ONE WEEK! Only one week left before I fly out to Washington with my friend Webscouter. to attend GeoWoodstock VIII. We have a lot on our to-do list and only 9 days to really do it. Let’s take a look at our combined plans.Here is a list of what we have planned:
- GeoWoodstock VIII
- July 4th Lost & Found event (at Groundspeak HQ)
- Various other events that weekend (One and Two)
- Complete the Washington County Challenge (he has some, I have none)
- Do some caching in Canada
- Get Project A.P.E. as my 3,000th find
- Visit the first geocache in Idaho (GC25)
- Visit the Original Cache site and get the other cache located there.
- Go get the Space Cache Experiment
- Get the cache outside the Salem, OR courthouse (part of a challenge Webscouter. is doing)
- Visit Mount St. Helens
- Grab an Earthcache in Oregon, Idaha, & Washington
- Visit Astoria, OR
- Since it’s near Astoria, visit the final location on the Lewis & Clark Trail.
- HAVE FUN!
WHEW! That’s a lot of stuff. With only nine days, is it possible? You bet. I’ve put together a route for us that allows us to hit all of this. Okay, GC25 isn’t shown on the route but leeway in timing allows us the ability to route around to it if we are doing good. The first map below is our route for June 28th – July 2nd.
A lot ground to cover, but this clears out a major chunk of those counties. We have to get caches larger than a micro for the county challenge too, adding an extra step in our search for caches. On top of that, we both prefer quality over quantity. Thankfully there are plenty of quality caches I found while building the route.
Once back in Seattle, we will be going through all the event stuff, then heading back out after the Lost & Found event on July 4th. We have another route to follow from then until the evening of July 5th, when we should be in the Portland/Vancouver area.
This should leave us with only two counties to get, San Juan and Island counties. One requires a ferry ride and the other has heavy bridge traffic. We plan on getting those the final morning we are in Washington if we can’t get them the morning of July 2nd. Okay. I just had a thought. We grab one of them July 2nd and one July 7th. We will have time for that and it eases some of the logistic issues I was working through for those two counties. Amazing how you get an idea at the oddest times.
Once done with that, we have already met several of the above goals. Now we have one more full day to hit the remaining goals. For that, we look at this map:
Once done with this route, we end up back in Seattle for the night. The next morning, we get the remaining island county we don’t have and we are good to go.
I can’t wait. I can’t wait for the locations we’ll visit, the geocaching we will do, and the photos I’m going to have the opportunity to take. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
And I guess it doesn’t hurt to get to do all of this with a good friend either. 🙂 We always seem to have fun when we’ve been on geocaching trips, and we both push each other towards some great geocaching adventures.