The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in observing Take Pride in America Day is welcoming the assistance of Nebraska area geocachers to help with park maintenance as they prepare for the upcoming season. The park is in need of volunteers to help repair, tighten, scrape and repaint the picnic tables at Victoria Springs. The coordinates above are for the entrance to the park. Park permits are required to enter the park. Day passes can also be obtained the day of the CITO.
Park Superintendent Russell Wilkie will be guiding us all in this process and was very excited that a group would offer assistance like this. He will be meeting us at the park at 9am. We will gather at the large picnic area (N 41 36.494 W 99 45.042). This area is handicap accessible. Make sure you wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on. Sure you may be careful but the guy next to you may be the next Jackson Pollock!
Wrenches in the following sizes are needed to tighten the tables: 7/16, 1/2, and 9/16. Extra paint scrapers and paintbrushes could be helpful so if you have some, bring them. The park will provide paint. As time allows and depending on the turnout, we will also be raking and cleaning around the lake so bring your gloves and rakes just in case! Since we will be painting outside, inclement weather would postpone the event.
After the work is completed (approximately 12:00), we will have lunch. Just in case we really get wild out there at the park and paint all of the tables, lawn/camp chairs may be needed for the lunchtime/tall tales session of the day!
The Subway of Broken Bow will be providing party subs for the hard workers. I will need a head-count by May, 3rd so there will be enough subs for everyone. A huge thanks to Manager Kelly Reynolds and to Subway for donating the party subs.
The Grocery Cart of Broken Bow will be providing soft drinks and bottled water throughout the day. Huge thanks to Dave Green and The Grocery Cart for their generous donation. We could use additional coolers filled with ice, so if you have them to spare, it would be greatly appreciated. Please E-mail me to let me know.
Anyone willing to bring dessert or side dishes are more than welcome to do so. Please list what you will be bringing so others will know.
"Established in 1925, Victoria Springs State Recreation Area is the third oldest area in Nebraska's state park system. Located 6 miles east of Anselmo or 7 miles north of Merna, Victoria has justly been described as an oasis in the Sand Hills. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the state.
As one might suppose, the 60-acre area draws its name from the mineral springs located there. It was once part of the homestead of an early pioneer and Custer County judge, Charles R. Matthews. In the heyday of the spas, Victoria's waters were much acclaimed, and its spring water was bottled for sale.
Still on the site are the log cabins that Judge Matthews built ... one as his home and the other as the first post office in Custer County. Victoria is the only state recreation area with cabin accommodations. Other facilities include a campground, picnic area, and rental boats."
CITOs are a very important part of geocaching. Along with the obvious reasons of keeping our planet clean and healthy and making sure we say thank you for the areas that we are allowed to play in, CITOs are important in fostering a good relationship with land managers. I think this is crucial in keeping the sport/hobby of geocaching alive. Even though we all do our part every time we visit a cache, large events show our communities that we are a responsible and committed group.
For Fun As We Eat: Prizes!
Because I have enjoyed the camaraderie of the Nebraska geocachers and know this will be a long drive for most of you and because of my feelings about the importance of CITOs I have been busy securing prizes to be given out after the work is done. It is my way of saying thank you to a wonderful group of people. The prize list may continue to grow so stay tuned:
In keeping with Electric Mouse’s willingness to donate her volunteer coins to promote Nebraska CITOs, I have decided to do the same. I will be using several of coins that I have purchased as prizes to be awarded by drawing. So there would be more coins and a greater variety to give away, I offered for trade on the forums a rare coin that I earned. The response has been great and I negotiated a 20-coin trade all to be used as prizes for the event.
This CITO won a drawing by Electric Mouse for the new CITO coin. The coin is trackable on GC.com and has it’s own icon.
Nice assortment of 20+ geocoins that I traded for. Most are trackable w/ icon.
After seeing my post about the coin trade for the CITO, geocacher Damenace from Utah has donated 9 coins to be given away at the CITO also! A huge thanks to him!
We also have great prizes donated by Trimble, the 2006 CITO sponsor. Along with some tee shirts and caps, we were sent one of the Motorola i415 GPS Mobile Phone with Trimble Outdoors. This $230 phone package includes an armband, bike mount and a one year subscription to Backpacker magazine.
Two Nebraska geocoins from Nebraskache.
There will be some ready made caches, a Delorme atlas (my favorite) and battery case (the kind Contryguy uses).
Also I have heard that a special someone (to me) will be attending the CITO from South Carolina and will have a small SC trinket for everyone in attendance.
If the turnout is low, I will donate some of the coins to the next CITO event for prizes. Bring your extra geocoins from home and we will have a mini coin swap as we eat and enjoy each other’s company.
Electric Mouse has requested many photos and enthusiastic logs so why not have a contest? Bring your cameras and post you pictures and logs. Since the theme of the prizes seems to be coins, I have a special coin on order that will be mailed out to the cachers with 1) the most enthusiastic log and 2) the coolest photos!
As many of you know, Nebraska is not my home state but the state I have called home for 5 years. I have explored the state through many areas that the Nebraska Game and Parks allow us access to. While permits are required for some, many areas are free and have become the favorite playgrounds for geocachers. Nebraskans are indeed lucky to have the use of all this land! I am hoping that everyone shows their appreciation for these areas by continuing to practice CITO throughout the state. By assisting the Nebraska Game and Parks we foster a relationship that will benefit everyone so please mark your calendars and we will see you on May 6th!
Mr. Wilkie has also stated the same need at the Arnold SRA in June so if you have been looking to host a CITO….if someone volunteers to host this CITO, I will donate similar items (coins, atlas & caches) to be given away.
Recap of Details:
What: Victoria Springs Cito
When: May 6th, 2006 @ 9:00AM
Where: Victoria Springs State Recreation Area
Bring: Wrenches sizes 7/16, 1/2, and 9/16, paint scrapers, paint brushes, gloves, rakes, coolers*, food*, lawn chairs, and sunscreen.
* See above