5 caches and 2 FTFs - a good day
|Not a yummy sandwich|
We parked up easily and walked off to In a Massive Sandwich. I had guessed what it was likely to be as we approached and J made the find. Not exactly an easy place to be inconspicuous! One down.
We walked up the road towards the next cache, Special Branch. Now this bottom part of the road is two-way but when you get to the public footpath and farm, it becomes one-way but judging by the speed of the cars travelling up here, they all assume they aren't going to meet anyone coming the other way. I'm rather surprised not to see little piles of glass and metal at the roadside. We were safe and ducked down the footpath towards GZ. GPS playing up a little bit due to tree coverage but as we walked under a tree that had fallen across the path, J spotted something but we carried on for a moment as the GPS was taking us past. It adjusted itself and J went in for the find. Good spot and the very thing she had noticed. We were about to carry on up the footpath when I did a refresh of the map and a new cache had appeared - Hooked! J said "I want a FTF" so off we went.
This really was taking out life into our hands in the name of tupperware as we had to go up the one-way part proper now and there was no footpath. Instead of racing up the road like headless chickens, we really should have headed back to the car and driven up but we were on a mission. I've got a cough and cold but still I was being marched up the hill by J, as we clambered up the bank a few times to let speeding cars through (at least they were only coming from behind us!).
|Two FTFs in this ring of trees (image Google Earth)|
We signed the log - a FTF for us both, although J said "I haven't actually found it properly myself though" but hey, she was searching with me. She was so excited about this first though that she stuffed the log back into its container without the protective plastic bag. Oh no. We both tried for a good 20 minutes to get it out again but I had swapped handbags and had no helpful implements with me :( We had to give up in the end and just let the CO know - with her sincere apologies.
Back we went down the dodgy road scrambling up the bank again for passing cars and back to our car and home for some lunch.
However, I could not log this last cache as it kept giving me a message saying "The listing has been locked and is not accepting new log entries."
I decided to check what this could mean so I asked on the Facebook geocaching group and it seems that either Groundspeak or the Publisher may have locked it. I wonder why? I emailed the cache owner to mention this and also tell him about the conversation I had with the lady and pass on her details. I hope he's not in trouble as he's a very nice chap and has placed lots of caches around us. [All resolved in the end and successfully logged - still no idea why it did this though]
We had some lunch then realised another cache by our friendly cache owner that had appeared seemed to still be unfound so off we went again. A short walk down by the golf course and we had Really Branching Out in hand. A 'true' FTF for J this time and she was delighted. A fox was running backwards and forwards across the path around us which was interesting to see.
|Can you spot the fox?|
Back to the car very satisfied. It's not often you go out to hoover up a few odd caches around the area and end up being lucky enough to get two FTFs as well :)