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ASP Geobash 3

Group Photo (click to enlarge)

This weekend we held our 3rd annual Allegany State Park Geobash over in the Camp 12 area of the park. Besides the rain . . . . it was a wonderful weekend seeing many new and old geocaching friends again. I also had an opportunity to reunite with an old bird banding buddy from back in the 1990’s who recently started geocaching! Maybe I can talk him into joining us banding this summer??

Little Dog Cute Dog

Puppy Dr Neals Dog

Even with our down-poring rain and thunderstorms . . . . many of the participants had journeyed into the woods to find that special geocache. The best part of this event was the large numbers of families and kids who attended the many activities we planned! Geocaching is a spectacular (fun) way of getting children to explore the great outdoors and they never know what trinket will be found next. Did I mention that dogs also love being around geocachers and wondering around looking for the cache?? Well that’s when their are not other dogs around to make the doggies misbehave!!

Giving a bunch of coins away!
ATMouse giving away some Geocoins

Looking at Geocoins
Geocachers Trading Geocoins

Many Geocoins at the Expo

Now that this event is over . . . . I can focus my time into getting the MAPS Banding stations open! I will report how our birdathon bird day went and catch up with everyone’s blogs here soon! I promise!

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14 responses

  1. We never caught on much to the geocoing craze. We have a few that we liked, but thought it was a little odd to invest in so many coins that will be like Beanie Babies in 10 years! We started caching five years ago and it has changed so much since then.

    18 May 2008 at 8:04 pm

  2. I never heard of geocaching before reading your previous post. So I checked it out and was amazed at what I read and saw. Seems like a cool event!

    18 May 2008 at 8:23 pm

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    A birding friend of mine does this hobby also. I haven’t ever tried it but it sounds like fun. You had a good turnout. I especially likes seeing the furry participants.

    18 May 2008 at 8:31 pm

  4. @ Misti – thanks and it is fun for sure! Looks like it is possible that we can get out event turned into a mega event! We were able to get over 500 to attend! It is fun though!
    @ Rondi – it is a wonderful thing but I am not that active looking for caches . . . I am always busy doing things you see on here! But, I do enjoy it from time to time!
    @ Lisa – thanks and it was a blast! The pets were fun to try and photograph!

    18 May 2008 at 8:59 pm

  5. I’ve always wanted to geocache as it sounds so fun. I don’t believe you can bury anything in any of our state parks. Instead they have stamps instead of geo coins at the destinations you are suppose to find and stamp your book. You try to fill the book with the different stamps. I hope to get a GPS one of these days.

    18 May 2008 at 10:36 pm

  6. Marg

    Cool! such a busy bee you are Tom!

    19 May 2008 at 5:24 am

  7. I’m another one who had never heard of this before living as I do in my bubble. :c) How fun! So many kids involved too!

    19 May 2008 at 6:49 am

  8. I always wanted to get into Geocaching, but the units are a bit pricy for me.

    19 May 2008 at 12:05 pm

  9. I am a big fan of geocaching. I’ve never went to an actual event but the kids and I actually do it all over this area. We have some really inventive creative souls that takes care of the caches. I always do it when we have other children with us which is often – it’s a fun, healthy good way to get into nature with the kids! (Okay and I must admit I like it too!) Thanks for posting on this I keep wanting too but always decide not too at the last minute – your blog has inspired me tho!

    20 May 2008 at 2:26 am

  10. For a long time I’ve thought that geocaching sounded like fun. Too bad it requires a (relatively) expensive piece of equipment that I really don’t have any need for. 😦

    Glad your event was a big success. Now, onward and upward to bird banding.

    20 May 2008 at 4:35 am

  11. @ Linda – they are not really buried but more hidden in spots! Yes, they do have some stamps and PA does have some passports that make it fun.
    @ Marg – I am busy and think I am starting to come down with a cold! Need a break!
    @ Jayne – very cool and it is a fun sport to do with kids!
    @ scienceguy – the unit that I use was only $100
    @ aullori – I didn’t know you were a cacher! Events are fun and we are hoping we can make this event a mega event since we had 512 people attend!
    @ Marvin – It is fun and like I said the unit that I use only cost me $100!

    20 May 2008 at 7:03 am

  12. I agree Tom, it’s pretty inexpensive now days – we paid 100 bucks for our Garmin and another hundred for the maps but that was something we wanted anyway to find out of the way backwoods spots. (New lakes, new hiking spots etc…) In our area a couple of guys geocached 26 old log cabins (neat how out of the way they were…) and we dropped scrabble tiles for each one. (based on the letter of the cabin.) These guys get really creative and inventive and it is really really fun!

    20 May 2008 at 1:54 pm

  13. Geocaching has been really popular around here as well.I would find it interesting but I’m too addicted to birding to give up my birding time.

    21 May 2008 at 9:38 pm

  14. Grace

    What a great event it turned out to be.

    22 May 2008 at 10:57 pm

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