It’s been a busy time around here. I’ve been working on this course outline for the classes I’ll be teaching at the local college here as well as the real work with baseball season and all of the Hall of Fame ceremonies going on. With that being said, I found some time for a little caching, but the big thing is that we held our second Hall of Fame Picnic on July 25. This time we moved to Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown, which was a great location.
So far, 27 people have logged the event and I’m quite sure there are 3-5 that haven’t logged yet. Hopefully they will. Add in all the people who were there as friends, team members or family and we had more than 50 people there. I was so stoked.
The event was a blast, too. Peter of the Devil Duckies set up a scavenger hunt and that seemed to go over well. Between myself, Peter and Beth (monet37), we placed 19 new caches in the park as well, so that was pretty wild.
Also, being we were in Cooperstown and it was the Hall of Fame Picnic, I did a little something different for the log this year:
The food was outstanding and it seemed as though everyone had a good time. We also had a great set of giveaways donated by some great geocaching stores as well as individual people. Everyone walked away with something, which is always nice to see.
In the end, I thought it was a success. We had great weather and a lot of caching. After the event, I joined Brent and Mark — two other cachers — to do the 2-mile loop to pick up the caches I hadn’t placed. That was one heck of a hike after being on my feet all day!
One other thing about the event — everyone in attendance received a pathtag. Otsego County Tourism and The Friends of Glimmerglass helped fund the tag and everyone seemed excited to get one. A special thanks to those sponsors!
Here are some more photos from the day:
I also want to point out one other game — the micro toss — that Beth put together. Here are some images from that event:
Road Trips and Vacations
Is it just me or do vacations always feel like they will be more work than vacation?
I have an extended vacation starting this week — extended because I’ll be taking one of my “furlough” days at the beginning of it. So, when all said and done, I’ll have had 10 days in a row off. The final day — a Saturday — holds two wedding (my brother and also a friend). Until then, I’m hopefully going to do a little easy traveling and geocaching. The breakdown is like this:
Thursday (6th): First day off — so packing up.
Friday (7th): Leaving around 6 a.m. for Montreal. The goal is to hit about 8-10 caches on the way, crossing off several squares on the New York DeLorme challenge as well as getting my first caches in Quebec.
Saturday (8th): Montreal (hopefully I can grab a few caches).
Sunday (9th): Leave Montreal and do a few more caches on the way home, coloring in a couple more squares.
Monday-Tuesday (10th-11th): TBD. I’d like to actually road trip it back to the Northern part of the state and cross out more DeLorme squares. Why not, you may ask, just try and zig-zag home to get them coming back from Montreal. Well, I would except I am traveling with a group who won’t mind a few caches, but a 12-15 hour day might not be in the cards. As it stands now, I plotted this “DeLorme Run” and it would be about 680 miles round trip. So, this one might have to wait a few weeks. But if I can wax the Northeastern part of the state, that would get me closer to finishing.
Wednesday (12th): Mid-day, I’ll get picked up by Darren and we’ll be off to New York City for a few days of caching. This will include caching down, at night and hopefully a stop at the original Nathan’s on Coney Island. This trip will color in all the squares I need for the city and Long Island as well as finish off all the counties needed for the NY State County Challenge.
Thursday (13th): We’re supposed to meet up with the Ferreteers to tackle the Central Park Bridges and Arches cache. This one will be a doozy and with grabbing a ton of caches in the park and on the edges, will likely take us the better part of 6-7 hours. In the end, we’ll probably walk about 10-13 miles, but it will also end with us each getting a coin, which is wild. The plan is then to eat and head to cache into the night. There are a few other challenges we are going to try and do, considering it should still be easily daylight if we get an early enough start on the Central Park challenge.
Friday (14th): Get up early and go to the tip of Long Island, getting the counties and DeLorme squares all filled in. Then head home and prepare for wedding items.
Even if I don’t do the secondary road trip to Northern New York, I’ll have put a pretty good dent in the remaining squares and counties I need to get for those challenges. If I did the secondary trip, that would leave six DeLorme squares and a few counties out in the Northwestern part of the state (Buffalo area).
Either way, I’m sure Sunday the 16th, I’ll be sleeping about as late as I can before having to get up and get ready for work!