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Geo Woodstock XIII

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I am still attempting to update my blog. I have the laptop open now to upload a few photos, so there is no better time then the present!  This event happened the 3rd weekend in May.

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So you may know that one of my hobbies is geocaching. People hide caches that are all shapes and sizes and get them published on http://www.geocaching.com. We then take our phones or GPSr devices and try to find them. Brian and I have a joint account and have close to 950 finds in a little over 3 years. Sean has gotten more into caching in the last year and has about 650 finds. There are things you do other than just find caches. You get to go to events and meet other people with a passion for geocaching like you! The mega event of the year is Geo Woodstock and it was held in Boonsboro, Maryland this year, so we went! It’s about 2.5 hours and we got to see a bit of West Virginia too. In fact, we went right to Harper’s Ferry, WV so we could look around and grab the West Virginia souvenir. It’s pretty neat to get state souvenirs. We have about 12 out of 50, but hope to add at least Ohio by the end of the year.

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The first cache we located in Harper’s Ferry had this scenery to enjoy! I thought of the John Denver song ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’. This must have been what he saw too!

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Signing the log.

We drove around this town on the hill a bit and found a pizza joint to have dinner in.

We then went to the meet and greet in Boonsboro. We saw a few local cachers who we knew, then we saw Joshua Johnston from Minnesota who is a energetic, fun video blogger who takes us to caches that he finds! He took a selfie (click to see) of the two of us.

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. But that is Joshua in the middle. A married dad of three with a cool. Vlog.

Sean and I are in this video…about at 33 seconds near the big satellite dish!

We stayed at a nice hotel thanks to Sean. On our way back to the event, we looked for a cache near the hotel.

We ran into more pals and went looking for a few lab caches. They we listened to a local cacher from Rehoboth Beach talk about how to do puzzle caches. We were waiting to hear West Virginia Tim who does fun gadget caches in his retirement. He is pretty funny and presents himself like Jeff Foxworthy.

We ate a light lunch which happened to be catered by the guy who owns the Brandywine Picnic Park. He is also a cacher!

We went back to West Virginia to look for a few of WVTim’s gadget caches. We found one at a rest stop and at a Chick-Fil-a one. The one at the rest stop had a whole bunch of people trying to open it. A guy who had opened it came along and helped us. We then went driving around and stopped at Antietam Battlefield. We were about to  grab a cache in the visitor center and they had just closed.

We headed home and stopped first at an Olive Garden and had a little trouble with our meal. I complained and got a discount on my meal.

Here are a few more photos.

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We posed with the geocaching mascot Signal the first night we were there.

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Sean and me posing near the direction signs.

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Wendy’s geocaching car! Everyone was signing it!

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Antietam cannons

All in all, we had a fun time seeing a new state, gorgeous scenery, a few strange people, but mostly friendly folks with the same interest. I would recommend caching to anyone! It’s a fun family activity too.

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