After getting back from the night cache it was right to bed because we had an early wake up call. We were getting up at 5:30am for a hike up to Cape Split and we had to be at the trail head at 6:30am. We’ll do a separate post for this later.
In addition to the Cape Split hike there were plenty of other things to do for each and every one of the 66 adults and kids that attended. There was the Geofest Challenge, GeoTrivia, Kids Kache, Blomidon Bingo, Fortune Cookie Cache and Closest To The Pin games. Here’s a couple of the event organizers getting one of the kid’s game started:
The festivities were followed by a corn boil and potluck supper which was simply awesome! There was so much great food that you had to go back for seconds… and thirds. The corn was the best that we had ever tasted. It was from Bob Ansem’s U-Pick, a local farm located at 1949 Lakewood Road, Steam Mill, NS (N45 06.708 W064 30.735). There’s something to be said for getting it fresh from the farm! There was also barbequed sausages, chili and rolls, salads, cold meats, mussels and a whole slew of desserts!
The ‘kitchen staff’ was so busy preparing this meal that they were just running to and fro. Here you can see one of them moving so fast that he was just a blur :):
We had to be quick to get the following pic of the ‘buffet’ table because once the dinner bell rang it wasn’t long before there was a scramble to get the FTE (First To Eat). Here’s the winner (and no surprise!):
After the feast was over prizes were given out for the winners of the various games and draws, and there were lots of them! They were donated by local Geocachers and some companies including The Adventure Outfitters (TAO), Landsharkz, Groundspeak, Oakcoins, 3 Geeks Outdoor Store, Island Buttons and The Trail Shop. Mrs_go was the lucky winner of a Travel Bug tag for the GeoTrivia game. There were two prizes given for this game – one was given to the person who answered the MOST questions correctly and she won the other one ;). We are also now the lucky, and proud, owners of a beautiful, hand-crafted walking stick that was donated by Eastriver, of ‘First Canada Cache’ fame:
The ACGA Auction TB was also unveiled and on display this weekend:
The plaque is a mosaic of Geocacher photos from the Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association photo gallery that was designed and created by ‘Pushing Tin’ (great job!). The Travel Bug is a fundraiser with half of the money generated going to ACGA events and the other half going to a charity of the winner’s choice. Kudos to Finn, who was the winner of the auction with the highest bid of $60. Her charity of choice was Ride For Sight. Finn gets to keep the TB in her possession for a few months and then at the next event it will be up for auction again. We were outbid early in the auction so we’ll have to start socking away for the next time it makes it’s appearance!
The evening finished with a cake that was made specifically for Geofest and then there was a campfire:
Here are some more photos of the event:
We have to apologize for using so many cliché words like spectacular, fantastic, great and awesome in this post but there really is no other way to describe this weekend – the weather was so spectacular and we had such a fantastic time! We hiked our legs off, ate so much great food and met so many awesome people!
Our hats are off to the organizers of this event, The Geofest Crew: Canuck Thistles, NSS/NSD, Finn, SpiritFury, jai06, Blkhawks, 4Fitzs and eastriver. Special thanks to their helpers bluenose climbers, stagunner and down home girl. It was quite obvious that you all went up and beyond the ‘call of duty’ to ensure that this was a success, and it definitely was! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Keep on cachin’!
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