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Found it colincactus found Streaker Challenge #2: Slump vs Streak

Monday, February 18, 2013South East England, United Kingdom

We qualify for this but only just - our longest Streak is 21 and our longest Slump is 20 (see the attached picture of our stats).

I've been worried about this challenge for a long time, as I'm not very good at getting Streaks going. If I do more than three or four days on the trot my wife starts saying that I'm getting obsessed (though I think next time she says that I'll point her at the incredible streaks that some of the finders of this cache have done). At the back of my mind I was worried about getting "un-qualified" for this challenge: suppose we were snowed in for three weeks (or we went on holiday to the Seychelles for three weeks) and I ended up with an even longer Slump.

I decided to get this cache as soon as possible and so we came to find it in July of last year. We failed dismally!!! We had set off early from Guildford and parked up at 9am, then missed the road in (as it didn't have a footpath sign), walked along to the footpath opposite the station, and then up and down the hill trying to find a way to the cache.

Various paths looked promising to begin with only to peter out to impenetrable forest. On one of these we even stumbled across an old-fashioned gypsy caravan - somebody was living in it so we had to turn back again. Eventually I decided that the only thing to do was to walk right to the top of the hill, then along the field and down to the cache. It had taken us an hour and a half so far, and we were totally exhausted. We searched for twenty minutes but couldn't find it (there's a lot of tree to search and maybe our exhaustion was a contributing factor) so we continued on down the hill to find Streaker Challenge #1. When we got back to the car we were amazed to find it was now 11:20.

The following weekend we went to the Geolympix and coincidentally met up with RubyShoos herself and I admitted my failure. We had a great time doing some caches together and for some reason kept on stumbling across each other later in the day.

Today was the first day of half term for Bobcat my son, so I promised him that I'd take a day off and we'd get some caches. I decided on Kent (and this was one of our major targets). This time we knew the way in and went straight to the tree. Bobcat took one end while I did the other but it still took us 5 minutes to find it. After I'd signed the log Bobcat put it back in its hiding place and invited me round to find it myself. It still took me a few seconds to see it - I'm so rubbish at this game sometimes.

#1197 TFTC (+ a fave point for a memorable experience)

Slump vs StreakQualification for the Slump vs Streak Challenge

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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