GeoWoodstock VI was an obvious success as around 3000 Geocachers from all over the world converged on the small town of Wheatland, California. This was our first Mega-Event and our first GeoWoodstock. We had such a great time that you can be assured we’ll be at the next one!
We arrived at the event shortly after the 9:00 AM opening and we were quickly escorted to our parking spot on a very large field. The attendants did a great job bringing us ‘in for a landing’ with their cool little orange flags!
We were greeted at the entrance gate by a large banner welcoming us to the event:
Once inside we were met with a bevy of tents housing everything from first-aid to fire tacks! There were tents for the information booth, the Travel Bug center and quite a large series of tents for the raffle items. The largest area of tents was the Vendors area called Swag Alley. We never seen so much Geocaching swag in one place! As you can imagine, this was a VERY popular spot.
Another popular spot was the display for the O.C.B, the Original Can of Beans. It is the only remaining trade item from the world’s first Geocache that was placed in May of 2000. This was certainly a thrill to see!
Signal, the GC.com mascot, was there and happy to have his picture taken with anyone who wanted to. This was very popular with all the Cachers, both young and old.
Since the event was held at Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, a farm adventure park, it was well prepared to handle the large amount of Geocachers that arrived. They also offered a variety of attractions to keep the younger cachers busy including a petting zoo, a ride-on railroad, a tree house, slides and Wild West playhouses.
There were a lot of other activities to keep everyone else happy and busy too, including a Card Run, Name That Cacher game, GeoCoin Mine Search, Gold Panning, a cache packing race, GeoCoin Poker and a whole lot more!
We were able to get to a couple of the many seminars that were held. We learned about making polymer clay signature tokens with ‘Workerofwood’ and were introduced to advanced GSAK techniques with ‘Hynr’. Both of these seminars were entertaining and very informative, and packed to the rafters, as we are sure the other classes were too.
The Paperless Cache Throwdown was a hot and heavy battle to see which cacher had the best method for paperless caching:
There was live music throughout the day by ‘Second Time Around’ which kept the place rocking. A special music treat was ‘Johnny Cach-er’ who sang rock and roll favorites with a Geocaching twist!
Feeding 3000 people must have been quite the chore but from our side of things it went quite smooth. We just had to line up and the line moved quickly. Supper was a choice of chicken, beef or vegetarian lasagna. We opted for the chicken which tasted great. The pumpkin cake and cream cheese icing was to die for!
Here are some more photos showing the great time here at GeoWoodstock VI:
Although the day started off with rain, (yep, you read that right – rain, right here in California), the off weather didn’t affect the day’s festivities. Being from the North, and the East Coast, this was like a fine summer day for us. And fortunately, the rain stopped shortly after the event started. It was cloudy and overcast for the rest of the day but everyone was warmed by the camaraderie and the excitement of the event.
Hats off to all the volunteers, the organizers, the supporters, the attendees and especially the River City Geocaching And Dining Society and the Northstate Unusual Treasure Seekers for hosting such a great event! It was an experience that we won’t soon forget!
We met so many great people and had such a wonderful time that we hated to see it end. I guess there’s always next year. See you all in Tennessee in ’09!
Keep on cachin’!