11 more days until we change the time here in most of the U.S.
What’s been happening
I have some great news – we’re ahead of schedule! Way back in July or August last year, Rob (Maingray) posted a high-level schedule of when things would be happening over the months leading up to GeoWoodstock. For March, he had the following entry
March: Crushing panic when we realize how much is left to do.
I’m pleased to announce that we entered the crushing panic phase at least 2 weeks early! Woohoo!
The Pathtag designs are finalized. There is a GWXV back that you can use on yours if you like. Better hurry, you need quite a bit of lead time to get your tags in time for the event.
Registrations from 42 states. I can understand Alaska and Hawaii, but Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah aren’t as easy to understand. Tell your friends in those states to be the first! Also, 6 Canadian Provinces and Germany represented!
Prices in the store go up on April 1, so decide what you want by then to save a buck, or several. We still plan to keep the store open as long as possible, and will give warning before taking anything off the shelves, but the clock is ticking, as we, the panic crushed, can attest.
Here is a list of the events that we are hosting and have been published. There are other events in the area that will be hosted by other people/groups, and we expect a few more before the list is complete. For an up-to-date list of all events, see out Event Schedule page. We will also have the Friday and Saturday event detailed schedules available on this page in the near future. As we get closer, more information may be posted to the individual event pages, Facebook or in future updates.
- Wednesday, May 24 – Early Bird Hopping. We’ve scheduled this event from 4-6pm on Wednesday at the Sierra Nevada brewery. We are hoping to be in and out before any large, after work crowds show up. They have a very large parking lot, but like most things, it isn’t endless. This place is huge with a very large outdoor footprint. We will be outside for the event, although you are free to go inside to eat, take a tour, go to their gift shop or just look around. They have an extensive menu (indoors only) and a limited menu outdoors. Of course, no purchase (or drinking) is necessary and there is no admission fee. There are some caches in the area, be cautious if parking along the road for one. Well behaved, leashed pet friendly outside, no pets indoors.
- Thursday, May 25 – Choo, Choo, Chew – Full Steam Ahead! This is at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) from 1-2pm. The NOC is about an hour west of the GW XV venue and about an 80 minute + drive from downtown Asheville. People who are riding the train ONLY have the option to purchase a simple lunch along with their train tickets and that will be served at the NOC stop/event. Everyone is welcome to drive out for this event. There are a few nearby places where you can purchase food and drinks. It is a pretty area and if you’re not on the train, you could ride a raft down the Nantahala River before or after the event. It’s a lot of fun and an easy float, but the water is always cold as it comes from a dam in the mountains and is released each day. Well behaved, leashed pets ok.
- Thursday, May 25 – Salvaging What’s Left of the Day – 5:30 – 7:30. This is at Salvage Station which used to be a junk pile, really. Now it’s one of Asheville’s newest venues in the historic River Arts district. Plenty of open space and right on the French Broad River. Stay as long or little as you like, there are no formally scheduled activities. Food and drinks available. We have NOT reserved the entire venue, so there will be other people to share the space with. ONLY CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS ALLOWED ON THE GROUNDS. And they mean it.
- Friday, May 26 – Lights, Camera, Asheville! – 10:00am – 11:30am This is at the Folk Art Center a little east of Asheville, we’ll be showing GIFF movies from Geocaching HQ in the auditorium. The movies will run on a loop so you can stop in and watch as much, or as little, as you want. The oldest continuously operating craft shop in the US is located here. Wander around and see some arts and crafts, enjoy the grounds, see some short videos and of course meet and mingle with other geocachers. Stay as long or little as you like, there are no formally scheduled activities. The event will end in plenty of time for you to head to downtown Asheville for the Friday Meet and Greet. No pets indoors, where the event is.
- Friday, May 26 – Heart of Asheville Friday Meet and Greet (published in December) – The traditional Friday night and greet, only this year it will go from 1-7 or 8ish pm. We’ve already talked about this one and it was published in December. Use this event as a base for exploring Asheville on foot. Many shops, restaurants, galleries and other things to see. Play our photo scavenger hunt to give a purpose to your walkabout! No pets indoors, where the event is.
