Lee, who caches as FireStars, hails from Cambridgeshire in the UK and with over 1700 finds has plenty of stories to tell. He is also in the very enviable position of owning geocaching.co.uk where he hosts his blogs, videos and useful geocaching info.
Even with the very best intentions, sometimes Geocaching takes a back seat and you find yourself making a concerted effort to get out and get searching. I entered a bit of a slump over the Xmas period, so when the new year came around and the weather stayed mild, it was not too much of a hardship to blow away the cobwebs and get out into the country.
We decided on something close by, a short 4 mile circular which would see us caching in a new location with good parking and the added bonus of a couple of pubs to choose from when we got back. The cache description mentioned that it could be muddy, so we dressed suitably and were off!
The weather stayed grey and misty the whole day but the rain kept away, which always makes things that much easier. We (I) logged a DNF on the very first cache which can sometimes be a blessing as you are not then under to pressure to find every cache along the router and can miss one out if it proves troublesome.
One of the caches created a humorous name on my Garmin;
My Garmin took a tumble!
An essential part of my Geocaching bag, my Binoculars have found a new fan.
I can always tell how good the caching day was by how dirty the wifes car gets!
I recently placed a new cache in my local area – http://coord.info/GC5GT0N ( Premium only I am afraid ) and marvelled at the super views of Ely Cathedral in one direction and the ‘Old Hall, Ely’ in the other.
Happy that I had placed a cache that filled all the criteria I look for, namely, a sneaky but achievable hide, good parking and most importantly a good view or reason to visit I thought no more of it. I was therefore surprised when I was alerted to the fact that the GZ is the actual spot where the picture for the album cover of Pink Floyds ‘ The Division Bell’ was taken. I’m not a fan myself, so a quick google later confirmed what I had been told!
For those that are unaware of the cover, here it is. You can clearly see Ely Cathedral between the two mouths in the picture;
Every now and again Groundspeak and their unbreakable rules do drive me to distraction and this week I had another reason to pull my hair out.
I have been negotiating with a local parish council to place some caches in a beautiful wood near to my home, I had attended Council meetings and did my utmost to paint geocaching in a positive light (which is not hard) and allayed any fears of rampant hordes of children steaming through patchwork quilts of bluebells and wild flowers.
The wood is own by the National Trust and is leased to the council who took steps 12 months ago to open it up by clearing footpaths, cutting back brambles and giving it a general tidy up. All good stuff.
I happened to stop by the wood one morning and decided to pay it a visit. Its located in a small village north of Cambridge and it really is not somewhere you would stop unless you were aware of its presence. Or it had a geocache.
I walked the paths a few times and over the course of five or six visits I decided I had found suitable places to place some caches. Only one problem, no matter how I managed to manipulate the locations, I could only fit 2 caches inside the wood and I was short by around 80ft
There are no footpaths around the wood and only one entrance/exit so I was left with the dilemma or either a) only placing two caches or b) asking the Groundspeak reviewer if they would kindly allow 3 caches to be entered, to increase the enjoyment for us all.
Unfortunately, after having worded a nice enough explanation my caches were refused on the basis that one was too close to the other two. Now I am in a quandary. Do I simply hide two caches in the wood, or offset the first cache coordinates a little to enable me to squeeze three in?