Ramblings from the Core – Nov 2016

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So, October is in the books, we’re all crashing from the Halloween sugar rush, the leaves are piling up, the leaf blower is on the fritz, and it’s getting dark too early to cache after work. I actually love fall. It’s my favorite season of the year for a lot of reasons, but I do wish it could stay light longer. Or maybe our employers could be nice and allow us to work only half days for full pay in the fall and winter. Dream on. And what a dramatic ending to the World Series that was!

Hurricane Matthew left many parts of eastern and central North Carolina devastated and recovery will take a very long time for some areas. Waynesville is on the other end of the state, so no impact there, but please send good thoughts and/or prayers to all the people whose lives have been so thoroughly disrupted.

Here are some of the things that happened and progress we made while you were watching political ads in October.
On the 15th, we put the pre-event t-shirt on sale. Better late than never! They have been ordered and once we receive them (mid-November), we’ll begin shipping shirts to you. The fashion conscious out there are ordering away. I’m not at all a fashionista, but I can’t wait to wear mine to geocaching events and around town. It will join at least 3 dozen other geocaching t-shirts I have. I don’t have a t-shirt problem, I just don’t have enough places to keep them. Let us know how many geocaching themed t-shirts you own. We also announced a contest involving this shirt. Post a photo of yourself in the GeoWoodstock XV Facebook group, tagged with #gw15Tshirt , wearing this advance T shirt at any geocaching event for an entry into a chance to win a $50 gas card. One photo / one entry / person. In addition, the one that invokes the biggest laughs (as decided by the GW15 core committee 🙂 can also win a $50 gas card.

Also on the 15th (it must have been a slack day at work) we sent out invitations to known vendors for vendor booth and sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Penguincacher if you did not receive the email. Details are also on our Sponsors & Vendors page. We think we have a very good area for you to display your merchandise. It is close to the main buildings, has cover and electricity and there will be convenient parking for vendors with easy access to unload/load.

We’re still working on the design of the event coins. It’s been a very slow process, but soon we will send out a request for quotes to coin vendors. If you’re a coin vendor that is interested in sending in a quote and don’t hear from us by mid-November, please let us know and we’ll get one to you ASAP. We think you’ll really like the coins. GW is like a box of chocolates, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
Registration packages are finalized so we’re about ready for that to open in January. The prices for registration and other merchandise will be increased in April, so if you are sure you’ll be coming to GWXV in May, register and order merchandise before then to save a buck. This year, there will be a VIP Couple option for those interested. More detailed information on registration in the December update. Also, meal tickets will not be included in any registration package. Instead, just select meal ticket from the store and set the quantity to your desired number. Presumably quantities greater than 1 are for your family or friends, but who are we to judge if you want 2 or more for yourself. We’re accepting of all eating styles.

Activities – we’ve got great people in charge of kids and adult activities/games so expect some nice options for both. For the kids activities, remember we are not babysitters, so if you have very young children that require constant monitoring, you will be providing that monitoring. Older kids should do fine on their own, but again, we are not responsible for their activities or whereabouts. We have decided to make most of the arena space the kids area. It is a dirt arena, so they could certainly get dusty and dirty, but there are some paved and mulched areas too, as well as bleachers that seat a few thousand people.

For adults, we’ve got some games including the usual geobingo, as well as ideas for some fun games. If you plan to hang out at the fairgrounds for several hours, one or more of the games might be an option to keep things varied for you and/or your kids.
More on adult and kids activities in a future update.

Caught in the headlights

This month, we shine the high beams on Maingray. A random question pops into my head after typing that, who remembers pushing the button on the floor of the car to change from low to high beams and back again? If you do, I’m not saying you’re old, but you know it’s true because you probably also get lots of mail from AARP.
Rob is from the UK, specifically southeast London. He has hidden from Interpol lived in the US in North Carolina for 17 years now. He works at a well known local University’s Burn Center, although we think his definition of ‘work’ isn’t quite the same as ours as he seems to be anywhere but at the office during regular office hours most of the time. Usually posting pictures of his jeep at a cache location far from campus. I hope they aren’t reading this…

Rob is also a volunteer reviewer for North Carolina and goes by the name Dogwood_Reviewer. He said it was ok to reveal that, which isn’t nearly as fun as outing him would have been.
A past president of NCGO, he is now on the Board and gives a lot of time and effort to planning and running our events, working with land managers around North Carolina and many other things.

He is locally notorious for having wardrobe malfunctions and has been seen using duct tape and bungee cords to hold his clothes together. We’ll try to get him to wear some sturdier stuff next May in the spirit of a family friendly GW. We also believe that he single-handedly caused REI to change their return policy on electronics, specifically, GPS units. He has exchanged more GPS devices than most people have ever owned.

North Carolina trivia tidbits

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. Ask wimseyguy and maybe he’ll give you a brochure if he has any left.
Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the highest peak east of the Mississippi and is only about a 90 minute drive from the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
Waynesville’s population from the 2010 Census is 9,869, but will be significantly higher on 27 May 2017.
The average high temperature in Waynesville on May 27 is 76° and the average low is 49°
Venomous snakes in NC that you might encounter in the mountains include rattlesnakes and copperheads. There are other varieties, but they are mostly in the eastern/southern portions of the state. Of course we have plenty of ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, poison ivy, poison oak and other fun things to avoid. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be acquired here and Deet is your best weapon against them.

That’s all for this month – have a great November and enjoy the turkey!

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