Haworth hike

Ok so less of a hike and more of a slow meander, but hike began with H πŸ™‚
We came to Haworth this Saturday for the halloween dragon parade. With 99 geocaches under my belt , it would be rude not to grab that special one whilst here for the day. Soon after parking we were in the base of a tree digging out my 100th cache!! And snagged a chopper too.
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We walked back down to main street via a church and graveyards , in which there was a clue to finding a cache near the church, we had to work out co-ordinates by the dates on a particular gravestone, yet we could not find this gravestone of ‘tabby’ at all, I think my GPS was out. We did see some interesting names on stones though, ‘pickles feather’ being my favourite and I have called myself it on twitter for the time being πŸ™‚ After this we went to the craft fair, Β£1 to get in but we got a free brew. I bought some lovely stones, some obsidian to protect from negativity and some hematite which I love but can also give energy. From the fair we visited a few shops, more goodies fell into my poseession πŸ™‚ and it was time for the parade , but nothing was to be seen. We overheard the dragon king saying it would start a bit later at 3pm and not 2, so we trundled to the park for another cache. Spent a good while foraging in foliage for this cache in the park without any joy, so we went back up to main street and saw the dragon. We were a bit disappointed that the ‘parade’ was just one woman lol.
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The halloween decorations on the main street were pretty cool.

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After a few naughty stops at choccy / sweet shops on the way back to the carpark, onwards and home, not without a little driveby cache outside of Howarth. This had lovely views over the town and was behind a telegraph pole. The log was very wet and we couldn’t sign it , but I used one of my personalised stickers πŸ™‚ pro cacher πŸ™‚ This is a bead I got from that last cache.

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Malham meander

This week I have been on annual leave from work. Went to Blackpool with mum for a few nights for the main event of watching riverdance. I enjoyed the show but sitting for a long time makes me ache so I was glad when it was finished. I have been visiting the chiropractor this week to try and help my aches and pains.
On Friday, M was off uni due to a teacher training day, so we set out to Malham for an adventure. I came here a few years back and walked a very long way , but we did more of a meander this day.
Firstly we walked up a hill from the village to a fence post. We found a cache which was placed by a schools geography department, which I thought was rather cute πŸ™‚
I got this marble which I looked like a lovely blue eye to me. Sorry about the pic, I’m no still no expert.

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Following this we walked up and down fell towards Janets foss, the weather looked rather threatening on the way up.

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The foss was very mystical, apparently a fairy lives behind the waterfall. I have had a fairy wish jar for a while and I had a wish written inside it, I left it at the foss and I hope the fairy queen finds it and grants it! The waterfall was too strong to get behind today though. This was a special cache as it was my first EARTH CACHE. I didn’t know what one of these was but apparently you take a picture of yourself at the site and email the cache owner this and some answers to questions about the area. I won’t put our mugs on this blog but here is the waterfall.

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Here is a nice stream near Janets foss.

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After this we wandered to Gordale scar for another earth cache. What an astounding area this was, beautiful. M kept kissing the rocks he liked them so much ha. There was a traditional cache here too where I found a giraffe, I was pleased at this because I love giraffes. Here is some nice scenery on the way to the scar.

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We had to walk up a very steep hill on the way back and it hurt M’s legs. On the drive home we stopped off for one last cache in a church car park. There were muggles about so we walked around the churchyard. A friendly dog walker gave us some church facts, it was a bit embarrassing as the dog kept sniffing my front bum and M’s arse!!! We finally found the cache and a lovely red gem.
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Just a quickie

It is Sunday and I had a very lazy lie in today. Went to bed about 21.30, and awoke about 11am, with a few M disturbances inbetween. I am a tired person, always have been since I started taking antidepressants. The nature of the drug is that they help sad people who can’t sleep , sleep! I never needed any help in this department and these tablets just knock me out. To be kind of sane, I have to accept the side effect of somnolence , and this has caused problems in all relationships , not just men. Anyway, when I arose I took M home , via costa coffee at the services. My cappuccino was too strong, and my muffin was substandard, most disappointing :). I also had a go on a one pound mechanical massage chair, it was worth a quid I’d say.
When we got to M’s , the house dwellers were not in and he did not have a key , I had to drive him across town for a spare. On the way back I suggested getting a cache, if I’m near one I want to get it! We had looked for this one about 7 months prior , but could not see it , perhaps because we were very novice ?
It was hanging from a hook in a tree, this is the first one I’ve seen of this type , pretty cool I thought. There were lots of muggles about so we pretended to shout for an imaginary dog called Geo so as not to look like freaks.
Here is the cache.

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Caching at the crags.

Today we went to hardcastle crags. Me and M , V & T and my goddaughter. We took the easy path as the little one cant walk far and needed a pram some of the way. There are loads of geocaches around this national trust trail but our friends are not into geocaching, and the little one couldnt really go off track, but me and M just had to grab a sneaky one, we will have to go back another day for the rest. The cache was in a tree stump by this lovely river.

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The pic was taken whilst in the middle of the river on stepping stones.
Here is another view from the riverbank.

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We went back to the carpark after this, but we were still in the mood for more finds as the weather was holding out. We drove home via a place called Hapton. We parked at the end of a lane and walked up for a few drivebys, here are some cocks on the lane.

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Got a ‘did not find’ for a cache halfway up, got full of foliage searching for it but no joy.
Jumped in purple rona again after this for a few more drivebys. I was very impressed with the bench which was home to one of the caches. It was in memorium to a local milkman and the bench incorporated milk churns, cool!

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Another cache was in an old red phone box, it was full of creepy crawlies.

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It started to pour down so we had to forego our last cache. So, here is my swag for this saturday πŸ™‚

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Pretty cute, they seem to match somehow πŸ™‚ Rather pleasing.

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My own cache.

So after being on many caching adventures I finally decided to make a cache of my very own. After figuring out how to upload caches onto geocaching.com, I bought some little boxes from eBay and started to fill one with trinkets.

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I tried to make it a bit personal to me by including a plastic lizard ( I love lizards and have one as a pet) and a little ladybird (I love ladybugs too!). I also included a troll with purple hair which is not pictured, purple is my fave colour and trolls are cute. I included a badge which had ‘FTF’ on it for the lucky first to find. The box came with a handy camouflage bag too. I have got this travelbug to hide in the box also when I get round to it.

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The place to hide it was obvious , the park near mum and dad’s which I grew up playing in. The site I chose is an old outdoor public toilet which I thought brought a historical element to things πŸ™‚ the stone remains are still there.
Below is the war memorial in the park which is an angel.

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2 people have found my cache so far and I was happy that they took the time to write a long description of their finds.
One lady took the FTF badge and had not left anything in return though which I was annoyed about!
3 people logged the cache as destroyed when it wasn’t, there was actually a rogue cache nearby which had unfortunately been moved from somewhere else.
I look forward to more people finding my prizes πŸ™‚

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