When we are out walking as a family, why would we not have a hunt for any geocaches hidden along the route? Following on from Yesterday’s Walk post (Old Wolverton to Stoke Bruerne), this post covers our geocaching Cosgrove to Stoke Bruerne section of the Grand Union canal.
Geocaching Cosgrove to Stoke Bruerne
Our day started out as just a planned walk to Stoke Bruerne, but we quickly realised that there were quite a few Geocaches along the canal, as part of a series on the MK boundary walk, we have previously attempted a number of caches around the Cosgrove area, but this would be our first adventure beyond the village.
Soggy Sheets and DNF’s
I’m not sure at times if we are very good at Geocaching. Today was definitely a day of more misses than hits, personally I blame those damn Ivy Covered Tree hides! It seemed that time after time today we were confronted with a cache hidden in ivy (many without any mention of size, which can make things tricky), I guess this is usual on the canal, there isn’t that much else to use as a hiding place. In total there were 3 Did Not Finds on our hunt today.
Having said that sometimes, when you stop looking you spot the cache, no idea how that works, and that was the case today on one of our 3 finds. As were were giving up Zoe spotted teh cache hidden in a low bush, inside were the usual bits of tat, as well as a trackable (which we didn’t collect as we weren’t sure of our next outing and didn’t want to leave it hanging about too much), and unfortunately an inch of water!
There are some very tricky Geocaches out there. Well hidden in ivy trees, tiny, magnetic canisters, hidden under benches or signs, and then there is the next level! If you look at Geocaches on Pinterest you’ll find some interesting examples. Today we found one ourselves, well Bubs found one.
Hidden, plastic capsule down, half buried in mud and leaf litter was the cache. Why was it so hard? Well as you can see from the below image, it was hidden as part of a rusty, metal, bottle top! We are still amazed she managed to find it. Not sure I would have.
At the end of the day, this was not one of our most successful Geocaching days out, but then it was, in reality, an added bonus to our day out walking. 3 finds, 3 misses and a few that we switched off for while walking and missed the waypoint entirely. But hey this leaves more for us to find another time.
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