Thursday, 3 October 2013

Little Missenden Geocaching

On Sunday, I was rewarded by hubby with a well-earned bit of self-indulgence to go out with my friend G to have a good old natter and collect some geocaches. I should add this was due to a particularly difficult week with the girls that had stressed me out somewhat - yep, general bad behaviour at bedtimes! To say I was losing the plot was an understatement.  I needed a break - argh!

G and I decided to meet at the mid-way point at a pub then go for a nice walk seeking out Tupperware.  As we checked where to meet, I think it occurred to us both that it would be nice to beat our last record day of 19 caches.  Who knows, maybe we can do it today?

We parked up right beside Toby's Lane and were going to start with the PM caches there which are all about Shakespeare.  Sadly, neither of us is any good at quotes from his plays and therefore after trying in vain to find the second cache, having given up on the first, we turned around and headed back to the pub to have a drink and a packet of crisps and regroup.  Having made the locals laugh by G ordering crisps only to be given unsalted ones (eugh) and me heading in to ask for salt, we were away, this time off to do a nice circuit that we had planned anyway, but adding a few more to make up for the lack of Toby's Lane ones.

Our first cache was Connect 4d which was one of a set of 4 linking caches between two sets of circuits.  A nice easy find once we got to the right place and we both dropped off our travel bugs.

Connect 4c was right opposite some cut down trees and the smell of the wood was wonderful. Boy this is a busy little place though.  Stealth (or trying to be a bit discreet) was near impossible.


Connect 4b had us confused as we were sure the clue item wasn't what was suggested. A bit of searching and we found it.  Not sure I'd call that a 'platform' either but the log was signed so that's all that mattered.

Connect 4a was well camoflagued, quite naturally now it seemed.  G and I were busy admiring an 'invisible horse' to get this while the muggles carried on going past.  The field was also busy with scouts it looked like doing some kind of raft/bridge exercise.

Shardeloes - Moorhen was next. The scouts were too busy to notice us.


Shardeloes - Jay was a quick find but I nearly wiped G out on my way back down. It was a bit steeper than I thought.

Shardeloes - Swan was one that G made a bit of extra work of by heading round completely the wrong way. As for me, I was just glad it had levelled out.  I was puffing a bit on the way up.

Shardeloes - Partridge we had a laugh at.  G rolled the large piece of flint straight onto her foot! Not the way to really do it do you think?  Glad she wasn't wearing flipflops.

Ummm...now where could it be?
Shardeloes - Blackbird I managed to get pricked by every bit of holly much to G's amusement as I was shouting "owch, owch" from the bushes.  I also stood on the cache and got pricked a bit more for my efforts.

Shardeloes - Robin was a very quick spot for G. We were having a lovely chat as we went along but boy those nettles are tall!

Amersham to Little Missenden - Mop End was next. We had a good idea what it would be and where but no, it wasn't there. We searched around lots of other objects just in case but no, nothing.  We shoved our arms down the suspected object as far as we could go and still nothing.  Suspect this one has gone.  G had her arm in the top of the object when a couple of ladies pulled up almost next to us and looked a bit confused.  Bit hard to explain that so we decided to say nothing at all and just leave, following them up the path (I'm sure they thought we were doing something very suspicious as we began to fall back from them).

Kite (no strings attached)
Shardeloes - Nuthatch was a bit of a trickier find.  We both went to GZ and had a search but nothing came to hand despite there being a very obvious place.  We split up as our GPS's were bouncing around and looked for all possible suspects.  Eventually, after a few minutes, G went back to the original location and on looking around just a little more, spotted another likely place. A quick reach in and the cache was in hand.  Funny how sometimes you can't see things for looking.

Shardeloes - ChiffChaff was a prickly route in for G to make the find.  Not really a pile of logs and the cache was well exposed.  She covered it up a bit more but to be honest, it would be hard to put it where it is supposed to be as the nettles are so high you'd end up stinging your face if you leaned down to get it.  We suspected that's why it was where it was for the summer maybe?  Our phones predictive text made us laugh here, instead of "prickles from trousers" it entered the log as "pupils from Trussocks".  Err...yep, sounds about right.

