Another great day for another great event! Mr. Sandlanders and I spent about half an hour shoveling three inches of new snow at home this morning before he left for a wrestling tournament and I headed out on the two-hour drive to Horicon. Too cold for me to enjoy any caching today, so an early arrival got me in at the very start of today's action.
And the cachers kept coming! Couldn't talk to them all, but I managed to chat with a few. I was very sad that I didn't get my photo taken with the groundhog, but at least I got a pic of him alone, and a few more of him helping Matt of janks15 at the podium. The groundhog gave me an exclusive that there will be six more weeks of winter for those who want it and an early spring for those who don't. Either way, he predicts that cachers will enjoy being outside all over Wisconsin looking for some great caches, no matter what the season.
I enjoyed the well-done presentation on the Lonely Cache Game by the four hosts (both janks, bif, and WA), and they smoothly handled the door prizes and the awards to the LCG Top Ten players. Nice new stat explained by bif_n_sons, but for him, it really IS all about the numbers! Stayed on quite a bit to do more chatting, then walked out the door with the last fellow stragglers. Got to see some great winter landscape on the ride home as the sun set.
Having attended all five LCG events, we find each one to be different. We got involved with the WGA because of the LCG, and we got hooked on attending events after the first Lonely event in Appleton. We met some of our close geo-friends for the first time at that first event, and we continue to enjoy the LCG and the WGA... and being outdoors looking for containers in the woods and on the trails... but not in the swamps and not in subzero wind chills!
Thanks go out to the event organizers and hosts, the Horicon Marsh Educational Center, the LCG administrators, and the WGA for a great activity and a great time!