Gather Round the Campfire
Join fellow geocachers from around the state for a weekend of camping,
good food, good fellowship, and fun family friendly geocaching activities
We will have a campfire going on Friday night, betwen campsites 12 & 13, for the earlybirds coming in for the 2019 Misissippi Geocaching Fall Gathering: GC8DDHF
Join us round the campfire between 6pm and 8pm for a Weenie Roast, SMORES, and good fellowship. Bring a camp chair, trackables to discover or trade, and geocaching stories to swap. If you are new to geocaching or just have a cache you need help with this is a great time to meet cachers from across the state and get a hint or two.
If you play an Acoustical Instrument (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Harmonica, Irish Penny Whistle. Etc.) feel free to bring it for an impromptu jam session or for solo serenading the group.
Roosevelt State Park Entrance: N 32 19.1553 W 089 39.9754
Gate House (pick up park pass):N 32 19.0898 W 089 40.4422
Park Office: N 32 19.1041 W 089 40.6507
Campfire Ring : N 32 19.2673 W 089 40.6792
Paved Parking at Restrooms: N 32 19. 2727 W 089 40.6416
Dirt Parking between Campsites 12 & 13: N 32 19.2822 W 089 40.6797
DETAILS ABOUT THE 2019 MISSISSIPPI GEOCACHING FALL GATHERING
WHEN: The weekend of Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 10th
WHERE: Roosevelt State Park, Morton, MS.
The Park has cabins, motel rooms, and concrete pads with water and electricity for RVs, campers and tents. Make reservations now for the weekend or just come for the day Saturday, but do make plans to attend. If you are not staying overnight, there is a $4 day use fee per vehicle, which is good for coming and going all day long.
- Four fun Event Caches to attend and log
- Friday Night Camp Fire & Weenie Roast GC8DEJG
- Saturday Morning MSGA Fall Gathering GC8DDHF
- Saturday Evening 2019 Geocaching International Film Festival viewing GC8DDF8
- Sunday Morning CITO GC8DEKZ
- Two Official Geocaching Souvenirs to Earn (GIFF & CITO)
- Who Kidnapped Sherlock Holmes? GeoClue competition hunt for 13 about to be published caches
- FTF Geo Race to be the first to find 30 new Geocaches to be published on Saturday afternoon
- Pot Luck Supper, Award Ceremony, Prize Drawing
- Spooky FTF Group Hunt Night Cache to be published Saturday evening: GC?????
- Plenty of newly published local Geocaches to hunt for during the weekend
- Camping (or drive over for each days activities)
- Relaxing around the Campfire and by the Lake
- Get tips from the experts, and clues for caches you have been trying to find
WHO: Everyone is invited to participate. You do NOT have to be a member of the MS Geocacher Association
NOTE: This is a Family Oriented Event and all Park Rules Apply:
- No alcoholic beverages
- No smoking
- Pets allowed only in designated areas.
- No feeding of deer allowed at the Roosevelt Whitetail Deer Research Facility.
FALL GATHERING SCHEDULE
6:00 pm: EVENT CACHE GC8DEJG: Gather Round the Campfire (This Page's Event):
Early arrivers at the campground are invited to join us around the campfire for a Weenie Roast, SMORES, and good conversation.
8:00 am: EVENT CACHE GC8DDHF: 2019 MSGA Fall Gathering :
The 2019 MSGA Fall Gathering officially starts at 8:00 am with a warm Welcome from the CaneMaster Family, an explanation of the events planned for the weekend, and team registration for the first geocaching activity of the day.
DETECTIVE MYSTERY COMPETITION:
Who Kidnapped Sherlock Holmes?
Teams* of Scotland Yard Detectives will compete against each other in a race to find 12 about-to-be published geocaches, which will give them the clues they need to solve this case and determine the coordinates to a final mystery cache, where they can rescue Sherlock Holmes.
Later this evening during an Award Ceremony at the Fall Gathering Pot Luck Supper, First, Second, and Third place medals will be awarded to the team members of the first three teams who find the mystery cache.
* (each vehicle will be considered one team and may have up to 4 members)
8:15 am: Detective Mystery Competition Team Registration
8:45 am: Detective Mystery Competition Gunshot Start
Detective Mystery Competition Participation Details may be found HERE (website)
This year lunch will be on your own, to give groups and individuals plenty of time to continue hunting uninterrupted for the many new geocaches hidden in the Morton area.
