(NEI-GEO) 2nd Annual Pokagon Cacher's Campout!
Saturday, 23 September 2006
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2nd Annual Pokagon Cacher's Campout!
When- September 22-24th, 2006
Where- Pokagon State Park, Angola, Indiana
INTRODUCING....OFFICIAL POKAGON CACHER'S CAMPOUT T-SHIRTS!
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Once in the Park, the above coordinates will take you to the base camp for Saturday, a/k/a the CCC Shelter.
*There is a fee to get into the park, in addition to your camping fee:
Daily Non-resident Weekend $7.00 per day
Daily Resident Weekend $5.00 per day
Annual Non-resident $46.00
Annual resident $36.00
Pokagon State Park is a beautiful State Park located in Angola, Indiana. It is just 16 miles south of Coldwater, Michigan off of I-69. (Exit 154) There is a wonderful campground offering 273 sites, both non-electric and modern. All campgrounds in the Park have modern bathroom facilities. The Park offers over 12 miles of hiking trails, a 1.6-mile bike trail, bike rental, horseback riding, several playgrounds, 2 beaches (though they probably won't be used in September), and a Nature Center that offers many programs that the entire family would enjoy. (You can pick up a schedule at the front gate or at the Nature Center. They are also posted on bulletin boards in each campground.) For those of you who do not prefer to camp, there are cabins, as well as an Inn.
Many of the activities enjoyed last year will be back! Closest to the pin, the ridiculous event cache, a Lewis & Clark event cache, a special presentation on prescribed burns and ammo cans, and of course night caching! We will be having a potluck dinner Saturday evening, and there will be electricity in the pavilion we are using. Whether you have it at your site or not is up to you. We would recommend making reservations as soon as possible, as this park can get full quick. If you reserve online, you have to reserve two nights, which would work well for this event as there will be night caching Saturday and social time Friday night.
For camping reservations you can go to:
For Inn Reservations you can go to:
Potawatomi Inn Reservations (BOOKED FULL AS OF 9/11)
For other nearby hotels:
Hampton Inn Fremont
Ramada Inn Angola
Holiday Inn Express Fremont
For more information on the Park itself, you can go to:
Pokagon has many waymarks that highlight our Geology and History! Download all of the Pokagon Waymarks to GPX here:PCC Waymark GPX file
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A RAFFLE ITEM! If you have questions on what to bring please email me. Also, please don't forget to sign up for your dish to pass for the potluck by posting a note on this site stating what you are going to be bringing! Last year we had some AWESOME food!
Tentative Schedule: To download the brochure go to: 2nd Annual PCC Brochure
Friday, September 22
2 p.m. – Campground Check-in
Get ahead of the crowd and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the campground. Enjoy the early fall colors by taking an afternoon stroll through over 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Nature Center and “Woodland Window” will be open until 5pm today for wildlife viewing.
6 p.m. – Cachers’ Social Hour
Those checked in are free to join other cachers at the Campground Amphitheatre for an evening of discussion around the campfire until 11pm. Cachers not camping will need to be out of the park by 11pm. There may be some firewood for you to take back to your site. Coordinates are: N 41 42.721 W 085 01.695
Saturday, September 23
8 a.m. – Cachers’ Registration
Registration will be held at the CCC Shelter (base camp), not far from the campground. The CCC Shelter will also serve as base camp for all of Saturday's activities. At the time of registration, you will receive a nametag, and also drop off your travel bugs for trading, signature cards, and raffle items. We also plan to have a waypoint (regular and event) cache download station set up for .loc files (bring your cord). Please be try to register before noon. Coordinates are: N41° 42.595 W 085° 02.076
10 a.m. – Geocaching!
Take in the park while exploring the park’s caches. Also be sure to grab information on the Cacher’s Campout caches created for this event. A list of other interesting caches that are nearby will be available for download at the base camp. Make sure to grab the special Fall Into Geocaching DNR cache placed in the park so you can register for the drawing! It's an easy park and grab.
11 a.m. – Great Journey West.
Visit the Nature Center as they commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's return with this acclaimed IMAX/National Geographic movie that has been playing nationwide. FREE!
12 p.m. – Closest to the Pin.
Any directions that are needed, as well as the flags for this contest will be given out upon registration. Held on the CCC Shelter Front Lawn. Teams have until 3pm to compete in this friendly competition.
4 p.m. – Fire in the Hole!
Brad Bumgardner, Interpretive Naturalist at Pokagon, will be doing an informal presentation on IDNR prescribed burns and their effect on ammo cans. We’ll also toss one in the campfire to demonstrate the difference between prescribed burns and wild fires! It’s sure to be a burning issue…
6 p.m. – Potluck Dinner and Social Time.
We are asking that each team bring a dish to pass. We also ask that you provide your own drinks. Don't forget to bring plates & tableware for all the members of your team! Meet at the base camp. Door prizes will be given away afterward!
6:45 p.m. – Raffle Drawing
Awards and raffles will be given out after dinner.
8:00 p.m. –Night Caching!
Coordinates for night caches will not be given out until 7:30pm. Caches will be micro and wrapped in reflective tape. YOU WILL NEED A FLASHLIGHT! Just how creative will they be hidden???
Sunday, September 24
12 p.m. – Farewell
There will be an informal farewell and social time at the base camp (CCC Shelter) for those that are still around.
*With the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer, and the new Federal Laws on moving firewood, we ask that if you are traveling from Steuben, Lagrange, St. Joseph, Huntington, Randolph, or Marion County Indiana, or from Michigan or Northwest Ohio you DO NOT bring your own firewood! 30% of Pokagon's trees are ash! In addition the USDA does patrol the campgrounds on weekends, and does hand out fines up to $500 a log for second and third time offenders! There is a camp store at the Park where you can purchase it, and they do deliver right to your site!
|SITES OCCUPIED BY GEOCACHERS
||POTLUCK FOOD OFFERINGS
|Roasted Chipmunk (catch your own)
T &G's Award Winning Chili
Paws' Infamous Crock-Pot Lasagna
Burgers and Buns
Lady Elwood's World Famous Chinese Coleslaw
Cole Slaw Salad
Hungarian Hot Pepper Salad
Cheesy Dip and Tortilla Chips
Veggie Tray with Dip
GCHound's Famous Variety Bag Chips
A special thank you to our sponsors this year!
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