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Friday, August 2, 2013

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 in the summer of 2010.  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.

Sign-in 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?

3 comments:

Jim Rinker said...

While I love almost every aspect of geocaching, the events are certainly the absolute best part and I try to attend every one possible. I'll never be known as a 'people person' but if I have a favorite group of people, they are geocachers.

GREAT article!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

The events are always fun and if you're a new geocacher, its a great way to meet and make new caching friends.

Big_Dog1970 said...

I totally agree with you Dave. Geocachers are some of the nicest, friendliest, outgoing people on the planet. I love going to the events when I am able. Like you said, It's a great way to make some really cool new friends, and put faces to the names.

Cache Ya Later
Harold

P.S.- I am honored that you included Me and Mrs. Big_Dog in the article. Twas Fun Thanx :)

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