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Caches No’s 986 to 991 – Sudoku, Highways & Byways

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Caches No’s 986 to 991 – Sudoku, Highways & Byways

Another sunny Sunday morning and a couple of hours free to grab some caches, with the marathon caching sessions the weekend before I was no longer chasing all the caches I could find to get to 1,000 by the end of the year – from needing to find 2 caches per day I was down to needing to find one cache every 3 days – so a bare handful of caches for the weekend would be fine

14th November 2011 – Sudoku in the park GC2GN7M – cache #986
A puzzle cache, a sudoku even, with the starting numbers in the grid supposedly got by doing a bit of googling of the history of the park (Golden Acre Park) and then some more numbers got by finding answers within the park, then you can work out the sudoku and find the co-ordinates for the cache.
Being me that seemed a little too straightforward a way to do it, so I googled for images of the park and found extra answers and with assuming the ‘minutes’ of the co-ordinates I could work back and solve the puzzle without finding the rest of the clues. Then it was a short walk in the woods on a Sunday morning to find the cache hidden (somewhat against the current caching rules) in a hole in a dry stone wall

14th November 2011 – The Babbling Baby GCR54B – cache #987
My next stop was for a walk in the woods to find a couple of caches, one near the car park, which I had to pass by due to dog walkers and return to on my way back to the car, and this one which was about half a mile into the woods, and getting to it reminded me why I hadn’t done any caching from early November until late Feb last winter… it was blooming horribly cold and wet and muddy. The path was just puddles and a stream in some places and a mud bath in others. The cache was easily found and nice and dry, but my mind was so much on the conditions underfoot that I forgot to take note of
the clue in the cache which I will need to find a bonus cache sometime in the future. Maybe one dry day next summer I will be back !

14th November 2011 – Leeds Triangulation – B GC2AFJ2 – cache #988
‘Not at ground level’ said the hint. As I squelched through the mud back to the car I saw here was a silver birch tree about at the co-ordinates and I could see a hole in the tree where a branch has come off and the tree rotted off around the scar. When I got to the tree though the hole was deep, but full of water, I put the end of my waling pole in to prod around for a cache, but there appeared to be nothing there.
Then I walked around the other side of the tree, and found another hole this time dry and with a cache in !

14th November 2011 – Classy Meanwood GC2HNHB – cache #989
An easy puzzle cache to solve – being on the same lines as the ‘Aged Traveller’ cache I did in the summer where the clue was the map numbers of the towns given in the puzzle.
I am glad I did this one on a Sunday morning as it is hidden in the fence around a school. The fence posts are tubular and have black plastic endcaps on, and one of these endcaps comes off with the cache attached to it. On a weekday there would be kids all over the place, but on a Sunday there was just the cars going past on the road to see me.

14th November 2011 – Myrtle Furtle GC1JWRQ – cache #990
‘Hanging around an acer’ the hint said, unfortunately there were no leaves on the trees so I couldn’t tell which was an acer (maple) and which was a sycamore, beech, larch, etc Having no leaves should have made it easier spotting the cache hanging in the tree though, but it didn’t ! a camouflage bag holding the cache kept it hidden from me for several minutes

14th November 2011 – Highways & Byways GCKYQJ – cache #991
I was driving home past where this cache is and there were no cars parked in the ‘lay-by’ opposite, so I stopped to have a look for the cache. I had looked for it before back in the spring when I did the other caches in Golden Acre park, but then I approached it from the park end and didn’t find anything.

Approaching it from the road (and with a much more experienced eye) I soon spotted an anomaly… something that didn’t seem right so I examined it more closely. It was a bit of a struggle but I managed to uncover the cache in the end.

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