We’d enjoyed our caching run on the Skeg To Ness series last week so thought we’d finish off the series on Saturday, with the leg from near Mansfield to the end of the trail in Skegness.
We also had 3 caches we’d missed out near the end of last week as they had been temp’d. They had now been confirmed present / re-located / replaced (one of each for each of the three caches). We decided to start on these ones as they were not far from where we come off the M1 and end the day on the beach at Skegness with an ice-cream.
The three caches we’d missed from last week were all easy finds. The only item of note was this guy in a house behind the second one who seems to have been christened “Mr Nutter” on the cache page as he shouts at every cacher who comes to look for the cache! Needless to say he shouted at us too, but we managed to placate him for long enough to find the cache (just out of sight of him, handily enough) and go on our way.
Next, came the caches we’d not tried yet, starting with #100 (we’d finished with #101 last week). A few caches into the series we bumped into our first cachers of the day. They initially looked a bit like Team Rocket from Alsager but it turned out to be johnno2, who we’ve not met before. We had a (very quick) chat before continuing on our ways.
A few caches later we were just signing the log when another car pulled up. It was missfruitcake and daughter, who was signing the logbooks with the most excellent caching name Wiggly Woo (I think that was it anyway – either way, it raised a smile on both our faces :-)). We bumped into them at another cache a bit later in the day as they were on their way to visit relatives and not stopping at all caches.
Later on in the day we were signing the log at another cache and some more cachers pulled up. This time it was Lorri-Ann & Kev. Great to meet you both.
As went along the series we stopped to find any other caches we went past, which included some in this lovely woodland called Potter Wood. We also had a section of the series where it crossed some fens (very open and VERY flat landscape with drainage ditches separating the fields). The fields around this area were obviously used for growing daffodils and looked more like we were in Holland than the UK!
Nearing the end of the series, we did a cache which turned out to be a nano on a bench. It was not in the usual place they are in this situation so took us a few moments to spot. Just as we were signing the log Isaac commented that there was some people in a nearby far waving at us. I looked over and realised it was Des and Bren (snerdbe) and they must have watched us searching for the cache.
We went over for a chat and were relieved to hear they took as long as us to find the nano. Phew! We had a great chat before continuing to our next cache where we bumped into them again as they walked up as I was signing the log.
A few caches later and we were at the sea front at Skegness looking for the last cache in the series, which was an easy find.
It’s a 3.75 hour drive home from here so we went off to get a bag of chips each before a quick ice-cream on the beach enjoying views of the North Sea.
105 finds for the day and some very satisfying power caching. It’s not often you get to do this kind of caching in the UK – in fact last week was our first time ever outside the USA – but we always enjoy this kind of thing as a total break to our normal caching which involves a lot more walking.
Next week, something entirely different…