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MnGCA Fall Event/Elections: Afton State Park

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Hidden : Saturday, October 17, 2009
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Welcome to the 2009 MnGCA Fall Event!


The Fall 2009 Event Committee has been working very hard to bring you the MnGCA 2009 Fall Event and Elections. Meet some awesome cachers, find temp caches a slightly different way, and vote for the 2009-10 MnGCA Board!!

Who: This event is open to anyone who geocaches, thinks about geocaching, wishes they could geocache more often, and those who would like to learn!
What: An all-day socializing and geocaching event with an MnGCA meeting and election immediately after lunch.
When: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Where: Afton State Park, located about twenty minutes southeast of the Cities. Click here for the Afton State Park webpage and here for a Summer Trail Map. "Trails traverse remnant and restored prairies, wind down deep ravines and rise up to the grassy ridge tops and bluffs overlooking the scenic St. Croix River."
How Much: If you have an annual state park pass, nothing. If not, we'll do our best to negotiate a $3 daily group rate with the folks at the Afton State Park.
Why: Because events are fun and elections are necessary!!

Here are the activities we're planning for the day:
Choose Your Own Adventure Multi
Three coordinates will be published in the brochure. When you find the cache (at the set of coordinates you chose), inside that cache will be two additional coordinates. If the container is big enough, there will be swag as well (this might keep the kids interested in continuing). Enter the coordinates of your choice and hike on. Be sure to note where you've been so you don't double back!

We will also have all the coordinates available in a GPX file if you're not interested in finding the temps as a Multi; just let us know that you want them in a "traditional" fashion.

New This Year: The Twin Cities Geocaching Podcast!
We have asked Sir_ZMan to host a LIVE podcast at the event! See http://www.tcgcpc.com/ to play the latest podcast, listen to archived episodes and see some featured upcoming events!
Kid-Friendly Caches and Activities
We have asked some of our volunteers to hide kid-friendly caches and are asking anyone attending to folks to bring games and non-caching activities to play when they aren't on the trail. Finally, while we can't entertain your children during the meeting and elections, we will be putting together a gift bag of items that might help occupy your children. The swag bags will be for ages 1-6 and ages 7-12; when posting your "will attend" log, please let us know the ages of the children attending so we can ensure that everyone gets a bag.
Geocaching 101 booth
We're organizing a Geocaching 101 booth for those folks who are new to geocaching. We will have loaner GPS units on hand to lend out! This year, we'd like to assign designated "buddies" to help them use their GPS and find some of the caches. If you're willing to be a Companion Cacher, please let us know so we can pair you up with a newbie at the event.
Creative Cache Container Making Contest
Camo a container (or bring in a formerly-placed container) and submit it to win a prize! The cache needs to be constructed in such a way that it could actually be placed in the wild. Include a log book and write the cache name on it. We will assign you a number when you register so the submissions are anonymous. The "most creative" prize will be awarded during the "Awards and Door Prizes" time.

Camping:
We're renting the group camp site (as there are no individual sites). If you would like to camp at the event, the cost will be $10/site. I will be in contact with Afton about how many tents and cars we can have. Please contact meralgia for more details and for payment information.

Schedule of Events
9:30 10:00 Meet and greet; sign the log, get your nametag, get the brochure
10:00 2:00 "Choose Your Own Adventure Multi". Start at one of three sets of coordinates and choose which way you'll proceed from there.
1:00 2:00 Pot Luck Lunch The MnGCA will supply the main course. Please post what you're able to bring to the pot luck in your "will attend" log, and we'll update the list below. If possible, please bring a salad and/or "main dish"; chips and dip do not make for a nutritious meal.
2:00 3:30 MnGCA Membership Meeting and Elections. Awards, Door Prizes and Announcements will happen immediately after the meeting.

Foods being brought (so far):
Breakfast Items:
MrRogersNghbor: donuts (four dozen)
Salads/Starters:
Jaysailor: pasta salad
n758zc and BleachRS: salads and sourdough
BB aka "L" and NYSandy23: pasta salad
Pear Head: chips?
Tri-Chick and Team Dogs: fruit salad
RCHS: German potato salad
Main Course:
butcherandswimmer will cook the sausages!
Fall Committee Members: buns for the brats/dogs, katsup, mustard, etc
Lansima: hamburger hotdish
buddyhollyfolks: a hot appetizer--either cocktail weenies or "drunken" meatballs
Shadow's Friend and NOSNOW: macaroni and cheese in a crock pot
ReefPilot: pot of chili and fixings
accordiongal: main course item that cooks in a crock pot
Beverages:
Fall Committee Member(s): lemonade and coffee
Desserts:
Scenes: pumpkin bars
deborahs24: famous chocolate chip cookies
she_wolf: cookies (not sure what kind)
NYSandy23: something delectable
Red_Devil35: prescott poker run oatmeal cake
insinoori: pan of bars

Your 2009 Fall Event Committee Members: are: Bam2, bflentje, Jam3s, joukkusisu, meralgia, MrRogersNghbor, rosebud55112, The Hipster, and XHawk.

We would also like to recognize those who have graciously volunteered to help: Sir_ZMan (for being willing to do a PodCast), butcherandswimmer (for cooking our main course two events in a row) and accordiongal (for organizing our pot luck food). More volunteer names will be added; please contact either Jam3s or meralgia if you're willing to help with any aspect of the event.
If you plan on attending, please include in your posting how many will be in your group. Although reaching "Mega" status would be awesome, we'd moreso like to ensure we order enough food and brochures for everyone. Be sure to watch this page for updates, changes, and/or announcements.

Don't forget, while you're at the event, to visit the Afton State Park Wildlife Safari cache by Minnesota State Parks (GC1P2KX)!
The Afton State Park website can be found here. Their address is 6959 Peller Avenue South; Hastings, MN 55033.

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