Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wow, what another great day!  We started the day with a great conversation at breakfast with an older couple from New Orleans.  We thought that we were going to be on the same boat with them tomorrow, but it turns out they were leaving today.  We walked the two blocks to rent a car (a Dodge Avenger with only 1,000 miles on it) and we drove to Carnation, WA to GeoWoodstock XIII.  The drive went well and the last mile was bumper to bumper traffic as we closed in to the venue.  We soon realized that lots of people at this event would have "Travel Bugs" on their vehicles so I started taking lots of pictures of the tracking numbers in order to log them as "discovered".  We went into the front gates (these two totem poles) and were greeted with our welcome package and "convention swag".  We mixed and mingled with other fellow Geocachers, and exchanged a few stories.  There were many vendors in attendance and we glanced at their state of the art hardware and collectibles.  We got to see the Podcachers (Sonny, Sandy, and Sean) and we met who we will be spending some of the next week with at the Geocaching Journeys booth.  We were able to pick up a book about Geocaching and have it signed by the authors.  We met with some of the most creative Geocache hiders in the world (Wheeler Dealers) and they even gave us one of their amazing caches to hide.  The line for lunch was long but move along and we took in some more caching tales.  After we left the farm where the event took place we found a few caches then returned to Seattle where we dropped off the car and walked to the Pike Place Market.  We watched $25 a pound fish fly from one side of the market to the other then we had coffee in the very first Starbucks store.  After a couple of more Geocache finds we ate at Elliots on the waterfront.  Now it is time for relaxing since we have been on our feet for 14 hours.  Have you ever seen 4,000 geeks in one spot?

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