Saturday, March 29, 2008

My First Geocaching Event

Today I attended my first event geocache. It was the "It's been a year since our last event, event" The event was held at Bob's Murrieta Pizza and was a meet and greet type event. (You may have already guessed that Bob's is in Murrieta, California)

We got there about 10 minutes after it started so there weren't too many people there yet. The cachers that were there gave us a nice welcome and we ordered some food. You know how we goecachers are always talking about how geocaching takes us to cool places that we never knew existed? The Event was no exception. I had no clue this pizza place was here. It turns out the food is excellent. We will definitely be back to this little joint. I have to come back anyway because there are a few caches nearby that I didn't have time to grab.

The first person I spent any real time talking to was Pogz76. I knew him from reading logs and it was nice to get to talk and swap stories. It was kind of funny because he reads my blog so when I would tell a geocaching story, he had already read about it. We laughed about that and he let me discover some of his personal geocoins. He has a milestone geocoin for 500 finds.(Or you could call it a Geo-Achievement geocoin) It was really nice and is kept in a nice little jewelry box. He had some other custom geocoins that were very nice as well. You may remember from a previous post that Pogz76 was the goecacher that made his own cache out of one of the film containers I had in my cache.

As the night continued, I got to meet more geocachers and swap more stories. I would guess that there were about 20 geocachers there. There was no shortage of trash talking amongst old friends. There were Temecula valley legends and there were newbies like me along with everything in between. Snake, of Snake & Rooster was able to get my brain going the right direction and I think I may be able to solve another of their fun puzzles. (The people in the photos are; yours truly, Pogz76, Team Geo-Rangers, Troviamo, Snake and Czechboy)

I also got to log a bunch of Jeep Travel Bugs. Team Geo-Rangers has a handful that are being gathered for a top secret mission. I was able to discover 7 Jeep Travel Bugs, including my first White Jeep and my first Red Jeep. I gave him the Green Jeep Travel Bug I was holding on to so it could join the mission. I discovered 16 trackables all together.

I ended up chatting with a bunch of fun people. We were there for about two and a half hours. I didn't get to meet everyone so I hope it's not a year until the next one. The Wife was cool enough to chase after The Kids (aka The Boy and The Girl) so that I could hang out. We had some good pizza, saw some nice custom geocoins and finally put some faces with the names I see in the logs all the time. I will definitely do an event geocache again.


P.J. said...

I've been looking at an event in the western part of my state in May. Looks pretty interesting (three days!), so I've thrown the feeler out to a couple of friends. Hopefully we can make it a trip as I hear events are pretty wild.

I also heard there might be a small one around here not too long from now, so maybe I can meet some local cachers, too. Good to hear you had fun!


Tinman105 said...

"he let me discover some of his personal geocoins" I think my weird Uncle tried the same thing on me. But I didn't fall for it. We were going to go to an event like this at Monicals Pizza (remember that place?) but something came up

Sounds like a lot of fun

Jonna said...

Glad you had fun. I have not yet been to a geocaching event, but look forward to it.

go_man said...

Hey, sounds like you had a great day - good food, good people and Geocaching. What more is there?

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cosmiccowgirl said...

Good for you - your first event! My first one was GW4, the biggest one of the year in 2006, but it gave me the bug to go to more. Since then, I've been to 22, all varied in types, and am looking forward to another one tomorrow. It is a great way to meet other people and trade information.
You know you're a cacher when
-"You want to discover my bugs?"-
doesn't sound like something icky.

Webfoot said...

I've been to 8 events in 8 years of caching. Already went to one this year, so I guess I've already fulfilled my quota for 2008. LOL

Events are a great way to put names and faces together. There's a camping event in May happening up at Calico. I won't be able to go, but it looks interesting.

Scott Booker said...

Geoevents are AWESOME!!! We have been to one major one...that had about 300+ people there...and we had a ball. Those little meet and greet ones are cool too.

Glad you enjoyed yourself!!!

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