Florida was our family vacation trip: something called Disney World & Universal Studios (geocaches) was taking us from Washington state across the country for a week of warmth, a refuge from Spokane's winter grip. Geocachers usually have ulterior motives on such trips, adding as many geocaching finds in as many places as they can possibly fit in while still enjoying Mickey Mouse.

First priority was selecting how to get there, 2,807 miles, 38 hours driving without traffic, 172 hours driving while finding geocaches, I was out voted ... we're flying. While checking flights online, one must consider many important factors; cost, departure, arrival time and layovers which may facilitate the finding of geocaches near the airport. We had 2 layovers. Unfortunately they was only one hour each at Salt Lake City and Cincinnati, which had a nearby virtual cache (GCB6FD). I could only hope for a delayed flight if I wanted to pick up any of these states as finds.

The weeks that led up to the trip were filled comparing prices at the parks, where to stay and of course what caches to find. I knew a visit to the only other brick and mortar geocaching store in the nation was a given, Space Coast Geocaching  on Merritt Island, Fl near the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

As the departure date neared, there were many evenings of repeated "pocket query" searches & making "Geocaching Lists" - favorite points, olds, virts, & earth caches. As I copied and printed all the requirements for the virtual geocaches so they would be easily accessible on a few sheets of paper, it brought back the memories of geocaching with my old Garmin HCX. Ahh ... the paper days of geocaching, no description or hints in the GPS.

I had my plan laid out well. The night before departure I'd run final "Pocket queries" and set up future "Pocket queries" to run automatically thru the trip so I would simply access Geocaching.com and load them via my laptop while in Florida. My plan was perfect until a storm packing near hurricane-force winds slammed into the Inland Northwest knocking out trees and power to over 200,000 customers including us. The PQ's would have to wait until we arrived in Florida.

As we left the storm ravaged area we arrived at our first layover. No delays, but I got a window seat and took some pictures of caches that lay below outside of Salt Lake City, Maple Mountain High, (GC8106) a 1x4 2002, 12-hour hiking cache, soon after came Denver and a super view of the site for upcoming GeoWoodstock 14er - 2016 (GC5Q1ET). I was looking forward to attending this event & hadn't even completed this trip yet. Cincinnati offered no cache finding...where's a delay when you need one? I need Ohio on my geo map!

We arrived safely in Orlando and I deployed my first weapon, a Garmin Nuvi I brought from home. No extra fees from the car rental company and I did manage to previously load it with geocaches, a great tool in a new area which shows the roads and the best way to get there. My Nuvi version showed where the toll roads were so that was a bonus in this area.

Once morning came we were off to the Disney Parks. These are not only some of the best theme parks on earth but each themed world has a virtual geocache (EPCOT has 2 virtuals!) These are probably the most expensive caches I've ever found (but well worth it) as you must buy a ticket to enter, with the exception of one at a Disney resort. The Magic Kingdom cache (GC10FB) is the oldest in these parks, July 2001 with over 900 favorite points, it's the most favorite pointed cache in Florida. The other virtuals are from 2002 so it was nice to add numbers to my Jasmer challenge.

Untitled designThe next day it was more parks then I got the golden ticket, I got a free day to geocache on my own! I dropped the kids at Disney and headed to Crockett's Wilderness Adventure (GCA402), a 2002 virt that included several waypoints. I got thru security at the main gate then found WP1, however the trails were closed for remodel for the next WP. I wasn't giving up and continued searching the grounds for another way to WP2, eventually finding another trail and set off with a successful find but I had paid dearly in time finding an alternate way.

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I headed south & found a few traditional caches, including a 4.5 x 1.5 cache, Evil - Tribute to the Master of Stress (GC54MDA) - it has over 50 finds and nearly as many DNF's. Once I found GZ, I began the search, palm trees & some tropical bush bigger than a fir tree, I widened my search and got lucky by just a glimpse of something out of place, a cool 5 minutes had passed by from start to finish. I can usually find a nano in the woods but not a small or regular geocache! I headed north as I hadn't planned on the many freeways causing such havoc on getting from location to location in this area.

