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June 10, 2013 07:09 PM CDT

2013 Summer Newsletter

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Letter from the President

Hello WGA!

Since our family (Linda and I) are a 3 generation cache family, with our son and grandson, we were wondering if there were any 4 or even 5 generation cachers out there. Are there?

Since the snow was finally put away for the season, there have been 10 CITO Events, with 212 cache teams participating across Wisconsin. Well done!
There are a few CITOs left in the coming weeks. Our work is never done but it is greatly appreciated.

I have been reflecting on the recent WI/MnGCA Campout held at Interstate Park. Yes, the rain was in attendance to dampen a few activities, but there were no mosquitos, no extreme heat, and perfect sleeping weather. Be sure to view the logs and pictures on the cache page.

The Geocoin Committee will be discussing production of a WGA collectable for release in late 2013. Whether it will be a cachkinz-like tag, a geocoin, or a double coin set with a proxy is yet to be determined. We'll let you know in late summer.

The WGA will be in attendance at West Bend in August, hosting our pancake breakfast and offering merchandise for all that show up over the weekend. We are also planning the 2013 WGA GeoPicnic to be held at Governor Thompson State Park in September. I hope to see you at these events!

It's summer! Get out and cache!

Jim Bliefnick, President

 

WGA Spring Campout - Interstate State Park

The middle of May brought the Wisconsin Geocaching Association to Interstate State Park for the annual WGA Camp Out.  We were joined by the Minnesota Geocaching Association and geocachers enjoyed getting to know each other across the mighty St. Croix River. 

Some geocaching teams just joined us for the day but most participated in the camping part of the camp out.  Geocachers gathered around the fire on Friday and Saturday nights for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs and some lively geo-chatting.

                      

It turned out to be a soggy weekend, we got a lot of rain.  This made some of the planned activities like the tug-of-war, fishing tournament and the guided nature hike lose some of their participants.  But on the other hand, the temperatures were comfortable in a sweatshirt and geocachers found themselves gathering under the covered picnic shelter for geo-chatting during the rain. 

But when does weather stop Wisconsin geocachers from going out and doing some hiking and geocaching?  A big thank you to Spike007 and scott543 for placing the new caches in the park for the event.  The beautiful park sits along the St. Croix River and it’s beautiful gorges, steep cliffs and unique rock formations made this an ideal setting for geocaching.  By Saturday around noon the rain stopped, just in time for us to fire up the grill for lunch, and we were treated to a beautiful, sunny day. Both the Wisconsin and Minnesota geocachers did their part in keeping our parks clean and beautiful by picking up trash for the Cache In Trash Out event. 

 

                                  

A few hearty souls braved the chilly rain and participated in the fishing derby contest.  Congratulations to Sandlanders and CacheNoTrace, winners of the fishing derby.  We were also treated to the yummy smells during the Dutch Oven cook-off.  Congratulations to the dynamic cooking duo mucluck and the katsmeow for their winning concoction of Beef and Beer Stew.  As the sun set it was time to pull out the flashlights and hit the trails for the night cache contest.  We were treated to all sorts of glowing and creative caches, it was really a hit!  Congratulations to Team Black-Cat, the Night Cache Contest winner for his eerie Snow White’s magic mirror entry.

Sunday morning we were treated to the WGA pancake breakfast.  It was pouring rain outside but we were nice and cozy under the picnic shelter.  It was a great way to finish off the weekend with a little more geo-chatting before everyone began to pack up their tents and head home to their own part of the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Thank you to all who attended and especially to all who helped make this event happen.  Check out the photos of the event on the cache page or in the WGA photo gallery.

                    

 

Looking ahead to the West Bend Cache Bash

So who has plans to head to the Geocaching Capitol of the Midwest?  The WGA, of course!  The West Bend Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th annual West Bend Cache Bash.  The WGA will have a booth on the premises at Regner Park to sell WGA merchandise.  We’ll also be teaching a Geo 101 workshop for those that are new to the game as well as lend a hand to those who need it..

 

On Sunday morning you’ll need to refuel after 2 days of hard-core caching.  What better way to do that than with a large pancake breakfast?  Come join us at the WGA Pancake Pig Out!  We’ll be serving pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee so come hungry and leave refreshed and ready to go and find more of the 65+ new caches that will be publishing for the event.

 

WGA State Park Caches

Back at the Feb 24th BOD meeting we discussed the possibility of having WGA sponsored geocaches in each of the WI State Parks. What better way to show a support of our great state’s natural resources that giving everyone another reason to get outdoors and adventure in the State Parks. Since the meeting, the Board of Directors put together a list of the 46 State Parks and during the Spring Campout at Interstate State Park in May, we offered up the members in attendance the chance be the Trail Bosses and place the caches on behalf of the WGA. The Trail Bosses get to place the hides and then adopt the geocaches back to the WGA listing themselves as contact people. They’ll also serve as the geocache ambassadors, being the contact people with the local park rangers. Each of the WGA State Park geocaches will be uniquely identified with specialized labels to set it apart from other caches.

 

Of the 46 State Parks that were listed, 20 were snapped up that weekend leaving many available. What a great start to a special project! Before those new caches get published, we are waiting to hear from our WDNR contact. After things are finalized, look for a published list to go up on the WGA’s Facebook page and on our website that will list the State Park Caches and their Trail Bosses. From there, we’ll work to fill the remaining available parks and you all can get out and find those geocaches. After all, it’s about the journey and discovery along the trail and what better place to explore than in our own State Parks?

 

Dr. Seuss said it well “Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!”

 

Keep checking back for updates!

 

WGA CITO Hwy 10

2013 WGA Spring Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup CITO was held on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until about 11:30. This 1.84 mile stretch of road between Brillion and Reedsville on Highway 10 has been adopted by the WGA for several years. At least twice a year we meet up to clean CITO and 2013 wasn’t any different where 17 dedicated cachers showed up and got down to work. Good thing we waited to do this a couple of weeks later than usual as the snow had finally retreated and the sun shone brightly that day. First timers and seasoned CITO’ers came, visited and left the area better place than we when we found it. Keep an eye out in a couple of months for the 2013 WGA Fall Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup.

 

 

 

WGA Booth at Cabela’s GB Grand Opening

The WGA will have an informational booth along with over a dozen other groups at the Grand Opening weekend for the new Green Bay Cabela’s on Lombardi Avenue and Hwy 41 near Lambeau Field. Stop by from anytime from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27th & 28th   to visit. If you are interested in volunteering to help man the tent and share what the WGA is and what geocaching is all about to those that stop by, contact Walkingadventure at walkingadventure@wi-geocaching.com to set up a volunteering time.

 

 

Member Submissions

Thank you to our members that submitted content for this quarter's newsletter.  We're always looking for more content for our newsletter, maybe you've got something to share?  We'd love to hear from you!  Please send your submissions, comments or questions so beccaday@wi-geocaching.com.



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