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.|
9:30 AM - Signed the event log, then put my name down for some items in the silent auction.
|Our geo-vehicle for the poker run.|
10:35 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.|
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:
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).