I was in a newer area of Orlando and most the caches were just outside gated communities. I'd park the car just out the gate and make a made dash to the cache.  I found one ammo can and that was cool.

Florida caches are surely different than the Pacific Northwest, its flatter than a pancake, there's sand, big plants and many strange bugs, I got tangled in several spider webs just waiting for a geocacher meal. I jumped around and swatted virtual creatures off me several times. Then there's the possibility of an alligator...I kind of wanted to see one and kind of didn't want to meet up with one.

After a long series of DNF's I headed east on another toll road. The closest thing to toll roads at home is a bridge 280 miles away in Seattle. I brought plenty of spare change with me and got pretty good at tossing my change into the cache (cash) tube.

I arrived at an old Orlando cemetery "Home of Very Distinguished Roots" cache GCGGT a 2003 virt. The warm Florida rain soon drizzled, then poured down to help me with my finds. There we're several other caches nearby and then another nearby 2003 virt and a few traditionals. The sun was setting and I needed to get back and call it a day.

We continued with Universal Studios where I logged another virt "Divided we fall" GC73A6, a section of the Berlin Wall, very historic and the 2nd piece of wall I've found, both having a geocache. The first was near Hope, Idaho "Fieldtrip of History" GCGRCF.

Another cache type I did pocket queries for was event caches. There were three nearby events three days before we arrived & a day after we left! It would have been fun to meet up with other cachers from around the world.  I had also brought along my magnetic travel bug & stuck it to the back of our rental car hoping another geocacher would discover us along a busy road or parking lot. None discovered us but it was still fun to display.

Soon we were heading east to the Atlantic Ocean via Hwy 528 & a series of coin tossing cache toll booths - it was almost like doing a multi cache!

Space Coast was the first stop. It was awesome seeing another geocaching store and Dale & Barbs was similar to the Cache Advance store. They had quite a collection of geo goods and hospitality to boot! After looking at everything on the shelves & walls I even found a bottle of Cache Advance wine which I suggested we pop open! It was time to discover the many trackables they had to share with visiting geocachers. There was even a collection of Pathtags on a refrigerator door that had tags from cachers back home; Kidvegas19, Chumpo, Mtngoat50 & others.
I had brought some trackables from home to exchange too. I had already taken a few of the trackables into the Disney Parks and included them in part of the trip taking photos of them (minus the TB numbers) then posted them on the trackables log page.

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I highly recommend anyone going to Florida to make sure they stop by and check out the big ammo can geocache and Dale & Barbs store which has the 2nd highest favorite points in Florida.

The warm waters of the Atlantic was our next quest & we got prime directions to a public beach complete with an earthcache "Molly Says Sand, do you dig it?" GC32Z0C. After some excavation in the sand and fulfilling the requirements I deployed my two meter parafoil stunt kite & buzzed the sky while standing in the warm ocean, pretty cool.

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Cocoa Beach provided souvenir shops then we had "Chinese picnic" at a restaurant that specialized in take-out. The food was good, well-priced and we were starving! Chinese food with paper plates and plastic silverware, it was classic!

The last days we finished up the theme parks, the virtual caches. Then up early for a morning flight taking us to Minneapolis, Minnesota another one hour layover, there was a nearby virt "Falcon" GCJAHG, however the cache was disabled as the museum was closed for the season. There were a few other close traditional geocaches however a person can't get a delayed flight when they want one! We spent the extra time on the tarmac being de-iced for the return to Spokane.

Flying across the northern states crossing cache after cache, I'd been down there via Amtrak a few years ago and cached my way to Chicago, Los Angeles and back to Spokane. Altitude decreasing, I was recognizing these mountains in Idaho - hey I'd been on the top of that one, "4x4 series, Top of the World" GC5AVX3 & gotten FTF with BruhnWa, & there was the St. Joe River and Lake Coeur d'Alene. Gear lowering, flaps down, tires screeching, were back to snowy Spokane.

