A Sea of Orange
The theme this year was “Cache Hunters,” inspired by previous year cachers finding a fawn hiding in the grass near Camp Allegany. A deer was chosen as mascot, a big target was used as the Event Log, and the orange event t-shirts made the group picture and event grounds a veritable sea of orange. 769 attendees enjoyed our first rain-free GeoBash.
It all began Friday night with the Welcome Flash Mob event hosted by The Stepping Stones in Bradford, PA, which was followed by a bonfire “Meet & Greet” sponsored by Allegheny Rangers. There was a great turnout, lots of food, and plenty of happy winners in the prize drawings.
Saturday arrived with beautiful weather. Once again we provided free wifi on the grounds but smart phone usage seemed to make it less necessary, there being a wifi hot spot now at the administration building. A geocoin expo brought out tables full of shinies, and people had lots of fun trading coins or winning the numerous geocoin door prizes. The Geobash raffle drew in a lot of hopeful winners and gave away tables full of wonderful donated items. Once again, an Ammo Can Toss, Geogolf, Geobingo, and a piñata for the geokids were some of the games that entertained throughout the day. Hot Diggity Dog provided food for the busy, happy geocachers.
We were honored to have Groundspeak Lackey Moun10bike return to ASP from headquarters in Seattle, WA. There were plenty of informational seminars, including “Whereigo?,” “Night Caching 101,” “Save our Streams,” and “Animals of ASP.” Park Naturalist Tom LeBlanc (mon@rch) gave a presentation on an ongoing turtle study in the Park with Franklin, a real life turtle that had a radio transmitter attached. Finding Franklin was one of our experimental new puzzle caches, the other being a challange cache called “Take Your Picture with Bambi,” in honor of our “Cache Hunters” theme. As the day wound down a group of eager night cachers gathered once again at the welcome center in Camp Allegany to gain access to the coordinates of the ASP night caches, always an event favorite.
Sunday started out with pancake breakfast, cooked & served by the ASPGB committee. This was followed by a CITO event hosted by PaRacers to clean up ASP and try to leave it cleaner than it was before we came. We appreciate the participants and so do our hosts at ASP.
Thanks are due to the sponsors, presenters, Mount10bike, ASP, ASPGB committee, and the many volunteers that continue to make this event fun for everybody!
ASPGB VII ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE
Chairman – Bullseyeshooter
Treasurer – Brownout
Community Relations – Starwatcher60
Store – Suttymonks
Food – Topher
Facilities – Bigdaddy78
Webmasters – PaRacerKim & Sapsaj
Donations/Raffles – Heartzap
Welcome Center – PaRacerJoy
Activities – Stepping Stones