My Yearly FTF

Let’s be clear about this, I’m no FTF hound. True, it is fun to get a FTF every now and again but I’m just not that dedicated/focussed/obsessed/mad. According to what I’ve learnt from those who are one (maybe all) of the above, I’d have to remain permanently sober, sleep in a chair with my caching trousers and boots on at all times and… You get the idea. (to my FTF crazy friends: I’m only joking. About the sober bit. Honest.).

Let’s apply some perspective: my last FTF was on 22 March 2016. Yes, that is more than a year ago.

Now, I’m always interested in drsolly’s puzzle caches as they often have an IT element which of course appeals to my inner nerd. Yesterday the good doctor published a new cache – n/\m. At the time I couldn’t make any headway solving it but this morning I was taking Skye for a walk when a solution popped into my brain. I had to wait until I got home to crack open my Mac before I could try it out, with… Success! Cue one short, restrained, happy dance. Nobody saw that? Good. Moving on…

Then it was a question of waiting until I could find a suitable window to go look for it, all the while being everso slightly worried that someone else might solve it…

So, it wasn’t until this afternoon that I was able to whizz out in the Freelander, collect Bob (who has considerably more FTFs than me^) and drive over to the location. Once at GZ the cache itself was an easy find. Even better, we were rewarded with a clean logbook. Excellent!

On our way back home, we stopped at another drsolly cache we’d both solved when it was published about 10 days ago. We still managed to be Second To Find on that one!


^ 700, as I write this.



These days, I normally don’t react to the new cache alerts and one I received today was no exception. This is because our local FTF champions are usually on QRA and are hard to compete against.


This evening Bob contacted me suggesting that a nearby cache was still unfound, so it was that a short while later we were in his car and heading towards Berkhamstead. This was a Bus Stop nano and at 21.30 we had the place to ourselves. After a short search I found the cache, something of a rarity when I’m out with Bob. A clean logbook – Yay!

That followed on nicely from yesterday, when I’d been out with Skye for a country walk. (we are both out of practice and need to build our walking up once again). We combined the walk (We? Who am I kidding, Skye doesn’t know anything about route planning) with a few local caches. 6 found and a nice walk to boot. So I’m hoping this is the start of me getting out caching a lot more this year.

FTF. Twice.

Yesterday I had an email alert for a couple of new puzzle caches. One of the COs was drsolly, so I looked at that one first. It was a typical drsolly puzzle and I immediately knew what was required. Geochecker said “Yes” so that was me happy. Except that it was Mrs. WizzardPrang’s birthday and I had promised not to go out caching, unless my caching buddy Bob contacted me first.

Luckily Bob sent me a message about a FTF attempt so…

A short while later, we pitched up at GZ and, after a short search, found the cache. Yippee, a blank log! I was really pleased as I don’t get many FTFs. For Bob it’s very much a normal occurrence.

Anyway, at that point we realised that the other new cache wasn’t that far away, based on the coords Bob had already worked out. So as we drove there, I had another look at the cache on my iPhone and, um, came up with a different location! However that one seemed nearer so we headed there. As we arrived we could hear the sounds of cachers in the undergrowth. When we got there, who should we find but 3 members of our local BBH group. Two of them (plus their Pug) make up smokeypugs and the other chap was Happy Hunter HP20. Luckily for us, they hadn’t been able to find that cache so we joined in the search. Not long after that, the cache was found by G of smokeypugs and we all agreed that it would be a joint FTF. So that was 2 FTFs in less than an hour. 🙂