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Cachin’ the Bay Mega-Event Cache

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Hidden : Saturday, 18 June 2016
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Geocache Description:

Cachin’ the Bay

Out of the Garage

(an event startup)

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Silicon Valley, California USA, West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070

Who: All geocachers – young, old, veterans, first-timers, families, locals, out-of-towners, and international cachers!

Cachin' the Bay Mega-Event Committee

Parking: Bring $3.00 in cash for parking at the college.

No change is given from the parking vending machines.
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West Valley Parking Machine

Cachin' the Bay Site Map

Volunteer to help us host Cachin’ the Bay! sign up

Visit our Mega-Event website!

Lab Caches

Lab Caches PDF

Follow our mascot, Splasher the Otter, for a tour of fun activities at and near our Cachin' the Bay event. You might learn an interesting fact or two along the way! Please be respectful of landscaping and do not venture off the sidewalks. Most lab caches will be available only during event hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) on June 18th, 2016. Two lab caches will be available starting Sunday June 12th, 2016. These two do not require a visit to a physical location. See individual listings for details. Be sure to log all your lab caches before Monday, July 18th, 2016. It is not possible to log lab caches after they are archived. We hope you enjoy our little tour!

Splasher the Geocaching Otter

Geocachers of the Bay Area welcome you to Silicon Valley!

Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area and our "Cachin’ the Bay" event! We hope you will join geocachers from around the world and enjoy many of California’s great treasures!

From the center of innovation – Silicon Valley, to stunning San Francisco. From Pacific Ocean beaches to redwood forests. From unlimited hiking trails to kayak caching. Not only that, we are within driving distance of Monterey Bay, Wine Country, Yosemite National Park, and many other fabulous locations.

You and your family can experience the rich history of San Francisco including cable cars, the Gold Rush, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Little Italy, Chinatown, Angel Island (the west coast’s Ellis Island), Golden Gate Park, multiple national championship professional sports teams, and the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Silicon Valley has a colorful history of garage startups, and following that tradition the idea for this international gathering of geocachers in the Bay Area started at a cache-building event that was held in a garage. Like so many successful and booming enterprises that trace their roots back to a garage, we hope this event will blossom and explode with the enthusiasm of cachers just like you!

"Cachin’ the Bay" will have geocaching seminars, lab caches, vendors, games, an exciting raffle, and an REI Lounge/Camp.

Make a weekend of it, or more! We have many activities planned for Thursday evening through Sunday. Take a self-driving tour (pdf) to view famous tech icons of Silicon Valley, experience an escape room, or join an REI-sponsored kayak-caching adventure!

Please log your Will Attend. IMPORTANT: All cachers with individual caching accounts should log their own Will Attends. Please add the number of any additional attendees in your group without accounts to your log, so we can count you all. Thank you!

Watch the Elkhorn Slough OtterCam

A mysterious message from Splasher

Coloring Page for Kids

Amateur Radio
Amateur radio talk-in at the event will be on 146.52 MHz; operators will be on site.

Cachin' the Bay Classes
Geocaching Puzzle Caches 101 slides have been published. The slides will not be handed out in the class. If you would like to have copy for the class, download them here and print them out.
Also, please print out a copy of your ticket for this class and/or the software class, as this will speed up the check in process. Thank you!
Puzzle Caches 101 slides

Media consent
By entering and by your presence at Cachin’ the Bay or on the event grounds (West Valley College), you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. All photos, videos and other recordings, and all associated copyrights, are the sole property of Geocachers of the Bay Area. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever. You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this venue. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the venue.

Poison Oak
Warning!! There is a significant growth of poison oak off the trails of the campus and in the surrounding hills. We will have some Tecnu wash in the first aid station but the first line of defense is being alert.
If you're not familiar with poison oak you can visit the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Site.

Public Transit
VTA Route 57 bus will be running Saturday and stops at West Valley College Bus Stop. Printable Schedule
At you can use Transit Trip Planner for connecting transit information.

