The event in question is Loggin' Country Gift-and-Greet II (GC1ZBTV). It involved exchanging geocaching related gifts via drawing and a cookie exchange. I was actually able to talk Craig into going by telling him about the cookie exchange. He got right on board once I mentioned that. I talked to some local cachers and decided to carpool and get some caches on the way.
We met CascadesClimber and GeoMimi55 in the morning and headed on out. We rode in their car since ours is always so messy!
This is Mt. St Helens. We are used to seeing the Mt. from the southern or western side so it is always an amazing sight to see from the north. You can really see the immense crater from the 1980 eruption.
Geomimi55 and Cascadesclimber posing for a picture near a cache site.
A few graves near a cache. The mother of this family outlived her entire family. Her husband and one of her kids actually died on the same day. How sad!
This a dam near one of the caches we stopped at.
I liked how the plants seem to be taking over this old school bus.
Geomimi and I looking at the swag.
GeoMimi working the greeting table.
The host, Hoppingcrow(in the santa hat) talking to some of the guests.
Don't forget to sign the LOG!
From the left: TBs, cookies, gifts, guess the # of beans.
Gift exchange drawing.
I got to meet OhJoy! I was very happy to finally meet her. I enjoyed talking with her.
Craig and I had a great time caching with CascadesClimber and GeoMimi55. When we moved to this area we found out very fast that they hide the most creative caches, they have the most found caches, and they get a lot of FTFs. Craig and I sort of look up to them. It was great to get out there and cache with them. Turns out they pretty much cache the same way as us. Not much of a surprise.
The event was a lot of fun. We got a nano cache, an unactivated geocoin, a groundspeak logbook, and a pelican container in the gift exchange. We also came home with some yummy chocolate chip cookies! I was very excited to meet OhJoy!. She is really nice. We got to meet many other cachers at the event and also out looking for the local caches. We also saw many familiar faces. All and all it was a great day!