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Caches No’s 3282 to 3288 – A Welsh Wales Holiday, Day 3

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Caches No’s 3282 to 3288 – A Welsh Wales Holiday, Day 3

Next day we decided that as we were in Wales we would go for a ride on one of the Great Little Trains, so after a check on ditances, timings and prices decided that it was best to drive to Blaneau Ffestiniog and ride from there on the Ffestiniog Railway down to Porthmadog… Turned out to cost a lot more than it needed to as I could have got 10% off if I had taken the tag I got in 2011 (I assumed that the tags were different each year and only the current year one was valid) and then we parked in the station car park, I bought a parking ticket, put it on the car dash like you are supposed to do, then Angel78 opened her door and a gust of wind blew the ticket out of the car, I chased after it across the car park, but then it blew up into the air and over the buildings and God knows where from there, so it was back to the machine and buy another ticket… £4.20 could have been saved on Rail Fares and £2.50 extra was spent on car parking !

8th June 2014 – Ye Ole Survey Monuments GC45CC – cache #3282
YSM036 – Pentrefail Crossroads (Rivet)
We picked up this cache on the way over to Blaneau, If I hadn’t found several of these before I would have overlooked this small rivet in the corner of a manhole cover surround.

ysm - pentrefail

8th June 2014 – Standing at the crossroads GC54B6F – cache #3283
We found the YOSM first and then crossed the road for this cache

pentrecrossroadscache

8th June 2014 – Castle Lake – Reborn GC1PVM0 – cache #3284
Making our way back from Blaneau Ffestiniog we decided to stop for a few caches on the way. This was an easyish find even though the GPS signal was jumping about all over under the trees. There were some people fishing in the lake below us – and they pulled out a reasonably sized trout while we were quietly signing the log above them

dolwydellanlake

8th June 2014 – Llywelyn the Great GC2Y3FV – cache #3285
An easy find in the Dolwyddelan churchyard

dolwydellanchurch

8th June 2014 – Sidetracked – Dolwyddelan GC1Q1R8 – cache #3286
From the Church we decided to walk rather than drive down to the station, the cache took longer to find than it could have as following the arrow we walked down the road first and then had to retrace our steps into the picnic area on the other side of the wall for the cache. The cache was in a ‘camo-bag’ I hate these things they just get wet and mucky and become a haven for slugs and snails, Angel78 wasn’t keen on picking this one up and gave it to me to replace the container back in the bag and the bag back in it’s hiding place

sidetrackeddolwydellan

8th June 2014 – Beaver Bower. GC198KC – cache #3287
A nice little hiding place where a stream cuts through the rocks at the side of the road, though a bit wet underfoot around the GZ.

fbower

After this we didn’t find GC53KHJ Wibble wobble – we stopped off for a break in Betws-Y-Coed and realised that this cache was only a couple of hundred yards away.
Loved the bouncy bridge, brought out the big kid in me trying to time my steps to get a harmonic motion going in the bridge… didn’t like the fact that although we spent about 10 minutes looking we couldn’t spot the cache

8th June 2014 – Deceangi Drive-by series 50 – Mochdre GC2QYCK – cache #3288
I was wondering where the cache was, looked around the trees at the end of the path but nothing there and the GPS was still saying I was about 25ft away from the cache, with the arrow pointing into an empty field.
So I looked at the previous logs and saw where I was supposed to be looking – about 25ft away with the cache not in the empty field but the other side of the barbed wire

decimochdre

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