The dust has finally settled on GeoWoodstock X. I've logged the caches, TB's, geocoins and benchmarks. I've uploaded the photos. (All the while avoiding spousal wrath for not doing anything else around the house.) Along the way, I saw a good number of Houston area cachers, as well as cachers from Dallas (Dark Star) and San Antonio (Electric Water Boy) that I know. I also met quite a few cachers from across the country. In the end, they have become part of my geo-family.
I drove my car with Parkerplus who proved to be a great traveling companion. His organizational skills helped keep our finds well documented. He also had several great stories to tell along the way. My only problem was that I was a tick magnet. I attracted about seven of them, but five I felt crawling (Ugghhhhhh!) on me. Two other were not detected until that night. Our hotel in Jeffersonville was rather seedy. The area looked economically blighted and many people looked like riff-raff. Once I smelled pot smoke nearby. I saw only one other caching car there.
In the eight days of our epic trek, we found just over 150 caches of which there were about 16 puzzles, 14 Earth caches, 13 virtuals, 6 web cams, 3 letterboxes, 3 multis, 3 regular events, my first mega event and my first wherigo. I also found just over 50 benchmarks and logged well over 200 TB's & geocoins. I also had my best caching day (116) and month (374) There was even a wedding (of Crossmage to Phoenix Girl), which was a GWX first. I also had my first cache finds in seven states; Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois & Missouri. In Arkansas, P+ and I hit 100 of the 174 Americana Hwy 70 Series, thanks to a tip from Crossmage.
Thanks goes out to .Jpeg for taking the web cam photos. In two of them, Vandycam (GCMCZ0) and Every Breath You Take (GCMF4B), he took artistic license. He had us pose on several spots of the webcam and then he blended the photos together, making it look like there were multiple Culls and Parkerpluses. It looks especially funny in Every Breath as we looked like escapees from a cloning convention.
The day before and day of GWX was crazy fun. There are a lot of caches in the area just to the north of Louisville and you would drive up to a group of cachers then follow them to the next cache. It looked like something out of the movie, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World with cars and people flying everywhere. Once a child almost got left behind in the parents rush to move on to the next cache.
GeoWoodstock X was everything I expected and more. Parker insisted we get to the park early and that was a good decision. We found prime parking and it also gave us a chance to hit several caches before it got hot and the crowds to intense. We walked through the parking lot writing down numbers of auto travel bugs. We would chat with groups of cachers as we moved to nearby caches then to the different booths set up long the way. I bought seven new geocoins and the Garmin man tweaked my Oregon 450. I also sat in on a few discussions going on in, thankfully, covered areas. The lunch was surprisingly good and well organized.
The wedding of Phoenix Girl and Crossmage was fantastic. The minister started off by making several geocaching related analagies to marriage than got respectfully serious about the vows. PG's wedding dress is something I hope my daughter will choose to wear. The geo-crowd roard their approval with the kissing of the bride.
The trip home was almost just as fun. I had the honor of meeting Parker's family. We met up in Mt. Vernon, Illinois with his two daughters, their hubbies and his one year old grandson, Elijah. My only driving nightmare was trying to get to downtown Memphis. I kept missing the exit. P+ will always be able to make me laugh by making a reference to Exit 30. In Memphis we hit a couple of must finds, former Houston cacher Mustard Devil's virtual "The Grotto" and a puzzle by the infamous Chance Encounter, "Ean-8." I see where Team Troglodyte also hit The Grotto on their way home. Apparently Snoogans was also in town at that time. As mentioned earlier, P+ and I hit 100 of 174 of the Americana Hwy 70 Series in Arkansas. He drove, while I dove. We even got questioned in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas by the police officer wanting to know what we were doing.
When I finally got home, I was too tired to even thing about caching for a while.
I'm not sure if I will go to GW XI. Although I could visit Jarihend, there doesn't seem to be quite the same pizzaz as this one was. Then again...