Friday, July 8, 2011

GeoWoodstock - Real Deal Flash Mob

We held the first Real Deal Flash Mob at GeoWoodstock. Our group was small, but enthusiastic. We gathered by the GWS mile marker sign at 12:20 and left at 12:30.

GeoWoodstock - The Reviewers

Hey, that's me... who's taking photos?

I'm mtn-man...

We had a large reviewer panel with coverage from every section of the US and Canada. We even had an earthcache reviewer on the panel. There were lots of questions and some laughs. Many thanks to everyone who attended the session. Many thanks to Andrew of haloedversionls for the great photos he took.

Monday, July 4, 2011

GeoWoodstock - The Morning

It's Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JoGPS says hello to the morning crowd in the horse show arena.

Wes of kcepenn kicks of GWS IX.

It was great to see Cindy the Cinderblock make her third visit to Warren County. She appears to have given up her blond do and sunglasses.

Pinning your home on the map is a great mega past time. There were a lot of pins used today.

The Haywood Hornet came all they way from the UK to enjoy the festivities. He's here with Ladybug watching the attendees trying to decide where to sign the log.

The "log" for this year's event was a long plank being held by two carved bears. Wes came up with this bit of genius for a most appropriate log.

Chris K in Geauga adds his name to the log.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Real Deal Flash Mob

We're going to meet at 12:20 at the direction sign near the volunteer gazebo. Your coordinates should be N41 50.492 W 079 23.682. Hope to see everyone with their Real Deal Hats.

News - July 1st - Three Events = Lots of Fun

Our day started with a visit to Richards and a breakfast event. Richards is no stranger to geocaching events, but today's was huge.

Our Event Hostess's

Signing The Log

gof stacks the deck in his favor by bringing his own rotating satellite in case he needs a better signal. The big question was 'will your feet get wet from dew if you wear dancing bear slippers to the buffet tent?"

The buffet tent

Geo-Sarge with some road-side discoveries

After we left the event, it was time to stop at the fairgrounds to lend a bit of a hand before heading to the GeoWoodstock Express. This was my third time to the fairground to give time as a volunteer and Ladybug's six day volunteering at the site. There were lots of last minute preparations going on and many campers and early arrivers relaxing at the site.

We made a dash from the Fairgrounds to Oil Creek State Park to greet the train riders at Petroleum Centre Station.

Coming Round the Last Bend

After having dinner with a group of friends, we were on our way back to the fairgrounds for the evening. The registration line was super long, but moved quickly.

The line for registration convinced us to walk over to the event site to sign the log. The "log" for the event was a teepee. This area had also drawn quite a crowd.

Geocachers take their logs seriously.

Sammydogs were having a great time

Our timing was perfect. We got to the registration area as the line grew short. We had a fun time in line helping cachers who had already registered fill in blanks for their GeoWoodstock Bingo. Since we've been around for a while, our caching name could be used to fill in about a third of any blanks on the card.

Time to close out this post and get ready for the big day. I hope to see everyone at GeoWoodstock tomorrow. Cache hard and be safe!

News - June 30th - A Few Notes

Geocaching at Night

Caching is permitted 24/7 in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and State Game Lands (SGL).

Please do not cache in cemeteries at night.

Cell Phones While Driving

Youngsville is a hands-free community. Borough Police are able to stop and ticket you if you are observed using the phone without hands-free operation.

New York is a hands-free state. They will issue a ticket.

Wild Animals

There are bear in these counties. They will generally avoid you. You should do the same and try to avoid them.
Don’t leave things with a scent in caches, including scented candles and air fresheners as well as food, of course.
Don’t get between cubs and their mother.
Talk when you are on the trail. The bear doesn’t want to meet you either. It will avoid you if it knows you are there.
If you are camping in the ANF, make certain your food is properly stored. Don’t keep it in your tent.

There are timber rattlesnakes in Warren County and surrounding counties. There are a number of dens in Warren County. Be cautious and use a hiking stick to poke if you are uncertain.

Take precautions to prevent tick bites. Check yourself for tick bites after hiking through any areas with unmowed grass or any brushy areas.

General Notes

Camping and fires are not permitted in State Game Lands.
There is a hospital in each of the following towns: Warren, Corry, Bradford, Kane, Jamestown, Clarion.
Warren County uses a central 911 system for emergencies.
There is poison ivy in some locations. Learn how to identify poison ivy by its three leaves and remember that it can appear as a ground vine, a vine in trees, and growing up from the ground like a small bush.

There is a Topps Grocery Store in Youngsville. It is open till 10pm.
There is a Bi-Lo Grocery Store in Warren. It is open 24 hours.

News - June 30th - Campgrounds Are Open

The weather was picture perfect today with temperatures in the upper 70's and blue skies. Warren and the Allegheny River were great places for walking around and caching or putting in the kayak and searching for some caches along the river.

The campground is open and was very pleasant this evening.

Jenny's here...