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Friday, 24 January 2014

Where to next?

Daughter, High Horse (teacher) keeps suggesting I should incorporate geocaches with my longer walks which sounds ok in theory, but, a week ago I found thirteen out of fourteen on one geocache-dedicated six mile round. That walk would normally take two and half to three hours, but it took five.

So, to find say half a dozen on a long walk day could extend time by a couple of hours. Companion walkers can be another factor if they are not fellow enthusiasts for the game, so one can feel uncomfortable spending a lot of time searching when your companion’s main objective is to get on with the walk.

My strategy for regular Thursday walks with Pete is to plan a route first (that is always down to me), then see if it coincides with any caches, and that is unlikely to amount to more than one or two.

For the last year since we completed the Lancaster Canal we have walked circular, approximately six mile routes almost every Thursday within half an hour’s drive of home without repetition, but it is now becoming increasingly difficult to find fresh ground , especially in this uncommonly wet winter when we try to keep mostly to quiet roads and lanes.

Our walk yesterday managed to find yet another new circle, and one geocache pleasingly situated at the point with best views.




Memory Map on my computer showing Thursday walking routes plotted. Previuosly I deleted them, but recently they are retained to help avoiding repetition


This Thursday's walk, north east of Kendal

River Mint near Patton Bridge


A de-luxe stile (not on our route)


Whinfell Tarn

8 comments:

The Crow said...

(Okay, it is 0645 my time as I write this - will likely take a minute or two to complete. Trying to determine time difference here.)

A wall of broccoli heads! Wow, things are so different in England. I have to go to the grocery or to farmers markets to get mine - you lucky duck, you!

Maybe if your Thursday walking companion got to keep a sparkly book (as did Katie), he might be more amenable to treasure hunts.

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Sir Hugh said...

The Crow - I’ve resorted to Google. You are 5 hours behind my time, so if I am going to bed at 11:00pm it will be only 6:00pm for you. I am writing this at 12:45pm.

Moss was another word added to Katie’s vocabulary when we ascended Orrest Head. I don’t think it makes a substitute for broccoli.

In Pete's case it would need to be a good bottle of New World Merlot I think.

The Crow said...

Re: moss - no, it likely wouldn't but mosses and lichens are used as survival foods in some of the US military training. Probably would taste better with a bit of lemon-butter.

I'd love to come upon a moss-covered stone wall over here. Might have to travel to the Pacific Northwest to find one, though.

Hope your day goes well and that you find all the caches your heart desires. I take it you leave them behind for others to find, too?

mike M said...

I too was struck by the mossy stones...we have moss on stones here but nothing as luxuriant as yours. Winter is rather hard on the greenery...below 0F again this morning (-18 3 mornings ago), snow on the way. We jumped very briefly into positive double digits yesterday for the first time in a week, and will reach the 20's today. Back to the deep freeze next week.

Roderick Robinson said...

The Blobs Invade.

Sir Hugh said...

RR - Wikipedia gives you a lot of choice with Blobs. Here are only some:

IN COMPUTING

Binary blob, in open source software, a non-free object file loaded into the kernel

Blob detection, in computer vision, visual modules that detect regions in the image

Binary large object (BLOB), in computer database systems

God object, or "The Blob", anti-pattern in object-oriented programming

IN ENTERTAINMENT

Film and television

The Blob, 1958 American science-fiction film depicting a giant, amoeba-like alien

Beware! The Blob, 1972 sequel

The Blob (1988 film), a remake of the 1958 film

The Blobs, an animated television series

Although I haven't even the remotest idea what it means, I would like to think my Blobs are those "...non-free object files loaded into the kernel.

I guess your use of the capital letter puts them in one of the "entertainment" definitions?

Blonde Two said...

I have stile envy - what a beautiful one!

Sir Hugh said...

Blonde Two - I was disappointed not to be using it. I will look at the footpath and see if it can be incorporated if the fields ever drain off again for footpath walking.