This year’s meet & greet prior to the 2023 Albany Challenge X (GCABAAR) event will be held on Friday, August 25. We’ll be meeting again in the fellowship hall of the Albany Mennonite Church, 3405 Kizer Avenue NE, Albany, OR 97322 from 5 to 7pm (or until the last person leaves). As always, this is a time to meet other geocachers and swap stories from your summer adventures, meet new geocachers and renew old acquaintances. This year’s meet & greet is especially special for us as it’s taken 4 years for it to happen, thanks to Covid. It’s also our last year of direct involvement with its planning. We’re serving as advisors to the new planning committee and helping with preparation details this year.
The first ever Pre-Challenge Meet & Greet occurred in August of 2011 as a picnic in the park prior to the Art & Air Festival Night Glow. As has been the case ever since, you’re welcome to bring your “picnic” and fellowship around the table. If you wish to bring snacks/finger foods to share, you’re welcome to do that too. We’ll do the usual introductions, and the new planning committee will give you a preview of the coin challenge the next day. There may even be some special activities during the evening.
Coming from the North: Take the Viewcrest Exit 237 and turn left at the stop sign. Cross the freeway and turn right on to Century Drive. Several miles down the road, take a left on Kizer Avenue. The church is on the left. Turn left into the parking lot.
Coming from the South: Take the Fair/Expo Center-Knox Butte Rd exit 234. At the stop sign, go straight on to Century Drive. Take a right on to Kizer Avenue. The church is on the corner. Turn left into the parking lot.
Park in the parking lot.
Use the door just past the main entrance doors, into the fellowship hall.