This was my first challenge. EWB told me about it last September/October and asked if I wanted to go. Not long after Cybercat asked if we wanted to share a hotel room with her and daverobson. I'm so glad that she got a room so early. I'm not sure, but I believe that all the rooms in town were taken. It was really fun to see so many cachers in one place. I'm really looking forward to next year!!!
Now for the play-by-play...
Friday, EWB and I took off for Johnson City to do the caches at the Sculpture Ranch. Of course, we can not drive past ALL the caches up 281 so we picked a few up along the way. The first of the day was for me, Logan's Way. Before I had a chance to even start searching, a car stopped to see if I was okay. Then I took my GPS and started searching. Got within 6 feet but no luck. Finally got a clue from EWB and located it. Of course, I made him turn into monkey boy and get it for me :). After a few more along the way we found ourselves at the Ranch. WOW!!! What a great place. We picked up the three caches on the road that leads up to the gallery but were not able to go further because of the weather. COLD and WET!! We did take some time to wander around the gallery though. Will need to go back when it is nice and see the rest.
After leaving the Ranch, we picked up a few more caches. EWB would have been happy if we did a few of the TC09 caches, but I felt it was cheating so we stuck to traditional caches. We received a call from 1st Sgt that he was at the LBJ Pavilion so we made our way there. Registered then walked around and talked with old and new friends. After wandering around, I was finally able to get EWB to stop talking long enough to head out to the first event in Luckenbach. I've never been there and now I know why. A post office/general store with a bar and a dance all make up the town. It was nice to be able to relax and listen to some good music. So now I can say I've been to Luckenbach. Been there, done that, got a t-shirt :).
Saturday dawned cold, but the rain had stopped so the day was not as bad. We decided to do the casual part of the challenge this year. I hope that if we had signed up for the competitive, that I would be able to talk at least EWB to change to the casual. As it was, there were 5 of us in Cybercat's new car. Sorry for the mud :) EWB did most of the log signing/card stamping. Cybercat, daverobson, and backwards Charlie had done quite a few of the challenge caches Friday so they knew were they were. It allowed us to get more but not to take the time to enjoy the hunt. I guess that is the difference with me. I'm more about the hunt then the numbers. Oh well, there is always time to go back and find them again. The rest of the day was spent at the pivilion winning prizes, eating, conversing, and just having a good time. Then there was the night cache. I have never done one so this was my second first for the weekend.
Sunday we started the day at the pivilion for breakfast and clean up. Then it took me another few HOURS to get EWB out of there so we could get some caches and be home before it got too late. So we plus 1st Sgt and rabel6973 headed off. Rabel6973 dropped off around 2:00 but 1st Sgt stuck around until we finished up Comfort. On the way we met up with The Foods and did some caches with them. Please, everyone, take EWB's advice and do NOT do a tarzan yell from the top of a cliff without warning the people at the bottom!!! My heart is still not back to normal :)
After doing O Ammo Can we stopped at Po-Po's for linner then headed home. I was so proud of EWB. My GPS was beeping to let us know we were passing a BUNCH of caches, and he kept driving.
So, three day's of fun and caching was an experience and one that I can not wait to do again!!
Sorry I did not get a chance to post earlier about my experience at the challenge.