TEXAS CHALLENGE 2016

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As long as were still at the idea stage, I'd like to throw Brazos Bend State Park into the mix.  It's arguably the best State Park in the SETX area, has a lot of geocaches already, and is about 25 minutes from the Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg.

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As long as were still at the idea stage, I'd like to throw Brazos Bend State Park into the mix.  It's arguably the best State Park in the SETX area, has a lot of geocaches already, and is about 25 minutes from the Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg.

We held the 2007 TX Challenge at Brazos Bend.  The wife and I didn't camp, so we ended up staying in a hotel in Rosenberg -- a good 45 minutes away.  I might as well just gone home to Baytown for the night.  The challenge was a lot of fun, not counting the 6" of rain we'd gotten that week that flooded large areas of the park.

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As long as were still at the idea stage, I'd like to throw Brazos Bend State Park into the mix.  It's arguably the best State Park in the SETX area, has a lot of geocaches already, and is about 25 minutes from the Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg.

We held the 2007 TX Challenge at Brazos Bend.  The wife and I didn't camp, so we ended up staying in a hotel in Rosenberg -- a good 45 minutes away.  I might as well just gone home to Baytown for the night.  The challenge was a lot of fun, not counting the 6" of rain we'd gotten that week that flooded large areas of the park.

 

 

Huh, I got that drive time from Google Maps.  I'm sure it is longer going from a specific address to all the way into the park though.  I was a noobler that didn't log finds yet back in 2007 so I didn't know it had been there before.  All of the places mentioned so far could be as great as we make it so I'm looking forward to it.

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Well, my drive time may have included a stop for breakfast.  :angel:   It certainly included waiting in line to get in the park, since there was a crush of TX Challenge participants waiting in line to pay their entry.

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I think being on the west side off of I-10 would be more convenient for most of the travelers coming from different parts of the state.  Lake Houston might be more convenient for people from Dallas but adds an extra hour for everyone else.

 

If you think Lake Houston helps Dallas Cachers then Brazos Bend helps no one.  It is an hour and a half from The Woodlands alone. 

 

Recommendations are great.  I am partial to Jones State Forest but having the challenge there may not be an ideal locale. 

 

GBP is not bad in my opinion as well as SFA since it allows for camping etc,

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SFA could be a camping spot but it couldn't hold the challenge.  It doesn't have enough trails and I doubt it has enough space for lots of people.   I am not necessarily promoting GBP, but the Boy Scouts used to be able to get permission to camp in a certain section of the park and that might be a possibility if someone talked to the right people.  

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I think it would be great to share our GBP with the rest of the geocachers.  The rules there are so unlike the state parks it will be new and exciting for all.  I think we can all agree that GBP is "special" to us and I think it would be nice to share.

 

That said, I haven't been to Jones park yet (no, really!) and i know that is also special.

 

BBSP is nice, but its dang hard to get to.  7 miles from my house and 45 minutes or more to drive there.

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OK. GBP seems to be the front runner so far. I will do some investigating into camping locations (availability) just to have the information available for an informed decision.

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GBP has some large area's with pavilions, as well as Bear Creek Park and plenty of parking and a variety of hotels/motels within 10-15 minutes!  Bear Creek has the section where they hold the annual wild game cook off.

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OK. GBP seems to be the front runner so far. I will do some investigating into camping locations (availability) just to have the information available for an informed decision.

There's a Walmart on Highway 6 :uglystupid2:

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and they allow people to park overnight - free camping!

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Bumping this one to keep it near the top. I/WE am going to start SERIOUSLY planning in a couple of weeks.....

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I washed a whole load of underwear last night.

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Since you go commando are you planning on using them in the role of bread crumbs while out caching. Puts a whole new meaning to back track!!!

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I would like to be involved in the scoring for 2016.  I just did my own scoring this weekend (only 36 score cards) and I have a new appreciation for what the TC scoring committee has to do for each challenge.   Of course, I came up with a couple of ideas to improve speed and provide complete and very quick visibility of each and every score card.

 

I'd love to talk to who has been on past scoring committees to see what has been done and how it worked.  Please PM me or direct me to a list if there is one.

 

thanks,

-Greg

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There is a guy you need to talk to, but I need to find out his name.  He was on South Texas team.  He was working on a system of data entry or something that would be able to quickly and more accurately get scores read.

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Ideas for scoring differently came from Cam McCampbell (ABNscot13) and Shelby Schmitz (SchmitzFam4).  The idea was to get more towards MOGA where there are team competition and individual competition, each suited to which kind of competitor you are.  Maybe we should look at how MOGA does it, when it is time to decide how to format the Challenge when we run it?  Or make suggestions to the board, if the board is going to come up with a TX Challenge committee that would help run the Challenge every year, to make it consistent and seamless...

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Wow, I just watched the MOGA video.. pretty cool.... 

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When we start talking about planning, make sure you guys talk to Greg about his idea for scoring.  Are we set on GBP as the location?  Is there enough parking at a specific pavilion area at GBP for the event?

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We like GBP but not for a Texas Challenge.  Just as soon as you planned an event there, the whole thing would be under water...much worse than when we had it at Brazos Bend SP. 

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Would be enjoyable to see a certain region do the TEXAS series though.  :angel:

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