Flags of All Nations (see Mudfest) – 60 finds

February (5 finds)

  • 28th February – A set of Lab Caches in Bradwell – 5 finds

March (No finds)

  • Back to lockdowns and lack of enthusiasm

April (80 finds)

  • 9th April – A Lab on the Grand Union Canal and a handful of others – 13 finds
  • 10th April – More labs around Milton Keynes – 10 finds
  • 17th April – And three more bits of a spread-out Lab – 3 finds
  • 24th April – A big chunk of the remaining Flags of All Nations – 46 finds
  • 27th April – A pootle round Willen Lake for a new set of Labs – 8 finds

May (142 finds)

  • 3rd May – Attacking the “D’oh!” series with Pesh and Jack (see D’oh) – 78 finds
  • 9th May – Finishing “D’oh!”, also with Pesh and Jack – 64 finds

June (72 finds)

July (42 finds)

  • 3rd July – Visiting Leighton Buzzard with HellieMW (and Desmond the Dog) (see Rushmere) – 41 finds
  • 28th July – Blimey! An event. With actual, real, people. In a pub – 1 find

August (430 finds)

  • 6th August – A day in Lincoln for the UK Mega, caching with Pesh and Jack (see Lincolnshire Mega) – 81 finds
  • 7th August – Still in Lincoln, for the actual Mega event itself – 86 finds
  • 8th August – a few quickies near my brother’s flat before heading off to see the folks – 4 finds
  • 15th August – Arriving in the Lake District for our summer holiday (see Heading Up) – 1 find
  • 16th August – Continuing the holiday (see Grasmere) – 12 finds
  • 18th August – In Borrowdale and back to Grasmere (see Borrowdale)- 19 finds
  • 19th August – A day of frustration near Keswick (see Bassenthwaite) – 5 finds
  • 20th August – Climbing the heights at Honister Pass (see Honister) – 6 finds
  • 21st August – Walking up to [[Easedale Tarn (see Easedale) – 4 finds
  • 23rd August – Stretching my legs around Sunderland (see Sunderland) – 29 finds
  • 24th August – Most of a set of Labs to the west of Newcastle (see Derwenthaugh) – 5 finds
  • 25th August – A quick one while Ami walked around Newcastle University (see Newcastle University) – 1 find
  • 28th August – A fan-dabby-monster of a day at the London Calling mega event (see London Calling) – 172 finds
  • 31st August – Chasing down statistics and discovered that there were a few challenges I signed and was now eligible to find – 5 finds

September (156 finds)

  • 5th September – Picking up a bunch of Labs and others in Wolverton – 16 finds
  • 11th September – One to pass the time during a day at Sheffield University Open Day – 1 find
  • 12th September – Starting the Pokémon series in Warkwickshire (see Burton Dassett) – 59 finds
  • 26st September – More of them Pokémon (see Bishop’s Itchington) – 80 finds

October (73 finds)

  • 9th October – Filling time during Newcastle University Open Day – 9 finds
  • 15th October – An evening event at the site of an earthcache I should have done ages ago – 2 finds
  • 16th October – 2021 MK Mini Geocoin Fair (I was exhibiting my coins) – 1 find
  • 17th October – A morning event followed by a local Lab series – 9 finds
  • 23rd October – A wander around MK removing some of my own caches and finding a few others – 7 finds
  • 31st October – Finishing the Pokémon (see Pokémon) – 45 finds

November (73 finds)

  • 6th November – An event in Shenley Wood – 2 finds
  • 7th November – An event at the Cathedral of Trees – 1 find
  • 13th November – Running around MK before the GIFF event – 9 finds
  • 20th November – Wandering around Brogborough in the company of Candleford – 55 finds
  • 21st November – A new Superman-themed Labs in MK – 6 finds

December (79 finds)

  • 4th December – A lads weekend away in the Yorkshire Dales, including Malham Cove and Kirkby Stephen – 8 finds
  • 5th December – The same lads weekend away, walking to Cautley Spout – 2 finds
  • 9th December – A local caching event in the evening – 1 find
  • 12th December – Wandering around the Ashridge Estate for an event – 10 finds
  • 19th December – One on the beach in South Shields – 1 find
  • 20th December – Filling time in South Shields and Newcastle while the ladies of the house went Christmas shopping (see South Shields and Newcastle) – 39 finds
  • 21st December – Finishing a Lab that I started in August – 1 find
  • 27th December – Walking round a very soggy Bedford ( see Bedford) – 17 finds

Summary

So there we have it, the end of my 2021 Caching Diary. 1,223 finds in total. I’m kind of happy with that, as it was a year of getting back into it in a variety of ways.