It was a great trip, I found 19 caches; 9 virtuals, 1 earthcache & a handful of DNF's.

Traveling is a great way to see the hidden unique places, away from the theme parks and the crowds.

If you geocache, prepare with "Pocket query searches", make geocaching "Lists," find the types and difficulty terrain caches you enjoy, and be familiar with how your GPS or phone operates while caching, and you will have a great trip too!

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Outdoor Retailer (OR) is an amazing trade show that happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, winter and summer. Cache Advance has attended for many years, and even exhibited three times. The show is closed to the public; only qualified buyers and sellers in the Outdoor Retail industry can attend.  This is the show that folks like REI attend to buy items for their stores.

This winter Lisa (our CEO) and J.D. (our Custom Coin Project Manager) headed down to OR to attend some great retail educational sessions, and to go shopping! OR is the best place to connect with all the vendors and see all the latest and greatest in gear, clothing and gadgets in the outdoor industry.

Our main goal was to find awesome new gear for the Cache Cave, and both of our monthly subscription boxes:  Cache Crate (http://cachecrate.com) and The Outside Box (www.theoutsidebox.com). Also on the list was to attend some educational sessions and do some networking. Oh and beer, Utah actually has some nice beers (and a few good whiskeys too).

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Here is Eve back in her 'booth babe' days at some previous OR shows.

Day 1, Tuesday January 5th 2016:
Dawn broke cold, clear and very icy in Spokane as we packed up the car and made our way out of town for the 12 hour drive to SLC. We found out later that day that an airplane actually slid off the runway at the Spokane International Airport and closed the airport so we’re really glad that we drove! Plus we had our trusty 15 year old Border Collie, Eve, with us. OR is a dog friendly show and Eve has attended many times. She is the best booth babe ever. Eve is retired now so this show she’ll be chilling in the hotel room while we wander the aisles and network.

Not much else to report, it was a long and somewhat snowy drive over 4 major passes including the continental divide, and we didn’t even find any caches! We have taken this route quite a few times and found most of the caches at the good stopping points and didn’t want to dally. We arrived well after dark and settled in just north of SLC.

Day 2, Wednesday January 6th 2016:
We met up with J.D.’s sister, Rachel, and her son for breakfast. Coincidently they were travelling from Mexico to Montana (a major move!) and driving right past us today! After a fun breakfast we said out goodbyes and headed downtown to The Leonardo Museum (http://www.theleonardo.org/) for the afternoon to attend RISE: Retail Inspired Specialty Excellence (https://outdoorindustry.org/events/rise/). This event was invitation only, and we were honored to be invited! We got to connect with many other outdoor specialty retailers (think fishing, guiding, and outdoor gear stores) for an afternoon of learning.

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The highlight of the day was finding Utah GeoTour - Salt Lake - GEO AT THE LEO (GC 63R5H)! This GeoTour cache was actually inside the Leonardo Museum, and it was fun to explore and eventually find it. We found a few other nearby caches afterwards in a nice walk in the rain.

Day 3, Thursday January 7th 2016:

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Top: Honey Stinger: Met them last year too and have included their waffles in the Cache Crates. Look for more from them in the future! Bottom Right: Green Goo: Used to be Sierra Sage, but changed their name. We've included many of their products in both Cache Crates and The Outside Box. Bottom Left: UST-Great survival gear, also in both boxes.

Day 3 for us was actually Day 1 of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow. We spent most of the day in ‘The Ballroom’ where new and smaller vendors exhibit all their new wares. We also attended a few more educational sessions. One has to keep abreast of all the new trends, tech and best practices!