- Saturday, May 27 – GW XV duh. Well behaved, leashed pets ok outdoors, but not in buildings.
- Sunday, May 28 – CITO – At Lake Julian Park on Sunday 28th May 2017 from 9am to 11am! Say goodbye to friends leaving for home, reminisce about yesterday :)..and help this park develop a nice new area!! We will be performing landscaping for the park – how about that, a CITO where you can do more than pick up trash! Thanks to OzGuff for being our local organizer and park contact!
Here are some of the activities available on Saturday at GWXV – **all items and times still subject to change**
Kid’s activities (9:30 – 11:30 AM; lunch break; 1:30 – 3:30 PM). Please do not leave children unattended.
Morning Session (9:30 – 11:30 AM)
• Bounce House
• Face Painting
• Coloring Contest
• Photo with Signal
Afternoon Session (1:30 – 3:30 PM)
• Bounce House
• Ammo Can Painting (submit passport to receive)
• Sawdust Treasure Hunt
• Coloring Contest
• Photo with Signal
9:30 – 10:30
Find Log sheet game – find the container that has a log sheet in it amongst many that don’t. You have 1 minute to look. (winners announced at 10:30)
10:30 – 11:30
Ammo can/ Bison tube toss – Accuracy, not distance is the key to winning this game (winners announced at 11:30)
1:30 – 2:30
CITO Silliness – reach into a bag of “trash” and identify the cache containers you feel (winners announced at 2:30)
Other ongoing or special activities
• Volunteer Reviewer and Lackey Forum (time TBD)
• Closest to GZ
• Bingo ice breaker game
• GeoWoodstock History quiz game
Caught in the headlights
The last person on the committee alphabetically, by geocaching name, is wimseyguy, aka Matt. This is a profile that I need to be careful with because there are a LOT of stories involving Matt, and I need to make sure my filter is on the right setting. In other words, hold the beer until after I’ve written this. Oh the pictures I could share on this topic.
Matt has been caching since 2002 so he’s old, I mean he is a seasoned cacher. He was co-chair of GeoWoodstock V in 2007 and is one of the founders of the North Carolina Geocaching Organization.
He is also our resident foodie, although we all have some of that in us, and he used to run a Café at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. As if that weren’t enough, he also ran a busy catering business. When we would go caching, he would spend a lot of time on his phone answering calls from his staff. It made it interesting when he was driving and we tried to give him turn instructions while he was trying to tell a worker where the oyster knife was. We made our share of U-turns and two-wheeled turns. If you‘re looking for restaurant supplies, stop by his garage.
I remember organizing a trip to Nashville in 2004 where our goal was to find 100 caches in a day – the first time for all of us. It was a big deal and at that time Nashville was known as Cacheville by some. Paintfiction showed us how to use technology to do that and more. For years after that, we planned our trips to death and always had at least one laptop going in the car. I’ve been with him on many other trips. 1000+ in a day in Nevada, hiking beautiful trails for just a handful, a day of only gadgets, caching from BBQ stop to BBQ stop and many more. They were all good times. He’s got a story to tell on any topic you can come up with, but sometimes he gets stuck on replay. Ingles. Inside joke.
Matt also likes to kayak on swift, cold water, don’t ask me how I know this.
One of Matt’s alter egos is his role as a volunteer reviewer for North Carolina, a job he has been doing for a long time. He knows all our tricks so don’t try to slip a guideline violation past him. But he applies the guidelines consistently and some say fairly. That endorsement cost him by the way. At the event, he will NOT be wearing his reviewer hat except during the reviewer forum. At the forum, ask him when virtuals are coming back. He loves that one.
North Carolina tidbits
It may not be Yellowstone, but you might be surprised to learn that there is a geyser not far from Asheville. Here is the Earthcache at the location – https://coord.info/GC10GTF
The French Broad River that flows through Asheville is one of only 2 rivers in the US that flow north.
That’s all for this month – hope your March is full of springy thingies! Next time we’ll talk about stuff equally riveting.
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