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Caches No’s 3274 to 3281 – A Welsh Wales Holiday, Day 2

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Caches No’s 3274 to 3281 – A Welsh Wales Holiday, Day 2

The next morning we were awoken at 6:55am by what can only be termed as “Rolling Thunder” we were aware that just over Wales the warm air from the Continent was going to come up against cold air from the Atlantic and cause thunderstorms, well it did, right above our caravan, a thunderstorm that was continuous boom-boom-boom of thunder for about 12 minutes, when one clap stopped the next started… and there was some large sized hail and a lot of rain thrown in as well – quite noisy on a tin tent roof !
So we were up early ! Our plan was to go to Conway Castle that morning, we did, but thanks to another rainstorm blowing in we got a bit wet… mainly because we went to a cafe for breakfast in the dry leaving waterproofs in the car… coming out of the cafe it was pouring down so we got wet heading back to the car. After the castle we visited the Elizabethan House (more culture) and by the time we came out it was dry again

In Conway we didn’t find GC4G1A5 Popeye – A cache just outside the walls of Conway down by the harbour. All possible places near coordinates that match description and hint thoroughly searched by two of us – no cache to be found… and it’s not like there are that many places it could be – so I think this cache is on the missing list rather than just us (and the previous seekers) not being clever enough to spot it.
After a mornings culture and with the weather clearing we decided to head West to Anglesey to do a bit of caching, but first made a detour into Bangor

7th June 2014 – Church Micro 4807…Bangor GC4W6JE – cache #3274
As this is the only Church Micro in mainland North Wales we made a special visit to find it. Fortunately after the thunderstorms, hail and torrential rain of the morning the afternoon was sunny and warm so although we got a little wet searching the foliage for the cache we soon dried off.

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7th June 2014 – LLanfair.P.G. Village Vexation. GC151PD – cache #3275
When talking about caches on Anglesey this one obviously is a must do being at the station with the longst name – LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH
The Car Park was filled with some very strange drivers (some ignoring white lines altogether and others blocking people in by parking 3 deep) Fortunately we only stayed long enough to walk over the bridge to the cache, stop for a couple of pictures and then leave

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7th June 2014 – Nelson’s Statue GC15F4F – cache #3276
After visiting the Llanfair PG Station cache we went down to St Mary’s church to find this cache – which is the church referred to in the llanfair PG name (St Marys Church in White Hazel Hollow). We looked around the churchyard and especially at the Britannia Bridge monument – surprising to see some people form West Yorkshire (my home County) on it including a 5 year old girl.
I went out to the Statue, fortunately the tide was out but still it was a bit dodgy clambering over the wet rocks to get round the front to see his face.

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The cache was relatively easy to find though it is in a bad state of repair and needs a new container.
I gave this cache a favourite point to encourage others to visit it… well worth it if you are interested in places and views and not just numbers of caches found

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7th June 2014 – The Marquess Column GC1527P – cache #3277
As the Column is closed the car park was empty and there were no muggles to disturb us as Angel78 made short work of finding the cache

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7th June 2014 – Geomon #7 Llanfair PG Blue Schist GC2G80B – cache #3278
Pity that the Column is no longer open, it was a lovely bright, clear day and the views would have been great.
But we consoled ourselves with an Earthcache.
The answers to the questions involved looking at rocks at the GZ , and as near as I could get was 3ft… though as under the trees the accuracy of my Montana was 52ft I could have been 20 yards away from where the CO would have liked me to be !

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7th June 2014 – A snail’s tale of 2 Bridges GC357BQ – cache #3279
A quick find while avoiding the tourists taking pictures of themselves and each other with the Menai Bridge in the background

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After this we didn’t find GC23EMP A5 Drive-By – Now this is a view!, we looked in the right place but it was all a bit wet and messy and so failed to spot anything… maybe if we had looked at the photographs of the actual cache we would have found it ! And with the trees in full leaf the view is only of trees

7th June 2014 – Between The Bridges GCFF46 – cache #3280
Stopped at Waitrose for supplies and comfort break then walked down from their carpark through the woods to the cache… took a while longer than it should have to find it, which I blame on the GPS signal having no accuracy under the trees – and the fact that the hiding place does not match the hint at all
After the cache we had a walk round Church island… a lovely spot

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After this we didn’t find GC1V3R2 Hercule’s Gift – We had a good search in all the cracks and crevices, but as with the other seekers recently we had no luck.
A curious thing was that as we moved away from the wall we were spotted by a Father and Daughter walking a dog, we walked away and sat on the sea wall about 50 yards away and watched the daughter spend 5 minutes searching where we had been looking… they then walked past us without even looking our way – so we assumed they weren’t fellow cachers, but the amount of time the girl spent looking seemed far too long for casual curiosity

7th June 2014 – Bridging the gap GC20BDQ – cache #3281
As we were walking back to the car park we decided that we may as well walk from the Anglesey side to the cache rather than park on the Mainland side as per the cache description. No problem finding the cache right in the middle of the bridge, but it was a long way down to the water !

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After this we didn’t really attempt GC1VD9M HMS Conway I’m not calling it a DNF on this as there is no way of getting to the GZ without climbing over a fence – so the cache is seemingly not on publicly accessible land… and then we drove back to Conway for Dinner and then back to the caravan for a rest.

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