November 22, 2013 10:50 PM CST
2013 Winter Newsletter
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2013 Fall Picnic
In September the WGA hosted our 11th annual WGA Geo-Picnic at Governor Thompson State Park. The northeastern part of the state was showcased at this event and it did not disappoint! The park was beautiful and the leaves were starting to turn colors. Wisconsin’s newest State Park is full of hiking trails and brand new facilities for the geocachers to enjoy. A big thanks to Sweetlife for hiding new geocaches for the picnic. One of those new caches was part of the official WGA State Parks Series and it had quite a few visitors throughout the weekend.
In the afternoon the Picnic attendees gathered for the traditional announcements, acknowledgements, raffle prizes and to hear the standings of the Picnic-to-Picnic WGA Travel Bug race. Those that stuck around afterwards were treated to some burgers and brats donated by Stewzoo. They were delicious and everyone enjoyed the additional opportunity for chatting while eating their dinner. Thank you Stewzoo for providing our dinner!
Some of the picnic attendees stayed the weekend in the campground. Governor Thompson State Park provided some excellent camping facilities as well. Many gathered around the campfire at the pre-campout event.
Thank you to all who made the drive to attend. It’s always a treat to get to spend time with other geocachers from around our great state of Wisconsin. We hope to see you at our upcoming events. Watch the website for announcements and event page listings.
5th annual WGA Bonfire and Chili Feed
Back by popular demand we’ll be hosting our 5th annual WGA Bonfire and Chili Feed at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. This location was so popular last year that we’ve decided to bring you all here again. Mark your calendars as the event is scheduled for February 22nd, 2014 so watch for the cache page to publish soon with more information. Come inside after your day of caching to warm up with a hot bowl of chili, a warm beverage and lots of other tasty treats. But of course we geocachers love to be outside so we’ll be providing the traditional bonfire for your outdoor geo-chatting.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a fantastic location for us to gather! There’s plenty of room for geocachers to gather and socialize. The outside is beautiful with plenty of walking trails and, best of all, plenty of geocaches! Don’t forget to check out the local wildlife, last year’s highlight was feeding the many, many ducks that gathered around. And if you are still looking for something to do you can explore the environmental education center.
This will also be your opportunity to get to know your new WGA Board of Directors. The elections will be concluded 2 weeks before the event and so your new Board members will be there and ready to serve you some chili, stoke the fire or just shake your hand. We look forward to seeing you there!
WGA Board of Directors Election
We’re closing in on our next round of elections for the WGA’s Board of Directors. We would like to offer up a huge thank you to our 5 Board of Directors who are at the end of their 2-year terms: James Bliefnick/JimandLinda, Brian Kling/Team Black-Cat, Lisa Daniels/Curly Girls, Rob England/Averith and Peter Quella/ labrat_wr. Some of them will be running for re-election, some will not. So this means that there is an opportunity for more WGA members to serve on the Board of Directors at the beginning of the next year. Is this something that you are interested in? Can you volunteer your time and talents for the geocachers of Wisconsin? If so, consider running for the WGA Board of Directors. Voting will begin the beginning of February and will be open for 2 weeks.
WGA State Park Series update
It's been a busy last two months with this fun new series of geocaches. Since our last newsletter in September, we have had 26 new state parks cache publish bringing the total to 35 of the 45 planned and have had 491 finds logged.
So far, 27 Trail Bosses have stepped forward, giving their time and efforts to bring to get these caches out there for you all to enjoy. We have even have the privilege to place a cache in a state park that has previously been off limits due to the archiological significance. Working with the WDNR, we have now placed a cache in Azatlan State Park.
We still need 3 more Trail Bosses to finish up the series. Straight Lake, Council Grounds and Nelson Dewey are in need of someone to take them in and place a cache there.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." -- Sir Rannulph Fiennes
I have had this quoted to me many times since I became a geocacher. I have had people from other parts of the country tell me that their GPS hibernates for the winter but here in Wisconsin we’re made of tougher stuff. I’ve been geocaching many times in the winter, as have many of you. Every season of the year present its own challenges for geocaching but there’s no reason we can’t go out and enjoy this excellent hobby all year long. So bundle up Wisconsin geocachers and get ready for that white stuff, it has already fallen in parts of the state. Don’t forget to check those attributes on the cache page unless you’re planning on bringing a shovel along. And speaking as someone who had a mild case of hyperthermia earlier this year, I’d like to advise you to be careful when walking on ice and watch for partially frozen water. If you’re unfamiliar with an area and whether or not it would be accessible or safe to visit during the winter try contacting the cache owner or some other local geocachers who may be able to give you some advice. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the beauty of fresh snow out on the trails!
Travel Bug Race
The WGA's first TB Race took the checkered flag at Governor Thompson State Park, at the beginning of the WGA GeoPicnic. Of the 47 racers, those in attendance received a TB Race key chain for their participation. The top 5 racers were:
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