A Sterees cache in the dark! We departed from the Llyn y Fan Fach cache as dusk was falling. Feeling it was a pity to come all the way across to the Western Brecon Beacons without nabbing this cache, Simon decided to make an attempt. We drove across to Glanaman, up the lanes, and parked in the lay-by. Elizabeth was sceptical.
"It's dark!" she said. "I'll just have a look," Simon said.
"But we didn't bring a torch!" she protested. "You wait here then," he admonished.
So, Elizabeth sat huddled in the car, while Simon ventured forth, braving the fierce, chilly wind and relying on the ambient starlight to guide him along the path. Ten minutes later, E's mobile rang: "I've found the cache! Wait there, I'll bring it back to the car." Bring it back S did, and we signed the log, liberated a froggie, and deposited Nimmy TB and Celtic Love Bug TB.
Confident now of his navigation, S wouldn't let E stay in the car and insisted she accompany him on the return. We saw many stars and constellations in the clear sky: Arcturus setting in the west, Vega overhead, Capella rising; the dippers, Cassiopeia, and Perseus. We also saw several satellites, but no meteors tonight. This is a superb spot for star-gazing: lovely and free of the city lights.
Another neat feature of doing this cache at night is the flintstones in the quarry! S was delighted with how the sparks leapt and flew as he walked. As the path goes nearly all the way to the cache location, hunters shouldn't be put off by either the darkness or the lack of a torch.
Thanks for the experience!