MnGCA Spring Event 2012!

May 19th, 2012 § 0 comments

The Minnesota Geocaching Association held their annual spring event and meeting today at Kensington Runestone County Park in Kensington, Minnesota.

About an hour from my house, I ventured off heading towards the wrong park. Upon arrival at the Lake Carlos State Park, I drove around realizing that nobody was here. I pulled up to a discolored little moving rock, a really small snapping turtle. I thought that this was going to be a lot of fun. It is not very often you are able to play with a small turtle, especially a snapping turtle.

Just getting a new lens for my camera, I was able to get a lot of really interesting photos that I will post in my photo gallery but I was just excited to play with it. No matter what though, I could not get him to “snap” on a branch to move him. I think that he was so small that he was just shaking in his shell. I used a stick and made a fork to lift him up to move him in the direction of his travel. I laid him gently in the grass and was off to my phone so that I could find where this event was really at.

No service! Leaving the park, since I had a funny feeling that I was in the wrong area, I made my way back to Alexandria. Once there, I started the phone search only to find that it was south of me by about 20 miles in Kensington Runestone County Park. Well, I am glad that I made it close!

At the park I poked my way around, seeing friends that I have not seen in forever! I did the nice pass out the pathtag thing for a bit and found Sue (another cacher) and we rummaged around the park. I was doing some thinking on the medallion at which I thought that I might as well give up as I will have more luck with the hangman.

Hangman… another fun game with a GPS. Sue and I rummaged around the park trying to find the area at which we would get the cache (and the prize). My GPS said that we were off by about 300 feet when Sue and I gave up because we did not think that it would be across the road and discounted it as an error. When they were about to announce the last number I made a dash for the woods asking Sue to send me a text with the final coord.

Arriving in the middle of where it could be I wanted to try something since I had a small head start. With a little time to play, I ventured off to the furthest location and thought that I would work my way in. Starting with nine, I searched around… nope, eight, nope… new text in the midst of no service here as well. FOUR!

Plugging it in to my GPS, I was only about 250 feet off. Making a dash for the location I see about a dozen people digging around. Looking at my GPS they are all scattered just guessing. With about five people digging at a stump, I actually looked at the GPS. We are close! Everyone ventured off to look in other directions when I looked down and seen something shine. Moving a small piece of well placed log, BINGO!

The container was a small lock n lock with a piece of paper inside. Yes, I won. I won a coin thanks to Sue.

After staying back and chatting with a few more people I received a call from Sue, supper! We stopped at Charlie’s in Freeport and I had to pay since we won the coin! What a fun day!

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