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Me with one of the FTF and The Wrekin in the background

Me with one of the FTF and The Wrekin in the background

On Monday I was in the office busy with work when I spotted 8 new caches along roads circling the base of The Wrekin come out. I was umm’ing and ahh’ing about whether to go out for them when Allun from the Shropshire Seekers rang. We agreed to meet by cache #1 as soon as we could both get there :-).

Shortly afterwards I arrived at the start of the series and left the Jeep there so we could do the rest of the caches in Allun’s car. The caches were mainly sneaky nano’s and good fun to find, with a few hides you don’t see that often.

All too soon we had finished with 8 FTF’s and just had one other cache we were going past on the way back to the Jeep. We stopped for this and then took ages finding it. We got there eventually just as we were about to give up. The cache was by the same cache owner as the FTF’s and was by far the sneakiest hide of the lot.

Well satisfied with out FTF’s, I returned home to carry on with work and Allun headed off to Shrewsbury and back to work.

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Isaac with a cache near to Stoke On Trent

Isaac with a cache near to Stoke On Trent

We don’t usually do much caching in the week but with the school holidays on, we inevitably end up finding a few.

4th August 2010

Isaac and Mrs Bolas Heathens had a few errands to run in Stafford and Stoke, so stopped off to find a quick three caches. Not much to report from what I hear apart from 3 easy finds.

5th August 2010

I had an hour spare just after dinner so decided to head out and pick off our closest cache to home – a cache by RAF Tern Hill, an active airfield and army barracks. I was a bit apprehensive about the cache given it’s proximity to MOD land and the very real risk of armed guards wondering what the heck I was up to. Thankfully it was an easy find, but it was (just about) on MOD land which is not allowed. I see now a Reviewer has archived the cache, which all things considered is very much the right thing to do. The last thing we want is our hobby coming under scrutiny for all the wrong reasons.

Me with one of the caches in Whitchurch

Me with one of the caches in Whitchurch

I was enjoying myself so decided to head off to Whitchurch to clear up the (quite a) few new caches that had spriung up recently in the area. On the way I picked up a straggler cache near Malpas in Cheshire that we’d been meaning to do for ages.

Not much to report on the Whitchurch caches apart from lots of very tricky and camo’d micros in ivy (not our favourite type of find at all). Two of them do stand out though as they were decent sized boxes full of decent swaps and hidden in nice locations.

Our FTF in a very dark Warrington

Our FTF in a very dark Warrington

I’d been working on a puzzle cache called Blank Canvas just to the south of Warrington on and off for the last few days and just after tea today I had a flash of inspiration on the final part of the puzzle and the cache co-ords were then revealed. I’d not normally drive just over an hour for FTF but given how many people are currently working on the same puzzle, I could not resist.

A quick call to Allun from the Shropshire Seeekers to see if he wanted to tag along and we were on our way. By the time we had arrived it was dark, so out came the torches for the walk over the fields to GZ. The cache was an easy find and we were delighted to see we were FTF :-).

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Views over Cop Mere from stage 2 of the Multi

Views over Cop Mere from stage 2 of the Multi

This morning, unbeknown to me, the final 4 caches in the series we did the other day came out. I was meanwhile fast asleep and so the first I knew about it was when Allun from the Shropshire Seekers came round to see if I wanted to go out for FTF’s.

We arranged to meet up near the first cache in an hour, to give me time to get ready, get the GPSr loaded etc etc. Shortly later, we met up and headed off over a field for the short walk to the first of the caches. This was a nice quick find as we could just about see the cache container in it’s hidey hole as we walked up.

The next cache was a Multi, with two virtual stages leading to a final box. Nothing too tricky here and the stages were very close to each other so we soon had the cache in hand. The view over the Mere from stage 2 was fabulous though and well worth doing a Multi for (we’re not great fans of Multi’s and usually just ignore them).

The final two caches were both Puzzle cache types, but only so because you have to collect part co-ords from earlier caches in the series. Both were quick finds and the last and final one in the series in particular was in a really lovely spot.

That’s 4 FTF’s for the morning and a really good series finished.

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Lovely Johnson Hall, which we went past on the walk

Lovely Johnson Hall, which we went past on the walk

Yesterday morning I was in the office when 14 new caches came out just to the south of Eccleshall – well, when I say 14 new caches I really mean 13 traditional caches with a bonus cache :-).

I was too busy to dash out there and then but texted Allun from the Shropshire Seekers about them anyway. He was in Birmingham but on hearing there were so many new caches out he decided to wrap up what he was doing and head home. We thus arranged to meet up a bit later for a joint assault on the caches.

Going past some curious sheep

Going past some curious sheep

While I was waiting I spotted one of the caches had a mistake in the co-ords so let the cache owner know about it. They emailed back and mentioned another cacher had already started on the series, so we were not hopeful for any FTF’s when we did them.

We set off on the first part of the walk down a quiet lane and sure enough, we’d missed FTF on all of the caches. Once we left the lane and set off over the fields it was a different story and we were treated to quite a few FTF’s. We assumed the other FTF cacher must have just picked off the quick drive-by’s in their lunch hour or something.

Beautiful hidden pond very close to one of the caches

Beautiful hidden pond very close to one of the caches

All the caches were quick finds and the walk was really nice – an area I’ve driven past tons of times but never stopped to explore until today. The last cache before the bonus had been muggled by some cows who obviously shelter from the rain under the tree the cache was hidden by. Luckily we spotted the cache out in the open a short distance from the tree, so had to hide it slightly differently to keep it away from the cows again. We’ve emailed the cache owner with the details.

