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Friday, November 25, 2011

Geocaching Events

The event is a cache.  The cache is an event.

Either way you phrase it, geocaching events are a fun time.  Whether it's at a sporting event, the local park, or an eatery, events are a great opportunity to put faces to those names you see on the cache logs week in and week out.  Want to release that trackable you've been dying to send out?  Do it at a cache event, and you'll have people lining up to discover it!

I attended my first geocaching event last summer.  The event was GC2B3FQ: TheJump in PA Event:  Year 1.  The event was hosted by said cacher, in celebration of the anniversary of her move to Pennsylvania.  It was held at a local restaurant on a Sunday morning, and was very well attended.  Now, I was apprehensive at first about going.  I have a shy personality, and perhaps an overabundance of new faces would be too much for me.  Perhaps I'll just go, sign the log, and leave.  Quite to the contrary, I found myself mingling with some of the friendliest people you'd ever want to meet.  As I'd find out at this and other events, geocachers are very outgoing and friendly people.  It's one thing to meet up with someone near a cache, but it's a different experience when you're indoors.  I couldn't believe how many people came up to me, shook my hand, and said "Hi, I'm so-and-so, what's you're caching name?"

A group of about 20 or so cachers sat down, had breakfast and coffee, and discussed geocaching.  It was my first opportunity to talk about caching, and not be speaking Greek to someone.  We talked about our favorite caches, or least favorite caches, tips, techniques, and shared our favorite war stories.  The event may have ended after an hour or two, but the fun didn't stop there.  A small group of us decided to formulate a game plan, and hit up some local caches.  We even had a group FTF, finding GC2BT8Y: I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, which is owned by our own Bloodhounded.  This day still ranks as one of my favorite caching days.

party at the cache!

I recently attended another caching event, GC34KJD: 11.11.11 @ 11:11:11 Yumm.  I got to meet quite a few cachers at this event.  A local caching family, who I often either just beat or was just beaten by on FTF hunts, was at the event.  We shared some laughs over the playful ribbing we do in our cache logs.  There were a few new faces, and cacher names I've never seen around before.  Fred even attended the event, and was spotted by both BIG_DOG1970 and the K-Team.  It was great catching up with both of them, as well as John Galt? and walnut-tripper.  We all shared stories, both of a geocaching and personal nature.  Oh yeah, we enjoyed some yummy lunch in the process!

Harold and Lois from BIG_DOG1970 with Fred.

Have you ever attended a caching event?  If so, what memories do you have to share?


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Geocaching events are perfect for exactly the reasons you sited - meet new people, make new friends, go with a new group to find caches, and you're so right - cachers are the nicest people. Its a great way to get acquainted, especially if you're new to the area, or even visiting. I encourage everyone to go to at least one event. If you do, I bet you'll make it a habit to attend more.

Big_Dog1970 said...

Great article Dave!!!
I couldn't have said any of it better. You nailed it. Thank you for sharing the picture of Me and Lois with Fred The Geo-Head. That brings up something that I can add to your story. My Wife Lois for one reason or another just doesn't enjoy geo-caching. I've tried to get her into it but she always says "I don't get it. Why spend all this time and energy to find a pill bottle with a piece of paper in it?". Anyway with that being said, Lois gad a great time at the 11:11:11:11 event, and is going to be with me at the Hockey Night event as well. So maybe if we all can show her how much fun we can have with geocaching, she may come around.

BigAl said...

Well said Dave. I could not attend the event, and the event I wanted to hold was cancelled due to it not being posted according to the two week notice. Lesson learned for next event. It will be posted well in advance. I'm glad you all had a great time. I have met a number of cachers at these events and I enjoy them a lot. I can't wait until the next one that I can attend. My family all tries to go to these if we can. Looking forward to the next event. Thanks again Dave for a nice article.

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