Posts Tagged ‘Aqualate’

Self portrait with the cache

A new cache had come out last night not too far from home but I’d not had chance to dash out to find it. The next morning I took a call from Allun of the Shropshire Seekers who was at GZ and could not find the cache.

GZ is a tree in the middle of open parkland with no other trees nearby. The cache just had to be somewhere on the tree but despite Allun’s efforts and my suggestions as to sneaky hides, he could not spot it. Later in the day another cacher tried for FTF and could not find it either. The cache owner then went to check on the cache on their way home from work and said it was still in place!

Later that evening I was chatting to Allun about the cache on MSN and we could resist a trip out in the dark to go for another look for the cache.

We arrived at GZ and found the cache instantly – the hiding place stood out as we walked up. We then went the short distance for the final cache (it was a Multi) and had another instant find there too.

All very odd as Allun confirmed he’d checked the exact same hiding place for the first stage and it definitely was not ┬áthere then. We called the other person to look for the cache who confirmed they had looked in the same place and not seen the first stage.

Was it there or not earlier in the day? I don’t know: two experienced cachers could not spot it but the cache owner says it was there all along. Very strage. At least we managed a FTF though :-).

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Aqualate Mere Nature Reserve

On Thursday I had to pop into Stafford to pay some cheques in at the bank and decided to stop to look for a new cache that had come out near Aqualate Mere just outside Newport during the week on the way home.

The walk to the cache is quite a long one (0.88 miles each way) but takes you past a cache we adopted from MarcB a few years ago, giving me the perfect chance to check up on our cache.

I’d forgotten how beautiful the area is here as it’s been a while since we’ve visited. The area is a nature reserve and absolutely teeming with wildlife and the added bonus of hardly any people! I had a lovely walk down to our cache, which was safe and sound and well hidden.

I carried on the walk and was soon at GZ for the new cache, which was an easy find. I then re-traced my steps back to the Jeep and headed home to get some work done.

Views from GZ

Later that evening, Allun from the Shropshire Seekers popped up on MSN to ask if I fancied a FTF dash to a cache near Brewood that had been sat unfound for a few days now. Normally new caches in that area get found really quickly as there are quite a few FTF dashers in the area. We could not work out where everyone was!

As we drove down the A41 it became apparent that the area round the cache would be covered in newly fallen snow (there was no snow at home). We walked over the snowy fields in the dark from the north and were soon at GZ. Despite spending an hour or so frisking down ivy clad trees we could not find the cache.

I did not have the cache owners PAF number so phoned some other caching friends who roused the cache owner on Facebook and asked him to call me. Even with a detailed description of where the cache was hidden from the owner himself, we could not find it.

The owner went out the next day and confirmed the cache was missing. It’s now been replaced nearby so we’ll have to stop by again the next time we are in the area.

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