Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Caching Memories

I came across some old photos when sorting out files on my PC this morning and it got me thinking about the fun we've had and the places we've been since starting caching back in March 2007. Here are some of our favourites, all memorable for one reason or another:

This one was such good fun, we spent a fabulous sunny afternoon solving the puzzles 'out in the field', a great cache for a family to do, we stopped halfway round for a picnic.

We'd met the cache owners when we were out caching the previous week and they said that we ought to give this one a go. This was the first cache of this type that we'd found and we were very impressed.... if I say any more it might spoil it for anyone that hasn't done it yet.

Broseley Red Church
- (now archived)

We'd enjoyed a day out at the Coalport museums and decided to do a couple of caches on our way home. We all really enjoyed this one, it was a very creepy location, I remember reading out the details of the area and the local folklore concerning the church and after that, rather oddly, everyone wanted to leave.

This one was memorable to us as it was the first cache we had to complete in the dark and our children thought it was great fun (pity they still don't). We had to visit a few other caches first to gather information so took some time to complete but great fun and the added bonus was that we were FTF on it and got a lovely Gingerbread Man geocoin as a prize which was our first geocoin, sadly he's now gone missing, last seen in Ohio.

We still chuckle when we think of the surprise we had when we found this one, don't look at the spoiler pics on the cache listing if you want the same surprise!

On a day out to the Buxton area we visited this cache at Grin Low. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it and returned home. We knew it was tricky as there had been lots of DNFs so when we got back home we studied the previous logs and the spoiler photo supplied by the CO and decided we didn’t want to be beaten so headed back out 3 weeks later, a 90 mile trip and found it spotted it straight away - doh!!

The Grinshall Ghoul
by MarkandLynn

This was our first night cache and what an adventure it was. We decided to do this one on our way home from a short break in North Wales, doing a couple of nearby caches first waiting for darkness to fall. The cache is set in an old quarry and in a very remote location, we set off in the pitch dark armed with our torches, the trail was fairly straightforward to follow but very spooky. As we were approaching GZ we became aware of voices and torchlight coming from the other direction, we didn't think for a minute it would be cachers as we'd have expected them to have come from the same direction as us but yes it was Shropshire Pirates and Budgie Smugglers returning to the cache via a quicker route to drop off a TB. Finding our way back to the car without the fire-tacks to guide us was very challegning! Highly recommended if you like something a bit different and like caching at night.

Shropshire 2007 - The Philosopher's Stone
by PopUpPirate and The Cache Hoppers

This was our first event, as it was fairly local to us we decided to attend for the day. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a very welcoming Pop Up Pirate and directed to the all important tea tent :D Everyone was really friendly, it was nice to meet other local cachers that we'd seen in log books and contacted via email.... Mr and Mrs Wrighty, Cakemaker, Brynric to name but a few, and we soon got to know lots of other cachers from further afield that were camping for the weekend. The evening talent show was the best we've ever seen. We returned on the Sunday to do the local caches series and met lots more cachers on the way round, a fab event and we couldn't wait to attend the next one!

Wye Valley Ghost Train
by The Flying Boots

This is probably our all time favourite cache.

We’d heard about it from other cachers and are so glad we were able to do it before it was archived.

The cache was placed inside the Tidenham Tunnel, on the disused Chepstow to Monmouth line. From the parking it was quite a long descent on rough track, then once at the mouth of the tunnel about ½ mile in the pitch dark. Torches were essential, as once inside the tunnel it curved around the hill and there was no natural light

This was our 500th cache! Thought I would just cut and paste the log for this one as it explains it so well:

'Mark had been keen to do this one for a while but Donna had flatly refused to go anywhere near. Not taking 'no' for an answer, Mark declared last night that we were going to do it today for our 500th After all, over 100 people had already lived to tell the tale. Donna was still unsure but thought perhaps maybe we could go with another team (safety in numbers) also quietly confident that no one would be available at such short notice - One phone call later and it was arranged. We met up with L8HNB and embarked on the adventure en masse.

Got to the tunnel entrance and the gate was locked so one by one the six of us squeezed through the hole in the fence About a third of the way in we spotted a torchlight further down the tunnel and realised we were not alone.......the torchlight got closer and closer until .... 'Urban Bexs' introduced himself, he accompanied us to the cache location and shared all sorts of interesting facts about the tunnel with us. Found cache easily then continued further along to the main air shaft which was an impressive sight.

Returned to the tunnel entrance just as our torches were fading, crawled back out the gap in the fence and realised how wet and grubby we all were (dogs especially).

Thoroughly enjoyed this one and thanks to Linda & Henry for agreeing to meet up at such short notice.

Took: Bat pin badge
Left: glow in the dark witch fingers and some halloween erasers.
#500 '

'The adventurous will require boots (preferably wellies) and a good torch'
Anything that says this on the cache listing grabs our attention instantly!
Once again the log explains everything perfectly:
'We must be mad (true purists) We came to the area 2 days ago and found the virtual but our torches were running low so vowed to return very soon to complete the cache as intended. Fast forward to today and here we are again, wellies and fully charged torches at the ready!! We all thoroughly enjoyed this one and so did our geo-hounds. Found the cache easily. We'll certainly be recommending this one to others!
Took: Garmin geocoin

Looking for Linda by SidAndBob

The cache listing stated 'may require wading' and 'you must take a torch' that was all we needed to read as it sounded like just the sort of challenge we enjoy.

A unique cache and a brilliant name which had us laughing for ages after, a truly memorable cache.

This was our 1000th cache. and the toughest 2* difficulty we've ever done!

........ this list is not complete this is just a few from the early days, we've done so many great caches, I will add to the list when I have the time.

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