Texas Challenge XI: A Taste of Southern Hospitality

adela and de
Adela (left) and Texas Geocaching Association President, De

Editor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are joining geocachers at Mega-Events around the world to celebrate and share the adventure of geocaching. Adela Bahtijaragic, a.k.a. DellaBell, attended Texas Challenge XI (GCW8GT) in Port Aransas, Texas, USA in April. Adela has been on Geocaching HQ’s marketing team since 2012. This is Adela’s account of her trip.

By Adela Bahtijaragic, a.k.a. DellaBell

They say that half the geocaching journey is getting there. This much was true when I traveled to Port Aransas, Texas – home to Texas Challenge XI. Located deep in the heart of Texas, “Port A” was the place to be during the weekend of April 5. Geocachers in the great state of Texas, and beyond, gathered to celebrate what they love – geocaching.

Over the course of 11 years, the challenge has grown into a fun-filled weekend comprised of activities for people who wish to compete in the contest or those simply looking to socialize and geocache around town. With plenty to see and do, I was lucky enough to have had my very own tour guide for the day. I got to hang out with the 2011 – 2013 Texas Geocaching Association (TXGA) President, De (of Team-DnD), who went above and beyond to make this an unforgettable day for me.

Human log book
Human log book

De and I spent the day exploring the city, the beach, and local geocaches. She introduced me to members of the TXGA, seasoned and new geocachers, and a number of geocachers who attended from places as far away as Australia (firesafe). Of course, I took part in some of the creative Mega-Event challenges, including a joust with a knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Adela and knight square off
Adela and knight square off

A bonfire gathering at the beach (GC454VH), which included a jalapeno eating contest, potluck, and limbo was the perfect way to end a busy day. We quickly figured out that the lack of a logbook was no problem. Thanks to Travis (SKnight579) and his Hawaiian shirt, turned geocaching “logbook,” we had a conversation piece and possibly even a new tradition for future after-challenge-events.

I felt welcome and a part of a community I had never celebrated with before. The weekend of April 5 was only my very first trip to Texas, but also my very first Mega-Event. I could not have asked for a better group of people to embrace geocaching with. Their hospitality and love for geocaching goes beyond everything I expected.

TXCXI Group Photo
Texas Challenge XI Group Photo



  • Big jeffy

    I read that ground speak would be in attendance this year, but while I was there, I thought they changed their mind and didn’t show. I was looking forward to what groundspeak would bring to our mega, but they weren’t visible at all, at least to non competitors 🙁 sorry I missed you.

  • TDK Racing

    So sorry I missed it but nice to see so many people I know there. Love the pic!
    TDK Racing

  • JJ

    It was a very memorable challenge for us. The caches were awesome like the Black Knight and the catapult. Also heard about a remote controlled cache as well. It was a Blast by any standards. The city of Port Aransas really rolled out the red carpet for us. Didn’t see the lacky on the trail, but bumped into her just about every where else. Had a nice visit and picked up a couple Lacky Tags. As with any event in Texas it was good to meet some new cachers and some familiar ones. Can’t wait till the next one.

  • Howdy!
    Eric, you need to come to the 2014 Tx Challenge so you can report that it happens in TEXAS, not Illinois! JK!
    Great fun all around and Adela did a GREAT job representing GS!
    Congratulations to all the volunteers involved in putting this together!!!!!!!!!!!!!