Shardeloes - Woodpecker was an easy spot but again, we were chatting so much we walked right past GZ before we bothered to check the distance.  Oops!

Shardeloes - Pheasant was certainly helped by the clue. We did wonder if we'd find it after two previous DNFs and the GPS was all over the place but without too much delay, it was in hand.

Amersham to Little Missenden - A quiet Place is where I crouched down to get the cache and sat on the most stingy nettles you're ever going to find!  Jeans were no protection.   My thighs and bottom! Owwwwwww.......

Owch!!
Shardeloes - Skylark said camoflagued string.  I have to say that the string (or bootlace) would only be camoflagued if the fence were painted in stripes *grin*.  A very easy find. Also, not hanging, but more 'on a piece of string touching the ground'. Made us laugh.

Shardeloes - Kestrel.  We were distracted here by the biggest bench seat we've ever seen with a number on it.  Wow, you could fit a lot of people onto that. Oh, wait, hang on there's another.  Ah, horse jumps.  Would have been a bit awkward to sit here with a picnic and suddenly find the equivalent of the Grand National hurtling down on you.

Have a seat....or maybe not

Shardeloes - Chaffinch.  A quick find here which is fortunate as my phone battery is dying now!

Shardeloes - Rook was a neat cache but boy it's busy here again with people and horses. Didn't spot the elderly muggles approaching as I made the retrieve.  Smiled at them but they looked a bit perturbed and hurried past us.

Amersham to Little Missenden - Shardeloes was our 20th find of the day. This is now officially our best caching day and once again we've done it together.  G went in to do the find and only looked at what we would have considered to be litter due to the clue.

Looks like it rolled away
Shardeloes - Heron. I was convinced here we were off the path but the GPS told us otherwise. Rather an odd place to cross as it's a cricket pitch and you walk right through the green to the left of it.  Goodness knows how you follow the unmarked footpath when there's a cricket game on (suppose you have to be a good catcher).  Fortunately some people emerged from the area we were heading too and walked towards us so we knew we were on the right path.  Would be nice if it were marked out a bit though.

Shardeloes - Coot.  Would have been nice for the GPS to have settled down BEFORE I went into two separate hawthorn trees and got pricked to bits.  Yes, you guessed it, the right one needed not bending down, getting prickled or getting my rucksack stuck!


Stand alone at Shardeloes was an easy spot but had to wait for muggles to pass.

Shardeloes - Owl was where I risked life and limb to scale an enormous lime tree to make the retrieve.  Darn, you got me, it was just standing on part of the tree 2 feet from the ground but it sounded impressive right?


Man's best friend was a quick spot and our 25th cache of the day.  A new record.


We walked back along the way we had come to the car but the pub we'd parked by was still closed (I think some around these country parts don't open again until 6pm).  G spotted there was another cache not too far away so it seemed rude not to do it.  Off we walked down the lane to Amersham to Little Missenden - Little Missenden which was a very easy find despite the GPS saying it was in the middle of a small park area.  The clue gave it away so a quick retrieve was made.

The pub opposite here was open so we went to sit in the garden area on comfy seats to rest our legs after our lovely walk but typically, someone sat right next to us and lit cigarettes that blew straight on us.  The whole flipping area was empty!  Argh. A quick move and somewhere smoke free was found.  A bit more of a chat, congratulating ourselves on 26 caches in a day and off we went our separate ways until a few months time when we're planning to reach 30 in a day.

G was sneaky on her way home and let me know via Facebook that she'd found 2 more so her best is now 28.  Definitely 30 next time for us then!

2 comments:

  1. Brilliant day. One of the best. We must do it again.

    The Mysterious G :))))

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  2. Really enjoyed reading this. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I have cached a little in the area that you talk about but not that series, might have to check it out.

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