Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, helped in any way, vended, sponsored and planned. We hope you all had a good time, we sure did. This website will be retired by the end of June. You can continue to use our Facebook group to post pictures, comments, questions, etc. We hope to see you all next year in Cincinnati. It's going to be fun!

Nothing could be finer than to cache in Carolina … again!

We are excited to welcome you all to North Carolina for GeoWoodstock XV. 10 years ago, we hosted GW V in Raleigh, so many of you will be making your second trip to our state for this flagship event. This will not be a repeat of the 2007 event. This time we will be in Waynesville, North Carolina for the main event on Saturday May 27, 2017 and in Asheville for many other days leading up to GW. We think you will love the area. Asheville is an eclectic city with many things to offer visitors include art, great food, many outdoor activities and one of the highest per capita ratio of people to breweries in the nation. We kind of like that last one! We have some fun activities and events already in the works. We plan to introduce some new traditions to GeoWoodstock, just as we did in 2007. And of course, we plan to have a great meal available for those who want one. Stay tuned for more information and follow us on social media for the very latest.

GeoWoodstock XV

Waynesville, NC - May 27, 2017

History of GeoWoodstock

The idea of GeoWoodstock is the brainchild of JoGPS, who in 2003 decided to host an event for "geocachers from all over". JoGPS says it started as “all about the numbers” but continues as “all about the number“ of new friends you make and smiles you share. GeoWoodstock has grown each year into what is today considered the annual convention for the international geocaching community. You’ll not only meet cachers from all over the United States and the world, but you can learn about the latest in geocaching tools and technology, meet and talk to experts in seminars and training sessions, and buy or sell geocaching and other interesting products. This is a very laid back event. If you have never attended a GeoWoodstock, make plans to attend now and see what it’s all about! If you have attended before, well, you know the feeling and we’ll see you in May 2017!
GWI - Louisville, KY
GWII - Nashville, TN
GWIII - Jacksonville, FL
GWIV - Dallas, TX
GWV - Raleigh, NC
GWVI - Wheatland, CA
GWVII - Bell Buckle, TN
GWVIII - Seattle, WA
GWiX - Warren, PA
GWX - Sellersburg, IN
GWXI - Lakeland, FL
GWXII - ST. Charles, MO
GWXIII - Boonsboro, MD
GW14er - Denver, CO

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So, just a little rant: I dropped off 6 travel bugs at GeoWoodstock and 5 are supposedly still there, enjoying the event, partying like nobody's business. This has totally revised my thinking on why travel bugs seem to fall off the planet. I use to believe it was the Newbies that didn't understand or the Muggles with sticky fingers but now I'm not so sure. These people were serious Geocachers that had to have grabbed them and if they can't take care of them in a timely fashion then what hope is there for their survival in the wild. Travel bugs are a cool concept that continues to be poorly managed and executed by the players of this game. Ugh. ...

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This is a little vent about an encounter we had with someone over a purchase. Now that GeoWoodstock XV is over, and I don't feel like I have to be all touchy, feely to a jerk, I'm going to share it because this person kind of pissed us all off with his inability to accept his own bad luck. Also, I'll feel better after telling the story! YMMV.

Rick purchased 2 train tickets from us on March 28. On the afternoon of May 22, less than 5 days before the event, he notified us that he had car issues and could not attend. He wanted a refund. I was disappointed for him that he had this problem and would be unable to attend, but I explained to him that we had already paid for the train tickets. Great Smokey Mountain Railroad needed our payment 30 days in advance. Not surprising since we were booking 3 full cars and they wanted the money to lock those in for us. Afer all, we might develop car trouble and demand a refund for almost 200 tickets!
If he had purchased something else that we were offering, we probably would have accommodated him because we could sell it at or after the event, but the train was Thursday. We would have worked with him to try and find another buyer even though it was awfully late notice by then, but he didn't even suggest that.

GSMR really was great to work with (unlike the subject of this rant). But because of the large and advance purchase, the tickets were non-refundable. I explained this to Rick, but he was having nothing to do with it. So he complained to PayPal who put a hold on the transaction. We explained to PayPal all of the above and they sided with us and released the funds. Then, not to be denied, Rick filed a complaint with his credit card company. They, not unexpectedly, sided with him.

So we are out $110 because Rick had some bad luck, couldn't accept it and decided to make us pay for it. The money isn't an issue. I'm venting because this guy simply didn't get it, or didn't care. If he had purchased the tickets himself, GSMR would not have refunded him, but because we were holding the tickets that he paid for, he decided to make it our problem.

Congratulations Rick, you win. You made it our problem, what a guy. I'm not sure what you win, but I've got a prize in mind that I'd be happy to give you. 🙂

That is all, back to your regularly scheduled programs.

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So... GWXVI is really going to be at a THEME PARK next year?? I have enough of that in Central Florida. ...

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Curious to see who may have found my newest pathtag in some special caches while around the event. ...

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Just ate some of that F.R.O.G. jelly from my VIP gift. Dang, that stuff is good. ...

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