However, if you prefer to dine at a fast food (or slow food) restaurant, Morton offers the following choices:
McDonalds: N 32 19.0938 W 089 39.9600
Subway: N 32 18.5094 W 089 40.0835
Sonic: N 32 21.1888 W 089 38.9641
Sams Diner: N 32 21.1710 W 089 38.4201
Asadores Mexican Restaurant: N 32 21.0772 W 089 39.8300 (A favorite lunch/supper spot of TerryBaldridge, HHRFan, $nowman, CaneMaster, and RockThrower)
Pizza Hut: N 32 21.1348 W 089 39.3659
Ribcage: N 32 21.0640 W 089 39.4082
Super Saver Grocery Store: N 32 21.1889 W 089 38.7262
Exxon Gas Station: N 32 19.0938 W 089 39.9600
Shell Gas Station: 32 18.5094 W 089 40.0835
A Race to be the First To Find 50 new Geocaches
Individuals will be competeing against each other to get the most FTFs on 50 about to be published geocaches
Later this evening during an Award Ceremony at the Fall Gathering Pot Luck Supper, First, Second, and Third place FTF medals will be awarded to the individuals who get the most FTFs.
* (Groups of Geocachers may ride together, or caravan together, if they like during the hunt, but once they get outside of the vehicle they are on their own, competing against each other for the FTF)
1:00 pm: FTF Geo-Race Registration
1:15 pm: FTF Geo-Race Gunshot Start
FTF Geo-Race Participation Details may be found HERE (website)
Geocachers may spend the afternoon relaxing by the lake, in their cabin, RV, Camper, or tent. . .
However, if I know YOU. . . and I think I DO. . . you will be burning up the trails and roads in and around Roosevelt State Park and the surrounding countryside, hunting alone, or in groups, or in caravans of groups for the MANY geocaches we have planned for you.
LOCAL GEOCACHES TO HUNT FOR:
In addition to the 13 Geocaches which will be published on Saturday morning for the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Competition, and the 30 Geocaches which will be published on Saturday afternoon for the FTF Geo-Race, the local Geocachersplanned give you plenty of smiles and smilies through the tons of new geocaches they are planning to hide in the weeks prior to the Fall Gathering.
Also, the new Triangle Man Puzzle Trail is located in the Bienville National Forest just a couple of miles north of Roosevelt State Park and will offer astute attendees 100 smilies to add to their geocaching statistics, including about 30 new ones scheduled to be published after the end of the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Competition. Handouts with a check list of all of the local caches and their coordinates will be available to Gathering attendees
5:00 pm: POT LUCK SUPPER & AWARD CEREMONY:
Join us for some good food, good fellowship, and swapping tales about our day’s geocaching exploit and adventures. During this time, we will also hold an Award Ceremony where First, Second, and Third place medals will be awarded to the team members of the first three teams who solved the “Who Kidnapped Sherlock Holmes?” Mystery cache.
6:00 pm: EVENT CACHE GC8DDF8: 2019 Geocaching International Film Festival Viewing
Join us for the official Mississippi premier showing of the ten award winning Film Shorts in the 2019 Geocaching International Film Festival competition. This year, CaneMaster is celebrating his fifth year in a row of hosting this entertaining event in Mississippi. Often funny, sometimes zany, even beautiful, these short films made by geocachers from all over the world, give us a picture of how people from different cultures perceive and enjoy this favorite hobby we all share. It is a strange link we all have with each other.
Anyone who has ever geocached in a foreign country, or attended a Geocaching Event in a foreign country, or had one of their Travel Bugs travel through a foreign county, knows what I mean. We may not understand their language, even with Google Translator, but in sharing a hobby that we all understand and love, we share a language that transcends words. All attendees will receive the Official GIFF Souvenir on their geocaching.com account when they log their attendance online.
FAVORITE FILM VOTE:
Immediately following the Viewing we will vote to determine our favorite Film of the evening.
After the vote a drawing will be held and the winner will receive an official 2019 Geocaching International Film Festival geocoin and travel tag.
8:30 pm: SPOOKY NIGHT CACHE FTF GROUP HUNT
After the GIIF Viewing , RockThrower will be leading a FTF Spooky Night Cache Group Hunt in the woods of Roosevelt State Park for an about-to-be published geocache. Join us for this fun and slightly spooky hunt and share a FTF with the group.
8:00 am: EVENT CACHE GC8DEKZ: CITO
Help us clean up around the pavilion where we hosted our Pot Luck Supper and Film Showing. All participants will receive the Official CITO Souvenir on their geocaching.com account when they log their attendance online.
9:00 am: The 2019 MSGA Fall Gathering Ends
We hope to see you at several fun events CaneMaster and others have planned for 2020.