BY POPULAR DEMAND, WE RETURNED TO THE SHORES OF LAKE ZOAR FOR THIS TWO-DAY EVENT IN WESTERN CONNECTICUT.
OUT OF AREA AND OUT OF STATE CACHERS WERE WELCOMED !
Located in Kettletown State Park, this event is sure to be the biggest ever seen in this area. Bring your canoe or kayak and search for water caches or cross the river and search for caches in Paugussett State Park. We will also be setting caches in nearby Southford Falls State Park, just up the road.
Click here to see the map of the sites compiled by team Clan Delaney
There are several ways to get there for you locals. But for out-of-towners, I would suggest getting of Rt. 84 at Exit 15, follow the brown, then the green signs to Kettletown State Park (Kettletown Rd.) to Georges Hill Road (N.41°26.781 W.73°11.324). Follow road to park entrance (N.41°25.817 W.73°12.079).
AS ALWAYS, WE STRIVE TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER...AND WE DID.
JUNE 9-10, 2007
NEW GAMES, NEW EVENTS, GREAT CAMPING, GREAT LOCATION, CANOEING AND RAPPELLING
NEW THIS YEAR !
NO PRAKING FEES for day trippers. Print "Entry Pass" and present it at the gate for free entry.
SPECIAL EVENT RATE FOR CHILDREN 12 and under: $3
MASSIVE BREAKFAST served by Planet and CT A-Team in their campsites on Saturday Morning (Site #7 and #10)
TEAM SIGN CONTEST. Team pride was shown by some awesome signs at the campsites, some with tiki torches, some with electric lights, but all showing great creativity. Hopefully this contest will get bigger and more creative next year. Awards given for
FIRST PLACE: Cubmasterp44
THIRD PLACE:Mredden / Moose-r-us
BIG CAMPFIRE SAT. NIGHT. We gathered by the water's edge and listened to music by Broken Promise, Unplugged while the kids sat around the fire making and eating smoors. And perhaps the highlight of the evening between some skits with the kids, was Planet's self written solo. We were in stitches. And she is quite a singer too.
SPECIAL RADIO CACHE set by Zurcher brought a new dimension to Geocaching.
TEMPORARY THEME CACHES by Bigrock95
Kookaburra Climb and Walabee Walkabout.
All finders were entered in a raffle drwaing for gift certificates to a local restaurants.
RAPPELLING CACHE set by RJFerret
RAFFLE - GARMIN GPSMAP60CSx was won by Grapegroger,while MtnBiker Kev picked up the GMRS 5 watt radios.
and lots of WATER CACHES !
EDITORIAL: After sitting at the registration table for a while signing people in, I looked up to see if things were getting under way....and to my great pleasure I saw a Jamboree going on. Grills were being fired up, tables were being filled with food, travel bugs were piling up and being distributed, and forms were being handed out and fees collected while I did nothing but write down names, and all this under the cover of our giant circus tent which was procured by Juliebeans. The morning shower passed quickly leaving us a great day for caching and socializing.
Without a doubt the success of this event must be attributed to the outstanding performance of the committees that ran it. And even that could not have been accomplished without the number of volunteers who stepped up to the bat to help out. From help at the registration and travel bug tables, to cooking and clean up help, to donations to the raffle, to some awesome caches being set for the event it was a group effort and, in my opinion, an outstanding performance by all.
I saw only two areas that need some work for next time: The rangers had to ask us several times to leash all dogs and to move cars off the road. Let's face it, we are getting bigger and bigger and we need to find a better way to manage the cars. Perhaps folks could drop off their items and then carpool to the lot at the top of the hill to the beach. Does anyone have a golf cart? We could make it a loggable travel bug... you would have to ride in it to the remote parking area or the campsites in order to log it. We might also want to consider a Coin Table as a separate entity from the Travel Bug table. Another great help would be a Raffle committee. I need someone with some pull and knowledge of how to procure donations from local or large companies of such items as GPS, radios and camping gear. I have not had much luck with that.
Anyway, as you can see, I am already planning for next year as I have seen by the logs that many of you want to know the date right now so you can get a camp site. Next year I would like to see us book the entire park. Now that would be an accomplishment! I will do what I can to get an early start.
Keep posting those pictures...they will be up on the poster boards next year. And if anyone wants more trackable coins please email me. I would like to get them out to attendees before I put them on the forums.
To sum up....
TOTAL TEAMS ATTENDED = 127
TOTAL PEOPLE ATTENDED = 222
OUR OUTSTANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN
Kids Games Committee: 1NatureGirl headeed up the games committee and Willie The Wolf set the Kids Cache
Travel Bug Committee:Katydid & Miles Stone
Sign Contest Committee:GeoCyphers
Musical entertainment: CTTrampers