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Found it Geocass&Andy750x found Below Above - Fallen Monarch

Monday, June 4, 2012South West England, United Kingdom

[b]Cache find #10471.[/b]

Like with The White Bird, there's another long story that goes with The Fallen Monarch which can be read on my blog [url=http://geocass.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/a-real-underground-adventure-the-old-bath-stone-quarries]here[/url]. To cut it short, Sunday's attempt to find it ended with a DNF. We explored every tunnel in the quarry, but the instructions just weren't making sense and we couldn't get more than a 3rd of the way through despite exploring every single dead end (We saw some interesting miner graffiti through doing this though) After another chat with the CO and buying some surveys we realised where we had gone wrong - I had taken us to the wrong entrance. Oops! (At least it was the right quarry this time! Hehe!) So on the Monday when we tried again we decided to just follow the survey rather than the instructions as Andy fitted a bit better through our entrance! We finally got to a stage where the instructions made sense and we knew that we were on track for the cache. The previous day we had thought that a rock fall was a dead end, when actually there was a way past it.

We explored every possible tunnel and saw all of the old relics left behind by the miners. It was amazing that the horse prints were still there after all those years. We also saw a couple of bats down there which were at the entrance flying around our heads. Andy was freaked out by them and worried they were going to hit him, I thought they were fabulous, just a shame they wouldn't stay still for a photo. We loved the calcite formations which sparkled when our torch beams hit them and the cave pearls. When we got to the crane at the end we were completely blown away. It was amazing and we spent some time to stop and admire it. I'd spotted the cache location already. This time it was very obvious, but we ignored it for a few minutes whilst we simply looked at the crane! The cache was soon signed. Unfortunately we couldn't sign the guestbook as we didn't see it. Perhaps it's been moved? We visited the location it seems that it used to be at.

The combined search time for this and The White Bird was probably about 7 hours. We could have easily cut that to 2 if I hadn't messed up the entrances, BUT it did make it even more of an adventure. We would really love to return to visit the other quarries as soon as we can. We definitely feel like we're missing out after this one was such an amazing experience.

So, after finding over 10,000 caches I can honestly say that this cache, is my most favourite cache of all time. The best cache that we have ever visited. A massive Thanks goes to the CO not just for placing it, but for his patience with us and much needed help along the way. Wish I could award a million favourite points to it, but one will have to do! TFTC!

This entry was edited by Cassandy on Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 19:39:16 UTC.

This entry was edited by AndreaHofer on Thursday, 15 August 2013 at 22:45:55 UTC.

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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