Dinner was at one of our favorite haunts, Squatter’s Pub and Brewery (http://www.squatters.com/). We snuck over early so we just beat the dinner crowds, and then made it back to the Salt Palace to drop in on the Industry Party that evening. On the way we made quick work of Grandma's March #3 (GC54Q3H), and then took Eve for a nice long walk (for her) around our hotel area.

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Yes, the makers of the original "Bison". Great folks that we have worked with for many years. The red and green 'Bison Balls' in December's Cache Crate was from them!

Day 4, Friday January 8th 2016:
We spent most of the day in the southern part of the main showroom at OR, and also touring the vendors in the main hallway. This included Bison Designs, the original makers of the ‘Bison’. Using Yelp we found a great Chinese restaurant, Joy Luck, for dinner. I never would have guessed it was even there, as it was rather an industrial area north of our hotel. Afterwards we managed to roll out and find a few caches, including a virtual!

Day 5, Saturday January 9th 2016:
For our final day at OR we arrived a little earlier to finish walking the main showroom. It went quicker than I had planned as much of the northern end was shoe and clothing vendors (like Keen, Sorrel, Hi-Tec, Teva, Columbia, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware) and also snow sport vendors (such as K2, The North Face, Scott, Polartec, Smartwool and Salomon) all of which we love to look at, but don’t do much business with them.

So this gave us extra time to visit with all the non-profits that also exhibit on the mezzanine level. One of our values at Cache Advance is environmental stewardship of our playground (the earth) and our community. We have been corporate partners with Leave No Trace for years, and got to visit with some of their team along with many other non-profit folks.

After finishing the entire show, we hiked down to Whiskey Street (http://www.whiskeystreet.com/) to, well, have a whiskey and beer, and an early dinner. Then it was back to our car, and a fun couple of geocaches on the hike back: Six Flags...of SLC (GC2YBN) and one of the cutest LPCs we’ve found: Golden Violin (GC1HQ6).

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We also swung through the Visitor’s Center to visit the Salt Lake City Travel Bug Hotel (there). I bought a souvenir and attached it to a newly activated Cache Crate Cachekinz (TB7G3Y7) and launched it in the TB hotel.

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Day 6, Sunday January 10th 2016:
Today was all about getting home, and trying to listen to the Seahawks game on the radio out in the middle of nowhere… We had some areas of no coverage, but we did manage to hear most of the game, including the missed field goal at the end –wow what a game! The roads were clear and the day was sunny, but we arrived home well after sunset, and cacheless for the day after DNFing the one that we tried for due to too much snow.

Now to sort through all the cool stuff we found and make connections with some great new vendors! Thanks for coming along with us to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market by reading this trip report. 2016 is off to a great start!!

Cache Advance's Custom Trackable Project Manager, J.D. Parkman gives a trip report for Geocoinfest 2015. Click to read about his trip!

Hindsight is a great thing.  In early October I wasn't all that sure about representing Cache Advance by myself at Geocoinfest 2015.  I'm pretty sure Cache Advance was even less assured ...

As Custom Trackable Project Manager for Cache Advance, my mission was to let everyone (who didn’t already) know that yes, you can create a Geocoin or CachekinzTM of your own design through Cache Advance and our Custom Design Services. Consequently I came armed with samples from recent projects as well the merchandise from our biggest (literally!) project ever – the Dutch Windmill. It is often debated if the Windmill is a coin or piece of art but one thing is for sure, it’s a custom trackable!  The limited edition created for this event was the final of 6 versions created as homage to the European Geocoinfest held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands a couple of weeks earlier. The image below from our friend Michael Baker (BakerGeckos) represents a rare thing – all six versions in the same room.

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Ashland, Nebraska -1,132 (.1 to be exact) miles from my home location turned out to be the site of some of the best times I have had caching/vending.  Really, my fun is what's important right?  Well that might not be true but the gang who put on this event thought it to be and they delivered.

