4th Annual Pine Mountain Geo-Star Party Campout
Saturday, June 24, 2006
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I have June 24th 2006 on the observatory calendar for the 4th Annual Geo-Star Party here at Pine Mountain Observatory. The event is later this year so we will have a much better chance of warm weather. The moon will be new which is the best time to take a look through our telescopes at the heavens! If you can, come on Friday and make a long weekend of it. There are many interesting caches to do in a 20-mile radius of PMO! Other activities besides stargazing and geocaching are birdwatching, mt.bike riding, caving, rock hounding, and hiking. I have lived in the Central Oregon area for over 35 years so just ask and I can give you information about things to do and places to go in the area. Travel to many of the interesting areas around here are on back roads so bring spare tires, extra food, water and charged cell phones…be prepared!
Camping will be available at the Pine Mountain Campground. Camping is free and I will provide trash hauling and drinking water. The observatory tour program does ask for a 3 buck per person for the evening stargazing show. The campground has 4 drive in RV sites (these sites are large and could be shared with 2 smaller RV’s) and a large group area with plenty of walk in tent camping areas. I also have some room for tent campers and RV’s around my place if we need an over flow area. I will have a wheelbarrow available to get tent camping supplies in to the walk in areas. The drive in sites can accommodate campers or motor homes up to 30 feet in length. If you are bringing a RV please let me know so I have an idea how much room to hold open. There are no power, water or sewer hookups and generator use is discouraged! Non street legal OHV’s are prohibited on the main road 2017. No motorized vehicles in the campground and observatory areas. Because people stay up stargazing into the wee hours of the morning the area around the campground and observatory is a designated quiet area.
Wireless Internet access is available in the observatory parking lot and on the benches in front of the 24” scope.
The Potluck-BBQ-Bonfire will be the main group campfire pit area starting around 6pm Saturday the 24th. Viewing through the telescopes will begin when it gets dark. You can arrive anytime to set up camp and go caching! Food details: Bring something to BBQ and drink. Use your Geocaching name: A-M-side dish or salad and N-Z bring a desert. Bring chairs and fold up tables if you have them. I will have my gas BBQ along with a Webber kettle briquette BBQ available. E-mail me if you can bring another BBQ. Lets do another drawing of geocache related things this year. If you have items for the drawing or other event ideas send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to PMOGUY at www.oregongeocaching.org under event planning. See you in June! Cache On!
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