As we were approaching the Jeep we spotted another car parked right by it and wondered if it was another cacher. Sure enough, as we got closer, Mark from cannonedwards got out for a chat. He’d spotted the Jeep as he was passing and then had spotted us walking back over the field. Great to meet you again Mark :-).

One of the cow mugglers - they were using the wood in the picture (where the cache was hidden) as a scratching post, thus dislodging the cache

One of the cow mugglers - they were using the wood in the picture (where the cache was hidden) as a scratching post, thus dislodging the cache

Once we’d gone on our respective ways, myself and Allun wandered off to find the bonus cache, which was also a nice quick find.

A fun couple of hours out and 14 caches bagged in total. There are another 4 caches in the series yet to be published so we’re looking forward to them when they come out.

Here is the route we took on Everytrail.

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Oulton Millennium Stone

Oulton Millennium Stone

I was just about to have some dinner today when up popped 5 new caches very close to home. How could I resist? The caches were set around great big boulder stones that had been set around the area as part of the Millennium celebrations.

After I had eaten my sandwiches, I was off in the Jeep and was soon pulling up near the first one in the series. I managed to overshoot GZ in my eagerness to get there first and walked back up the lane for an easy find. The location was a great one, just by an old canal bridge which used to span the now defunct Norbury to Newport canal.

Weston Jones Millennium Stone, right outside an old smithy

Weston Jones Millennium Stone, right outside an old smithy

The next one in the series was right by Norbury Junction itself and another easy find. The hide was very audacious given the busy location and the fact it was a decent sized cache container. I wish more caches were as well thought out as these :-).

Next, it was a back-track along the lane leading to the A518 for another quick find by the Village Hall Millennium Stone. After that, it was two more easy FTF’s the other side of the main A518, both in great and very rural locations.

Now to head back home and get on with some work…

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The old water pump in Great Ness

The old water pump in Great Ness

As it was a Bank Holiday on Monday we decided to go out and check on two of the caches in our Behind Enemy Lines series that looked to be missing. We took some spare caches just in case they were missing.

On the way to the first one at Montford Bridge we stopped off for a quick cache at an underground bunker and part of a follow on series (by another cacher!) from our Behind Enemy Lines series. A nice quick find here.

The cache near to the old bunker at Upton Magna

The cache near to the old bunker at Upton Magna

Our  Montford Bridge cache is in some woods near to the old WW2 airfield and the cache was definitely missing. We had a good scout round the woods for a better hiding place and settled on one place which should work well. With the new co-ords taken we set off for the next caches of the afternoon.

The next two caches we found are in an occasional series based around old wells and water pumps in the more remote parts of North Shropshire. Both of them were very easy finds.

Last on our list was our Behind Enemy Lines: Peplow cache, which someone had emailed me about, saying it was missing. The cache used to be under this HUGE log and someone had taken a chainsaw to the log and cut big pieces off it. Needless to say they had disturbed the log at the same time and it was sat right on top of the cache, meaning you could not get the logbook out.

Isaac with the cache at Merrington

Isaac with the cache at Merrington

We opted to place a new cache a short distance away in a location which hopefully won’t get disturbed. Once we got home we changed both caches pages and marked them as live again.

Just after dinner yet another new cache in Gnosall came out so I arranged to go for the FTF with Allun from the Shropshire Seekers again. The cache was a quick find in the first place we looked and we were FTF again :-).

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Old millstone in the centre of Audlem, right by the cache

Old millstone in the centre of Audlem, right by the cache

I was working away today, trying to catch up with things after our extended holiday in Florida last week and spotted 5 new caches had been published. 3 were near Gnosall and then 2 were near Whitchurch. I was too busy to dash right out for them but after I’d cleared up a few things I though I’d give them a go.

The first one was down a very remote lane near Gnosall and I thought I might manage a FTF. It was not to be as the Nozi Parkers had beaten me by 15 minutes. Undeterred I set off for the second one, knowing they may still be doing it as it’s a 0.6 mile walk each way and they would not have had time to walk there and back yet.

Needless to say I was right and bumped into Angela on her way back from the cache. She walked back with me to watch me find it before giving me a lift in her car back down the bridleway to where I’d parked. We then set off in convoy for the third cache.

We could not work out how to get to this one so as the coast was clear we risked skirting round a field and then over a fence to GZ. After that it was an easy find and a Joint FTF to boot :-).

Me with one of the Gnosall caches

I said my goodbye’s to Angela and headed off to Whitchurch to try for the other two FTF’s. The first was a very tricky find and took me ages. Eventually I managed to spot it from the wrong side of a fence and really liked the sneaky container.

The other cache was right in the middle of Whitchurch and not far from an Iceland store my step-brother used to be Manager at ages ago.

On the way home, I diverted off into Cheshire to find a cache that had come out in Audlem (Cheshire’s most southerly village) a few weeks ago and was cluttering up my closest to home not found list. A nice quick find here, after dodging lots of muggles.

Later on in the evening, I was catching up with work when another cache just a few miles from home came out. A quick check with Allun from the Shropshire Seekers on MSN had me picking him up 5 minutes later. We were soon at GZ and quickly found the cache. I bet the views from GZ over towards The Wrekin are great from here in the daytime too :-).

That’s 2 FTF’s and 2 Joint FTF’s. Not bad for two unexpected caching trips!

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