The trip started Thursday, October 1st (from Spokane, WA naturally). The flight to Denver was uneventful.  I had plenty of time until my connection to Omaha so I scooted from terminal C to terminal B and found what I needed to find for the cleverly named "Denver International Airport Earthcache" (GC57BR8).  This one I heard about from my buddy Steven Donovan (SirCatNip) during his Podcacher interview (www.podcacher.com).  It was easy for him but I still have some research to do.

The flight to Omaha was uneventful, except I landed in Iowa.  Things are different in the midwest.  It was very late at this time zone when I got off the plane.  Everything in the airport was shut down including my designated car rental place or so I thought. I was able to secure the rental car with only one "what the heck do I do now?" call back home to Lisa.  This was a new record.  The car was (and I kid you not) the absolute furthest distance away from the counter that it could be.  I persevered, hiked the distance and placed my magnetic trackable on the car when I found it.

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With my trusty Galaxy S5 Sport set to navigation I was off to my awesome room at the Peter Kiewit Lodge in the Eugene Mahoney State Park! (http://outdoornebraska.gov/parks/park_pages/Mahoney_SP/)

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The first possible event for the trip was the unofficial "Calm Before The Storm" (GC633AE) breakfast meet and greet in Ashland on October 2.  However it was held way too early Friday morning for me to attend.  I did get to Ashland about 10:00 that morning to clear the vector after picking up the Dutch Windmills from the park's main building.  The first cache I tried ended up being an aborted attempt.  Someone who appeared to be living out of his pickup was parked on top of GZ.  I just scooted up the road to "Out of Bounds" (GLK3MY3Q), a nice small in the woods.  Just like that and Nebraska is on my map.

I went back to the center of town to pick up a Lab Cache set up for the weekend and met up with fellow Washingtonian and founder of the U.S. Geocoinfest (and brain child designer of the Windmill) Mark Clemens (Avroair).  We ducked into a little place called Cheri O's (http://www.cherioscoffee.com/) for some breakfast and to talk shop.  Of course in this time zone, breakfast was over so we had to eat from the lunch menu.

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After our visit I picked up the other lab cache in town and then scooted down state Highway 6 to get the 3rd lab cache, a lighthouse.  Yep, a lighthouse in Nebraska (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linoma_Beach)

 

The balance of the afternoon consisted dropping the windmills off back at my lodge room and zipping into Lincoln to pick up some bubble wrap I would need later for packing the windmills for safe transport for the customers who will be purchasing them on Saturday.  On the way I picked up the 4th lab cache called "Wildlife Safari Park" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_G._Simmons_Conservation_Park_and_Wildlife…).  While in Lincoln I went over to the house of an old friend from Spokane, Mike Church (dodgerfanmc), for a great visit.  It had been five years since I had last seen him.

On the way back I picked up the final lab cache that was not inside the Strategic Air and Space Museum - the I80 Rest Stop.  I thought that to be an odd place for a lab cache until I did it and found a nice tribute/historical plaque.  (I couldn't find a link as to the plaque but here is the rest stop - which almost shows the plaque - http://www.schemmer.com/portfolio-item/ndor-platte-river-rest-area/).  I had just enough time to take in the virtual "Holy Family Shrine" (GLK3MY4Q) before getting back to the lodge to clean up for the next event.  Full disclosure: a current Spokane area friend Robert Shepler (CDAgeogeek) lived in the Omaha/Lincoln area for a while and gave me the 'Geocacher Things To Do' list.  This was on it, LOL!

 

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The Friday night meet and greet was held in the ball room of a nearby establishment called Round The Bend Steakhouse. (http://www.roundthebendsteakhouse.com/ordereze/default.aspx)  One of their claims to fame is a "testicle festival" held every June.  I will let you do your own research on that but it was a very nice hook for this event.  Here we got our registration packages, had some drinks, talked with all sorts of friends new and old, and had some dinner.  It was crowded, it was fun, and the venue was only 85% prepared for us.  I believe my log for this event said something like "with a waitress on the dirty edge of going postal…" But in the end she did a fantastic job, and the food was great.  After the event I headed back to the lodge.  I had work to do getting all that new bubble wrap installed.

