Join us for a potluck picnic lunch featuring BBQ burgers and hotdogs provided by GeocacheAlaska! and cooked up by grill-master SSO JOAT on Saturday, July 13th. Please bring a picnic-ready side dish to share with the crowd, as well as your own favorite beverages. Please, no alcoholic beverages as this is a family activity in a public park.
Please RSVP with a "Will Attend" log stating how many adults and how many children will be in your party. Also state what side dish you will be bringing. When planning your side dish, please consider that we will have at least 60 people attending!
This year's picnic is in the City of Kenai at the Kenai Municipal Park's South Pavilion overlooking the mouth of Kenai River. Access to the park is via the Kenai Spur Highway, through the City of Kenai and turn left (south) on South Forest Drive. Follow Forest straight to the end. The park is on the left and the pavilion is visible from the street behind the basketball court and volleyball field.
We recommend car-pooling if possible to allow ample room for parking. There is some parking at the end of the street (about 50 yards from the pavilion) and there are about 10 parking spots in front of the picnic pavilion itself. Once those areas are filled up, parking will be at the north end of the park with a longer walk.
From our location there are spectacular views of Cook Inlet and we'll be at the heart of the Personal Use Salmon Dipnet Fishery. From our vantage point high up on the bluffs, we'll be able to watch the fun-filled chaos down below, as it will be Opening Weekend for dipnetters!
Plan to spend the whole day as we'll have plenty of fun-filled activity in store. JOAT's been brainstorming some new twists to his daycache challenge, which will still involve a team-based race to find as many daycaches as possible while working against the clock. This year, the teams will be bigger and the challenges will be greater. And there will still be a LOT of daycaches to find! Bring your GPS and appropriate outdoor clothing to engage in a rapid-fire multi-cache hunt!
Be forewarned!!! Everyone gets to log a single "attended" log to this event. We don't allow multiple logs to account for daycache finds up here in Alaska. No stat padding is allowed!
Speaking of stores, the official GeocacheAlaska! merchandise store will be on site throughout the event. You can pick up some cool GeocacheAlaska! trackables, pathtags, and other geocaching items.
Tenative Schedule of Events:
- 11:00 AM - Setup and Social Hour
- NOON - Lunch is Served!
- 1:00 PM - CITO Challenge and Ice Breaker Activities
- 1:30 PM - Daycaching Game Registration and Rules
- 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM - JOAT's Daycaching Challenge!
- 3:15 PM - Daycaching Game Scoring
- 3:30 PM - Prizes and Awards
- 4:00 PM - Site Cleanup
New this year! We have produced a very limited edition trackable for this event through GxProxy. This acrylic "Nomad" cutout will be available for purchase at the event, and only at this event. Due to the extremely limited quantity available, we will have to restrict the number of tags purchased per person during the first half of the event to be sure everyone has a chance to pick one up. Pricing is $10 for GeocacheAlaska! Sourdough Members and $12 for everyone else.
Check this page periodically for updates. If you are willing to volunteer to assist SSO JOAT in setup or assisting with managing activities during the event, please send a message through his geocaching.com profile.
For those coming from afar, don't forget to plug away at some of the area puzzles before you come down. After all, this is the Puzzle Capital of Alaska and you'll even have access to the creator of many of those puzzles so you can try and coerce a hint or two.
Geocaching.com has just announced that everyone who logs a cache on July 13th will earn a "Geocaching Get Outdoors Day" souvenir for their profile! Why not make that find (or one of those finds) our picnic event? Visit The Geocaching Blog for more info.