REI Camp
"REI is excited to support the Geocachers of the Bay Area in their first Mega-Event, Cachin’ the Bay! Stop by the REI Camp during the Cachin’ the Bay event for a mini geocaching adventure; learn some wilderness survival skills; and relax in our evrgrn camp lounge. We look forward to meeting the geocachers who have come from near and far to support this great event!"

The GBA Calendar of Side Events:

Thursday, June 16
10:00am to 2:00pm REI Geocaching Kayak Tour of Redwood City Marina and Bair Island
4:00pm to 8:00pm Castle Escape Room
6:00pm to 8:00pm Early Registration Packet Pickup at REI, 400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, California – Back room
6:00pm to 8:30pm Welcome to the start of "Cachin' the Bay" MEGA-EVENT

Friday, June 17
8:30am to 10:00am A Morning Cup of Joe by the Shoreline Park Lake (GC6EQJ2)
10:00am to 2:00pm REI Geocaching Kayak Tour of Redwood City Marina and Bair Island
5:00pm to 10:00pm Castle Escape Room
6:00pm to 8:00pm Early Registration Packet Pickup at REI, 400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, California – Back room
Free Climbing Wall!
6:30pm to 8:30pm Welcome to Silicon Valley mEAT & Greet (GC6HX15)

Saturday, June 18
12:01am to 12:31am Donut Worry, Be Happy, it's Only Midnight (GC66ZG5)
9:00am to 3:00pm Cachin' the Bay MEGA-EVENT! (GC5Z4XF) see schedule below
11:00am to 3:00pm REI Geocaching Kayak Tour of Redwood City Marina and Bair Island
4:00pm to 5:00pm Anderson Lake Park CITO (GC6K4DY)
5:00pm to 8:30pm Just a Friendly Dinner (GC6K2KY) at HomeTown Buffet, 2670 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California

Sunday, June 19
9:00am to 10:30am GOLF? I'd Rather be Geocaching! (GC6JJEV)
11:30am to 1:30pm Lunch Meet & Greet in Santa Cruz (GC6JRBY)
11:30am to 2:30pm REI Geocaching Kayak Tour of Redwood City Marina and Bair Island

Saturday Schedule:
Sign up for our free classes before the event to save a seat. (Seats will only be saved for the first 5 minutes.)

There will be no TB drop off location. Please hand your trackables directly to another cacher to keep them safe.

9:00am Mega-Event Starts

9:00am to 9:15am Drop off Creative Caches at Event Center
9:00am to 2:00pm Build-a-cache for all and activities for kids
9:00am to 3:00pm REI Camp, vendors, and Lab Caches PDF
9:15am to 11:15am Vote for two Creative Caches.
9:15am to 10:15am 1. Puzzle Caches 101 Class - Baltic Room - Class Slides
2. Earthcaching 101 Class - Amphitheater

10:30am to 11:30am 1. REI Class - How Not to Get Lost with Workerofwood - Baltic Room
2. Reviewer and HQ Lackey Q&A Section 1 - Amphitheater

11:00am to 1:00pm Lunch - Event Center

11:35am to 11:45am Group Photo - grassy knoll near metal sculpture
After the photo, discover McKenzie~Binns in her trackable Event Hat and Ensemble.
11:50am to 12:30pm 1. Meet author Russ Atkinson (The Rat) - Event Center
2. Meet Lee van der Bokke (Alamogul), the world's most obsessed cacher - Baltic Room

12:00pm Geo-bingo Cards returned to Info Booth
12:30pm Raffle Prize Winners Posted outside Prize Pickups building and as Announcement Log
12:30pm to 2:00pm Prize Pickup - All prizes MUST BE selected by 2:00pm
12:45pm to 1:45pm 1. Geocaching Software Class - Baltic Room
2. Reviewer and HQ Lackey Q&A Section 2 - Amphitheater
(This session will have different presenters but info similar to the morning session.)
2:00pm to 3:00pm REI Class - Polymer Clay Signature Items with Workerofwood - Baltic Room

3:00pm Mega-Event Ends

5:00pm to 8:30pm Just a Friendly Dinner (GC6K2KY)

A special welcome to attendees from England, Puerto Rico, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand!

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