Sunday, September 23, 2012

NGCO Fall Fling 2012

The North Carolina Geocaching Organization hosts a day long event called the Fall Fling.  This year marks their 7th year holding the event.  It was held at Camp Lapihio (pronounced Lappy-hi-ho) in W. B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh NC.

Since Raleigh is 3 hours from home, we decided to make a weekend out of it.  We drove to a hotel in nearby Cary NC Friday night, and on Saturday morning we were fresh and ready for the short trip to the park.  Along the way we picked up a dear friend who has moved to Raleigh, pioneerwoman101.

This was our first Fall Fling, so we didn't quite know what to expect.  It turned to be a day packed filled with geocaching goodness.  I'll give a breakdown of my day to give you an idea of what it is like.

The mess hall, and ground zero for the event.
9:00 AM:  Registration - pick up our meal tickets, purchased some event swag, and picked up the Geocaching Bingo sheets.  If you are not familiar, Geocaching Bingo is a sheet with a grid of 20 squares.  Each squarre as a description like "Found a 5/5 cache", "Still owns a virtual cache", "used a boat to find a cache" etc. During the day you need to find a geocacher that matches one of the descriptions.  Once you've found all 20 you hand in the sheet and qualify for a drawing for a prize.  It is a great way to encourage socialization.

9:30 AM - Signed the event log, then put my name down for some items in the silent auction.

Our geo-vehicle for the poker run.
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM -  Geocaching Poker Run. A poker run in this case is where you find a series of caches.  In each cache is a series of sealed envelopes with cards in them.  You take one card per cache, and use them to make a poker hand.  The cacher with the best hand wins.  I teamed up with 3 other cachers to do the poker run - folks I've never met before.

10:35 AM- Achievement Unlocked:  I was recognized by a cacher I have never met before by a picture of me that was shown on Geocaching World.

12:00ish - snacks.

12:30 PM - Finished my Geocaching Bingo card.  To celebrate I headed off for a hike to find the only two caches in the park (both virtuals).  Ended up being 3.5 miles. Along the way I hooked up with another group of cachers and finished the hike with them.

The cook in action.
2:30 PM - Took Zeke travel bug hunting.

3:30 PM - Dinner - oh man the food. So good. I ate my fill - twice.  Then had dessert - twice.

4:30 PM - Group photo

5:00 PM - Picked up items from the silent auction.  I got a hiking stick, a couple cache containers, a geocaching book, and a magnetic travel bug for my car.

6:00 PM - Headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.

This was my first Fall Fling, but based on how much fun I had, it won't be my last.  Really its hard not to have a great deal of fun when you are with 216 of your fellow geocachers, even if 210 of them you've never met before.

I'll leave you with a few more photos of the day, starting with a pic of Yours Truly, my wifey, and my daughter taking some down time during the day:

One of my poker run team mates on the hunt:
Outside the Camp Lapihio mess hall.


pioneerwoman101 hanging out with my daughter, watching a game of cornhole (aka bean bag toss).

"Self portrait" of the group - its hard to take a photo of a crowd of 200+ people when you are in the crowd.

The official group photo photographers:

The official group photo. You can see us on the very far right (I am in orange with a Zeke on my shoulders. My wife is in front of me in purple, holding my new hiking stick).

4 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Sounds like a fun time. Aren't geocaching parties great??

maingray said...

Excellent!

Ressie said...

Hey! Good to see you there! Nice writeup...they should appoint you Fall Fling Scribe!
97lumina

honeychile said...

Glad you had fun!