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Monday, Monday – Caches No’s 572 – 577

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Monday, Monday – Caches No’s 572 – 577

14th June 2010 – The Yellow Brick RD GC10PXV – Cache #572
Monday, and after the rain of the day before we had a nice sunny day, so in the evening I set out to clear a few more caches around Ilkley. This first one is the final cache of a three part multi-cache, I had done the first two caches and got the co-ordinates of the final part last November, but hadn’t got around to finding it. It was on the edge of a wood, well off any paths, but was visible quite a long way away from the cache as there was a big pile of stones in the roots of a tree… dead giveaway !

After this I couldn’t find GCW0YZ Monastery Marvel, the co-ordinates are for a micro containing the co-ords of the final cache, and the hint said that the micro was hidden at the base of a tree… the area around the tree is overgrown and I got nettled and scrathced by brambles but couldn’t find it. The next day another cachers log said he found it easily !

14th June 2010 – Daisy’s Dawdle GC1GEY7 – Cache #573
Another cache hidden in that second favourite cache hiding place – under a bridge (the favourite place obviously is hidden in the roots of a tree – covered by a rock)

14th June 2010 – Sheep-ish Searchlight GC12QMY – Cache #574
Up on the moors North of Ilkley are 3 concrete pads about 30ft x 15ft in size. The cache setter has these down as 3 bases for searchlights dating from WWII… I am dubious about this as there would be no reason to have searchlights there, they haven’t got associated bunkers / shelters that wartime relics would have, and the concrete just doesn’t look old enough. This first of these caches is hidden in a hollow under the concrete… and is a little wet !

14th June 2010 – Iain’s IPhone Log GC1XZJE – Cache #575
A cache hidden by Iain, using his Iphone to get the GPS co-ordinates, and hidden in a log. Not much more to say really other than to wonder why such a big log is up on the moors where there are no trees ?

14th June 2010 – Post Searchlight GC12QJQ – Cache #576
The second of the ‘searchlight’ base caches is hidden behind an old stone post up against a wall, I’m not sure what the post was for, it’s in the wrong place for a gate post and is a bit big for a boundary marker post. The cache is hidden under a rock and is in a doggy doo bag… just to encourage people from not investigating it too closely, a good idea maybe !

14th June 2010 – Gas Powered Searchlight GC12QK4 – Cache #577
The final of the ‘searchlight’ caches is again hidden in a hollow under the concrete… under a bit of concrete that seems older than any of the other bits of concrete and might date from Wartime. The edge of the concrete and the cache is guarded by a large and prickly Hawthorn bush, making retrieving it a carefully done process !

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