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Saturday October 3 turned out to be bright and sunny for game day.  I loaded up the car and drove the quarter mile to the venue.  That venue was the awesome Strategic Air and Space Museum (http://www.sasmuseum.com).  I was directed to the vendor parking around back where it was a mere 75 to 100 steps from Dale and Barb's Space Coast Geocaching Store booth (http://www.shop.spacecoastgeocachers.com).  Space Coast is our excellent partner/reseller that carries many Cache Advance products, and for this event, the Limited Edition Windmill. It was in this booth where I set up the Cache Advance Geocoin display.  Barb and Dale had the booth almost good to go when I got there so before you know it we were all set up and doing business with the other vendors and staff before the main gates opened.

Fun Fact: Space Coast Geocaching Store is the very first brick-and-mortar store in North America!

It was quite awesome when those main gates did open.  This place was an airplane hangar after all and those "gates" were very huge doors.  Their opening was accompanied by a very loud buzzing for safety's sake.  It was quite a crowd that came streaming through.  The people had so many choices you could see them trying to decide where to go to first while at the same time trying to look at the airplanes in the room... the giant room.

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The morning was very busy for the vendors.  People knew what they wanted and they flew to the booths that had it. (Flew - get it!)   Then they wandered by everything else to check it out.  I would razz the locals (We can see where everyone is from because it is on our name badge) on their long commute.  They didn't see the humor until they noticed where I was from!  I really wanted to explore this museum and get the 5 lab caches strewn about the building.  About 11:00  Dale and Barb encouraged me to go explore. (Because they are gracious people and not because I was making their sales suffer….I hope…)

The Air and Space Museum was great.  It took me 23 minutes to wander from our hangar A, through the lobby, and to the back side of hangar B.  I was taking video the whole time with our Garmin Virb Elite.  It was so fascinating to me that I lost track of time and missed Jon Stanley's (Moun10Bike) talk on Geocoins.  Yeah... his claim to fame is inventing the Geocoin but I gotta tell you - there were cool planes everywhere!

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I was able to find the speaking venue almost in time to not be late for Chris Mackey's (fox-and-the-hound) talk on the creation of the event coin for this year.  I was awestruck last year in Houston (not knowing what to expect) as he explained how every little detail of the coin represented something.  That event coin instantly became the favorite of my collection.  I was ready for more of the same with this year’s awesome set sporting magnet technology, the two versions of the base (for the more basic registration package - which is me all the way!  There are three bases if I am correct) and all the airplanes I get to attach to them.  I wasn't disappointed, the event coin this year has tied the coin from Geocoinfest last year as a favorite in my collection for the exact same reason - every detail is important to the essence of the coin.

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My phone notified me that my old Spokane friend was on the grounds.  Too cool!  After touring the museum for a bit, Mike and I zipped to Ashland for some late afternoon lunch.

 

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Mike, being a semi newbie cacher, explained to me how he has a hard time actually finding caches.  After lunch I navigated him to a nearby hide.  After 20 minutes we found everything but the cache.  We gave up and headed back to finish up at the venue.  In the weeks that followed I had a chance to do some research and have been able to verify that my friend Mike suffers from Occultum Visibilium Dysmorphia.  It is a rare affectation (1 in every 500,000 Geocachers - so basically around 12 people in all the world and he's one) that unknowingly projects a force field/invisibility cloak up the geocache being sought rendering it unfindable by the afflicted cacher or anyone in their party.  Poor guy. Hope it clears up for him soon. At least he was able to find Signal and some Moun10Bike coins (thanks Joe McCoskey (JoeFriday)!) at the event.

