Monday, 31 October 2011

AnnieMaroo's "Halloween Fun" Event

Wow what a busy month of events.  But finally Halloween is here and one last event was on the list. 
AnnieMaroo was holding one of her great Halloween event again this year, and this time it was out in the field.  When Just Leafy and I arrived we started the trek down the long driveway alight with pumpkins.  And once we got within sight of the party we were greeted by a blazing bonfire and the boom of fireworks. 

As usual it was great to see everyone there.  And a big thanks to AnnieMaroo for giving us cachers a fun safe place to hang out on Halloween!!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Paulboy's "The Day Before Halloween Event"

We headed up to Ladysmith on October 30th, 2011 for the "Day Before Halloween Event" being held by my geobuddy Paulboy.  I have to say this man's events are starting to become known as legendary. 

It was a fantastic event with training caches for new cachers, tons of food and snacks, and prizes prizes prizes galore.  I even won a new mug from Subway, cheesy but I love it!!
Was really nice to see so many new cachers there, especially the ones that came and started caching for the very first time ever.  Was also a treat to see the familiar faces as well, and to catch up with those that attended the Geomonster Ball last weekend. 

Big thanks to Paulboy and his team of volunteers for the great day!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

The Geomonster Ball

Well the Geomonster Ball has been and gone, but what a fantastic time it was.  When we first learned of the event back in July or so from the Cache-Keteers when we ran into them on the ferries, we felt this was something we wanted to be apart of.  It took me a month to register for the event, but once it was done Just Leafy was ecstatic. 

The event itself was split into three parts for the day.  The first part was a meet-n-greet at Bender Fields in Lynden Washington, 6-7hrs of caching in the area (over 100 new caches were published for the event), and an evening costume event at the Lynden Museum.

Finally the day to leave arrived (October 21st) and we caught the ferries (meeting up with The Cache-Keteers - Porchlizard, Soobax-mom, Sheesh and Diraduck) and sailed to the Mainland.  Once over, we met up and grabbed a few caches really quick in the general area.  But Just Leafy and I had to move on to meet up with my Aunt and Grandma in Langley for lunch before crossing the border.  I was very glad to have made this stop over, because I don't get to see my family over here too often.  But too quickly the time came to cross the border and get to the hotel so we could rest up for the night before the big day.  And so away we went.

Our spirits were starting to get a bit crushed though, as every cacher always hopes to have nice or decent weather when they head out.  But all day and all night it just poured rain.  And when I woke up in the morning of October 22nd and looked out the window, I sighed and just knew this was going to be a super wet day.

We headed to the meet-n-greet and signed in to the event, and dashed for the cover of the nearby building where the event was in full swing.  Cachers from all over were huddled in there talking and looking at each others trackables, all the while staying warm by nursing cups of coffee or coco.  
All seemed reluctant to head out into the downpour.  But to our amazement suddenly the sky cleared up, and that changed the mood instantly.  We all rushed out to the cars and started caching right away.  And the weather held like that from 10:30am to about 3:00pm.  And while we were out with The Cache-Keteers and few others got a 40 cache day done.  This marking the highest number of caches we have gotten in one day.

 But once we all started to get soaking wet at the end of the day, Just Leafy and I decided to head back to the hotel to warm up and get ready for the evening portion of the event. 

We arrived at the museum  and felt like we were transported back in time.  This is one very cool place.  There were some many cachers here too, all dressed in their awesome costumes.  There was even one couple dressed up as a cache and log sheet, and another couple dressed as the icons for Virtual and Mystery caches.  We met so many great people, and got to see some old friends too.  And we also completed the scavenger hunt for pieces of  the coordinates for a bonus cache.  But sadly the event came to an end too soon, and it was time to head back once more to the Hotel.

A really big thanks to Half-Canadian and her awesome team of volunteers.  The event was a super success!
And congrats on it making it to Mega status too!!!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Thanksgiving and a Krytikal day in Duncan.

On October 10th, 2011 it was Thanksgiving.  And on this particular Thanksgiving Just Leafy, her brother and myself went up to Nanaimo to have dinner with their parents.  Of course being such a geonut as I am, I convinced Leafy that we should at least grab one cache while in town.  She didn't put up a fuss, so when we went to the Save on Foods at Terminal Park Mall we went out and made a very quick find of "GC207Q1 - Terminal Park Nano by Mr. Wilson & a Mt. Goat"  in the torrential down pour.  We had a fantastic feast, and with full bellies decided to try just one more cache.  Sadly that one was a DNF for us, but really we didn't mind.

As the night came and went, and October 11th arrived, we got ready in the morning and headed to Duncan to visit with my best friend and his wife.  He had just recently got into geocaching and had the geoname of Krytikal, and we decided to do a few on the path that runs behind his home.
He was a natural at this really, as he made several of the finds throughout our walk.
Even though it was raining the whole day, it was one of those famous BC light sprinkle rains with sunshine.

I we did six in total, and got to see some very neat little places at each of the hides.  We even made a new little friend with a tree frog at the last cache of the day, Leafy named him Kermit lol.
Nothing beats getting out with the one you love and your best friend and having a great time finding Tupperware in the woods!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The GO! Team and Paulboy Terrorize Sidney and Lands End.

On October 1st, 2011 we The GO! Team and Paulboy of Ladysmith teamed up for a fun (chilly) afternoon geocaching in Lands End and Sidney area.
While the numbers were low for Just Leafy and I on this particular day/afternoon, Paulboy's numbers were much higher since he had been at it since early that morning (I had an appointment that prevented our participation until the afternoon).

Since Leafy had just finished a 12hr 7pm to 7am night shift at the hospital, she was just exhausted.  We felt super bad dragging the poor girl around.  But she really tried to give it her all.  But eventually hunger struck her bad, so we headed into Sidney so she could get some Subway.  While there we recognized Pol Plastino the radio personality from The Zone 91.3.  He is such an awesome guy, and he knew what geocaching was and wanted to learn more.  He even asked if I had a blog that I did about it, and well would know... I did.  So he asked for the web address which of course I gave to him (not right away, emailed it to him after I got the blog with him in it written).  Pol even gave me his Zone pin that he was wearing to put in a cache, which I did drop in "GC2EG93 - Marina Multi by Hither&Yon".  So all you Zoners out there that are Pol Plastino fans, if you want a zone pin that he wore that's where you will find it.

After that we did just a few more caches, and called it a day.  

Anyway we had a great time as usual.  You just can't not have a great day with Paulboy in the picture, every moment is too funny to not be enjoyed.

Big thanks to Pol Plastino for the Zone pin, and for excepting us for a fun conversation.

Spiders and Bats and Geomonster Ball... Oh my!!

Hey everyone.  Wow it's October already!  The leaves are beginning to turn and fall, the air is getting a bit cooler, and autumn rain is starting to interfere with caching plans.  But did you also know the Geomonster Ball is around the corner too!!  That's right, this event in Lynden Washington is happening in less than one month.  Be sure to register your attendance at both the Event Listing and at the Geomonster Ball Official Web Page .

We hope to see you all there.