This one won’t be long as I have so much to catch up on. I’ll have a more in-depth report (with photos) about GeoWoodstock sometime this week. But I wanted to put out a quick post with some of the highlights and such.
First, let me just say that it was an incredible experience. With more than 5,000 people (mostly all geocachers, of course) at the event(s) of the weekend, it was wild. So many people one might have known through logs, or twitter, or Flickr, or blogging… the list goes on. It’s really cool to put faces to names and get to chat with people etc. I can’t express how enjoyable it was just to get lost and talk with people. (Of course, as normal, I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted to…)
Some of the highlights included:
- Attending my first GeoWoodstock.
- Meeting a couple of really cool Groundspeak Lackeys.
- Attending eight events in a three-day span.
- Doing a 5/5 cache with a local, some others we know and two from Chicago.
- Getting 64 total finds for the weekend.
- Reaching the 2,500-find mark, though I am not sure which cache it is yet (I have to log still).
- Meeting many new people from all walks of life.
- Seeing some people from past geocaching trips.
- Trading for many cool pathtags and geocoins.
- Learning something really cool while volunteering for one event.
- Meeting people from Twitter, blogging, pathtagging and just geocaching in general.
As I said, I’ll be doing a more in-depth post this week. But what a weekend. I feel for geocachers within a 5-6-hour ride who couldn’t make it as it was an experience like no other that I’ve had in geocaching. And to have it so close, well, that was an even bigger bonus.
Next year’s event — the 10th edition — is in Sellersburg, Indiana. That spot is close to Louisville, Kentucky, which was the home of the first GeoWoodstock (which drew 75 people!). At this point, depending on where I am with employment and everything else, I’m tentatively planning on heading out for it. I want to make this an annual trip for me as it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a geocaching event.
I’ll follow up in a day or two with so much about this event.
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