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The coolest thing for me at this event was to hook up with some friends who finished our Spokane History Geotour. (https://www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/spokane) Turns out, we didn't take their picture at the finish (like we have done for everybody else).  Well, Ryan Semmels (Semmels123) and Lynn Worley Litherland (LadyCache) happened to have their Geotour coin with them so we took advantage and had some fun.  This is what amazes me about this community - Spokane, Omaha, Boonsboro, Carnation, Rome, Houston, or Warren - doesn't matter, we are friends wherever we may be.

 

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Geocoinfest 2015 came to a close right on time.  Attendees filed out leaving vendors to pack up.  I had very few things to pack as most of the windmills sold.  I got it all into one box which was going with Barb and Dale anyway.  But even then, they had their booth all but packed in the same time and they had much more table space to cover!  They have it down to such a science that even though I felt bad I didn't contribute more I had a feeling if I had I would've only slowed them up.

From there it was off to the sports pub in Omaha for the Geocoinfest Poker Tournament (GC5QPNH).  That event got started late because of a college football game on the big screens.  I'm no detective but I could soon tell the crowd was pulling for the Nebraska Corn Something-or-others.  We got started as soon as the game ended and the sports fans departed.  My goal this year was to finish better than my 14th place showing last year.  Just like last year though, I had no clue what I was doing.  And just like last year those at the table who were knowledgeable were willing to help.  My strategy of fold early and fold often proved worthy as I muddled through to a 12th place finish.  Mission accomplished!  Sometime during all this hubbub a birthday cake (and required singing of the song) happened for Jason Judt (Geojudt), a Geocoinfest 2015 Committee member.  Not too shabby.  Once I was out of the tourney I said my goodbyes to the remaining attendees and headed with Mike deeper into (and the more sketchier part of I assume but it was dark) Omaha to a billiard hall to play some games and catch up.  Got back to my lodge room around midnight.  A great day indeed.

Sunday morning found me checked out of the lodge and back in Omaha for the Farewell Breakfast (GC5QPPC).  Yet another chance to visit with friends from what seemed like everywhere.  Soon enough a small band of us had figured out that we all had time on our hands until we needed to hit the road or be at the airport.  With that Marlin01, Avroair, Joengps, and yours truly KidVegas19 hunted some virtuals, a challenge cache, and some Earth Caches.  My favorites were "Road to Recovery" (GC8146 virt), "Social Butterfly" (GC4ZW13 Mystery/Challenge), and "Heron Haven Wetland" (GC2DFPX Earth).

Soon it was Avroair and myself catching some more of his most favorite kinds of finds - Earthcaches, virts,  and Web Cams.  We somehow worked our way from Heron Haven to Creighton University to capture our image on our phones from the GCP9FF "Creighton Web Cam" web cam.

 

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We then went down to the riverside for an Octoberfest style lunch (http://storzbrewing.com/oktoberfest/) and a virt (GCCA9B "L & C Landing").  Avroair picked up another Earthcache (GC1XHG1 "Missouri River of Hope and Change Earthcache" because he's good at that kind of stuff).  Mark's flight was earlier than mine so after we said our goodbyes I went over to Council Bluffs to grab some super-favorited hides GC1DTXV "Cuckoo" and GC3P29E "Here they be pirates".  Then it was off to the airport.

The flight from Omaha to Las Vegas was eventful, sorta.  I was looking forward to the 2 hour layover in Vegas (being KidVegas19 it is mandatory that I look forward to Vegas layovers…) but the 'check engine' light came on as the plane pushed away from the gate.  It took about an hour and a half before they figured out how to put a piece of electrical tape over the light.  This left me enough time when I landed in Vegas to dash from the landing gate to the designated boarding gate.  The flight home to Spokane was indeed, uneventful.

 

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It was good to be home, but it was great to attend Geocoinfest 2015.

 

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European Geocoinfest 2016: http://coord.info/GC60A2F

US Geocoinfest 2016:  http://coord.info/GC631BQ

 

JD Parkman is the Custom Trackable Project Manager for Cache Advance.