Back From Geo Jamboree 7 Part 1

 
Well, we are back from a very fun weekend of camping and geocaching at Kettletown State Park in CT for Geo Jamboree 7!  This is the biggest geocaching event we've ever been to.  Over 103 people have logged as "attended" so far - I'm sure there are more yet.  We actually made our campsite reservations back in January, and the entire campground ended up being almost all geocachers.  When we arrived, we "signed in" at CT-A-Team's site (they organized the whole shindig) and we were given a flyer with the schedule and a list of all the geocaches in the park.  There were night geocaches, water geocaches, and of course lots of regular geocaches.  We went back to our campsite and got set up - here's a shot of our gigantor tent (it's a really awesome tent though, btw):
 
 
  
It was great bringing the Tundra - we never even had to unload half our stuff:
  
 
We had extra room, so we invited a friend of ours who is also a geocacher to join us.  Our campsite had plenty of room for another tent or two even:
 
 
  
(Our friend claims he didn't mind the slantiness of where he pitched his tent.  I'm not sure I could have slept all slanty, but to each his own.)
  
That evening DH and his friend met up with another geocacher to do the night caches.  They only managed to find one of three, I believe, but apparently with all the rain we've had, the going was rather treacherous at times and slippery.  They had some funny stories to tell when they got back though.
  
Next morning DH had reserved a spot on a boat to do the water geocaches.  A water geocache is basically defined as a geocache that can only be found by boat.  Since a lot of people don't have boats, many who did kindy offered their services as tour boat operators and scheduled slots throughout the weekend to take geocachers out to find the water geocaches.  So DH snagged our very first water geocaches.
  
At noon there was a huge potluck picnic.  This shot really does not give a good idea of how many people were there - there were a lot more people than what you can see in this photo:
  
  
And would you believe they even had wireless internet set up for Saturday??  I read all the info about the solar powered wireless internet and it was really interesting and has many uses, including during times of disaster.  Very cool.
 
 
Part 2 of Geo Jamboree 7 coming soon!
 
See you in the log books...
 

4 comments:

Karen said...

Sounds like fun! How did you get involvedin Geocaching?

Just John said...

Very neat. I can't wait to get back to the states and attend my first mega event.

Sharkbytes said...

Great fun! After I finish my hike quest, I may dabble in geocaching or letterboxing. Sorry I haven't been by in a while.

Carole said...

Karen - I heard about geocaching from a friend a few years ago - I think she read about it in the newspaper - and I thought it would be something DH would enjoy so I tried to tell him all about it, however, this was at a very busy point in his life and he kept putting me off until he finally said, "Ok, why don't you just get a GPS and figure it out and then show me." So I did, and the rest is history! :-)

Just John - Oh you definitely should attend a mega-event, they are such fun, and geocachers in general seem to be such nice people, everyone is always so friendly.

Sharkbytes - No worries, friend! Yes, you gotta try out geocaching, although yes, letterboxing is fun too, but I believe there are lots more geocaches to find! :-)

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