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Caches Nos. 25 to 32 – A Summers Evening by the River

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Caches Nos. 25 to 32 – A Summers Evening by the River

Being keen following my weekend caching with friends for the first time I also felt a little bit of a beginner as I had found so few caches compared with them… so the n ext evening I went straight out to do another set…

June 16th 2009 – The Badgers Home  GC15WD4 – Cache #25
This was a quite easy one to find, but not an easy one to get too… they put a bypass round one of the local villages about 15 years ago, cutting off a small section of road. The cache site was on this small section of road, but to get to it you have to cross the busy bypass or walk a half mile or so from the other end… as I was after doing several caches this particular evening I went for the short, dangerous way to find it quickly…. which I did

June 16th 2009 – A stroll Along The Wharfe  GC126CA – Cache #26
June 16th 2009 – This is ACE Really  GCVE45 – Cache #27
Parking in the now bypassed village I had to then cross the bypass again – this time where it had become a dual carriageway to reach the next two caches. The first was an easy one, a full size box hidden on a ledge behind a wall, the second was a much more difficult one as it is just a piece of paper lodged in a particular item identified by the cache name… very ingenious, I wonder if using a redundant and broken item as a cache container counts as valid recycling ?

Next was a series of six caches on a little walk down by the riverside… each of these had a number inside it which led to the coordinates of the final bonus cache.
The first of this series I have a bit of an issue with in that it is not actually hidden on the riverside path, but behind a fence post so is actually in someones garden I couldn’t get to it at first as the chap was out mowing his lawn and I could hardly start scrabbling around all the fence posts in his garden looking for the right one while he was there… so my sequence started with

June 16th 2009 – A Riverside Walk -2, The Tree On It’s Side  GC1PD41 – Cache #28
Along this particular riverside walk are many trees on their side… but this cache was easy to spot from coordinates and clue.

The we had number 3 in the ‘A Riverside Walk’ sequence – The Bent Tree… right… we’re under trees so there’s no tight GPS lock, and virtually every tree is bent… and the previous finders logs vary between finding it easy and not finding it at all… so I looked for a bit in the most obvious places then gave up cos it was getting dark and I wanted to find more… besides I had to come back this way to get back to the car ! 

Then there was cache number 4 of the sequence – Two Trunks… every other tree has two trunks here, and again no sharp GPS lock, so I passed on this one too after a short and fruitless search

June 16th 2009 – A Riverside Walk -5, Pipe Dreams  GC1PD5D – Cache #29
At last an easy one, not under so much tree cover so the GPS signal was better and the clue was less ambiguous

June 16th 2009 – A Riverside Walk -6, Four Trunks  GC1PD5F – Cache #30
Another easy one, many multi-trunked trees but not many with 4 trunks, and a clue that warned you about straying onto private land made this a straightforward find.

June 16th 2009 – A Riverside Walk -4, Two Trunks  GC1PD58 – Cache #31
It was getting fairly dark by now so I headed back down the path to the car, and along the way checked for the ones I’d missed and found this one, but again couldn’t find the ‘Bent Tree’ cache

June 16th 2009 – A Riverside Walk -1, The Start  GC1PD3D – Cache #32
The gardener had now finished his mowing, so I could search behind his fence posts to find the right poast and the cache

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